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| p.1 #8 · Outsourced Editing: Applying your touch to the edits |
Joel, I just started outsourcing this year. After getting the LR catalog back, I probably spent another hour reviewing choices and doing quick touch-ups, and then some more time doing the more in-depth edits.
1) I went through and quickly scanned the pick/reject choices to see how well they were handling the final-round culling, and swapped an average of three or four choices. This seems pretty good, to me, since most of these were inside-joke shots that looked stupid to any reasonably good eye, but were important to the client for a reason known only to people who were present.
2) I did some additional crop-straightening where it was necessary. The first set I got back from my vendor was very good. Others were almost as good in this regard. Only once did I feel like the editor just sort of gave up straightening halfway through, so I had a bit of work to do, there.
3) Along with the crop/straighten polishing, I also took a few out to PS or just used LR brushes to dodge/burn a bit here and there where I wanted a special result. This work was probably another two hours total, but I might be slower than most people.
4) Then I went back and made B&W conversion selections and put them through NIK in groups. I'm particular about my conversions. I don't like just desaturating, and I've not been thrilled with LR presets/plugins like VSCO -- I like the results I get from SilverEfx a lot better. So I take the time to do that.
The main benefits of outsourcing for me have been 1) hours saved in wrestling with color correction to get colors consistent, and 2) a big improvement in color consistency. The extra help with straightening has been nice, but getting colors right has been my big win.