Picture retouching - but not at all artistic!

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PLEASE SEE UPDATES TO THIS PROJECT: I have received many many bids, most in the $500-$700 range. I have decided to split this into several smaller projects to manage completion better. Details in following section.

ORIGINAL description still applies except for quantities:

I have about 17,000 digital pictures (jpgs) of sports box scores, taken with a digital camera from a microfilm reader-printer screen. These pictures need to be taken into Photoshop MANUALLY (this CANNOT be automated at all!), and de-skewed/cropped to fit the frame/converted to grayscale and lightened/darkened for contrast. This is NOT artistic - it is for record-keeping purposes only, but because the photos were taken manually, there is an element of pincushion/de-skew present in virtually all of them, as well as cropping. I have samples showing what I have done, and I have time statistics for how long it takes me to do these.

There are also cases where because the newpaper split the box score into two different columns, the final product must be reconstructed from more than one original "piece". There can also be text-based narratives that need to be included as well (though I will try to keep those out of the source files as much as possible).

This is a backfile effort, and will be an ongoing project for many years as I take more and more of these pictures. Also, pictures are generally around 3MB each (but when completed generally save out to about 300k), 200-300 dpi, varied in size but avg. appx. 7"x9". Target is grayscale cropped jpg, no dpi change, jpg compression 7.

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I will award the project to five bidders who need to bid $50 each, for a pilot of appx 300-500 images each. This is a rate well above the original bid levels, and will serve to allow me to gauge work quality before moving ahead. I will treat the balance of the backfile and ongoing work as separate projects, which will be bid on by the workers at a rate of $100 per 2,000 images (equivalent to $850 per 17,000, which is above most of the original bids).

I will select the five bidders in the next couple of days, and will begin to send the pilot sets of images out next week due to a business trip this weekend.

ORIGINAL text still applies except for quantities:

I will answer questions freely; I have been doing these for three years, but cannot get them all done in a finite time! Plus the ongoing effort - I need help. Timing is anywhere from 15sec each to 1.5 min+. I will try to keep the work submitted to you in the category that generally takes 30-40 sec each or less.

Images may be transmitted via DVD/Maxtor drive, or possibly sFTP though it would be quicker to send you a drive!

Because of the response, I have uploaded a file with examples of the beginning product and end result. This example is NOT indicative of the relative mix of work, but merely of the kinds of things you may face. It took me about 8 minutes to do all these, but some are of the more difficult variety. I used crop, skew, rotate, brightness, contrast, crop, Grayscale - you will see. Please download the sample at my site (because it is 60MB - too big to upload here!):

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I will only leave this up for a few days because of the size.
* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Sunday Aug 22, 2010 7:28:39 PM:

Please see the sample that I placed on [url removed, login to view] It will only be up until tomorrow, so please grab it ASAP and see the example to help you bid if you have not. And if you have bid, please confirm that you are satisfied with the bid. I would like to only use one provider, so please make certain you understand the samples very well and can take this on. There is no firm deadline - maybe several months would be nice in order to complete? I am more concerned with quality than speed.
* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Monday Aug 23, 2010 5:44:55 PM:

Please note revisions to this project. Due to number of bids received, I am splitting this up. Please consider modifications and re-bid accordingly. Thanks for your interest in this project!
* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Monday Aug 23, 2010 9:21:52 PM:

I have once again received many bids, and am grateful for the response. I must regrettably narrow the field to five please, and have no other way to choose than that I see a very quick sample of work. Can you each please take the sample you have downloaded from me and do what you believe I have described (please take one that is in two pieces so I may see the total extent of your ability). Attach it to me in a message and I will review very quickly and make the decision by Wednesday. Then I will not be able to send out the work until next week as I am away on business. I did not expect such a large turnout and it is unfortunate that I must choose. I thank you all for your willingness to help me.
* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Monday Aug 23, 2010 10:12:54 PM:

I must ask one additional thing - do each of you have an FTP site that you could give me the credentials to, so I may upload your images? Each set of 300 images is appx 1GB so I am unsure of a good way to do this. It may be I have to burn DVDs and send to you! Even using FTP it will take a couple of days so DVDs may be the only option, even ongoing. There will one small additional requirement of renaming the files, but I am keeping this set to 300 images in consideration of this.
* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Tuesday Aug 24, 2010 7:07:26 PM:

I am reviewing each of the samples provided; I thank you for your effort in this project which is very important to me. I will submit feedback to you all individually by tomorrow.
* * *This broadcast message was sent to all bidders on Tuesday Aug 24, 2010 7:33:52 PM:

Final broadcast message to all: The sample I sent was intended to show you various types of things that could be encountered. Variances in density, splicing (sometimes of more than one frame), skew and pincushion. It is required to look at the images and decide where the logical place to begin and end the frame is, and which ones to splice together. In the files I send, files that are to be spliced will always be consecutive! This project is very important to me, so I must ask for great diligence and trustworthiness in this process. Please if I've asked you to re-submit, please do so so I can see an accurate reflection of your ability. For those who I've asked a question of, please review and ensure you feel up to the challenge of being able to read and sense the start and end of each box score. There is much work to be done for the teams selected, even beyond these 17,000. I appreciate all your efforts. Thanks!

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