How Do You Screen Potential Designers For Hire?
Photo editing is an art form. While there are numerous technical components to professional editing, all editors must have an artist’s eye, because the ability to restore, renew, and alter photos to meet your ultimate vision takes skill and practice, and involves a lot more than simply the ability to use Photoshop.
As a photographer, you’re looking for someone who can help your photos meet your vision. You’ve already assembled the subjects, lined up the shot, and chosen your best work. But your photos need to be edited to help with color, contrast, exposure, camera limitations, angle issues and more. It’s not your job to worry about the technical details. Your job is to take the best photos possible with your camera, and put your work in the hands of another artist that can handle all of the technical editing.
Outsourcing to Photo Editors
Of course, not all photo editors are created equal. You need to make sure that your photo projects are in the hands of a company that employs only the best photo editors available – a company you can trust. Some of the characteristics you need to look for include:
- Portfolio – The best way to judge the capabilities of a photo editor is to see his/ her portfolio. There you can view the before and after pictures and notice the artistry within each photo. You’ll get an idea about how well the company edits and what will be done for you work, and you can expect to see similar results for your own projects.
- Sample – Most photo editing companies are willing to edit a single photo for a nominal cost so that you can see the quality of their work. Hand over one of the most difficult photos to edit and watch as they transform it into the final product. The better they do, the more you can trust them to handle the rest of your work.
- Real Software – You also want to choose a company that pays for their software licenses. This is crucial, because the companies that use pirated software are not only doing something illegal – they likely cut costs in other areas that reduce the likelihood of a good final product.
- Customer Service – Make sure that you are working with a company that puts the customer first, focusing on a fast turnaround, guaranteeing to meet your needs, and willing to comply with any requests you may have for your projects.
There are hundreds of companies that promise photo editing abilities, but you need to make sure that you’re choosing one that values you as a customer, has the experience and skills necessary to get the job right, and is committed to meeting your needs. Those are the qualifications for a potential photo editor.