Post # 1
Our photographer got our digital pictures back to us about a month after the wedding. We are able to order prints of anything we’d like through Zenfolio or any other website of our choosing. In all of the pictures she provided, there are no B&W shots. Does this seem normal? I suppose I could convert them to B&W myself, but I would imagine there is some editing to be done to make it look right, and I certainly don’t know how to do that.
I am also questioning some of the editing that was (or was not) done. She took a close up shot of me and I think my skin looks terrible – is this something that should have been edited to look softer, or am I just being too critical?
Several of the pictures I got were very bright, some to the point of almost not being able to see what’s in the picture. It was a sunny day, and I know photographers don’t love sunny days. Do you think its normal that I got several pictures like this?
If this doesn’t seem normal, can they be fixed with editing? Should I just ask my photog. about all of this?
Post # 3
I think it depends on your contract with your photographer… I know mine said she did not do skin retouching unless I would order an album. However, I do think its pretty standard to do more editing than yours seem to have… have you discussed this with him/her? I would tell them your concerns asap!
Post # 4
I think it depends…did you also get photos of your cake that are clear and usable? Every picture the photog takes isn’t going to be perfect and lovely. If there are no usable pictures of your cake, then I’d be concerned, but it some of the photos didn’t turn out, then that’s normal. I know my photographer does not do edits to things like skin. In fact, most of his images didn’t require editing. He only didn’t editing on the photos we purchased prints of.
Post # 5
Yes, I’d ask your photograher. Those pictures should be edited better. Actually your skin looks fine but the lighting is bad in the rest of those shots and I’m sure it can be adjusted. Black and white can be done when you order prints online, like from Walmart, Shutterfly or Costco.
And I agree with MissRobots: not every picture will be edited to perfection. The photographer will run most of the usable pics through some edits for color and light and then a handful will be edited (think Photoshopped) for near-perfection.
Post # 6
I don’t know if this is really preferable, but I used the burn tool in photoshop and really quickly darkened the image. Your photographer is a pro and I’m not, but you could ask her if she could darken some of the images so that you cans see more of the details.
ETA: The first two photos of you look great btw!
Post # 7
I have no idea if it’s “normal” or not…just wanted to peep in and say that you look gorgeous in your photos! Everything does really. 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
Did she give you all of your pics on CD? What our photog is doing is giving us all the images untouched, plus ~100 of his favorites that he will do some editing on. Then once we decide what prints we want out of all the images he’ll edit the ones that are our favorites–make B&W, smooth out weird skin, play with lighting, coloring, etc. Basically the way it was explained to us is that hand editing is very time-consuming, so they will do it on any pics we want prints of, we just have to pick our favorites and let them know. Check your contract–it’s unlikely that they’ll edit/retouch every image until you are ordering. Even if you’re not doing prints from them, is there something in your contract about a certain number of edited images?
Also I think you look beautiful in that first pic–I would be happy to have a shot like that of me in our pics.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for the input, and the kind words. Reading all the comments is very helpful. For the most part, in cases where a shot was too light, there was another picture of the same shot that was usable. There may just be a few where this isn’t true. Our situation is a little bit unique, as we didn’t have a contract with our photog. but with our venue, which provided the photog. Our venue contract is very bare bones and just indicates that we’ll get the digital pictures. I think I will contact the photog. and ask her about editing a few pictures more.
Post # 10
You look fabulous! Definitely contact the photographer to see what might be done.
Post # 11
The first image is underexposed and the others are very overexposed. Some of this can be fixed with editing but your photographer is likely not obligated to do that. This is the dangerous thing about not working with a photographer directly or having a contract with them – you don’t know what to expect in terms of editing and there’s nothing in writing that even says the photographer has to do anything more than hand you the images straight out of the camera. You can definitely ask and mention the over/under exposures but I wouldn’t go into it expecting them to fix it at no cost.
For what it’s worth, most photographers edit for exposure, color correction, and other minor touches before they deliver images. Retouching skin, removing blemishes, etc usually falls into another category of retouching which many photographers will do for prints and albums you order through them but don’t do those adjustments for the photos they put on disc because it is a tremendous amount of extra work they wouldn’t be making any money from. So I wouldn’t expect skin retouching but I would expect the exposures to be correct and these are all waaaay off.
Post # 12
Personally, I feel like overexposed pictures are very “in” right now in terms of wedding photography. I didn’t see a photographer out there in my search that didn’t refer to this style for anything but night time weddings and darker spaces. I actually prefer them, to be honest.
But, if it’s not in your taste, it’s a pretty easy edit in photoshop or any other photo editing software. Just play around until you figure out what styles of lighting and editing you like. (I say this guessing that you have all rights to the photos and are thus able to further edit them.)
As for the first one, it’s terrible lighting on you. Are there any better close shots in the photos you got? I’m sure she probably took at least 20 of just your face.
Post # 13
Correct me if I’m wrong for I’m a noob at photography, but I think there’s this mode in the DSLR (HDR photography) where the camera saves the exact same picture with two different exposures that is to be later combined to form a picture with Higher Dynamic Range.
This could explain why you have two shots of the same thing but at different exposures. You would need to do post-processing on Photoshop to combine the pictures I think.
As for your first portrait shot, I think it is beautiful and just needs some processing. I hope your photographer can help you with that! Or you could hire someone else to help you with editing the photos.
Post # 14
This situation seems a bit weird to me that you have a contract through the venue and not the actual photographer? To be honest none of these photos look like they have been through any sort of editing process whatsoever. The ones that are over exposed may be able to have the highlights recovered if you had the RAW files, but if they are saved as JPEGs that data is lost. If the contract is with the venue and not the photographer, I’m not sure whose responsibility it is to get the editing right. A few photographers out there will edit files based on what gets ordered for prints or albums, but I’m not sure why they would have made you wait a month if no editing was involved. Seems strange.
Post # 15
My photogs didnt retouch my skin either, in one of the selected “touched up” pictures its a close up of me getting my make up done and you can see my bumpy pimply skin really up close. I was also upset that this wasnt fixed since it was supposed to be touched up 🙁 So i know how ya feel! However, your skin looks smooth and great so i wouldnt be upset if i were you 🙂
Post # 16
@BlushingMonk: you look beautiful. I do think those white pictures are way too white for my liking, if you cannot go back to the photographer as they are though the venue could you work with another photographer to edit or airbrush some of them?