Post # 1
So I sent my photographer a list of boudoir photos I’d like retouched along with my list of concerns but I told him to also use his professional eye to catch things I didn’t. I know that I can do easy retouches so I sent him the more “complicated” ones to do… well I got them back today and SO disappointed. Everything he did was something I could do in less than 5 minutes myself!
I hated sounding like a jerk, but I really felt like not much effort was put into the touch ups. He didn’t try ANYTHING outside what I had outlined for him. =/
I retouched one of my own photos in less than 5 minutes and emailed them back to show the difference. I can do my own airbrushing, background detailing and tummy tucking. So not worth $20 an image…
Sorry, I just had to vent. =(
Post # 3
How much did you pay for your shoot? Was this extra retouching or did your photographer show you a proofing gallery of which you select favorites for him to finish? Typically, with photographers, the level of retouching increases with the following:
The amount you pay
The number of images (less images = more retouching)
The talent and skill of the retouch artist
Event photographers that do mostly weddings, typically focus on quantity when doing portraits. They will give you a large number of images edited to event quality. Portrait photographers will typically offer less, but go further in the retouching, sometimes even down to body sculpting and skin smoothing.
It’s important to discuss these things with your photographer upfront to get an idea of what they offer and also what their skill level is. At a bare minimum, your pictures should be along the same level of retouching as what is shown on the photographer’s portfolio.
Last, depending on the usage rights you have, you may not have rights to start modifying your photographers images. Best bet is to check your contract. I certainly wouldn’t start sending the photographer back edits you have done for this reason, and also because it’s a bit insulting.
Also, what you view as a problem area may look fine to the photographer. Many people that get these pictures done don’t want them airbrushed and their body morphed, they want to look what they really look like. If you wanted this, I would of had a detailed discussion with your photographer up front of his editing work.