Should I edit my own wedding photos?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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8425 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@futureluckymrs:  I didn’t have my photos airbrushed, but my photographer included the editing as part of her package.  I personally don’t like the look of airbrushed photos, especially when it’s overdone.  If you feel confident that you can retouch your photos without it looking fake or like those fuzzy mall pictures from middle school, I say go for it.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would pay for the photographer to do it.  It’s best to edit RAW photos, and I doubt the photog will be giving you those.  Also, I think a laptop screen is not large enough to do edits on.

Post # 5
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975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@futureluckymrs:  Would you have access to the RAW files? I can’t imagine many photographers being okay with that. I get all my photos down by the company I work for and always request the RAW files, but these people are also my friends so it is a little different. Editing takes a lot of time and practice, after 3 years of editing photos daily, both professional portraits and my own personal photos, I feel I have gotten really good at it. Do you feel you would be at that level? 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My view on photos is, they’re what will last for years to come after the wedding is said and done. So we splurged on our photography/video. If you think you can do a good enough job (maybe do some test edits) then save the money. But if you’re unsure, then I would pay the photographer. Do what you feel is right. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@futureluckymrs:  She will give you the images untouched, but they will be in the JPEG format.  To edit, you really need the RAW files, which I would bet anything, the photographer will not be giving you.

Editing is very difficult.  It isn’t a natural skill just because you are creative.  There is a whole lot to learn.

Post # 9
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687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

In all honesty editing skin is incredibly tedious, not to mention you’ll have to get your monitor calibrated (pretty much impossible on many laptops) etc., so I wouldn’t bother.

Also, can I ask what you mean when you say “editing package”? A series of PS/LR actions/plugins?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ya I’m not sure ur allowed to do that with most photographers. Usually their photos r like walking advertisements and generally they would not want a person not professionally trained doing editing to their images that potential clientele might mistake for their work. not saying there is not one out there who would, but I’d be surprised.

Post # 11
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2882 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

For you to edit, you would need the photographer to give you the copywrite.  Is that included?

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@futureluckymrs:  I would be leary of any photographer giving out unedited files, even at a reduced rate. I don’t know any true professional that does that – so that would be a huge red flag for me. Even so, if you do get the files, do you know how to edit and have the appropriate software? Here’s my take, and as a wedding photographer it’s obviously going to be biased, so you can take it however. If you are hiring a photographer because you love their work, a huge part of that has to do with no only their photographic skills, but also their editing skills. If you really like this photographer’s work, I can assure you, you will not get what you see on their website editing it yourself. Telling a chef to buy all the groceries, but you’re going to cook the dinner – it’s definitely not going to turn out the same.

All that being said, none of this really means anything without seeing their work. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@futureluckymrs:  Did you do an engangement shoot? Then you could edit the photos yourself and see how you do or get her to edit them so you see what the benefits would be. Each photographer edits differently so it may or may not be worth it. I agree that having the RAW files would be ideal, but then you would have to edit the contrast, highlights, shadows, temperture and you may not be as familar with those photography terms. If the photographer does kick ass thorough editing then it would be worth it, otherwise maybe not.  

Post # 14
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3948 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@futureluckymrs:   Would the photographer give you RAW files?  

In any case, you may want to try editing faces/skin before making a decision.  It is very challenging.  Wedding photographers, in my opinion, really earn their money.  I can’t edit faces/skin to save my life!  And I’m a photographer (not of people, obviously….).

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