Should I hire a professional photo editor? **Advice Please**

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You looked gorgeous on the day but yes, there are any number of elementary mistakes in the pictures you have posted. Over and under-exposure, poor composition, what appears to be a rudimentary understanding of focus and most peculiarly, the complete lack of cropping which results in what looks like a random knee in several of your outdoor shots!

Could you have them professionally edited? Well in theory yes but I very much doubt that your photographer would allow her work to be re-edited by another photographer unless your contract gives you the rights to do as you wish with all your images. Also, be aware that there’s only so much editing that can be done on a poor quality photograph. Exposure and colour balance can easily be corrected but if the composition is just plain awful then apart from cropping, you can’t work magic.

Post # 4
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7098 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you would need the photographer’s permission to edit them unfortunately. Did they give you all the originals plus the ones they..um…attempted to edit?

Post # 8
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2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mylittleviolett:  ok… yeah. She has some poor editing skills. First, request all of the unedited photos. You might have some salvageable shots. I’d just go ahead and crop your mom out of the photo you posted of her and your dad walking you down the aisle. Hopefully there are other shots of the walk you can use.

 

And I see what you mean about the plastic face. It looks like you had more of a dewy foundation on, and she just did not know how to handle it in post editing. 🙁 

 

Composition might be helped with clever cropping. I wouldn’t mind playing around with it a bit if you want.

Post # 9
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2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

ugh. I tried cropping your mom out of the one picture, but your dad is mostly blocked by your head, and that looks incredibly awkward, as well. 🙁

Post # 10
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1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

These need editing!! They looked as if I took them with my point and shoot camera.

 

Here is a website where you could get people to do a almost anything for $5. Here is a link to someone who would edit 10 photos for $5. 

 

This one has a lot more positive reviews but you would get less for the $5.

 

Good luck! 

 

Post # 11
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yeah I think first step is to contact the photographer and be honest about how you feel and ask if she would be willing to release the unedited files so you can have them professionally edited since she has proven that she doesn’t know what she is doing. This is not her fault – you knew you weren’t really getting a great pro when your dad hired her – but at this point you just want to make the most of what you have. It would also likely benefit the photographer to know that you are displeased so they can grow and not make the same mistakes. 

Post # 13
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2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mylittleviolett:  this last photo is actually really nice!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mylittleviolett:  The important thing is that you have pictures to be picky about. 🙂

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