7 posts tagged tips
For many, the first time you accidently open the pen stand (that shot glass looking thing that holds the pen) and see what looks like some sort of miniaturized torture chamber or old Celtic landmark, there is an initial “what the…” moment. It is simply a portal to another dimension and you probably should not play with it. No, really, what you have opened is a world of possibilities.
Interested by the photo retouching industry? Here a great interview where the high end photo retoucher, Pratik Naik, shows you some tips and tricks about photo retouching! Sublim loved it! It demonstrates the same values and natural beauty standards that we have!
How to retouch in your photoshoot:
Planning Edit 13:00
Cleaning Layer & Healing Brush 15:20
Dodge & Burn Layers: 17:50
Difference between flow and opacity 21:48
Color Pop & Contrast: 23:20
Curves Layer 25:00
Before and After 26:27
Pratik’s Journey to Vogue, Elle & Mag Covers: 27:00
Intro to Fashion & Editorial Editing 29:23
How to Process Black & Whites with Detail 30:26
Adjustment Layers & Selective Color 33:30
Before & After 38:05
Perception of Retouching 38:20
Most of photographers or photo retouchers are freelance workers. Here are few tips to improve your working strategy.
written by Michelle
Freelancing. It’s a career track that swaps freedom for turbulence, and some wouldn’t trade it for the world. If you’re considering becoming a freelancer, here’s a worthy read from Rochester Oliveira of1stwebdesigner, who has 7 years of web design freelancing under his belt.
1. Prepare for an underwhelming paycheck
Regardless of how much you’re actually working, it’s common for freelancers to overestimate the number in their bank account at the end of every month. Which leads us to our the next point…
2. Eye some passive income
Few people get rich off of billable hours alone. Working 16 hour days constantly is no way to live – it may be the very thing you were trying to avoid when you decided to freelance. A few options:
- Sell templates
- Create apps
- Create plugins
- Take amazing shots and sell them (highly recommended to be a pro for this one)
- Start small services, like resell hosting for your own clients
- Write books
3. Accept that you’ll never know anything
Sometimes clients do know more than you. Be open-minded and recognize when someone is giving you good advice, but block the bad advice when you can.
4. Control your distractions
Any creative knows how it feels to be distracted. Oliveira defaults back to some advice an Aikido instructor once gave him when he feels the temptations of distraction.
“Your mind has to control your body. Your body will want to stay in bed for 15 more minutes, and will find all kinds of excuses to keep you away from those crazy physical exercises. But you have to control your body. You have to ignore those distractions and keep moving.”
5. Work with those who see your value
There are people who don’t understand the hard work behind what they’ve hired you to do and will pay you accordingly. Don’t let this happen to you. Stay away from small gigs if you can, or those who think you’re just copy/pasting. Aim to work with people who want to help you and who you can help with your work.
6. Be realistic about time management
The longer you work, the better you’ll be able to estimate how long it will take you to complete a task. Don’t make the mistake of shortcutting yourself in this department. Here are some pointers for more precise time estimation:
- How much it took to do before + 50%
- How much you depend on other people and how long it takes to get a useful response from them
- How many unexpected problems you can handle (like accidentally deleting all your DB)
- How many other things you have to do
- How much continuous time you have to deal with this (if you have to take breaks it takes longer to get back to the point you were)
7. Take the garbage out
When you’re constantly jumping from project to project, it’s easy to let last year’s work pile up. Regularly clean out what you don’t need, whether it’s from your hard drive or your garage.
If you’re not going to revisit it, you don’t need it. It will de-clutter your life and be more useful to your current projects.
8. Back it up
Make sure you back up the work on your computer. Just picturing the meltdown you’ll have when your computer dies at 4 a.m. the night before a project is due should invoke enough fear to make you do this today.
9. Use the right tools
No matter what your trade, use the tools that are known to produce the best results and that you feel comfortable working with. A last-minute project is not the time to experiment with new gimmicks or anything that you’re unfamiliar with. That’s not to say you shouldn’t expand your skill set, just do it in your down time.
10. Go back to basics
When your tools fail you, it’s good to know the root of how they work so that you can come up with a fast and effective solution. Read a book related to your trade once in a while to tune up your knowledge.
11. Don’t sweat it
Inevitably, no matter how scrupulously you pay attention to detail, how good you are or how hard you work, something will go wrong now and then. You may lose a client or mess up someone else’s job.
Don’t panic any more than you have to. Take a moment to reflect on how this will affect your life in 1, 5, 10 years – odds are, it won’t. All things pass. It’s okay.
What are your best freelancing tips?
Photo credit: Getty Images
10 Laws of Productivity
To be efficient and productive you have to follow some rules. Here is a great article that break down the 10 laws of productivity that observed the Behance team, to read the complete article, click here.
1. Break the seal of hesitation.
2. Start small.
3. Protoype, prototype, prototype.
4. Create simple objectives for projects, and revisit them regularly.
5. Work on your project a little bit each day.
6. Develop a routine.
7. Break big, long-term projects into smaller chunks or “phases.”
8. Prune away superfluous meetings (and their attendees).
9. Practice saying “No.”
10. Remember that rules – even productivity rules – are made to be broken.
Is your work overwhelming?, Are you always busy, but you don’t see any progression?
Here is a great analysis on what fill your day at work and how manage it to be more productive!
The best workflows are highly personalized and occasionally borderline neurotic, but they keep us engaged.
People do business with people they like!
As retoucher, we tend to forgive that human relations are an important part of the business! You can be the most talented person, if your client doesn’t like you, he will probably work with someone else. Next time you speak to your clients, be friendly, show your wonderful personality and you have an assurance that he will stick with you (besides providing a great work!)