What do Photographers do?

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

They take pictures, edit them, and then send it back to you?

The way it worked out with my photographer was he basically got paid 700 an hour. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

They tell the story of your wedding using the art form of photography.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@menzies:   Can I ask what your breakdown is on that hourly rate?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@KateByDesign:  Well I had him for 6 hours. And then I added an hour for him to upload the photos, edit about 30 of them (his wife edits) and then send it back to me. 

Didn’t edit

Edited 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@menzies:  why is that man riding his bike on your dress?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

They utilize VERY expensive equiptment that ensures they get the best and highest quality images possible. Try making a large print or wall canvas of an instagram photo…it doesn’t look good.

 They have back-ups and there is (almost) no risk of losing your photos.

They also have a lot of expirience and know exactly how to use light, natural and artifical, to ensure the bride and groom always look their best.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Birdi:  He’s not on my dress? And he’s carrying his bike. 

So, um yeah. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

@milag64:  Editing is: uploading photos, sifting through them a discarding photos that are poor technically or the subject is unflattering, when the crop of photos is chosen (thats probably a half day of work or more) then they are: cropped, and the following things are adjusted if needed: contrast, saturation, white balance, exposure (to name a few).

Depending on the quality of photographer you chose they may go farther and use photoshop to color correct (digitally paint on photos to remove blemishes, smooth skin etc).

Then they will compress the photos to a more practical file size for your DVD- then they are uploaded to the web for you to purchase, or proofs are printed.

Then depending on what you ordered, they might design a book for you.

Photography and editing is an art from that requires a lot of technical skill and time. Its a lot of work- you get what you pay for!*

 

*(if you pick a good photog)

 

 

 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

 Every photographer has a different editing process, so no one can give you specific step by step as to programs and tools used.

However, here is a basic “workflow”.

1. After the wedding, photographers will most likely put your pictures aside until they have finished editing the weddings before yours.

2. Once they’ve reached your pictures, they have to cull the images.  This means, they go through every single picture they took of that day and choose which ones they will edit.  This means getting rid of the pictures where someone is blinking, sneezing, lighting is off, or generally look bad. 

This process can take a LONG time.  Hours and hours for some who really look at each image.  I would imagine a lot of photographers take 3,000+ pictures the day of the wedding and of course, produce much less than that.

3.  After this, they will edit the images.  Again, everyone’s process is different.  Some edit each picture individually, removing blemishes, changing to b&w, smooking skin, changing  editing out someone or something in the background.  One image (at least for me), can take about 30 minutes sometimes.  If you’re producing 800 images to your client, you can imagine the amount of sweat, tears and time that goes into that process. 

4.  Most professional photographers value their products and like to package their cd’s, flash drives, prints, etc.  This takes some time putting together as well. 

On top of this all, photographers have families and lives as well.  So it should all be taken into consideration when looking at how expensive photography is.  Because it’s worth it.  

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Birdi:  LOL!!!  

 

Would like to add: they don’t do what instagram does.  That is an insult to photography! hahh

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@milag64:  It varies from photog to photog, but 6 hours of wedding covereage can take 24-48 hours of editing depending.  A lot of photographers will take 1000’s of pictures on your day – they may have to painstakingly go through group shots to find which one has the most people smiling, swap a face from A to B to make sure that nephew isn’t picking his nose in the one where all 4 grandparents are smiling etc…

comparing it to instagram is really a terrible idea. 

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@milag64:  I think it depends on your photographer. Do they use a lot of editing or just minimal? Do they edit all images or a limited amount? Have they been doing it for years (quick) or are they newer to it (slow.) I think my photographers spent about 2 hours per hour of shooting for our engagement photos.

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