(Closed) How do photographers pick which pics as “best”?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@biogirl71: I choose my the images I provide based on a number of criteria:

1.) Best Focus.

2.) Usable Exposure (almost all are, but some need more adjustment than others)

3.) Value of moment captured. If it’s an important or impactful moment and the only of the set, I’m more forgiving on a perfectly razor sharp focus.

4.) Number of similar images (virtually exact duplicates are deleted, and only the best 1 or two of the set are provided. If an expression is different, you get the photo.)

5.) Best overall Framing, Angle and Light. I try to include a variety of angles, but you will get the most images from what I consider to be the best angle.

Those are my main criteria, but I also consider who is in the photo, the bride, groom, her dad? MOH? And give those a little extra value as well. I take great care to provide the best images that will make for the highest quality prints. That being said, I usually deliver 100 photos per hour of coverage without a second shooter. 300 may be a little low. I hope this helps!


Post # 4
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

well, we had our photographers all day, from about 9am to midnight, and they took about 4500 photos total, of which we got 450.  This is their standard practice, and how they base their pricing.  i expect your photographer has a similar standard and probably gives all his or her clients about 300 photos.  but to have so many seeming mistakes within the edited photos?  that is suspicious to me.  did you find this person based on credentials or a personal reference?  if not, that might have been the first mistake.  they might let you buy the rest of the photos, i know i can buy all 4500 for an extra $250, so if you can do that you should and then you can look thru yourself and see if there are others you like better.  or even, just call them and explain your concerns and ask if you can come to their office or studio and look thru the proofs on their computer.  then if you see others you like better make a deal to get them.  with the number of mistakes i think that would be a reasonable request.

Post # 5
155 posts
Blushing bee

Most of the top end (I mean really top end, not middle-top) give around 300-500, a lot just 300, so I think the number is fine. But the quality would be worrying if an assistant was genuinely in front of the shot. Although photography is one of those things that you do tend to ‘get what you paid for’, any chance you could tell us how much you paid for the service?

Post # 6
1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@wellykiwi: I disagree. Nearly all of the photographers I spoke with in my area said I would receive 700-1000 proofs on a dvd. My own photographer said around 800 for all day coverage with a second shooter.

Post # 7
26 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

That’s a foreign idea to me that photographers only give some of the photos. Though I guess I can understand the average, non-photography-obessed couple might not want to take the time to sift through a few thousand photos. However, our photographer is giving us all the photos (raw and then the ones they choose to edit of course) Then again, we’re paying around $2,600 for two photographers, so I think that we deserve all the images.

Post # 8
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I turn over around 700-900 on average and I pretty much use the same method as  @PassionatePhotoLady: when I cull. 

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@brittanymarie: $2600 for two photographers and RAW files is actually really low…. 

Post # 10
13 posts


 I take 70-100 images/hour and edit the best 70-150 total. I send the bride two sets of CD’s- the first contains the edited images while the second contains all the photos I took during the event (minus doubles, the bad, and the ugly). I will edit additional images upon request.

  I choose the photos to edit edit in a similar fashion as LB.

  300 proofs total for a six hour event seems very light- especially if you’re missing good examples of important photos. Can you post some of the photos? 2500 dollars is a HUGE amount of money to spend for mediocre.

Post # 11
1123 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is the low resolution CD so you don’t get the pictures printed elsewhere or something?

Post # 12
28 posts

Goodness I really feel for you and am sorry you are upset with your photos for what you invested in, that certainly isnt a good thing.

For me personally I deliver anywhere from 300-800 final edited images from a 6-8 hour wedding coverage event. The way I choose which images to show is based on a lot of factors but basically LBP hit the nail on the head with how images are deleted and then presented to the couple. For me it’s all about lighting number one, compositions/angles, emotion, and who is in the image. I want to make sure that every details of the day is captured and that mostly means the people that are there celebrating with the couple. What worries me is that you are just now seeing your images, that seems like a long time to wait.

Have you had the chance to speak with your photographer and tell them your concerns? I would certainly do so and ask if they have any images they kept that they could show you that were not in your online gallery.

Post # 13
424 posts
Helper bee

We work very similar culling styles as @LBPhotograph y and deliver around 75-100 images per hour of shooting with two main photogs {we do his and hers photogs} We always eliminate the duplicates and the  crap photos but will keep in a photo if it is a special moment/person but might need some work.

I would say that if your photographer is giving you photos with eyes closed or bad exposure then they are not a very experienced photographer. 300 is not that many if you consider the odds that only 1 out of 20 or so is a decent shot that they are giving you. I’m sorry you have to go through with this. I definitely would explain to the photographer how you feel. The least it will do will help her run her business a little better and prevent this from happening to other brides.

I personally would never give a bride my whole take or give them raw photos for that matter we delete the crap photos right away anyhow since the files take up so much room on our computers.

Oh and we shoot an average of 3500 to 4000 between the two of us for an 8 hour day.

Post # 16
8 posts

First you need to save the picture on your computer. You can click on the insert picture icon in the comment box and browse to the location you saved the picture and insert the picture. I think this should work, btw it is not very kind of your photographer to behave like that after clicking ‘not so good’ images.

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