Frequently Asked Questions - Private Photo Editing

FAQs | Outsourcing Your Editing

1. What editing services do you offer?

Adobe Lightroom is my thing and I am kinda a guru when it comes to utilising its full editing potential. Lightroom is where you can expect most of the editing magic to happen. It is also how we will share the image catalogs using Smart Previews. 

I am also an Adobe-certified Photoshop user, though I keep my use of this software to a minimum. It is primarily used to remove tiny, annoying distractions or to straighten lines in an image. 

My bespoke outsourcing service will include the following editing tasks:

  1. Exposure correction

  2. Color correction

  3. Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Blacks, Whites

  4. Line straightening

  5. Noise reduction

  6. Black & white conversion

  7. Light manipulation to remove those tiny, annoying distractions

  8. Camera calibration/ synching between multiple shooters

2. Do you have a preferred editing style?

My main requirement is for you to be confident in your photography technique and have a rough idea of the direction you want your editing style to go in. I also love photographers who are looking for a strong working partnership with their editor. Hiring a private editor is very different from engaging a big box company. I don't do nameless transactions and genuinely want all of my clients to succeed time and time again. 

I work exclusively with photographers who either shoot hybrid (film and digital) or prefer a film-like finish applied to their digital images. Are you shooting with warm and golden Kodak Portra or dreamy and bright Fuji400H in mind? I love them both and am happy to match your film scans or to make your digital files look like film. I currently work exclusively with Mastin Labs presets and have access to all of their film packs.

Dark and moody or light and airy?  I can edit both styles using your own unique settings or am happy to apply and tweak a Mastin Labs preset to suit your style.

Know the style you want, but unsure on how to achieve it? You may be my favourite type of client. I love working with photographers to help them hone in on and achieve their dream style

3. How do we share images efficiently?

I'm glad you asked. No doubt you will be shooting hundreds or even thousands of images in RAW format and those files are HUGE! The solution to this problem is Adobe Lightroom Smart Preview. You will share your smart preview catalog using DropBox. All of the original RAW files are stored on your systems, I am simply making the edits from my machine. The two main benefits of this system are 1) Smart Previews are a lightweight, smaller file format based on the DNG file format and 2) you can see my edits in real time allowing for constant communication and feedback.

4. How much do you charge for your editing service?

The rate for my bespoke service is .35¢ (USD) per image. Invoices are sent after you approve the final edits. If you become a regular client, then I will be more than happy to set up monthly invoicing. Payment is made via Credit Card or PayPal and is due within 14 business days of an invoice being issued.

Are you based internationally? I can invoice in various currencies including Sterling (£), Euro (€), Canadian $ and AUS $. Get in touch to discuss exchange rates further. 

5. What if I am not happy with the edits?

I actively encourage all of my clients to provide me with open and honest feedback and am happy to provide further edits as needed. 

6. Do you offer test edits?

YES! I offer all of my potential clients a free-of-charge trial run of 5-10 images. I think this is an absolutely crucial step when it comes to forming a new working partnership. 

7. What version of Lightroom do I need?

I am only able to work with photographers who edit their work using Lightroom Classic CC 7.0 and onwards. Unfortunately my system is unable to work with earlier releases.

8. Do I have to shoot RAW?

The short answer is yes. RAW images are best for professional editing as they have not yet been processed and contain an enormous amount of information that can be effectively tweaked in Lightroom. The scope for editing when using RAW images is nearly infinite. On the other hand, JPEG images are enhanced in-camera. This is a destructive process whereby losing crucial information needed for editing at a professional level. 

9. Do I need to credit you as my editor? 

Absolutely not! All of the images belong to you and the editing workflow is your vision. It is simply my job to match. I do not expect to be credited in any of your work. 

10. Do your share your before and after work? Will my clients find out that I outsource my edits?

Again, no.  I totally get it. Outsourcing your editing is a big decision and one that can make professional photographers a little uncomfortable that their integrity has been compromised. I will never share your work on social media or on my website without your written consent to do so. If you jump to question 10, this is one reason why I don't have a traditional portfolio on my website. 

11. What is the turnaround time for edits?

Typically 7-10 days for a gallery of 800 images, but the reality is that this can vary. I create bespoke schedules with each of my clients at the start of each season. After a lot of trial and error, I find that this gives both the photographer and me the flexibility needed to ensure my work is the highest quality possible.  We can discuss further during our initial call.

12. What photographic genres do you edit?

I specialise in editing the following:

  1. Weddings

  2. Engagements

  3. Elopements

  4. Anniversaries

  5. Couples sessions

13. Do you cull images?

Yes. I would be happy to work with you to sift, sort and cull your images. My standard rate for this service is .10¢ (USD) per image. We can discuss further during the initial consultation. 

14. Do you do image manipulation and retouching?

Unfortunately no. My business model focuses primarily on applying Adobe Lightroom corrections to images. While I may dip into PhotoShop every once in a while to remove small distractions from an image or to straighten lines, I do not undertake major manipulation edits nor in-depth retouching. My overall approach to photography is natural and real and I like to work with other photographers who feel the same. 

15. Can I see samples of your work?

This is a tough one because at the end of the day none of the images I edit belong to me; they are the photographer's.  I take a photographer's privacy very seriously and do not feel it appropriate to make it common knowledge that they are outsourcing. Also, since my job is to emulate another person's style, I would not want to include too many samples as the work I do is hugely varied and not my vision. 

As mentioned above, I am happy to offer a free-of-charge trial run of 5-10 images. I want you to be confident that I am flexible and adept at working to meet your unique needs.