Do Wedding Photographers Edit All Photos?

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    When you hire a wedding photographer, you are not just hiring them to provide a service. While it is true that they will be present throughout the day and take photographs, that is only a small part of the job that a wedding photographer performs, and it is not what you are paying them for. Your photographer will have taken hundreds or even thousands of photos throughout the course of the day, and at the end of the day, they will go away to edit the images that they have captured for you.

    Do you seriously want your photographer to just run off and print all of these photos so that you can have them? Your wedding photographer is not going to keep anything from you, but what they will be doing is crafting a lovely narrative out of the events of the day.

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    If you go see a movie, you already know that it has been edited, and on DVDs you can sometimes watch different endings and you can also see deleted scenes. Some of the scenes are not needed for the movie or the storyline, and when it comes to an ending there are different scenes, but there may only be one ending that truly reflects the story, and that is the ending that is used.

    It would be the same as asking a photographer to hand over a memory card, USB, or DVD of raw images; it would be the same as asking an author to present you with their book in manuscript format, unedited, unformatted, and including the paragraphs and chapters that didn't make the cut. Again, the same can be said about a book; it would be the same as asking a photographer to hand over a memory card, USB, or DVD of raw images.

    As a photographer, when I'm out shooting, because I've been shooting and editing for years, and because I know the capabilities of my camera, I know how to push my camera in different lighting situations where I can either pull details out of the shadows or tone down the bright sections of the image. This is because I know how to push my camera. This is why I don't like showing the back of my camera screen while I'm shooting on the fly: a lot of the time, the image doesn't look great on the screen, but I know that after it's been edited, it's going to look ah-mazing! So often, when I take a photo, I am thinking ahead to how I will edit it later.

    For a photographer to be successful, they need to have an intimate familiarity with their camera equipment, which can only be gained through years of practise behind the lens and behind the computer. It is worth repeating because it is so important not for you guys that I know, but the Nikon cameras, which I shoot with, shoot differently than Canon cameras. Yep, I know I said that in the previous paragraph, but it is worth repeating because it is so important not for you guys that I know. All of this technical jargon basically means that your photography style will change depending on the brand of camera you use, such as how Nikon cameras emphasise shadows and Canon cameras emphasise highlights. Lenses play a significant role as well, but I don't want to give you a photography lesson because that's not why you hired me:).

    It does not in any way indicate that a photographer is not a professional simply because they are unable to take a good photo while it is still in the camera. Even though digital camera technology has advanced significantly in recent years, digital cameras still have a few drawbacks, each of which is distinct from the others and depends on the camera body and lenses that are being used. In comparison, the majority of professional photographers will use consumer-level camera equipment, such as a point and shoot, while the average person will use professional-grade camera equipment, such as a DSLR. As a general rule, the higher the combined cost of the camera and the lens, the higher the quality of both the camera and the lens, as well as the quality of the photographs that they produce. That is correct, but you should also be aware of how to operate the relevant machinery, right? It is not just the equipment that makes a good photographer; rather, it is the experience, skill, and talent that make up the majority of it!

    Do Wedding Photographers Edit All Photos?

    The image that is produced by the camera after it has been taken does not look all that great when it is broken down into its component parts, which is the reason why photographers edit their photographs. When you are moving between indoors and outdoors, between bright sun and shade, it can be difficult to get the exposure exactly right (the amount of light and darkness in the image). This is especially true when you are photographing weddings, where things change so quickly. This indicates that once you have loaded the images onto the computer, you will invariably be required to perform some minor adjustments or editing on them. Our exclusive range of Melbourne wedding photography will help you not miss a thing on your wedding day.


    In a perfect world, a photographer and their client have the perfect weather conditions, a stylist and hair/makeup artist on hand, and an unlimited amount of time to create a fabulous image. In addition, the photographer has all the time in the world.

