Freelance Photographic Retoucher
Team Leader Duties Included:
• Interviewing Prospective Candidates:
Holding interviews for prospective freelancers because the team changed on a regular
• Training: Due to the fact that the team was constantly evolving, with the exception of a few
members, there was always a need to train new freelancers in order to achieve the look and
feel that is specific to next. Thus, training new members of the team was one of my key
roles as team leader.
• Delegating Tasks:
I also learnt to prioritise which jobs needed to be finished off first, for example, designers
phoned/emailed on a daily basis requesting specific spreads that the team needed to work
on, as those spreads had to be completed and sent out on the same day. Time-
management was a key skill here, as some spreads needed more attention than others. It
was also important to allocate certain spreads from the catalogue to specific members of
the team as each member had their own strengths - this is vital to the end result in order to
get the images done as quickly and efficiently as possible.
• Communicating with Head Office:
Constant communication between head office and the studio was vital in order to maintain
an effective workflow. This meant emailing and phoning the designers / head office with
updates on completed spreads of images and / or any problems that had arisen.
• Taking command of the office when the Digital Manager was unavailable:
Management of the office, as well as the team, needed to be maintained while the manager
was not in the office. This became my task as team leader.
Team Duties Included:
Liaising with the Art Director from start to finish regarding the overall look of the images, as well as with the designers and head office in relation to missing images/changes to images. Uploading of images on FTP via Fetch and Sting Ray for designers and head office. Working in conjunction with the Digital manager and other members of the digital team.
Retouching Duties Included:
Retrieving photographs from photographers, filing, re-naming of images, and processing images in Capture One.
Retouching images in Photoshop: Basic cleaning and overall improvement of images, ranging from room sets to cut-outs, as well as colour, saturation, and contrast changes.
More complex retouching included dropping in extra props, dropping background scenes into studio room sets, as well as altering props in images, such as re-colouring and comping.