Post # 1
i am welcoming your advice and expertise here! i think i have officially narrowed it down to two photographers. YAY, after all my anxiety, lol i found two i love! now, they have both sent me links and passwords to albums of weddings they have shot in the last few months. my question is, for these online viewing albums, how much post processing is done? i’m assuming very little if any (they may be the raw images), and i guess i need to get into the details with each photographer, but in these albums, one photographer’s final images don’t look much different than the final ones she posted on her blog. the other photographers’ though, i can definitely tell there was post processing and color correction (definitely looks better). so my question is, is there usually a standard post processing offered for the digital files received or are we normally only offered the raw files? between these two photographers, if neither one have done any post processing on their gallery displayed images for proofing/ordering, then i think one photographer may be better than the other. i hope this makes sense, but also a question i should ask them directly? any help from pros is appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I’m not a pro, but the pros I know generally won’t release any completely raw photos and do some post-processing. The photos that my photog blogged received additional processing that looked super amazing, but the less-processed (but still processed) photos also looked great (but different). She also gave me the super-edited photos that she blogged when I got my final images.
You should definitely ask the photographers what you’ll get at the end!
Post # 4
I would ask the photographers if the galleries are edited images. When I release a gallery every image has been edited.
Post # 5
Maybe I can provide a little information and clear up some confusion.
RAW (capital letters) refers to a format of a file that is not viewable without special software and post-processing. When girls ask for the RAW or ask if they are seeing the RAW, 99.99% of the time, the answer is no.
What they mean is “raw” (lower case) as in “unedited.”
What you are seeing are JPGS (file format) that may be edited or unedited.
Every photographer is different. Many photographers (include myself) follow this format:
Entire wedding is viewed, culled, and color corrected/white balanced/general overall, global adjustments-also called RAW edits or LR edits
Blog photos and portfolio photos are retouched (detailed editing, special effects editing, cloning out background elements, fixing skin, whitening teeth, things that are more local and require work to be done by hand)
Anything ordered as a print through the photographer is retouched. Anything put in the album is retouched.
Client receives DVD of retouched files for those files blogged/ordered/put in album and receives color-corrected/adjusted JPGS for those images not ordered.
Hope that helps you! Just ask the photographer what you are seeing!
Post # 6
^^^thank you again. i am also interested in one of the other photographers you mentioned to me and they have beautiful photos, but the blog photos definitely look better than the images in the viewing/ordering gallery vs the other photographer whose images look almost, if not the same on her blog. i e-mailed them and asked them how edited the photos in their gallery were, and the kind of edits we would be receiving and in what formats (prints, disc, or album). i hope they get back to me soon 🙂