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Companies that process RAW files
« on: September 28, 2016, 06:26:04 AM »
Hello,

I am a Melbourne (Australia) based wedding photographer.
I shoot between 30-60 weddings per year. I shoot between 1500-3000 images per wedding.

Do any of you have experience paying overseas companies to process you raw files? Are there any companies who are priced reasonable who you would recommend?

I would really appreciate any help or advice here, as I'm currently drowning in Lightroom.

Thanks very much!
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Re: Companies that prices RAW files
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2016, 08:32:51 AM »
Companies that prices RAW files

You might want to edit your title...
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Re: Companies that prices RAW files
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2016, 12:48:47 AM »
Companies that prices RAW files

You might want to edit your title...

Thanks. I love auto correct.
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2016, 03:09:37 AM »
If business is that good get an assistant who can take some of the load. Contact the photography dept at RMIT in Melbourne and see what sort of response you get. A good final year student could have dazzling Lr & Ps skills, and value the opportunity to process files for an established wedding shooter.

Outsourcing? The bottleneck getting your RAWS processed off-shore in say, India, would be the vast data volume/upload delivering your RAW files to them.

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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2016, 05:30:58 AM »
If business is that good get an assistant who can take some of the load. Contact the photography dept at RMIT in Melbourne and see what sort of response you get. A good final year student could have dazzling Lr & Ps skills, and value the opportunity to process files for an established wedding shooter.

Outsourcing? The bottleneck getting your RAWS processed off-shore in say, India, would be the vast data volume/upload delivering your RAW files to them.

-pw


Smart previews are apparently much smaller to send
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Re: Companies that process RAW files
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2016, 08:39:25 PM »
Hi aa Angus.
First I don't use Lightroom, so I'm not sure I understand this correctly but don't you need the raws to process them, surely if you only send smart previews then if they make adjustments you will still need the computer time at your end to process the changes in to jpegs or whatever you export?
Also isn't editing your shots very subjective, how will any third party know what you want a shot to look like?
To me this looks like a 6 and half a dozen situation, you are going to have to send and receive all the files, check the edits, make adjustments to someone else's work and then still tie up your computer to process the changes, how will this lighten your load?

Cheers, Graham.



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Re: Companies that process RAW files
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2016, 03:59:38 AM »
...
I would really appreciate any help or advice here, as I'm currently drowning in Lightroom.
...

What you're asking for here isn't how to process raw files but how to run a wedding photography business.

That's true actually. I'm currently in the process of sampling a selection of companies. You can talk with them, and send examples of your current editing which they can get an idea of how you like your final images to look. So far this seems like a lifesaver! However the real test will be how the final images from a job look, and how much (if any) time I will have to spend tweaking the edits prior to export.


You can send a Lightroom catalogue + smart edits for a total of 42.6MB, so that part is quick and painless. Its true that I will still have to use my computer to export the files - but I find this quick and easy on my iMac 5K. Plus, I won't need to use the computer much since all my editing will be taken care of :)

I will delete this thread shortly as it's in the wrong thread, and it seems I have found a solution to my initial question. Thanks
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Re: Companies that process RAW files
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2016, 06:21:34 AM »
First I don't use Lightroom, so I'm not sure I understand this correctly but don't you need the raws to process them, surely if you only send smart previews then if they make adjustments you will still need the computer time at your end to process the changes in to jpegs or whatever you export?

LR allows for working on smart previews and then apply the changes made to the original images. Because LR doesn't alter the original images but keeps a record of changes made, how it works is almost simple. Smart previews are "good enough" previews to work on, and which allows applying changes to the originals.

Once the changes are applied, exporting in the final format is quite trivial.


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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2016, 06:32:03 AM »
Did you automate your post-processing workflow enough, or do you spend time to process each image separately? LR allows for storing/copying settings/edits and apply them quickly on many images at a time, even during import - and this is one of the advantages over tools that allow only to process one image at a time.

Some images may need ad-hoc post processing, but many should allow to be processed in a batch, when well shoot under the same conditions.

Anyway, a lot depends on what is your style, how many edits you apply on average to each photo (and which), and what your customers expect.

Relying on an outsourced service means you have to properly instruct them to ensure they match your requirements, and ensure their work quality is constant.

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Re: Companies that process RAW files
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2016, 08:20:39 AM »
I have not used them yet, but I must admit the idea is appealing. At least to all the basic work. These are the companies that were recommenced on another forum. 

The Image Salon 
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Re: Companies that process RAW files
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2016, 11:23:25 AM »
Hello,

I am a Melbourne (Australia) based wedding photographer.
I shoot between 30-60 weddings per year. I shoot between 1500-3000 images per wedding.

Do any of you have experience paying overseas companies to process you raw files? Are there any companies who are priced reasonable who you would recommend?

I would really appreciate any help or advice here, as I'm currently drowning in Lightroom.

Thanks very much!

processing is only one activity you could outsource/employ someone else.

Decide what you think is "core" and what isn't, core stuff should be done under your controll.  Outsource for the stuff that is handle turning and just gets in your way and/or the areas you really aren't so good at (no one's perfect)

Processing...   how much can you automate?..  is it worth investing in a mega-processing machine.  I like the idea of getting in a grad, they could help as an assistant/2nd camera during a shoot and you get them to do the bulk of the basic processing leaving the stuff you really care about and you keep control so they learn what you want and things get better over time.

FYI I ran a small bussiness in another field for a time.
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Re: Companies that process RAW files
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Re: Companies that process RAW files
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2016, 12:02:11 AM »
Hello,

I am a Melbourne (Australia) based wedding photographer.
I shoot between 30-60 weddings per year. I shoot between 1500-3000 images per wedding.

Do any of you have experience paying overseas companies to process you raw files? Are there any companies who are priced reasonable who you would recommend?

I would really appreciate any help or advice here, as I'm currently drowning in Lightroom.

Thanks very much!

processing is only one activity you could outsource/employ someone else.

Decide what you think is "core" and what isn't, core stuff should be done under your controll.  Outsource for the stuff that is handle turning and just gets in your way and/or the areas you really aren't so good at (no one's perfect)

Processing...   how much can you automate?..  is it worth investing in a mega-processing machine.  I like the idea of getting in a grad, they could help as an assistant/2nd camera during a shoot and you get them to do the bulk of the basic processing leaving the stuff you really care about and you keep control so they learn what you want and things get better over time.

FYI I ran a small bussiness in another field for a time.

lol none of you seem to understand, I'm trying to spend LESS time editing, not ramp things up.
One day some of you may run businesses. Of those few who do, some of your businesses will be successful. Now, unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of owning a successful business is that there is a lot of work to do. When the amount of work is too great for one person, it's time to start outsourcing some of the load. I don't expect you simpletons to understand this concept, so don't hurt your brains trying xx
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