Paying a professional to retouch your photos does not come cheap, especially if you want a finished altered product that does not look like it’s been heavily retouched. So, if you have a photo that needs some touch-ups, you better look for a professional who could do the work in accordance with how much you are paying.
This does not mean though that if the payment is affordable that the quality is bad and vice-versa. You just have to be discerning of which professional is worth your money. To do this, they should meet the following requirements.
Quality of Work
Of course, this should be the parameter on how you should pick professional photo retouching services. Even if you have technical knowledge one look at a photo and you already have an idea of what is wrong with it and how it could be retouched to make it more acceptable.
Some of the works that are usually done on a photo that needs some tuning up include colour correction, white balance, cropping and polishing. Once you relay to them what you want done and they did it as you asked (or even better!) then you’d know their quality of work is of high-quality and you could trust them again for future retouching of your other photos.
Another consideration before you choose where to get your photos retouched is the service charge. Naturally, we want to save money and we would try to get the lowest price. This is fine as long as the quality of work is not compromised. We should also not be demanding and expects highly for a photo retouching service that is a bargain. Set sensible expectations and if you are requesting for difficult or complicated work, splurge a little. After all, you are paying for their skills and expertise.
Retouching photos would take time but if they are an expert, the time would be lessened especially if there is a deadline that you set. Some clients would require their photos to be retouched as soon as possible. If you would need your photos immediately, the work pace should also be a consideration for you. Find someone who could meet your deadline and who could retouch your photos in a snap without the quality suffering. If you do ask for quicker turn-around time, be prepared to shell out more money than their regular service charge.
When it comes to retouched photos, versatility is also important. This just means that the photos are ready for “final presentation”. Be it for uploading and posting to your website or social media accounts or by using the photo to forward to a client or to use the photo for a speech or exhibition.
Once you settled with a company or an individual to the photo retouching for you, it is better that you send them a sample of what you want to be done for them to easily understand what you want and the finished product would be to your liking.