Types of editing of your wedding pictures
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 over 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 are asking precisely 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) adjusts the light, white balance, contrast. Honestly, digital images definitely need that. This is the level you definitely need. In my studio, we will provide you with all the pictures processed with basic editing, except for 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 it out at least for the best pictures. In this category also belong 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 my work is 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, but if you don’t know what exactly to do, you will do a great job of creating “monsters”. One thing I refuse to do is that porcelain skin without any texture, regularly 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 right 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 for you.
The last two types of editing are usually paid options. Enhanced editing might take 5-20 minutes in one picture, but Magazine style editing could take more than 1 hour. It really depends, but I knot that it’s worth it.
I hope I was able to clear this topic for you. Now I will try to do my best and post a video with more examples asap. And I have to add that we offer this unique 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:
One more important point. Why we don’t take excellent RAW pictures, and why the hell we need the help of editing? The first thing is, as I said already, that digital photos, opposing to film, do require some improvements. Second, which is even more important, is that we don’t have time during the wedding day.
A great example is a picture below, where you can see newlyweds in their car. The shot was done in midday with very harsh sun-light. If I created a fashion editorial (and I would have time), I could have worked and use some light modifiers. But during the wedding day, there is no time for these things, and the only help could be excellent editing afterward.
Disclaimer – you won’t see the difference on your smartphone, not even your iPad or small laptop. You really need a bigger screen.
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64 thoughts on “Types of editing of your wedding pictures”
This post is a treasure!!!
thank You, Mila! I know I had to post it a long time ago…
Wow! What a great, informative article! Thanks for sharing your editing style!
You are welcome BreeAnna.
I loved to see your process and how you edit! This post is loaded with great information! Thank you so much for sharing!
You are always welcome Fran.
This is so informative, most people wouldn’t know it could take so long to edit one photo! Beautiful work!
Glad you like the content Lindsey, thank you so much for dropping by.
Love all this info!
Thank you Sydney!
Fantastic tips! I love this post on editing! I am really into photography and find this helpful!
Yes please feel free to share too Renee and thanks for dropping by.
Wow. Thanks for a very informative article. This is quite different from the usual wedding photos.
Wow I didn’t realize the extent of editing that you could do with photos! Thanks for sharing!
Always a pleasure and thanks for dropping by.
Your pictures look beautiful even before being enhanced
Thank you Cassie.
Wow! Thanks for explaining the different types of editing & how much goes into it
That’s right Carlyn, tons of editing work behind the scenes. Thanks for dropping by.
Such a cool post! I wish I would have had this when I was looking for the photographer for my wedding, and I may have to send it along to my sister who is engaged. For someone who is not a photographer, trying to figure out different editing styles can be so difficult!
Indeed! Thanks for your comments.
Thanks for the informative article on the basics of editing.
You are most welcome Keshia, thanks for dropping by.
I’m really bad at editing so thank you so much for sharing these amazing tips will certainly help me inprove my skills ❤
Well as they say, practice makes perfect.
I love learning new things such as the ones you wrote about in this article. Great work!
Thank you Ivan.
This is a Great Post really informative. I’ll share it with my friends they are about to get married.
Yes, please do share. Thanks!
Wow, I didn’t realise how much work goes into editing wedding photos. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.
You are most welcome Chantelle and yes you are right, tons of effort involved. See you around.
I don’t know a lot about photography so this was really interesting. Got me thinking about my wedding photos!
Thank you for dropping by.
That’s amazing. I’ve just started taking photos and have a lot to learn. Great post!
Yes, practice makes perfect Carol.
Thank you for this article. Editing when done properly is a life saver.
A life saver indeed. Thank you Miss J.
I mean it’s amazing just how much the picture changes if you just adjust the light, and contrast and the temperature, it’s like whoa a new world, I remember looking at a few pictures of my friends wedding the pictures were decent but a few seemed off, like they could really use some form of editing. Thank you for sharing these tips, now I can be sure to know what to tell the photographer.
Your comments are truly appreciated. Thanks Matija.
With the before and after example of wedding photograph you correctly pointed out the difference. Why editing is necessary. Thank you for this informative article
Necessary indeed! Thanks for dropping by Jasmeet.
I learn something from you today ….that photographer’s job doesn’t end in capturing moments but it needs skills and expertise to have that moment immortalised…..I’m a fan of your work…..
Yes it truly does Jef. Thanks for dropping by.
These pictures are incredible! Thank you so much for sharing your tips 😀
You are most welcome.
Jan, if I ever remarry or decide on a special celebration, I will be reaching out to you. You take fantastic photos and yes, the skill is in the eye and aesthetics you bring to your craft. You amaze me!
Your comment just made our day! Thank you so much Elizabeth.
You are welcome. I love visiting your blog to enjoy the creativity and beautiful photographic stories you tell. I’ve even shared your site with my girlfriends.They all love it. Happy New Year!
I love this article. I will definitely follow your blog to get more updates. I’m looking forward for your next article! Good read!
Thank you so much Jomar.
I never realized how much goes into the editing process.
that’s why I wrote this article 😉
Photos are always edited so everything looks perfect. Like how they can even add things to the photos now.
The lady with a floral looks like she did undergo alot of editing. Some people like it. Vanity is indeed a huge potential of opportunity.
Your editing skills are incredible! I would love to have a photo touched like that!
Thank You, Daniele.
We always can do that.
Everyone wants their photos to look their best and I understand that completely. I still want the most natural look out of my photos.
Well, I’m the same. I hate to smoothen someone face, I like wrinkles, I like imperfections… but if you read it properly, you would see this is about imperfections made by stress and harsh light. A wedding day is not easy and you have seconds for each shot, not time to play with light modifiers and photoshop can fix these things.
The difference in those photos is absolutely amazing! You guys do a great job!
It amazes me at how editing works. Taking pictures of myself makes me nervous as the camera adds weight and years, but now there are ways to take that away! Superb editing, ma’am!
Photo editing is God-given gift! Everyone. Wants to look good and presentable, and perceptio s always matters. You did a great job.
Great points! My friend is having a wedding this year and I would definitely share this information to her.
Thank You very much, Criselle!
I really appreciate that.
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