As we have talked about in our business practices post, we are pretty particular about editing. It seems that within the photo-industry a lot of photographers say they didn’t get into this business to be editing wizards… they got into it to be photographers. We believe that a photo is not complete until after it has come through editing. That said, we also believe that the image should come out of the camera pretty darn solid. There are always things that can be improved, and we want our clients to receive the best version of of the photos they can. We include editing and styling in our prices because you are paying us for amazing images and should not have to work on them yourself or pay extra to receive the best version of an image. This post is not for photographers…we aren’t looking to get into super technical aspects of editing, but wanted to go over some basics on our process for clients.
1. Black and White or Color: Client meetings are great because they bring up more and more questions. Recently, we have had a few clients ask us this question, now: “How do you decide which pictures to turn black and white or ‘sepia’?” While we don’t actually edit in black and white or sepia, we do edit in what we consider to be a “warm black and white” that has some brown and reddish hues to it, or a “cool black and white” that has more of a grey tone to it. There are a lot of options, and this is what defines a photographer’s brand and style. When it comes to deciding which images we turn black and white, we just know. It may have to do with the emotion in the image and how we want it to feel, or the photo may just look better black and white. Usually, in a series of images that are similar (a couple about to kiss), we will turn some from the series black and white and leave some in color.
This shot was part of a series of images, but we liked it in black and white because of the moment shared between the couple and the way the black and white really shows off her eyes.
We liked this image in color, as it was taken at an art event and the purple lighting added a lot to the photo. The skin tone and colors add to the image.
The framing, shadows, and light in this photo look much better black and white. The wall was colored yellow, which blended into the bride’s skin and hair. This edit also suited the emotion of the bride right before the first look. This is one of our “most loved” images by clients (and one of our favorites, too)!
2. Our Edits: Josh and I usually cull our images together, or one of us will go through to find the “good ones” and then the other will review them. Then, we take turns editing or each will take on a separate editing project. Once we are done with the first round of editing, we look over each other’s work (it’s nice to have a second pair of eyes on things). Obviously, the goal is to get our images as close to how we want them right out of the camera. For this reason, we don’t use excessive pre-sets anymore. We want our images to remain true to the day we took them, producing lasting memories for our clients. We do, however, take editing very seriously. We know exactly how we want our photos to look. So, we put together a few examples to show you photos we would never produce (over/under contrasted, over/under exposed, etc.) and what they look like next to our edited image. Hopefully it will give you some insight into the photo-editing process and make you more aware of these elements of photography in general.
Contrast: (1) Low Contrast Example, (2) High Contrast Example, (3) Jaylee’s Final Image
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