We are a small UK business run by myself and my husband, along with a couple of assistants and additional photographers when necessary.
We have a varying number of product images that need regularly processing. While the products vary greatly, the treatment is usually very similar. All need processing either from RAW / DNG (Lightroom experience a bonus) or from high res JPG / TIF supplied by us. They need colour and tone adjustments to make them punchy and with good depth. All need removal of dust, scratches and sensor marks, and most need paths or masks for 100% white backgrounds, straightening and cropping to fit client specifications. If necessary to save cost I can have clipping paths supplied.
We have used a number of image retouching companies in the past to help us with our bulk orders, or when we are particularly busy, but none have had the necessary attention to detail, quality or consistency that we need - although we have a reasonable volume of work, we are much more concerned with quality than cheap speed!
I am not interested in agencies, but prefer to find, fast, accurate, reliable and personable freelancers who I can trust with our work - we are looking for an ongoing relationship not just a one-off job!
Quality is key - I want to get to a point where I can trust that the job is perfect, and not have to worry about re-doing half the files myself, which is what happens at the moment!
Please could you offer me a suggested estimate, based on the above jobs, and then if I feel your quote is the right level, I will ask for a couple of test items.
You MUST have experience working on product retouching. Portrait / Fashion / Landscape / etc is not relevant to this posting so please only apply if you have specific portfolio items that are products.
3 examples are attached of typical projects.