Post # 1
We are currently shopping for our photographer. We met with a couple that was nice. I didn’t feel sparks after leaving there, though. We still have a few more photographers to meet so I hope we find one that wows us. Anyway, the couple we met with showed us pictures and every picture had been enhanced -soft focus or colors brightened. Is this normal? Are all pictures edited after to make them look so nice? Is enhancing every picture normal?
Post # 3
I think enhancing every picture in an album is normal, although I doubt they retouch EVERY pic taken (it’s a lot of work).
Post # 4
My photographer will edit every photo but will not enhance every picture to have effects. He said that he enhances his and our favourites!
Is it likely that he just showed you the enhanced ones? Did you look through an entire wedding photo album (even those will be edited but some are likely to be plain vs. enhanced)?
Post # 5
I agree, all photos that will go in an album will be edited and enhanced in the way that the photog sees best. do you not like it like that? I think they make the pictures more crisp and grab your attention more. If you get your ‘negatives’ from the shoot they wont be that way?
Post # 6
The joys of digital photography 🙂 I think the usual practice is for the photog to choose a certain number of images to edit and then to leave the rest untouched.
One of the things to consider when choosing a photographer is whether you like the style of the editing. When I was doing my search, I saw some really overdone portfolios where everything looked too soft and cheesy for my tastes. I wound up choosing my photographer as much on the style of her edits as her eye with the camera.
Post # 7
I know I’m not a fan of photos that obviously look edited, like waaaaay bright colors and other filters, so I stayed away from photographers with that sort of style. Like others have said, most photographers don’t edit every photo they take, usually just the album shots.
Post # 8
All photographers do a bit of work to every photo. The degree to which they do their post-processing is what you’re looking for, what you’ll be paying for, and what you should like in terms of style. Sounds to me like you didn’t love what this photographer was showing you? I personally don’t like it when the people look airbrushed, but I do like a bit of enhancement to the photo.
A good photographer will never give out his or her unedited photos. It’s like giving you the negatives from a film camera without ever developing them in a darkroom. Film photographers used to go in and darken or lighten parts of a photo, etc. Now, it’s all done on a computer.
Post # 9
Thanks ladies for all your help. This all makes so much sense! Now, I can put into words what I am looking for.
So, I do want them to enhance images, that’s normal. Just not too much or it looks cheesy. Plus, I will look for a photographer whose style I like an whose editing techniques i like ( this is key).
This is why I need the hive. My Fiance is very helpful, but we wouldn’t have come up with this conclusion. (Not this quickly, anyway.)
Post # 10
She was probably just showing you the best of her work, which also tend to be the photos that get enhanced. I bet she didn’t even realize she had only shown you enhanced photos. If you can tell the photos are good without the extra effects, I say go for her and just tell her not to enhance that many if you don’t want it. It will probably cost less actually.
Post # 11
As a photographer, I can tell you that the world “enhanced” means different things to different people. If you find a photographer whose style you like but he/she uses a lot of effects (such as diffusion or oversaturated colors) that you don’t care for, I think you can safely communicate that by saying that you prefer a “straighter” photography style.
Any skilled photographer should be able to do minor touchups – like covering blemishes, enhancing contrast, softening harsh shadows, etc. – but they do take extra time and add to the post-processing costs. On the other hand, you might want to watch out for a photographer that covers up inexperience or poor technical skills with a lot of effects.
Post # 12
Maybe they were trying to put their best foot forward? To my knowledge most pictures have something done to them.
Post # 13
hi! i am a photog in new orleans- on the opposite side of the world, basically, and have no idea where placentia, california is. however, i really admire the work of jasmine star. i think she is based in orange county, but she does weddings everywhere. her work is outstanding and she really seems fun to work with. good luck!!!
Post # 14
giving out unedited photos is like giving out film without developing it…why would you do that….as a professional whos work is out on public display, you dont want your unedited work in public domain, right? If someone gives out unedited work, it shows a certain lack of pride in their own work imo.
what is done is an entirely separate topic and is completely at preference of the photographer…some like to do very little, just basic colour correction sharpening, cropping etc…some like to cross process, black and white, sepia, vignette, texturise, etc….its your own personal style…whether you like it or not as a client is your decision, and you should pick someone whos style suits you.
just a note: has anyone here ever seen a proper proper RAW image with NO camera processing on it? you have to turn off all the incamera processing….it aint pretty.
and finally, no amount of editing or photoshop can save a poorly shot picture.