Editing Wedding Pictures – what does this entail?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

They will adjust lighting and coloring,  fix blemishes, fix any major issues (say that a fly was on your arm during a dance, they will get rid of it). 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

For starters….Your wedding isn’t the only wedding that photographer would be photographing.  Some photographers photograph 1-2 weddings per weekend. (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday weddings)  AND/OR They also do portraits on other days.  Portraits are eaiser to edit, so they shoot them out to their clients quicker. 

For starters, this is with 2 photographers:  so, about 1000-1300 photos to start…

1. Downloading off of the cards onto a server or external hard drive. This copying is time consuming

2. Importing these into, i use Lightroom, this is also time consuming

3.  Sorting and culling.  Getting rid of bad photos, photo bombs, bad lighting, over/under exposed photos. 1 by 1…yes, this can take hours.  

4.  As above, culling, culling is getting rid of photos you don’t like, and keeping the keepers for the clients.  getting 1000-1300 photos culled down to 300-500 photos.

5.  Editing.  Fixing lighting, contrast, brightness, exposure, skin tones, cropping…each individual file. Depending on the scene, you can edit 1 picture and select maybe, for example 10 photos of the same lighting scene, and edit sync them with those settings, and maybe make a few adjustments. 

6. Once all photos are edited 1 by 1, made for perfection…they are exported. I export twice. High Res files, Low Res files.   This process takes a few hours sometimes. 

7.  Touch-ups in Photoshop.  Going through your finals and seeing which files to touch up, clone out things, etc.  I no longer do this. I have a new version of Lightroom and just do everything in lightroom

8.  Upload the low-res files to the online gallery for the client. 

 

So with other shoots in between, other weddings, other jobs, kids, family life…yes, it can take several weeks to complete.  Sometimes computers run slow and this bogs down time. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Also, albums. Albums are TIME CONSUMING!!!  And the brides take FOREVER to get final images to the photographer for their albums.  I work on albums in between editing, sometimes to take a break from editing.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@rickhurst35:  +10 exactly

 

Not to mention the fact that editing is sort of a game of diminishing returns on productivity. Staring that hard at a computer screen and evaluating all the nuances of a photo is really hard on the eyes/brain and I personally find it really hard to do it for more than 2-3 hours at a time without needing a substantial break to do something else. Sure I could power through an 8 hr editing session if I needed to, but I don’t think that is the best way to get my best quality work. I usually break up editing weddings into a series of days and work for just a couple hours each day. Usually 1-2 for culling, then 4+ for editing. And in the meantime I’m spending weekends shooting other weddings, my computer is bogged down for hours uploading the cards from those weddings, I’m doing family/baby/newborn shoots on weekdays. Then there is the accounting side of things, the actual running of a business and all that entails (man it would be awesome if being a photographer just meant you could go take pretty pictures and edit them and deliver them and that’s it!). And that’s all if you don’t have any other jobs that you do, whereas a lot of photogs are part time and have other jobs too because even charging 2-3K for a wedding, its hard to make a living on that!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is defintely a good question, I don’t think a lot of people understand why the process is so long

 

 

@rickhurst35:  +1!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@CorgiTales:  YES!   A few hours…and sometimes when the computer is slow is just frustrating!  I’m on my computer ALL DAY at my day job, so I don’t want to be on my computer editing for more than 2 hours in the evenings when I get home from work.

I have 2 kids. They go to bed at 8:30-9:00, so I jump on the computer after they go to bed until 9:30 or 10pm.  I don’t like to get in the computer when I have my kids since they are only with me 50% of the time due to divorce.  Anyways, my time with them is MY time with them.  AND I don’t get home from work until 6:00pm.  So that doesn’t leave me with much time with the kids in the evenings.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@rickhurst35:  Yep, similar. I work a full time job in addition to photography. And this fall I had 4 weddings, 4 newborn sessions (5 babies total), and 5 baby/family sessions. Plus, I sort of like my husband and I like to see him and spend time with him sometimes 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@rickhurst35:  yes yes yes. 

In the fall, when I show up to shoot a wedding I am usually already in the process of editing 4-5 weddings that were shot in the weeks and months before that wedding I’m shooting that day. So when I get home I unload and backup the images I shot and then continue working on finishing the images I shot for other clients. It could be 2 weeks before I even get around to beginning the process of selecting the keepers, editing in Lightroom, exporting, editing in Photoshop, resizing, renaming, uploading . . . I think the misunderstanding on the backend work of photography is because most people don’t actually edit their cell phone/point and shoot photos (if they do it’s a 5 second instagram filter) so it’s hard to comprehend how it could take longer than just copying over the memory card and uploading (the only processing that the general public usually does with their personal photos). If a photographer occasionally gets to have two days off a week like other folks and is shooting 2-3 days a week, that leaves 2-3 days/week to edit AND do all of the other stuff involved in running a business. I rarely take any days off in a week and it still takes me ~8 weeks to deliver a wedding and 3-4 to deliver other shoots. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Wow!!! I am definitely educated about wedding photography!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

The hogging slow down is a killer. Even with a tip top computer RAW files are a bear and take time to process, upload, download, backup, etc. If you have the latest cameras they are Really a bear. My D700’s are not a big as a bear as the D800’s!

And yes, my rear and eyes can only take so much at a time!! lol

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