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Junior vs. Senior retoucher? Skill differentiator?

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Old 07-18-2014, 11:35 AM
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Re: Junior vs. Senior retoucher? Skill differentia

I work in bursts. So, sit down, work lighting fast then gradually slower; at about an hour mark I get up, recharge, then sit again.
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Old 07-18-2014, 04:41 PM
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Out here in California there are laws about taking lunch and taking breaks during your work day. So the environment here is fairly structured, but that does not mean we are glued to our chairs for the 8 hours we work. We recommend all artists take brief eye breaks every 20 minutes - really helps reduce eye strain.

As far as workload, yes we can be slammed, but there is also a laid back atmosphere that helps the work fly by.

We also keep track of what we do with timestamps - this is done to help our sales and customer service reps know where a job is in production. These stamps also help us know if a person is overworked (or under-worked). A tired retoucher is a worthless retoucher - that's when mistakes are made.
Here is a sample of the actions I completed from July 7th to July 17th
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:46 PM
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No way you retouched 823 images over 10 days? Have you?
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Old 07-20-2014, 10:54 PM
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Yes, I did.

Notice the action is Digital Edit Complete. This includes everything from simple color conversions to extensive image manipulation. Currently our department touches between 90 and 140 jobs per day. Each job can have multiple images (catalogs) or just one image. One 16 page catalog might take 20 minutes to finish. Another 16 pager might take 2 hours. Another might take 17 hours. It all depends on the original quality and what the client is expecting.
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Old 07-21-2014, 03:41 AM
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Oh, so it's for developing Raws also, not just retouching.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:26 PM
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Re: Junior vs. Senior retoucher? Skill differentia

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I know of one house in NYC that works on some sort of hierarchal system, but the owner is from Europe and has figured out a way to exploit the old apprentice to expert system from the old guild days to fool people into working 60-70 hours a week for salary.

In CA the state fixed the common habit of exploiting salaried employees. If you are in the creative field and non-management, you must be paid per hour. They started this around 2006, I think. In 2008, I was in a supervisory, but non-management position, and my position was turned from salaried to an hourly. My manager said nothing would change but that wasn't entirely true. While I was really happy to get overtime pay, and sometimes double-time. My bonus was lowered to a a non-exempt employee rate. I guess sometimes you have to take the bad with the good.
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:21 PM
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Out here in California there are laws about taking lunch and taking breaks during your work day.
Where in CA do you live, neighbor?
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Old 08-05-2014, 11:12 AM
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Where in CA do you live, neighbor?
San Diego County.
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:45 AM
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Re: Junior vs. Senior retoucher? Skill differentia

eh, ill bite. im a "senior retoucher" in a studio in nyc and have a "junior" under me. the differences are in skill level, timing, attention to detail, and a trained eye. for example, we'll both work on an image for a campaign, say an athlete. we'll both be given the brief and a reference shot. it would take me about 3 hours to finish to send off to the client for first look, while the junior might take the whole day, including internal mark ups from myself. reasons why the junior takes so long varies, it could be they dont know how to attack the image properly, they cant match the mood/look, they'll miss certain things to clean up, or they're just slow from pathing/compositing.

hope this answers youre question.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:37 AM
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Oh, so, in other words, you're quicker than junior.
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