(Closed) Photography editing post-wedding: photographer says it is too much or at cost

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Girl your list is like you’re laying out a magazine. It’s totally unfair to expect her to do all of these major edits. 

Ask her if she will allow you to hire someone to do these edits on her work or if she wants to do it for an agreed upon price. Just know that what you’re asking for is a lot of work and will be very expensive. 

Post # 17
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Bee Keeper

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Sweetcece :  I’m wondering about the weird streak of light though in many of the photos. Was that a photographer error? Can any photographers discuss this?

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Considering I just spent an ENTIRE SEMESTER learning how to do some of the things you are ‘expecting,’ it does not surprise me in the least that she expects to be compensated. It can take YEARS to learn how to properly reconstruct photos and HOURS to complete just one of the tasks you think she should tack on for free. 

Yes. You are being COMPLETELY unreasonable and I would go so far as to apologize to her for your uneducated responses. 

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee

These are super expensive and time consuming edits. How in the world did you expect them to know that you wanted the sunglasses cropped out of someone’s head? This is ridiculous, bee. 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Your requests are totally unreasonable. Those aren’t edits or touch ups, those are major changes. I do photoshopping a ton in my work and those aren’t little changes that most photographers are willing to at all…. never mind for free! Editing that is normally included is touching up colors (upping the contrast, not changing the color of something specific like a dress), cropping, removing red eye or huge blemishes, and whitening things.

Honestly, you are totally in the wrong here and I feel bad for the photographer. People assume photoshopping people or things out is easy but it’s actually a ton of work and time. If they are that important find someone who does photo recontruction and pay then to do them to your standards.

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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Sweetcece :  No, your ask is not reasonable.  That is major reconstruction of photos and that kind of thing is not typically included in your phototgraphy pacakge.  The kind of editing that photographer usually include is basic editing of lighting, contrats, cropping, effects etc to the photographer’s liking (aka, to her professional taste) and a lot of that is frequently done in batches rather than 1 photo at a time.

That said, if you want some serious re-touching done you could bid them out to a retoucher, you don’t ahve to go through your photographer.  It’s unlikely that this kind of photoshop work is her specialty if she’s a live event photographer.

FWIW I didn’t ask my photographer for any edits or retouches of photos.

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Not reasonable at all. I’m a wedding photographer and all of that falls under retouching and that’s an additional fee. Almost every photographer, including myself, delivers images that are edited for exposure, color, contrast, & composition. There may be artistic edits done to any images we post on the blog or for preview but extensive retouching is not included. Yes we try to be as diligent as possible to notice little details but frankly there’s a lot going on during the day and we are not responsible for the actions of grown adults. I expect an adult to know not to wear their sunglasses on their head during formal portraits, or bridesmaids to not be wearing hair ties on their wrists, etc.

Post # 23
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

As many previous posters have said, I think you’re being a bit unreasonable. I can completely understand you wanting the strand of hair edited out of a few photos, or maybe a weird glare fixed. However editing out sunglasses on someone’s head, and a WHOLE person is a TON of work for the photographer and definitely isn’t the norm. I understand wanting things to be perfect, but I really think you may be stressing a little too much about something that really won’t matter years from now. That being said if it really IS that important to you, just know it isn’t something normally done without a special request and generally extra compensation as that is hourssss of editing done on the photographer’s part.

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

 

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gravity523 :  It’s not allowed unless she was given copyright. 

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Def not reasonalble.  It also doesnt sound like your being particularly nice about it. 

Post # 26
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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Sweetcece :  Sorry Bee, I think you’re in the wrong here. Your contract says what is included in your price is editing at the photog’s discresion- that means it’s up to her, not you. Generally, they do some color correcting, cropping for better overall look, maybe fix some blemishes, but that’s it. What you are asking for is MAJOR. You can’t just casually take glasses off someone’s head or make a person disappear. That is going to be hours of very difficult work that might not look right at the end. 

Your photographer charged you based on the hours you had her shoot plus meeting with her and the editing she assumed she’d have to do. Expecting dozens of hours more work out of her for free is unreasonable. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

Removing whole PEOPLE or objects from photos is not retouching. The only one I think she may help with (at her discretion) would be the one with the hair. Otherwise, you would 100% need to pay her for her extensive work. Doing that is NOT easy. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

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annelise210516 : “a little more advanced to make thinner or curvier body parts.”

That’s not basic retouching, especially for most standard wedding photography contracts.

OP, your request is unreasonable.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I thought you were going to say the photographer didn’t edit the photos, as in red eyes are still there, photos are too dark or too bright, not cropped properly, etc… I wasn’t expecting your list to be like this. Sorry, but I think you’re asking for a lot from a wedding photographer. Your expectations are not the norm. Your photographer is right here. Removing people (and sunglasses?) require a lot of work.

Post # 30
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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janvier :  yes would agree that such a request would be very much at the discretion of the photographer if it had never been discussed or agreed/promised beforehand. But if only minor tweak is needed it’s also easy and not time consuming tweak to do (adding cleavage would be on par with blemish removal if you have the right programme to work with – the only tricky part being that you have to make sure the surrounding background does not look warped if you’re changing the outline shape of someone). 

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