(Closed) SPINOFF: Would you ever hire a photographer who did not use Photoshop/equivalent

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: The photographer doesn't use a photo-editing program! What you see is what you get!

    This is a dealbreaker for me (why?)

    This doesn't matter to me (why not?)

    This is admirable, and would make me MORE likely to hire the person (why?)

  • Post # 32
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    986 posts
    Busy bee

    I’m not sure that it would be a dealbreaker, but it could potentially be. I know that if my face wasn’t going to be touched up, I would have anxiety about being oily/broken out all day, so that’s one big (vanity) reason that I would want photos retouched, haha.

    Post # 33
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    284 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Maybe in a perfect world it wouldn’t be needed. My photos came out great, *but* there were a few shots where the photoshopping was a make or break for the picture – one where I was getting ready to walk down the aisle (wedding planner who was pulling on my train was PS’d out) one where groom and groomsmen were arriving (random groomsman’s girlfriend’s feet PS’d out). Also (ahem) as a fairly old, scarred, and wrinkly bride (47), I was *very* happy to have some minor brightening and smoothing. 95% of the pictures you wouldn’t notice one way or the other, but for the few where it was needed, I’m so glad my photographer had the tool and was superb at using it!

    Post # 34
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    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I would definitely not hire a photographer who didn’t use photoshop. We had a wonderful photographer and I think our raw images are amazing but when I see the difference between a raw image and a photo he photoshopped there is no comparison.

    Post # 35
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    7 posts
    Newbee

     

    That’s a big red flag for me. Of course you can get great photos in camera but to give your client photos straight from camera is a big no-no. I’m assuming this means he is shooting JPEGs which is unprofessional, in my opinion, when shooting such an important event. I think “photoshopping” is commonly mistaken for really drastic changes when I would say 95% of my photos that go through photoshop are just to be color corrected and sharpened, and the occasional blemish removal/dodging and burning. Sure you could use other programs, but to pay a whole lot of money for JPEGs out of the camera….. I wouldn’t.

    Post # 36
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    261 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I might as well have a friend take my pictures at that point. lol

    Post # 37
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    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Our photographer hardly ever uses photoshop, but he always uses Lightroom and I’m glad he does. 

    Post # 38
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    Personally I think the end result is absolutely all that matters.  If you look at this photographer’s body of work (portfolio, blog, a full wedding) and are saying to yourself, “damn I want these photos to be mine,” than book them.

    Most wedding photographers do some level of adjustment to their images with post production software, but not everyone does retouching.  It is possible that this person is so good that they shoot everything JPEG in camera and are just that dialed in.

    Post # 39
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    10451 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I am about to probably book with a photographer who does minor touch ups on all her photos. Lighting, etc. her pictures are great and don’t look too overdone but they also look better than a regular raw picture. So yes, I think it might be a deal breaker for me to not do anything to the pics. 

    Post # 40
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    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that anybody who says they ‘prefer’ unedited photos, has never actually seen one. Sure they look good on the camera screen, but once they’re blown up on the computer there’d ALWAYS be something to fix. Every. Single. Time. As a wedding photographer myself, there’s no way in hell I’d trust a ‘photographer’ who claims they NEVER use any editing software.

    Post # 42
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    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

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    @atomic:  Wait wasn’t this the photographer that came with some venue in a different thread? Photoshop is the least of his problems.

    Post # 43
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    739 posts
    Busy bee

    If it is the same photographer, he DOES use photoshop or some other program. There were A LOT of over processed images on his page.

    Post # 45
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    739 posts
    Busy bee

    1. Gross and 2.This guy has no clue about: photography, editing or what he’s saying. Amature with a camera – NOT A PRO. Lord help anyone who gets a shoot and burn from him.

    Post # 46
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We asked for no editing to get a lower price, so obviously I wouldn’t care. My parents both studied graphic design, so I figured they’d help edit, if need be. Turned out, we didn’t need it, and i love our pics. My sister is jealous, because she paid 5x as much, and ours are nicer.

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