What we always do - adjusting for exposure, white balance, contrast, saturation, highlights, shadows, lens correction, straightening and cropping for each and every photo.
What we sometimes do - light skin smoothing, blemish removal and teeth whitening on close-up portraits, remove distracting elements like exit signs or tourists on photos that are to be printed,
What we don't do - (unless specifically requested and paid for) body modifications, removing price tags, adding/removing people, adding/removing hair, completely changing the background, Photoshopped makeup application, etc.
We've had some pretty strange requests over the years! Please make sure to look the way you want on your wedding day and don't assume we can simply fix it in post. These particular requests are not fast in Photoshop- sometimes taking 15 minutes or more per photo. With an average of 800 photos per wedding, you can imagine how time consuming these sort of edits would be. Our photo editing is meant to enhance, not completely alter the look of the wedding day.
RAW vs. JPEG - taking a photo on your phone or point-and-shoot camera produces a jpeg. The camera automatically adds contrast, saturation and sharpness to give you a nice looking image. We shoot RAW which comes out of the camera looking dull, desaturated and overall not very appealing. We do this because RAW images give us the largest amount of information possible from the camera, which gives us the greatest ability to edit the photo in different ways. Every photo we deliver is individually edited.
We have a policy of not giving clients unedited photos because half of the creative process involves the post-production work. It is equivalent to asking a pastry chef to give you a wedding cake with the frosting on the side.
Here is a detailed explanation of what happens after we shoot
- Dump the memory cards and backup the images
- Go through each photo and select the ones to be edited using a rating system. 5 for Facebook teasers, 4 for the blog/publications and 3 for the rest. The ones that don't have ratings (doubles, blinks, flash-didn't-fire, etc) get put in a separate folder that we keep just in case until everything is delivered.
- Edit the teaser photos and upload to Facebook, our blog and submit to publications, if applicable.
- Go through the rest of the photos and individually edit each one
- Export the entire batch and upload to our password-protected Online Galleries for you to view, download and print
- Send to clients!
- Begin album design process, if requested
The entire editing process takes 1 editor approximately 5-7 full working days, not including album design. We always edit in the order that weddings are shot.
Post Wedding Video
What does RAW footage mean?
Storage Space - we shoot anywhere from 80-150GB worth of footage per wedding. That takes up a surprising amount of space if you're saving it all on your personal computer. Secondly, we have to charge you a fee for the purchase of an external hard drive plus shipping to get you all that data.
Hundreds of Files - We don't shoot continuously all day long. We take series of short clips, sometimes multiple times to get the right shot and then move to a different location. After an 8-12 hour day, that adds up to a lot of clips! Raw video footage is, simply put, very hard to watch. You have to double click, watch, close, double click, watch, and close hundreds of times to see the whole story. On top of that we are often using 2-3 cameras at once. You end up with hundreds of 10-60 second clips which we then select the best of, color correct and weave into a story. The ceremony audio is also taken on a separate recorder, which we sync together with the video.
The Long Cut Solution - We've found that there are certain moments which we have a separate camera recording continuously - mainly for the ceremony, toasts and special times like a tea ceremony. If you know you want to see those moments captured in their entirety, let us know ahead of time so that we can plan for a Long Cut ($800). We sync the cameras, audio and color correct those moments and export them in a way that you can watch from beginning to end with a bowl of popcorn for years to come! The final length varies greatly from wedding to wedding.
Editor Caveat - Are you or someone you know a professional video editor? We would be happy to give you all the RAW footage on an external hard drive. We just ask for $250 to cover the cost of purchasing the drive, processing and shipping.
- Dump the memory cards and backup the footage
- Sync the separately recorded audio and video of the ceremony and toasts
- Scrub through the footage and clip out "selects" of everything that will potentially be used in the final video and put it on a timeline
- Put the songs on a new timeline and begin adding clips, syncing the cuts to the music
- Master the audio that is incorporated from ceremony and toasts. Master the volume and timing with the background music
- Finishing touches - color correct, stabilize footage, incorporate graphics
- Export and upload to web hosting on our Vimeo page
- Send to client!
- Re-edits based on comments from client. Note: you have two re-edits of the highlight video.