Thoughts on Remote Retouching (with Rhea Pappas of Bath & Body Works)

Rhea Pappas

Rhea Pappas
Manager, Digital Production
BATH & BODY WORKS

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Podcast Episode 66

Summary

Rhea Pappas joins Daniel to talk about the benefits and pitfalls of remote retouching. We learned some valuable lessons during COVID about how to operate remote production teams and there is a lot of benefit to widening your available labor pool and use remote retouchers. Really it all boils down to developing relationships based on communication and trust.

Key Takeaways

  • Trust and communication are critical for effective remote workflows.
  • Defining standards and then automating everything possible. This is an excellent basis for reducing waste in any process, but when dealing with remote teams it becomes an absolute necessity.
  • There are some challenges that need to be solved for: Color and Retouching Notes. Some notes and tasks can be standardized, but there are still one off requirements that need to be communicated IN CONTEXT. Color requires a bit more finesse, hiring standards and training.
  • We've set it before, and we'll say it again: include post teams in all phases of the production process or input and improvements.
  • Daniel's Professional Tenet: Be aware of the work that you create for other people, and try to reduce it whenever possible. If you have to create extra work for someone you owe them an explanation.

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