Post # 1
My photography package came with the option to choose up to 5 pictures to have fully edited. After a LOT of thought, I figured out 5 that Anton and I thought would be good candidates and my parents agreed. We just got them back today and I LOVE how they came out so I wanted to share! I’ll post both the before and the after so you can see what changes were made.
Shot #1 Before:
Shot #1 After:
Shot #2 Before:
Shot #2 After:
Shot #3 Before:
Shot #3 After:
Shot #4 Before:
Shot #4 After:
Shot #5 Before:
Shot #5 After:
Now after having seen what he can do, I’m thinking that I want to have more done, maybe a bunch more! There are several pictures already in my mind, posed pictures where other people ended up in the pictures on the sides that weren’t supposed to be there, stuff like that. If anyone is bored and wants to go through my 924 pictures and give me their recommendations of which picture and what you would change, I’d LOVE to have some additional perspectives! Here’s the link to all of the rest of the pics:http://www.flickr.com/photos/3506385…7625589227277/
What do you think? Any suggestions?
Post # 3
Do you have these pictures in your posession? It seems so strange that you have to pay extra to have these edited for you.
If you have the rights to the pictures, I can show you a really simple photo editing site where you can easily do it yourself.
Post # 4
First of all, most of this is basic color correction, which absolutely should have been done for you on ALL your photos, and included in the package price. This is why I always recommend brides watch out for photographers offering “shoot and burn” packages or think they don’t need editing. DO ask your photographer if ALL the photos on your DVD will have at least undergone basic editing.
Also, in my opinion, they could use a little more contrast and he may have cooled down one or two of the photos a little too much, but then again, I tend to like mine on the warmer side 🙂
Post # 5
Hmm it seems that all he did was change the white balance and some exposures – definitely needs more contrast and blacks added back in! What does your copyright release say? Do you have editing rights? Because I honestly think you might get better editing just preesing the “suto edit” button on most editing programs.
Post # 6
Like everyone else said…what you had to pay for for 5 pictures, should have been done for free on all of them!! Especially since none of what was done is difficult to do.
For our engagement pics, our photographer chose certain ones to change to black and white or do other special effects on, and we also got the original copy. If we wanted something changed to black and white (or something else) that she didn’t do, all we had to do was ask and she would do it for free. Also, basic touch ups (ie. a pimple, stray hair, glare in your glasses) should most definitely be included!
I don’t really have any advice. Do you have rights to the pictures? I truly hope so, because it would be so easy for you or someone else to do this kind of editing for free.
Post # 7
Those photos are not photoshopped, I could do that in my basic program. Can you put up a link to photographers portfolio, and what your contract specifically states. I think there is something fishy going on or he is really not a pro.
Post # 8
I appreciate you taking the time to respond, but color correction is not all that was done to these pictures. I have both low res copies of all pics completely unedited, and a high res disc of all pics where color correction has been done to each and every photo as needed, and all photos were put into b&w for me.
Now while I like to take pictures, my fiddling with them afterwards has been limited to cropping them and playing with sharpness and tone. However I’ve never seen that the basic programs that are on my computer (paint and Windows photo gallery) could do anything like removing the videographer/camera and womans tush out of pic #1 or taking out the videographers head and his brothers head and adding in the candles as was done in picture #2. #3 has had 1/2 a groomsmans head removed my skin cleared up and a mole removed. #4 had the 1/2 of the flower girl running on the side of the pic removed, and the shadows she was covering restored. #5 all of my definite psoriasis issues have been removed from my legs and the details of my dress and veil have gone from being blown out to being visible easily. These are things that if I tried to do using the programs I have already on my computer, the “corrections” attempt on my part would have ended up being highly visible that I’d done them AND it still would have taken me hours.
As for the color, I can agree and that’s something that I’ll be having him tweak until I’m happy. On most of the pictures, I would probably prefer to go with a happy medium in between the original color and the edited version.
I’m very happy with the work my photographer has done, so frankly I’m a bit surprised by the comments I’ve received on here. But…. I do appreciate another point of view, so thank you all for your comments. 🙂
Post # 9
These look great, and you’re right, these are not one click touchups. The ones that were merely lightened were really off because the photographer didn’t light correctly. I would say these are photoshop edits for sure, because most other programs do adjustments at one level, meaning the whole photo would be lightened evenly, and these do look prof. done (I’m a graphic artist, so I feel comfortable saying that). Looka t shot 3. Most programs would have blown out the windows in an adjustment like this.
However, the ones where adjustments were made to get rid of skin boo-boos, and removing the little girl’s dress, and the men in the photo with the candles…those are the kind of adjustments that are so worth it! As long as you are happy, that is what matters!
Post # 10
@menobride: Thank you! I agree! I’m so used to (for example) having psoriasis, that I typically don’t even notice them anymore, but I decided that for my wedding photos I was allowed a bit of a vain moment and I love love love seeing my legs as they would be without them!
Post # 11
The photographer didn’t do anything wrong with the lighting, it’s just a white balance fix that is typically adjusted in post processing. He also did go overboard on a few (too cool and blue) and he somehow lost contrast in the blacks. Most photographers include color correction for the entire set of images (500, 1000,etc). Here, it looks like he is showing you what came straight out of the camera. He should at least give you the color corrected files so the 900+ images are useful to you. Then you can decide whichfew of the bunch you want him to clone out people and do facial retouches. Honestly though, if he took more care in his compositions he wouldn’t need to clone out people and objects in all these pictures and make you pay for that.
Post # 12
@dodgercpkl: I am glad that you are happy with your pics! I am more shocked that you have to pick which pics you want to fix…and then pay for them.
Post # 13
weird and all that you have to choose them and then pay for them, but even weirder is that the pictures were poorly taken in the first place. i agree that all he changed was the white balance and some exposure, so im surprised that the pictures werent just taken well straight out of the camera. i woudl work on getting all your pictures and editing them yourself, like pp said, there are lots of websites and free easy programs that can help.
Post # 14
@ClairDarling: If you look closer, the photographer did more than that on the final edits…..he cloned out items and people for a more appealing composition, and also did some skin retouching on the faces. However, the base (original) picture should of at least been color corrected (even with the people in the background) so it would be useful to you.