inexpensive ways to market your photography and retouching
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Business & Clients, Successful Retouching Business, Video Tutorial

5 Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Work as a Photographer or Retoucher

As freelance artists, it is our sole responsibility to market our work so that we can gain a loyal clientele. While many artists can produce work that will please their clients, they often struggle when it comes to self-promotion...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity

Streamline Your Instagram Marketing With Later

Gone are the days of traditional marketing and a well-designed website being the go-to strategy for gaining new clients. Social media has made itself king, with Instagram currently reigning supreme. While dependence on one social network can be worrisome...

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Business & Clients, Real World Practices

5 Ways To Alienate Clients & Lose Potential Jobs

There are so many similarities in business practices among different creative fields, that I constantly pick up great advice from brilliant people of completely different professions than my own. I am a big fan of the great blog for writers Write...

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Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching

When Are You Good Enough to Become a Retouching Freelancer?

Waking up all hazy, you raise your head up, your eyes slowly focusing back in, you come to and suddenly realize, you fell asleep at your day job, again. Most days, you find yourself unfulfilled, bored and unchallenged. Back at...

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reasons why you are not getting retouching jobs
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Business & Clients, Successful Retouching Business

Six Reasons Why You Might Not Be Getting Retouching Jobs

Being a freelance retoucher in the beauty, fashion, and commercial industries can be incredibly competitive. Gaining loyal, repeat clients should be the top priority of every retoucher. In the beginning, however, finding your way can be a real challenge. Below...

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efficient habits for photographers and retouchers
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Efficient Work Habits For Retouchers

As a photographer or a retoucher, there is one commodity that is important above all others: your time. Setting aside your skills, creativity, and style, it is your time that is the intangible product your clients invest in. Learning how...

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Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching

How Much To Charge For Retouching. Part Two: Project Billing

In ‘How Much To Charge For Retouching Part One: Billing Hourly’ we took a look at hourly billing, the positives and negatives that it brings as a pricing model, and a rough idea of a typical hourly retoucher’s fee. In...

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Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching

How Much to Charge For Retouching. Part One: Billing Hourly

One of more frequent questions we’re asked at Retouching Academy is ‘how much should I be charging for retouching?’ Tutorials, articles, and advice on how to improve your retouching output are widely available, but the issue of pricing can...

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Business & Clients, Successful Retouching Business

To Work Or Not To Work… For Free

In the creative industries right now, there's been a surface of a long building outcry against the expectation from some quarters that we as professionals work for free, for the promise of future work, or for that old classic...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity, Stay Inspired

10 Tips: How to Stay Organized and Productive as a Freelancer

When I made the jump from my 9 to 5 job to full-time photographer and freelancer, I was ecstatic to have the freedom that came with the entrepreneurial life. Little did I know that there are unique pros and...

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Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching

Key Steps to Freelance Success. Part III: Building Your Career

First, we covered what’s essential for a freelancer to make it in this world in Part I. Then, we went deeper into what it means to truly succeed when you’re working as a freelancer in Part II. In this third installment, we're...

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Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching

Importance Of Self-Promotion For Artists and Practical Tips

In this post our Guest Artist Michael Herb, Commercial, Editorial and Conceptual Photographer from Las Vegas, NV talks about the importance of self-promotion for artists and shares his own methods. I absolutely agree with Michael on how necessary self-promotion is,...

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Business & Clients

You Have To Value Your Own Talent & Time And Educate Your Clients To Do So

This is a great video from Derek Halpern of Social Triggers talking about how to prevent new clients from haggling your rates. He also offers a great script of a response to client requests negotiating your rates down. We often...

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