Photo editing is a big responsibility in itself. This is the post-processing of images through various software like Photoshop and Lightroom to give them final touch-ups that they need. Editing as a last stage is very relevant from point of view of the online retailer as they can give the best view to their customers only through editing. Doing editing with own hands is not everyone’s cup of tea or someone did not have too much time to edit the images. In both cases, we advise you to consider outsourcing companies who are always available to serve you at your door. Outsourcing companies make your task of editing accomplished and then return your edited or retouched images to you, matching your style and creativity. Make sure to demarcate between editing and retouching when you are giving your images for outsourcing agencies. Basic editing includes creating clipping paths, removing the background, setting consistent margins, compressing images, converting files to jpeg and PNG etc. and retouching includes shadow adjustments, skin retouching, product clean-up etc. Hope you understood the difference between the two.
IN-HOUSE EDITING AND OUTSOURCING: Various big bands and retailers prefer to outsource their images so that they can save their money, efforts and also can get the desired quality with the speedy delivery. On the other hand, if you go for in-house editing then various challenges that you have to face are listed below:
Employee turnover: Employee turnover is the common challenge that you have to face when you go for in-house editing. The reason behind is that employees need work matching with their skills and salaries accordingly. If you hire a skilled retoucher then doing artistry and diligent grinding will be the challenging task for them and doing image editing like removing the background, creating clipping path will seem a very low-skill task to them. In both cases, they will not satisfied and that increase the chances of employee turnover.
DELAY IN E-COMMERCE SALES: High turnovers definitely lead to delay in photo editing work that will lead low sales for an e-commerce website. More you delay in your photo-shoot and uploading images the more you will lose your customers. The one thing you will keep in mind is that you cannot compromise with your sales because of your unsatisfied employees so it is better to outsource your work to outer agencies that will avoid the bottlenecks and ensures delivery in maximum 24 hours.
HIGHLY SEASONAL: Product photography, especially of apparels, is highly seasonal. You have to arrange all the photoproduction staff according to the demand of the season. When there is a season of apparels you have to appoint a number of workers and if you go for permanent workers then you have to pay them when they are idle. Seasonal swings are very challenging and hard to tackle in case of staffing of employees. It can also irritate your employees as either they remain very busy or be totally idle. This makes in-house editing very time-consuming and challenging and also arise the need for outsourcing companies. The main advantage is you need to find and recruit employees as per season; the outsourcing will do the job for you.
These are the major challenges that you will face when you go for in-house editing and not for outsourcing companies. These points are clearly mentioning how important the outsourcing companies for you are. If you decide to go for outsourcing companies then read these below-given questions that for you must ask from your outsourcing company. Let’s begin this one by one:
1 Ask them about their technology systems: Hiring an outsourcing company is a proficient task. You have to be very particular regarding your outsourcing company. The first question you must ask them is about the technology system they have. In which you can ask them about their online interface, the way of giving and taking orders, and ensure if they are capable to fulfill your needs or not and one important thing get you completely satisfied with their image quality.
2 ABOUT ONBOARDING PROCESS: The second question that you must ask them is about their onboarding process which must be detailed and step by step. The best editing company is that which understands the consumer’s needs and work accordingly. They may provide you online tutorial or wizard also. But remember onboarding methods vary strictly according to the complexity of the photo editing requirements.
3 HOW DO YOU TREAT EMPLOYEES: one most important question you must be concerned about is regarding employees? You must ask them the method of treating employees, their behavior towards them, the retention rate of employees, and something about their corporate social responsibility policy. You must have insight about the employees and especially about the ones who are working with you and has taken up the job of performing your editing tasks.
4 WHO ARE THEY ALREADY WORKING WITH: You really have to ask them their working partners and their completed projects to have a thorough knowledge of their skills and way of completing a job. You have to take a look at the list of the clients to whom they are providing their services. You also have knowledge about the way of dealing with their clients, way of giving services to their clients. The main thing to know about them is whether they are an e-commerce specialist and who has endorsed them. You can also their customer’s satisfactory reports of their completed projects or may meet them and interrogate personally if you are giving them very technical project to them.
All these questions you must ask them as it is your right as a customer. You can get complete knowledge about them and if you are satisfied with their answers then only you will hire them as your outsourcing company and if not then go to others in the market.
CONCLUSION: outsourcing projects is the preferred and good way to reduce the burden, time and efforts. You can concentrate on the other relevant tasks and also can have best images at one time with the help of outsourcing.