Post # 1
So I have finally narrowed down my choices for photographers and when I was reading over the fine print of the contract they sent I got a little bit nervous and confused. The package price includes both an album and a CD with the digital negatives on it (however it states that the digital negatives are not retouched or edited, simply color corrected) the images included in the album are retouched and edited to our liking.
Should I be nervous? Is this standard for photographers to only edit 50 to 100 of the images and leave the rest of them relatively untouched (outside of color)? Is it difficult to go back through and do basic photoshop editing afterwards on my own or is that something I should expect a photographer to do?
Help! This photographer was already pushing my budget a bit so I want to make sure I’m happy with the results.
Post # 3
thats kind of standard… the editing can take hours! its great that your getting the digitals, then the skys the limit.
I didnt have a professional photographer, we just couldnt afford one. And got a friend of ours with a really good camera. (he has it as a hobby) he took all our pictures and I have gone through with a program I got off the net called Lightroom (its a trial version), some professional photographers use this. And its a fairly simple program that lets you adjust photos, cropping and also put a ‘filter’ on them which gives them a professional effect. 🙂
It saved me alot of money but I would just give them a call and clarify if your unsure. Its up to them to make you feel safe in going with them. They will put the time in with you to explain there contract and package. 🙂
Post # 4
theres a link to the board, where I posted an example of an effect, just so you can see what I mean.
Post # 5
I think what is important to ask is “can you edit them yourself?” or basically can anyone edit them but the photographer? Sometimes photographers have a clause that nobody but them can edit them – thus making whatever he gives you – it.
I think that’s somewhat normal I guess. We were lucky to had a friend do ours and he gave us 100% of them (3000) with full rights and we edited them ourselves. We do that also when we shoot weddings.
Post # 6
Plus one to Rgeddy. You need specific usage rights that allow you to do this to be able to edit the photos yourself or the full-on Copyrights, which few to no photographers give these days.
As for your original question, I wouldn’t say that’s the standard, maybe about 50/50? Some photographers, including myself, edit every image that goes onto the DVD. In addition to color, you’ll probably want exposure for those that need slight adjustment, and contrast, as digital images are by nature flat.
I do not recommend using a trial version of pro software like Lightroom and trying to edit them yourself. They may look good to you on screen as you are adjusting them, but if your monitor is not professionally calibrated they will probably look terrible in print. It takes years to master proper photo editing.
Post # 7
Your package sounds much like mine (although our album isn’t included but they edit any images you put in an album or order prints of). Honestly, when looking at the images on our DVD, they DON’T NEED EDITING! They look great as is! I honestly wouldn’t be worried about that in a package at all!
Post # 8
Ok, thougts of food for thought here. I will circle back with the photographer about editing the images and if I would be capable of doing that–all I know is that they are in JPG format on the CD/DVD.
I’ve emailed about the whole adjustment for light thing because that has me terrified especially since the photographer does not use lighting equipment and prefers ambient lighting.
Post # 9
Im with LBP on this one. I personally dont know any photographers who dont edit every image that is presented to the client in their online gallery and the photodisc. I personally dont deliver any images that havent been completely retouched, but that is how I run my business. I would certainly be concerned with a color corrected image. Basically this would mean that the photographer would need to nail the exposure, lighting, composition, emotions, and much more perfectly in camera. The odds of that are nearly close to 100% from happening, especially with weddings since we are not given time to set up each shot with perfect light, posing, and angles. Also if they are only color corrected, what if they are slightly tilted??? Will they fix this as well or just leave it as is, that would bother me. If I am paying for photography I want the finished image, not something in between start to finish of the editing process, but that’s just me 🙂
Post # 10
Most I talked to said they fine edit all the images you want printed in the album. All the others on the CD aren’t usually edited for zits and stuff, but would do it on request.
Post # 11
If you can, I would negotiate with the photog to get .tiff files rather than jpegs as the latter are ‘lossy’ which means that a tiny bit of data is lost whenever you open the file. Ok for now…how about 20 or 30 years down the line? We just don’t know, do we…
Post # 12
This is the same package I got. We got all 2000 pics on CD with full rights, untouched. Only the 50 or so that go in the album will be edited by the photographer. I second @FutureKMM , most of our photos look great as is.
Post # 13
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It looks like some great photographers have already chimed in, I’ll ad my 2 cents 🙂
I think it would be completely reasonable to ask for the edited album photos on a DVD. It’s very minimal work. You may need to wait till the photographer is done with the album before you get the DVD with all the pictures, but having edited photos is worth the wait.
Make sure that you write in the contract that you are entitled to the edited images on a DVD. This should be no problem, and I would be concerned with your photographer choice if this service would be a hassle or cost more.
As a side note, if you are hiring a reputable photographer, the original images should be good. Keep in mind that all the photos will need a contrast adjustment, and sharpening without a doubt, this is the nature of digital photography.
As a last resort, if the photographer is willing to charge substantially less for unedited photos (like $600 less, darkroom work is very time consuming, so should take a bite out of the costs) you may be able to find a student who will professionally edit the photos for a reasonable cost, or learn to edit them yourself.
Post # 14
I am also a photographer and a bride. I always edit my clients photos and give them the copyright release. I think one should always put their best foot forward. Editing can take time, especially if you want to create art. If you want photos with lots of effects(color splash, soften, black and white, sepia…etc) I would reccommend a photographer who WANTS to do create art, not simply snap photos. If you are looking for natural, candids then going the non editing route is good. if you want to edit your own I reccommend Picnik, Picsa and Photobucket(however you will have to purchase the PRO Package so they don’t compress your photos). Good Luck with your search and your big day. ~Autumn Wilson~
Post # 15
I am a wedding photographer and my preferred team to do my editing for my wedding is all my post editing work is sorted by the ido wedding team. https://www.ido-wedding.co/
If you have the RAW images and if your photographer has not edited them you can get in touch with these guys, for professional results, but of cos you need to have rights to do this. Make sure you confirm this with your photographer.
I have had instances where i had a contract with my client for 200 processed images, but later my clients wanted more processed photos. Since it was out of my contract & i didn’t have that kind of time to process them plus i did not want to disappoint my client, i directed them to ido-wedding. They did a great job, my clients love the results and they found them affordable too.
Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 16
@fredster Be careful with this. Brides make sure you have the rights to do this. Just becuase you have rights to reprint doesn’t always mean you can pay someone else to edit them.
My suggestion is ask if you can purchases the images edited for the album. We always give a 100 or so of our favorites that are fully retouched and then if the bride wants the ones from her album or any other project I am editing them for. You may even see what she offers for a 100 or so edits of your fav.