Post # 1
I will start by saying I had an amazing photographer. She took excellent photographs, edited them wonderfully, and sent them to me quickly.
I also understand that when hiring a pro photographer I have to accept their judgment. ie. what edits look good, etc.
However, mine made some of my photos black and white and then threw out the colour version. My question is whether this is normal? Could she have done this becaues the colour version looked terrible?
What do you bees think?
Post # 2
Yes, sometimes a photographer will change a photo to black and white in order to colour correct the image – then they will get rid of the crappy colour version.
Post # 3
Yeah I have seen photographers do this, usually because of weird lighting messing up the color. But she should have explained that to you, not just gotten rid of them without comment
Post # 4
Thanks for your responses!
I would understand if she did it because the colour version was bad. However, there is an image directly before the black and white one (that was clearly taken a couple seconds before but our faces were wonky) where the colour was beautiful. Hard to imagine the colour would have been that different a few seconds later.
Post # 5
Yep. We have photos in different color that I would have liked in just normal color, but she didn’t give us the option to see it! Annoying Isn’t it.
Post # 6
Wedding photographer here. For me, there are two reasons an image ends up B&W:
1.) I “saw” it as a B&W, and intentionally photographed it with the intention of it becoming a B&W. Because of this, and the way I like/edit my B&W images, I actually “overexpose” a little…on purpose. This doesn’t lend itself to be good in color, and so I would never edit to “correct” it to make it color.
2.) Bad color and/or distraction. This can mean a lot of things….. Crazy wall or clothing colors making a color cast on the skin or the background that is just not easily corrected or is very distracting. Most common during getting ready and reception photos – as it helps to keep the eye focused on the subject and not the distractions in the background. For example, I once had to shoot getting ready for a groom in the sunday school room at the church. The walls were COVERED floor to ceiling with children’s finger painting on the walls. Bright yellow – insane colors. Almost every image was B&W because it’s just too ugly to be in color.
As for why she did it – you never know! Maybe, like me, she shot the second version of the image intending for it to be a B&W and while it stinks maybe your face was wonky in the color version – the other shot didn’t lend itself to be color.
I know that is probably a MUCH longer answer than you expected…lol…but hopefully that sheds a little light into it.
Post # 7
Did you allow people to take pictures with their own cameras?
Red eye reducers, focus lights and flashes from other cameras all can eff up the color in a photo in a matter of seconds. So maybe she took the second photo at the same time as someone else and that’s what messed up the color?
Post # 8
Thank you for your help! I am sure these things were it!