Fridays with Emerald Stone [Wk.6] The Importance of Editing

Happy Friday!! Today I am going to explain some of the work flow that goes into editing engagement and/or wedding photographs, and why this process is SO important in the quality of the final images that I deliver!

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In-Camera RAW File   VS   Final Edited Image

“I would say that for 8-10 hours of shooting at a wedding, I would spend around 30 hours selecting and professionally editing the images…”
Getting the photos right (correct exposure for the scene/your style preference) IN CAMERA is number one. This is the most important step in my opinion. This starts with already knowing how you are going to edit your photo in post production. How the image is edited really enhances a photographers style. This is very much an artistic process. I spend a significant amount of time editing images to bring out highlights and shadows to increase the drama of the photograph.
Almost everyone that owns a camera and has taken a photo straight from the camera and printed it. This is one of the reasons people misunderstand the workload in editing an image. It is a misunderstanding that professional photographers do the same.
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In-Camera RAW File   VS   Final Edited Image

To give you an idea, I would say that for 8-10 hours shooting at a wedding, I would spend around 30 hours selecting and professionally editing the images, viewing all edited images, and making further corrections. So for a single wedding I would spend 40 hours on planning, photography and editing, and probably another 5 to 8 hours on travel and meetings before the wedding. Not all images require a lot of work, some images would require just a few minutes, while others I want to edit more artistically may require 30 minutes or more.

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That my friends is what makes editing SO important for your photos!! And it’s what I LOVE doing!! 🙂 I’m not joking when I say I’ve been editing photos since middle school… it’s something I’ve ALWAYS loved, and I’m honored to be able to put all of my experience into YOUR special images.
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