(Closed) Is this photographer charging too much? Please Help

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

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@Brielle As a photographer, you get editing, not retouching, on the DVD. Editing is color, exposure, cropping, straightening. Retouching is doing extensive hand editing such as removing electrical cords, tables, and wrinkles in your skirt.

I tell my brides that I do not create an alternate reality. While I try to minimize problems through posing, etc, I do expect that my brides be able to sit, stand, and move around without bulges above the dress. Just sitting should not create bulges in dresses that fit properly-after all, you are sitting for much of your reception and guests would be catching you like that too. After all, I don’t select or alter the gown, so I can’t help the way it looks and cannot spend hours retouching that out for free. Same thing with skirt wrinkles-I’ve never seen a dress wrinkle just by sitting for a few minutes. If it does or was wrinkled out of the bag, again, I don’t retouch that for the DVD for free.

Electrical cords and tables stacked is the venue’s problem, not mine, for the most part. I can’t alter where the bride chooses to get married, and some locations look better than others. I’ll try to move my brides away from things if possible, but I’ve been in venues with cords, screens, exit signs, and junk all around, so it is what it is.

I do retouch any images chosen for the album, but only to the extent that it looks real.

I personally don’t allow any of my photos to be retouched by anyone else or to have any other photographer create a book out of them-that’s a copyright violation for my clients. So definitely check with your photographer prior to doing this.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We paid $800 for the edited digital images and printing rights.

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@kwynn Thank you for your comments on my question.  I appreciate the response.  I just want to note that, in my case, I was not at all questioning the cost of the DVDs/rights to the images, because I understand that, by selling them to me, the photographer is forgoing income he could have made by selling the prints directly.  I did not think the $875 was excessive. I was just questioning what type of editing may have been done to the images, since he told me that he does not Photoshop the images. 

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@kwynn Thank you so much for explaining what photographers mean by an edited image vs. what they would consider to be a re-touched image. I appreciate your taking time to explain the difference.

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