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Editing Photographs: What Happens After Photos Are Captured

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As a bride or groom, have you ever found yourself wondering what happens AFTER your photos are captured by your photographer? Well, I’m here to show you!

RAW photos are what photographers call the unedited version of the images captured during your session or wedding day. These files are raw data the camera records when the shutter button is pushed. You actually can’t do anything with this data unless it’s converted to a jpeg file. But before we convert it to a printable or shareable file, we carefully edit each individual image to make it shine!

Personally, I use Lightroom to edit my images and it’s a common misconception to assume that photographers use “filters” to edit their images. When I hear the word “filter” it brings up thoughts of a swipe of a finger across a photo in Instagram to change its look. Sometimes, photographers will use “presets” to aid in their editing. But a preset is not to be compared to a social media filter. The differences are huge!

What is a preset?

As you’re working on editing an image in Lightroom or Photoshop, the program records your movements/changes on that image. You can save these changes and then “run” them on any other groups of images. This group editing is called “batch editing”. It comes in handy when you have a large set of images that were captured at the same time, in similar lighting, with the same camera and lens. It creates consistency in your end product and it also speeds up your editing by leaps and bounds.

But please don’t confuse this batch editing process with a simple social media “filter”.

Professional photographers use these tools to tweak each individual photograph to reflect our style, but also so we can present you, the client, with the absolute BEST version of your photographs.

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