090: Outsourcing Post Production to Improve Your Photography Business

This episode is a double-header with two perspectives on outsourcing post production to improve your photography business. Part one is with new wedding photographer Min Wye, who is currently working full time and struggling to find time to build his photography business, work 40 hours in his day job and maintain some kind of normal life. Following the PhotoBizX episode with James Day, Min has since trialed Raw Digital and Film Lab for his digital post production. You'll hear that it wasn't all plain sailing but the results have been worth the effort.

Part two of the episode is with one of the co-owners and founder of Raw Digital and Film Lab (RDFL), Jarred Tyers. RDFL specialise in both film and digital post production for wedding and portrait photography around the world. Jarred shares what you can expect when outsourcing your work to a lab and how to achieve the look you're wanting whether shooting film, digital or a combination. We also cover costs, turn around times, black and white conversions, workflow, plugins and what you should look for when outsourcing your photography work to any lab.

Some photographer clients of RDFL that you may know include; Fer Juaristi, James Day, Matt and Katie Photographers, Janneke Storm, Emily Adamson and Gabe McClintock.

Stick around for a special promo code to get a fantastic 25% off your first order with RDFL if you want to give them a try.

Here's some more of what we cover:

    Min Wye

  • What factors to consider before making the jump to full-time photography
  • Setting goals as a new wedding photographer
  • How Min is currently attracting his wedding bookings
  • The importance of referrals when tapping into a new community
  • Min shares how he felt during his first paid wedding session
  • Pricing for a new wedding photographer
  • Why Min is not offering albums in his wedding package
  • Min's editing workflow before using RDFL
  • The process of getting started with a pro digital editing lab like RDFL
  • Why Min was disappointed with the final results of his first outsourcing job
  • Outsourcing costs and whether they can be justified for a new photographer
  • The importance of proper communication when you are sending instructions to the lab
  • Relinquishing editing control can be tough
  • Why Min chose RDFL for his post production
  • Why Min isn't keen on looking overseas to outsource his editing
  • Utilising Lightroom presets to handle social media image uploads

Min Wye Photography Podcast Interview

    Jarred Tyers

  • How the RDFL business was conceptualised
  • Why overseas photographers send their digital files to RDFL rather than use a local lab
  • Can you have the same presets of another RDFL client
  • How RDFL handles each client's presets
  • Anyone on the RDFL team is trained to handle each client's presets giving them the same look for each shoot
  • Film and digital file matching… is it really possible
  • RDFL has popular resets available and can also create their own presets
  • Turnaround times
  • The benefits of outsourcing your editing
  • Why RDFL doesn't do heavy-handed photo retouching
  • Utilising smart previews for outsourcing
  • How to send the files to RDFL if you don't use Lightroom
  • Pricing
  • The importance of being consistent with the look of your photography
  • Working with your lab to change your look and brand
  • Marketing tips from a labs perspective
  • Discount editing for PhotoBizX listeners

RDFL Photography Podcast Interview

There's no mistaking that I'm a huge proponent of outsourcing and have been from the start of my business when I employed a high school student part time to cut up prints orders when they were laid up on 40 inch prints… back in the day. Since then, if theres a chance to free up my time to either do more of what I love or to work on the business, I'll outsource if it's both possible and cost effective.

Following this episode, there'll be a good chance you'll want to give outsourcing your post production a try and if it's RDFL you want to work with, make sure you mention this episode to save 25% off your first order. Read on if you're a premium member to save double.

Min Wye Photography Podcast Interview

What’s on Offer for Premium Members

Premium members, you will have received an email with details on how to save double what free listeners will if trialing RDFL for your digital post production outsourcing. Details can also be found in the premium content area.

What is your big takeaway?

Following this interview, I’d love to know what your biggest takeaway is – what is the one thing that you’d like to implement or learnt from what was shared? Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.

If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Min or Jarred or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them below.

If you’d like an easy way to show Jarred and Min your thanks, and support for the show at the same time, click the link to create a tweet and automatically show you’re listening: https://photobizx.com/tweet

RDFL Photography Podcast Interview

The Resources Page

Remember the ever expanding resources page that has a listing of products, programs, hardware, books and directories mentioned in each episode of the show. If you’re looking for something that a guest has mentioned on a previous episode but just can’t remember who or what it was – you’ll find it listed in order on the resources page.

iTunes ratings, reviews and Shout-Outs

Each week before recording the podcast I check iTunes for any reviews and each week I’m excited to see what you’ve had to say about the podcast. This week I was rapt to see two awesome reviews and one pretty good one. Thanks so much to:

Emm Uk, who I'm guessing is Emma from the UK 🙂

Sincerely, thanks so much for your ratings and reviews, I appreciate the time you’ve taken and it’s a big help for the show. It’s these iTunes reviews that make a big difference to the podcast being ranked well and found in the iTunes store. If you have the time and are happy to leave an honest rating and review, head over to iTunes.

A big thanks to Liz Harlin for her recent review! Liz is an underwater portrait photographer based in Noosa, (Sunshine Coast), whose recommendation I intend to follow. Thanks again Liz.

Photo Biz Xposed iTunes reviews

Don’t feel your comments have to be long, involved or gushy, an honest opinion is all I ask. Don’t be shy about leaving your business name in the review either – that way I can add a link in the show-notes and show my appreciation with a proper thanks and a Google loving back-link to your website.

Also, a big shootout to Suzan Darling of Love and Stuff Photography in Sydney Australia for recommending the Instagram tool to schedule and drip your posts: http://www.latergram.me

Do You Have a Question about Your Business or Marketing?

I'm planning a Q&A episode over the Christmas and New Year period and would love your questions! Feel free to email me or use the voicemail option on this page. You can be as detailed and specific to your busies or circumstances as you like. And, you can remain anonymous if you refer.

Alternatively, if you’d like to get in touch, ask a question about or make a suggestion for the show, you can email me andrew@photobizx.com, find me on Twitter https://twitter.com/andrewhellmich or on Facebook at https://photobizx.com/facebook – I’d love to hear from you!

Min Wye Photography Podcast Interview

Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:

Min Wye's Website

Min Wye on Facebook

Min Wye on Instagram

Min Wye on Pinterest

Fiverr

Elance

Freelancer

Smart Previews – Lightroom 5

RDFL Website

RDFL on Facebook

RDFL on Instagram

RDFL on Twitter

James Day, AUS

Jonathan David, AUS

Matt and Katie Photographers, AUS

Janneke Storm, AUS

Emily Adamson, NZ

Gabe McClintock, CAN

Fer Juaristi, MX

James Day episode on PhotoBizX

Heidi Thompson episode on PhotoBizX

Caitlin McColl episode on PhotoBizX

Equipment

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens

Speedlights

RDFL Photography Podcast Interview

Thank you!

Thanks again for listening to the show and both Min and Jarred for being an awesome guests!

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions about this episode, please be sure to leave them below in the comment section of this post, and if you liked the episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post!

That’s it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and business!

Thanks and speak soon

Andrew

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