Lately, I’ve had a few people ask how much I photoshop my photographs. So in the interest of full discloser, I figured it was time to show and explain exactly what I do. First and foremost, Photoshop is AMAZING and could probably be considered my closet friend (if we count hours spent together). But like all good things, moderation is the key. I am a strong believer in using the tools at hand to create the best possible photograph. With that said, I am not a fan of drastically changing the way a person looks.
Since the switch to digital, many photographers are offering “digital negatives” with wedding packages, but there is still a lot of misconceptions about what this actually means. Below is an example of the three editing stages my photographs go through to achieve their final look.
ORIGINAL: This is the untouched photograph, straight from the camera. Usually looks pretty good, but its potential is endless!
DIGITAL NEGATIVE (also known as a proof): This is the photograph you will see, and the first stage of edits. No drastic changes are made at this point; usually color, saturation, brightness and hues is all thats needed.
RETOUCHING: The final stage is where your photographs really come alive! Generally speaking, this can mean the changing of: color hues, contrast, removing pimples, stray hairs or under eye darkness, opening closed eyes, erasing any distracting objects in the background (like other people), adding that “pop,” converting to black and white and other special effects. Each photograph will require something different, so special attention is taken to ensure your photograph looks the best it possibly can!
This is a very brief explanation to a process that has limitless options. I hope this helps show the difference and importance of each step, and how every photograph receives individual attention and photoshop lovin’! If you have any more questions about my editing process, digital negative, or anything else, please e-mail me and I’ll be happy to help!