Working on a wedding as the official wedding photographer is not easy. Your work starts as early as a week before the wedding and ends at least a month after the wedding. A wedding photographer needs to set appointments and do necessary preparations before the wedding. And then after the wedding, the photographer will have to spend time in the post production of pictures. Post production might extend up to several months depending on the workflow that a photographer follows.
Normally, more than a thousand pictures are shot by a photographer in one wedding. Editing these pictures can be very time consuming and exhausting. You need to follow an effective workflow that can help you finish the task fast and efficiently.
If you need help with post production, then here are some tips to help you carry out post production fast.
Transfer and backup
To avoid losing or damaging any of your files, make sure you transfer them right away to your computer using a card reader. Do this as soon as possible so as not to lose any of your work. Create also a back of your files by saving on a DVD or another external storage. Most photographers like wedding photographer surrey shoot in RAW and they keep their original raw files in a different storage.
After transferring, you need to use image processing software like Adobe Light room or Photoshop to separate the “best” pictures from the “least”. Using software, you can mark these pictures to choose which ones are for minor editing and which pictures are for retouching. Save them in separate folders or storage.
Perform simple edits
To speed up the editing process, you can perform batch editing on pictures that are taken in the same scene or moment. To batch edit, choose one image, change its settings to your desire then apply the same setting to other pictures with all at the same time.
Focus on major retouch
For the “best” pictures particularly those for saving in album or for large prints, you can retouch them using the tools available in your chosen program. It will take some time to master how to use the program so you will have to practice and gain the necessary editing skills before offering your wedding photography service.
Print and deliver
Once everything has been edited and saved, you can now order the pics for printing. Try your best to deliver the final pictures to your client the soonest possible time. Of course, it will be useless if you can speed up the post production but the quality of the picture is sacrificed. So, make sure to keep a balance of everything and trust your judgment or consult more experienced wedding photographers from Playful Heart Photography.
If you think post production is not for you, you can outsource the job but don’t expect to get the exact results you want. We all have different perceptions on what looks brilliant so doing the post production by your self is better.