Post # 1
I was a bridesmaid in a friends wedding and wanted to order photos taken by the photographer. The website in which the photos appear are raw and unedited. My friend said that only the photos purchased by her and her husband will be photo edited, while the ones that anyone else would like to purchase will not be. Is this common practice? I feel that is not fair practice to charge the same photo fee if guests will not be receiving the same quality of prints.
Post # 3
I would contact the photographer directly because that does not sound correct. What is likely is that the photographer meant the clients disc images will not be edited, but any images ordered directly from the photographer will be.
It would take far too long to fully retouch a full wedding, so it is quite common that only ordered print & album images get retouched.
Post # 4
It depends what they mean by editing.
Every image my clients get is edited for white balance, exposure issues (if necessary) and cropped. I then do my ‘special sauce’ on it and prep for web and print.
I don’t do a tonne of retouching anyway unless it is really necessary for album close-ups but for the most part a good makeup artist and good light hide a lot of sins. What people see on my blog is what they are going to get.
I would clarify whether they’re refering to in-depth airbrushing or basic retouching and prep for print which they should be doing to all images.
Post # 5
@Autumnsnow: Photographers have different business models. I have yet to come across anyone who shows un-edited work, but quite a few do not retouch each and every photo. There is no way I’d ever put a RAW or straight out of camera shot up on a proof gallery, but I don’t retouch guest photos unless it was paid for accordingly.