    However, the world that we live in is far from ideal. Imagine that a photographer is working at a wedding and taking pictures of the event. She arrives at the church for the wedding, only to be told by the minister that flash photography is not allowed inside the building. It is understandable that a flash popping would be appropriate for a red carpet event but inappropriate for a religious ceremony. The wedding will take place in a charming old church, which the bride has selected as the venue. Beautiful, ancient churches are indeed beautiful and ancient; however, as is frequently the case, they are also quite dim. You exclaim in surprise, "But I can see just fine!" Yes, I am able to do so as well; however, human eyes are more sensitive to light than even the most advanced and sophisticated professional cameras are. To a camera, it's dark.

    The good news is that professional cameras are designed to perform well even in low light conditions, although they will never perform as well as they do when there is sufficient light. In order to get the perfect shot, your photographer will have to choose among a number of different options for the camera's settings. How about keeping the shutter open for a bit longer? Even though there is now more light, the chances of the image being blurry have increased. How about turning up the sensitivity of the sensor in the camera? Even though there is now more light, strange phenomena known as digital noise has begun to appear. Do you have the camera's aperture wide open? As more light enters the scene, however, the depth of field decreases, which causes objects and people to become increasingly out of focus.

    After taking the picture, the photographer makes a mental note that even though it won't be in the best possible condition, she will be able to improve it somewhat through the process known as "editing."

    Let's face it, not every photo is going to turn out exactly how you hoped it would. During the course of your session, a photographer will take dozens upon dozens of photographs, numbering in the hundreds. She will then select the very best ones, the ones that are most flattering to you and have the most potential to become works of art, from those that have been presented to her. After that, she will polish them to perfection by editing them until they are the very best version possible, balanced, and authentic. Because they have been edited, the pictures of you in this gallery will look their absolute best, which is exactly what you want, right? There is nothing to be gained from sifting through hundreds of unedited and unused photos, sometimes dozens of the same pose with only minute differences, when your professional photographer will hand you the very best shots that have been edited to the highest possible standard.

    The photos that were not selected to be edited have been left in their original state on purpose. No one wants to believe that they are not photogenic, but there are times when a shot will simply not be flattering because it was taken at an unfavourable angle or because it will unintentionally highlight flaws. It doesn't matter how many times a customer reassures a photographer that they won't be bothered by the unprocessed, unaltered stack of hundreds of photos, invariably, this turns out to be the case anyway. The unhappy customer sees themselves depicted in these unused photos in a manner that is not favourable to them and becomes upset. They are left with a feeling of uncertainty regarding the capabilities of their photographer. When the photographs were taken to commemorate a particularly momentous occasion, such as an engagement or the birth of a child, the range of feelings that are associated with these pictures can be quite extensive. And no one wants to be the one to witness a newly engaged woman breaking down in sobs the first time she sees her photos of the two of them together.


    You have gone through all of your proofs, and as you are looking through them, you come across an image that you believe to be the best picture that has ever been taken of your child. And one that you want to have printed in a 16 x 20 print so that it can be framed and placed in the front and centre of our family room to be admired by everyone who enters it.

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    Who would not want something like that? Okay, the child might be responsible for it depending on their age, but it's too bad because you'll be the one footing the bill.

    It is possible to print the image after it has been edited. And there are times when that is perfectly acceptable. However, some degree of retouching can greatly improve the appearance of many photographs, particularly official portraits.

    Retouching a photograph requires editing, as well as potentially much additional labour, such as the following:

    The subject's eyes become more visible as a result of this.

    Repairing teeth that have been discoloured or damaged in a smile. reducing the appearance of scars or acne.

    "Swapping out" an element from another picture, such as when all of the people in the group have their eyes open but Uncle Harry is the only one without his eyes closed.

    reducing the appearance of wrinkles and the bags that form under the eyes

    Improving the contours of the face, waistline, upper arms, and various other body parts

    removing things that could be considered a distraction, such as the gum wrapper that was carelessly dropped in front of the bride or the power line that was in the background.

    So why would I have the photographer do the printing for me?

