(Closed) Using Photo Editing Company instead of a Professional Photographer

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
2845 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Are you sure that going that route would even be cheaper? The amount of effort it takes to make poorly taken photos appear professional is extreme and could actually cost just as much of not more than just hiring a photographer.

Are there any universities near by? I would check with their photography department and see if any students would want to take on the job. Most photography instructors help their students do edits so that their work is published at top quality for their skill set. 

Post # 3
4823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

maipeachy :  I doubt very much you are taking the less expensive route.  A poor photograph cannot always be saved by editing.  

I would also recommend checking at a university, or even a nearby camera club or camera store.  That way you will find someone with better equipment and an understanding of exposure theory and composition.  

Post # 4
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Unless the person taking the photos knows what they are doing there’s not much point in sending them to be digiatally altered later. They can’t change the angle, framing, or lighting in the original. If friend/family taking the photo makes it too dark or too light there’s not much that can save it. If you’re just doing a small thing try looking into elaopment packages. You can find much more affordable options. 

If you have your heart set on not paying for a professional photographer try contacting your local college and see if any students or graduates for the photography course would have interest in taking the photos for you. [Edit] This was already suggested

Post # 5
7062 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

maipeachy :  Editing can only help a properly taken photo – it can’t save a photo that wasn’t taken correctly to begin with. I don’t think you’d be saving any money. It’s genearlly a minimum of $350-400 to outsource editing on a wedding as a professional – and that’s with the images being properly taken from the start. Are you willing to pay that much money to potentially still get back images that aren’t any good?

Assuming that your profile is correct and your wedding is in fact in February, that’s off season for most of us photographers. While I certainly wouldn’t do a full day wedding for a discount just because of the time of year (because I don’t work any less hard at a February wedding than I do at a September wedding) I am more likely to lower my minimum hourly requirement. For that reason I’d suggest looking into hire a professional for 2-3 hours instead of a full day of coverage. You’ll be looking at $1000 +/- depending on who you hire and that would be just enough time to cover the ceremony, family formals, and some bride/groom portraits.

Owning an SLR camera doesn’t give you professional looking photos. Without knowing how to properly work the camera in manual mode – they’re essentially treating it as an oversized point-and-shoot camera. If photos aren’t a huge priority by all means let a friend take them. You have to ask yourself if realistically you’re OK with not having any useable photos….because using a friend or non-pro that’s a risk you take. It could turn out fine, or you could end up with nothing. If the thought of having no useable photos makes you worry – you need to consider hiring a pro.

Post # 6
1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

I see btoh sides of this- generally for them to edit it would require your friends shooting in RAW with their DSLR cameras. If they’re going through the effort to do that they might as well edit the photos themselves. Honestly, if I had a friend who was doing a small wedding, I would agree to taking X amount of photos and editting from RAW to JPG as a gift…I’ve actually done that in the past giving a several hundred dollar in kind gift to the family. 

Otherwise- these companies aren’t going to do much to a poorly executed phone photo or someone who just shoots on auto with their $800 camera- and yes people will do that. 

If you do this- and I understand the idea of taking the weight of HOURS AND HOURS of editting from your friends… I would nominate 1-2 friends as your primary people. Give preference to them, explain to others- they get preference in location etc. There’s nothing worse than Uncle Joe trying to take a photo and Cousin Lenny is leaning over screwing up the shot and 5 people saying “look here”. Delegation is going to be KEY here. 

Plus- look locally for aspiring wedding photographers. What is your budget? You don’t need a student, but a realiable and talented person and you could get that for $700-$1000 easily. Do you mind me asking how much the editting company is- just for comparison sake?

Post # 8
3114 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

You can’t edit amateur photos to look like they were taken by a professional. 

Post # 13
4823 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

maipeachy :   The sample images provided, not surprisingly, only need very minor adjustment.

If your “photographer” takes shots from a bad angle, doesn’t hold the camera properly and the images show camera shake, or are out of focus, or any number of other flaws that would make the shots irretrievable at any cost – then you are out of luck.

Some of us are trying to save you from disappointment – this day happens just once and there have been many stories about bad photography.


Post # 15
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

i mean, if you don’t care about what the photos look like, and only care about some filters, or presets being thrown on a photo, go for it

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