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HOW DOES THIS WORK?

When you're new to PhotoFox, you'll fill out the New Client form. 

This allows me to learn a bit about you as well as your normal editing workflow.  You can indicate your editing style and let me know if there are any actions/presets you typically use.  Once you've filled out that form, you'll be directed to a link where you can upload several sample images -- I'm happy to provide complimentary edits of up to three images, where I match your editing style.  I recommend uploading both RAW and edited samples of the same images, so that I can see just what you usually do.  If you like what you see when you receive my sample edits, we can move forward to the next step! 

Head over to the New Edits form and fill out your editing request there. 

You can be very specific on this form.  You'll then be directed to a link for uploading your new images to be edited.  I'll email you to let you know that I have your images, and I will also email you along the way, checking to see if I'm headed down the right path with the edits.  When edits are complete, I send you a proofing version of the images (usually a screenshot or a low-resolution jpeg with a watermarked PROOF across the image).  Upon your approval, an invoice is emailed to you.  Shortly after you've paid your invoice, I send you a link for downloading your completed files.  That's it!

WHAT KIND(S) OF FILES SHOULD I SEND YOU??

The answer to this will depend upon several factors, including what your normal workflow for editing tends to be.  I'll provide instructions below for the various types of files you'll send our way.

For wedding photographers and/or those who work mostly in Lightroom (PS users scroll down):

LRCAT (Lightroom Catalog with Smart Previews)

This kind of file transfer proves to be the most effecient method when sending us large quantities of files.  One benefit of LR's method of filing is that a photographer is able to transfer what is essentially a copy of their raw data files without all of the heavy data having to be sent, which we all know takes ages and ages to upload.  By sending us a catalog with Smart Previews, we are able to edit a copy of your files and send them back to you without losing important quality.  You'll simply open our version of the catalog and our edits will be applied within your catalog. 


How to send a LRCAT with Smart Previews (with photos and steps):

 

Library View

1. Make sure that you are looking at your Library view in Lightroom. My fancy red arrow (ha) shows you the word Library, which should be selected.

 

 

 

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2. Select the images that you'd like to send.  (Instructions for both full catalog and partial catalog provided below).

Sending a select few images?  Here's what you do.

Select the images that you'd like to send our way (as shown in this image - the lighter gray boxes show that those images have been selected).

Sending a full catalog? Simply select the entire session.  All images will be highlighted.

 

 

File - Export

3. Go up to the Lightroom toolbar at the top of your screen and click on File, then go down to Export as Catalog.  Refer to this image for an example of where to find these options. 

 

4. Saving and exporting.

(a). Sending just a few images? Here's what you do. 

-- Sending a full catalog? Skip down to step (b). --

After you've followed step 3 above, a box titled Export as Catalog (as shown here) appears. 

At the top, you see "Save As": You can direct LR where it should save your LRCAT within your computer files.  For this example, I chose my PhotoFox Editing Boutique folder and created a sub-folder called Sample.

IMPORTANT:  Make sure to select the boxes shown at the bottom of the image for "Export selected photos only" and "Build/Include Smart Previews".  If you do not select this, you won't be exporting the right kinds of files!

Then, go ahead and click "Export"!

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(b). Sending us a full catalog?

At the top of the box called Export as Catalog that appears, you see "Save As": You can direct LR where it should save your LRCAT within your computer files. 

IMPORTANT:  Make sure to select the boxes shown at the bottom of the image for "Export selected photos only" and "Build/Include Smart Previews".  If you do not select this, you won't be exporting the right kinds of files!

Then, go ahead and click "Export"!

 

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5. Your files are exporting!  You're almost done.

You should see progress bars both in the center of your screen and on the top left portion of Lightroom, as shown in this image.

6. Finishing up: When your files have completed exporting, you'll want to go check the folder that you had them sent to.  You should see the folder there.  These will be the files that you upload to my drive.  Once they've finished uploading to my drive, you're done!

 


ACR / Photoshop users:

 

Those who prefer to utilize just Photoshop and ACR will upload RAW files for editing.  Please know that your files will take a longer time to upload than when sending LRCAT files only.  RAW files are necessary in order to work with layers, manipulate file sizes, and return full-size files back to you.  I will send you a link for your own dropbox folder.


More FAQ coming soon!