Post # 1
When you photog “edits” the photos before giving them to you……what are they doing? Do photogs photoshop people to look their best?
For instance, I was at a wedding this summer for a beautiful young bride. When I saw her pro photos she looked out of this world, like a model mixed with barbie. Her skin was perfectly tan, her arms were impeccablly toned and shaped, her face looked like a baby doll- not an imperfection to be found. I am in no way saying she is not this stunning, but her ever day photos are normal. Just curious! Is that just the work of a great camera, lighting, and focus or could there be some doctoring?
Post # 3
Could be a mixture of all of the above. Pro photogs know how to pose people to look their best, understand lighting techniques, and often use longer portrait lenses that have a way of compressing features for a flattering look.
As far as editing, every photographer is different, but most shoot in RAW so they are able to go back and fix exposures that may not be perfect, add contrast, bump up the saturation, fill light, etc without being destructive to the image. Usually photographers will edit blemishes out too. I also clone out distracting things in the background (like an exit sign or a trash can).
I personally would NOT edit someone to look different. I had a potential client email me once to ask if I would slim her arms in her wedding photos. First of all, it would be incredibly time consuming to make her look smaller in EVERY photo, but I also want to capture people as they actually are…not as a made up version of themselves. Sometimes photographers do these types of edits though, but they are normally just done to the prints that are ordered through them or for a canvas or an album or for an extra charge.
Post # 4
For me, there are a couple different stages of editing.
First, I take out the shots that are just bad… people blinking, weird faces, or just not a great shot from a composition stand point, etc. I will also do a few black and white conversions at this time.
Second, for the shots that I think are outstanding, wall worthy/blog worthy, etc. I will go in and do small things like color correction, sharpening, etc. Sometimes even a bit of cosmetic stuff like healing blemishes or whitening of the eyes and or teeth, if they need it.
I send off the photos to the couple and it’s only if the bride asks for any retouching that I haven’t done, will I actually do it.
But there are some photographers that will go in and majorly cosmetically photoshop an image.
Post # 5
Photography is not just the act of taking the picture, there is also the post processing. While I don’t every Photoshop things to death the act of editing is a crucial part of the process. I don’t believe in making people super tan, trimming their bodies or doing things that make them not look like themselves. But I will tweak things whether it be a stray hair, brightening/changing the tone/tweaking the light etc. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes 🙂
Post # 6
Professional photos are supposed to make you look “out of this world” they focus on your best features in the best light and do certain types of photoshopping to make your skin look even more flawless than it really is. These days since most people have cameras no one would pay thousands for professional pictures if they ended up looking the same way they do everyday.