Post # 1
what the process is after the wedding that takes weeks before photos are available for viewing? I am genuinely curious! My photographer said it would be a few weeks, which I understand is the norm. But then I noticed an aquiantance got married on 6/29 and her photographer has a blog post with probably 40 images already. Inquiring minds would like to know!
Post # 3
I’m not a photographer, but it took a couple weeks to get our e-pics cause our photographer wanted to edit them or touch them up to make them look better. He didn’t want to show us the raw pictures I guess, cause that’s not how he wants his work reflected.
Post # 4
Well, first off, just because a blog is up doesn’t mean the photographer has delivered the full gallery of images to the client. For example, we take 6-8 weeks to deliver a complete gallery, but we like to post a blog with our personal favorites within one week of the wedding. It just gives the client something to see and share with others while they wait for the rest. I feel it makes the wait a little easier and gives the client peace of mind that everything came out okay. However, every photographer’s workflow is different and some don’t see the value in wasting time on a blog right away when it’s easier to just edit those photos later as part of the master collection.
As for the workflow, yes, the time it takes to edit 40 images is much less than the time it takes to edit 600-1000 in our case. I’m not sure if you were looking for someone to go through that whole editing process with you, but that’s too time consuming for me on the fourth of July!
Post # 5
There’s many layers of the process. It starts with downloading and backing up the files. I make two on site and two offsite and one online backup. Then I choose a couple to put on Facebook ASAP. Then i choose 40-50 images for a blog feature and edit those. After that the process of culling out the clunkers from the good one. Then the first wave of editing. I edite for exposure, white balance etc. then there are more detailed edits, the zits, the wrinkles, the bra flab, the exit signs etc. then that all needs to be exported, sharpened, uploaded to online galleries, backed up again and copied to thumb drive for the client then sent to them. Keep in mind I’m doing this I’m still meeting clients, going over timelines, shooting engagement sessions, other weddings, portrait sessions, chasing down payments, book keeping etc etc.
Post # 6
It takes me ~40 hours to completely process a wedding, from copying cards, backing up images, selecting images from all of the ones I shot, doing initial color balance editing on them in Lightroom, then exporting them to run a custom action in photoshop, then edit them all individually in photoshop and run renaming and sizing actions. Now consider that when I show up at a wedding I already have 5-10 others that were shot before that one that are somewhere in that process and you can understand why it takes weeks and weeks. I dot shoot a wedding and come home and immediately start working on it – during busy season I’ve got half a dozen weddings to finish or get started before I start another. Also consider that we spend some of our week actually out shooting weddings and engagements and bridals. I work 50-60 hours a week and my turnaround time is still 6-8 weeks.