Photo Editing: How much would you pay?

I'm not a pro, but I've noticed a lot of girls trying to edit the photos from their discs lately and it got me thinking.


Photo editing is a hobby of mine and I'm thinking about opening an etsy shop (or something) for photo retouching. I started getting interested in it 10 years ago back on Photoshop 5.5 so I could erase my friends and my acne and whiten our teeth LOL, but I have really been getting into it in the past 6 months since DH bought an SLR. I've been researching the best techniques and so on and how to alter the techniques I've been using to be more effective....


 


General editing to colour, shadow, contrast and so on would be least expensive.


Facial retouching would be an additional charge per photo, and you could choose which photos have it and which ones don't.


Full cosmetic retouching for things like bridal portraits or DIY b-pics would get the magazine cover type treatment with full body airbrushing, slimming, smoothing, etc. This is the most time intensive editing so it would cost the most.


 


If you could pay to have someone edit all your photos for you, how much (per pic) would you be willing to spend to make it worth handing over rather than doing yourself? Or, would you most likely edit most pics yourself and select a few for full cosmetic retouching, etc? Not just for wedding pics, but family pics and so on.


I'm just trying to figure out if this is a realistic thing people would actually use before I look into it more.

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 8:40 am
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Biteka
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I think pros charge per hour for editing, not per pic. Because some might take more time then others and it really depends on what kind of processing you so. I paid very little for my photography, so I would spend may be like $200 max for editing or 50 pics or so. Sorry, I know this probably now what you want to hear :)

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 8:52 am
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and great great hobby and idea btw!

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 8:52 am
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My photographer charges per pic.  Her rates are $500 for 10 photos.  Discounts if you have her edit more photos and it depends on what you are using them for.  Edited for album files are different. 

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 8:55 am
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i think b/c it is etsy... people are looking for a deal, you know what I mean? If you look at emeraldlover's rates... that is $50 a picture for a professional photographer. If someone wanted to charge that on etsy... I would walk my bum down to the Apple Store and purchase photoshop :)


I might try setting a rate between $5 to $15 per picture... maybe purchase 4 get 5th free.... and see where your demand really is....  you can always adjust rates to adjust demand. 

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 9:02 am
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I like jesandshan's pricing idea

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 9:17 am
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i dont know how much i would pay but keep in mind that most people (i think) that would seek out photoshop help are going to be people who couldnt afford a fab photographer to shoot their pics in the first place..

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 9:21 am
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That's what I was saying Shan! LOL I was thinking more like...$1 per photo basic edits and then up to $10 per full retouch? $200 for 50 pics is WAY more than what I expected.


I'd just be starting out, I couldn't charge an arm and a leg, otherwise people would shoot me if I couldn't get it perfect.


SO if I charged $1 basic edits, $2 basic with facial cosmetic, $5 with basic, facial and body cosmetic (i.e. correcting back fat, tummy pooch, arm fat, etc. etc. )  that would be a realistic price? I'd charge per photo because there may only be a handful that you even want body editing done to (I wouldn't want to lipo every wedding pic under the sun without being directed to) and there may be some pics, like group shots from a distance, where the faces don't need any retouching and it's mostly just colour and lighting and so on. I def have the budget bride in mind.


I'd adjust rates over time as I built a raport and real business, I just wanted to make sure $1 per photo wasn't redick to start out. lol


Pro photogs are different because you sign a contract with them. I could do a full wedding by-the-hour on a case by case basis, but it gets a bit sketchy since who's clocking my hours?

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 9:21 am
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Mel, I think that pricing is right on track.... just make sure on your site you have like before and after pics.... and explain what the "basic" edit and what not is.... I can see some non-reading customers get confused (you worked in retail... you know what I'm talking about)

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 9:32 am
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Great idea princess, I think that pricing is perfect starting out. I also like the idea of the before and after to give a better explanation of the basic and premium services. Good luck with it!!

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 9:44 am
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Blurb charges $8 a photo to eliminate red-eye, another $8 to retouch a face, another $8 to correct flyaway hair, and another $8 to correct something else. I think they give you 5 set retouching options. To have somone do a custom job for less than that would be excellent.

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 10:15 am
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Princess!!!!!  This is something that I would so be interested in!  We didn't get any editing with our photo package, and most of the stuff I could do myself (B&W, color correction, blooming, stuff like that) BUT I do have some images, (since my dress ended up being too big) that you can see my bra strap.  I had no idea where to even start with getting them edited, I was kinda writing them off as a lost cause, and it sucked, since all my cake cutting pics are like that.  =(

Posted on October 18, 2009 at 11:25 pm
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please just let me know if you do actually end up doing this. i would totally pay you. it's a huge talent to do that kind of stuff and that is what costs you the most money in photography.

Posted on October 18, 2009 at 11:26 pm
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I am familiar with photo retouching because I have a daughter who does pageants and retouching is used alot. I have her photos done professionally and then pay up to 20 a photo to retouch depending on what I want done.
Posted on November 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

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