Calling all Canuck photo retouchers!

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by Roy, Jul 24, 2005.

  1. Roy

    Roy Guest

    A local photo studio is about to start throwing some work my way. 99% of it
    is photo retouching, cropping, healing, curves, levels, colour balancing etc
    etc etc. Most of the images are "glam" shots but some are wedding and
    graduations shots.
    My question is...what is the going rate for this kind of work in Canada? My
    research seems to point at the $40-$45/hr range. Does this seem accurate?

    Roy, Jul 24, 2005
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    Flipper Mike Guest

    Roy wrote:

    Are all Canadians fat and dumb like Doohan (R.I.P.) and Shatner?
    Flipper Mike, Jul 24, 2005
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    Paul Guest

    No we are not.

    I don't think your comments are appropriate for this group. It was a
    reasonable question. If someone wishes to provide a proper answer to the
    question fine. If not, ignore the question.

    People who live in glass hoses should not throw rocks.
    Paul, Jul 24, 2005
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    NIK Guest

    I can not comment on the prices commanded, but I will comment an the group
    being hijacked by useless post that are nothing to do with Photoshop in any
    way. Some times I wish this group was moderated as it is a pain in the
    backside going through all the dross that these people post.

    If it is not links to rubbish images or sound files it is posts slagging off
    other people.
    I just with these people (you know who you are) would go some where else to
    do their postings.

    NIK, Jul 25, 2005
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    Penn Itentiary, Jul 25, 2005
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    Odysseus Guest

    I haven't done any such work for photo studios, but that rate seems
    rather low for similar functions in the context of pre-press. The trade
    shop where I work (in Edmonton, AB) charges $65/hr. for artwork &
    photo-retouching, and I believe we're one of the cheaper places around.
    Of course a free-lancer is somewhat different from a service bureau, but
    I would have expected a figure some 10-20% higher. OTOH if we're talking
    about a contract involving a steady dozen hours or more per week I'd
    expect the pay to be somewhere in between the trade rates and an
    employee's wage of $15-25/hr.
    Odysseus, Jul 26, 2005
  7. Roy

    Roy Guest

    Thanks for the response. I'm working in Cold Lake Alberta not too far from
    Edmonton. This kind of info can help me nail down a rate.


    Roy, Jul 26, 2005
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    Mike Russell Guest

    I sympathize, but keep two things in mind.

    "Feeding the trolls" is an apt phrase. These guys love righteous comments
    directed against them, and if they should find your post, they will treat it
    as an opportunity to reply, in hopes of keeping you, or others who are drawn
    into the drama, going as long as possible. They're like the Star Trek
    creatures who feed on negative thoughts.

    Second, what dross? It's important to use the block sender and ignore
    feature of your news reader. If it does not support both of these, switch
    to a different program,. I consider these features as necessary as
    anti-virus software.
    Mike Russell, Jul 26, 2005
  9. Odysseus,

    Professional image retouching for prepress purposes is done on
    contractual basis and not on hourly basis. That means that you have to
    arrive at a certain result regardless of hours painstaking. The cost of
    image retouching for prepress is calculated according to the following

    1- Simple color and focus correction
    2- Lighting correction
    3- Coloring of B&W photo
    4- Aging photo
    5- Portrait beautification and look change
    5-a Hair manipulation for certain purposes
    5-b Eyes manipulation
    5-c Lips manipulation
    6- Jewelery manipulation
    6-a Golden articles
    6-b Diamond articles
    7- Science fiction and other artificially-composed images, such as
    adjustment of fractals' colors.

    The method upon which processing is based may differ according to the
    number of colors contained in the image. There are professionals who
    may do retouching in no time, and may arrive at stunning results
    compared to rookies who may spend ages on retouching a photo.

    Mohamed Al-Dabbagh
    Senior Graphic Designer
    Mohamed Al-Dabbagh, Jul 27, 2005
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    Odysseus Guest

    I have no reason to doubt that the terms you describe reflect typical
    practices, but that's not how it goes in the particular market segment
    where I work. If we've given a quotation before beginning a job we'll
    usually stick to it, even if the work turns out to be more complex or
    time-consuming than we'd expected, but in general hourly rates are the
    basis for all our labour billing.

    The only exception is our corporate-identity design service, which
    includes proofs of several logo design concepts, such 'tweaking' as the
    client may request, and, on approval, the prepress production for a
    stationery package (letterhead, envelopes, & business cards), all under
    a flat fee. This rarely (if ever) involves photographic images.
    Odysseus, Jul 28, 2005
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