Types of editing of your wedding pictures

Well, I tried to write this blog post about the editing of your wedding pictures a couple of years ago, but You know how it is, no time. Sorry guys. I came into the stage of my life when I realized that there never will be ideal conditions, so I have to do it now, and will improve this post in time.

There are 3 types of editing in general. 

No editing at all – this is something you will receive from those $500 wedding photographers. And honestly, many couples asking for that, not knowing what they are doing. God bless them.

Basic editing – this is something that’s applied to 90% of all wedding pictures. Photographer (or their editor) adjust the light, white balance, contrast. Honestly, digital images need that. This is the level, you definitely have to have. In my studio, we will provide you with all pictures processed with basic editing, except some bonus files.

Enhanced editing – you know those crazy Exit signs everywhere. You don’t see them anywhere else, only in the US. Many times you can’t do anything about it, but sometimes it’s great to clean out at least the best pictures. Here belong also different crops, black & white editing and much more. 

and Special editing – or how we call it here – Magazine style editing – is my specialty. As you know, I used to do high-fashion photography for many years in Europe, and I’m published in all major magazines. So my editing skills are pretty good. But frankly it’s not about those skills, it’s more about your eye and aesthetic. You can have the best editing skills, if you don’t know what to do, you will do a great job of creating monsters. One thing I never will do is that porcelain skin without any texture, continuously done by 90% photographers in the US!

I’m going to attach one picture for illustration, like what our signature Magazine style editing could look like. The model is a beautiful 35+ year winner of a competition, and one of the prizes was that she will appear on the cover of a magazine. On the left side is the RAW picture. I think we did a good job in the studio, but still not enough for a magazine cover. On the left side, you can see what we can do in 3 hours. Almost 1 hour was spent just on the flowers. And yes, we can do this with any picture of you.

Last two types of editing are usually paid options. Enhanced editing could take 5-20 minutes in one picture, but Magazine style editing could take more than 1 hour. It really depends, but I believe it’s worth it.

I hope I was able to clear this topic out for you. Now I will try to do my best to post a video with more examples asap. And I have to add, that we offer this special service as Miami Wedding Photographer but also for NYC and all destinations.

Update, the video is here. Please watch in HD 1080p on a big screen:


Here is one important question. Why we don’t shoot great RAW pictures and why the hell we need a help of editing? First thing is as I said already, digital pictures, opposing to film, need some improvements. Second, which is even more important, is that we do not have time.

A great example is the picture below, where you see newlyweds in their car. The shot was done in midday with harsh sun. If I would do fashion and I would have time, I could have use light modifiers. But during the wedding day, there is no time for those things and the only help is great editing afterward.

before  (click to enlarge)
after (click to enlarge)

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