    To tell you the truth, having to retouch and prepare smaller prints (those that are less than 5x7 inches) doesn't really make that much of a difference most of the time. For this reason, I offer to supply the newlywed couple with edited digital images suitable for making small prints. This enables my customer to share images with friends and family without breaking the bank. It's possible that the images will never be printed, but at least everyone will have the opportunity to view them.

    When it comes to larger prints or prints that have the potential to be displayed, however, a professional photographer does more than simply send them out to be printed. A photographer must do the following in order to create a great print from a great image:

    • Performs retouching on the image, including not only the people in the picture but also the background as well.
    • If necessary, you should crop the picture correctly. Have you ever placed an order for a 5x7 photograph from Sam's Club, only to receive it with a face cut in half? The reason for this is that professional cameras capture an image with a ratio of 2:3 by default. Therefore, nothing will be missing from the view of your image if you choose to print it at a size of 4x6, 8x12, 12x18, or any other size. Unluckily, most frame manufacturers offer their products in standard sizes such as 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20 inches. Because of this, some of the images will need to have their edges cropped. Before you decide to purchase the print, a photographer will examine the photo to determine whether or not it can be cropped without detracting from the qualities that make it a strong composition. If it can be cropped, the photographer will be able to demonstrate what the final product will look like.
    • Adjusts the size of the image based on the dimensions that you have selected. The number of pixels per inch (ppi) that are sent to the printer is one of the factors that determines the print's quality. It's sufficient to use 72 ppi for social media platforms like Facebook. At least 300 ppi is required for any size print you want to make. Consider that you are interested in purchasing an 8x10 professional headshot for your portfolio. In order to produce a high-quality image, the photographer must begin with the original photograph and ensure that its dimensions are appropriately scaled down, not in terms of inches but rather pixels; specifically, 2400 by 3000.
    • Adjusts the sharpness of the image for the printer in accordance with the type of surface that will be used to print the image. When printed on metal, an image that has been sharpened for printing on photographic paper may appear to be too "crunchy." In a similar vein, an image printed on wood might benefit from additional sharpening.
    • Cooperates with specialised colour laboratories. If you want to order a large canvas gallery wrap that could end up costing more than $500, you should look for a company that has a solid reputation for producing high-quality goods and paying close attention to the smallest of details. Additionally, a professional photographer will work with a lab to ensure that the colour reproduction is accurate. This may involve calibrating the professional photographer's monitor or working with what are known as ICC profiles, which are provided by the lab.
    • We have some concepts. I am always looking for fresh and creative ways to present your photographs here on the site. Prints are awesome, but have you considered making iPhone cases? Or USB drives? If we did a photoshoot for your adorable child, why don't we make Grandma a professionally printed "brag book" that she can show off to her friends and neighbours? I was wondering if you could get a shower curtain made with your image on it. You bet!
    • We photographers do more than just press the shutter button—behind every image are hours of practise, costly equipment and software, attendance at conferences, in-depth conversations with our fellow photographers, membership in professional guilds, and other such activities. I invest a lot of myself in the photographs that I take; there's no reason why I shouldn't want them to look their absolute best for the people who will look at them.

    I really hope that this helps to clarify things for everyone. Got a question? Send me an email with your question, and I will do my best to respond to it at no cost.

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    Trust The Professional

    If you are still interested in viewing all of the photos, you should consider why. Is it possible that among all of those shots that were discarded, there was one that turned out to be really good? Is there something that you could be passing up? Your photographer has gone through all of the photos and selected the very best ones to edit and then present to you so that you can put them in an album or frame them. This process has been done with great care. Have faith that he or she has created these for you using the very best shots from the session you both participated in together. It is in both of your interests, as well as his or hers, for those photographs to have aesthetic value and emotional resonance, drawing attention to the skill and effort of the photographer. Your photographer is skilled in his craft, and you chose him for a specific reason, placing your faith in him to capture both your appearance and the essence of who you are. Now put your faith in him to finish his work, locate the real treasures hidden within the photographs, and bring out the best in them.

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