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Q1. How much does a photo editing job cost?
Q2. How do I upload a picture to you?
Q3. How is payment handled?
Q4. Does FreshenYourPhoto do the printing or do I do that after getting a final edit?
Q5. I see that you sometimes post your work on your website? Am I at risk of that?
Q6. Do you mark the photos in any way like photographers do?
Q7. What is turnaround time like?
Q8: Can I change the size of the original?
Q9. How do you do this editing?
Q. How much does a photo editing job cost?
A. It's hard to say that in advance because some edits are simple and some are extremely complicated.
Removing the woman with the pink helmet took hours, but the client loved the results. Also, sometimes
I need to play with the picture for a few minutes to even have a sense of how big the job is.
The good news is that I never charge for an estimate and it's free to upload a picture to me to ask what
the fee would be. That being said, please tell me what you want done to the picture! I might see a
number of things that could be improved in the picture, but if all you want is one pimple removed, I
might overquote the job. Sometimes, I'll let you know what it would cost for just what you request,
but also tell you what ideas I have to make it even better and you can decide which way to go.
Q. How do I upload a picture to you?
A. Visit my contact page for an email address you can send your picture to.
It should be a .jpg, .gif, or .psd format file under 10M. If it's anything
else, mention this in the contact
form so we can look at options.
Q. How is payment handled?
A. Most people pay by check. If faster turnaround is an issue so that I start working sooner
than waiting for the check to arrive, then MasterCard and Visa are possible for a small
additional surcharge. If you're close-by in San Diego, cash is certainly welcome as well.
Q. Does FreshenYourPhoto do the printing or do I do that after getting a final edit?
A. FreshenYourPhoto rarely does your printing. Whether you are giving us paper to scan or
sending us digital images, the final results are freshened .jpg versions of the photo(s). From those, you
are welcome to post them online, email them to people, and (of course) print as many as you'd like at your
local drugstore, Costco, etc. for about half of what we would charge you to do the printing.
We occasionally make an exception to help clients who simply don't know how to get things printed nowadays.
This is a different model than many photographers who charge you for each printing and
keep the rights to the edited photos. We want the final version to be yours for your own permanent usage.
Q. I see that you sometimes post your work on your website? Am I at risk of that?
A. I WISH I could show some of my favorite work I've done for clients, but their privacy comes first.
However, I'm very appreciative when a client tells me that it would be okay to post the picture as an example.
Q. Do you mark the photos in any way like photographers do?
If I am being hired to edit an existing photo, then no, I don't do that.
At least not once it's been paid for; sometimes I have to put what's called a spoiler on a shot before the editing has been fully paid.
But I never mark
the final product in editing.
If I am taking a photo for you with my camera (uncommon, but it comes up), then I may add a signature mark.
Q. What is turnaround time like?
A. Depends greatly on the job and my schedule. Most jobs are under a week. If you have a rush need,
mention that on the contact page.
Q. Can I change the size of the original?
A. Yes, but different sizes aren't necessarily the same shape.
For more on how we handle size changes, please check out our page that explains the options for
cropping and padding.
Also please discuss with us whether pixilation and blurring might occur if the size is larger.
Sometimes, there are things we can do to help avoid that.
Q. How do you do this editing?
A. The industry standard for photo editing is a software package called Photoshop. It's a complicated,
intricate package capable of so much that I know few people who know all it can do! But with years of
practice and classes under my belt, you can see on the other pages what I've taught myself to do.
A FEW PHOTOS TAKEN BY US AT FRESHEN YOUR PHOTO (See more on the "We Photograph" tab)
See the fully gallery of photos I'VE taken myself at www.FreshenYourPhoto.com/mygallery
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