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Old Jun 25, 2013, 06:51 AM   #1
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Editing Event Photos...

Hi guys,

So this topic has had a few threads that I can remember but I was wondering if I could ask a different question on it.

I did my first paid event where I didn't know the client and I reached a moral issue when it came to editing the shots.

If they were for my own pleasure I would spend all the time that I wanted on them to make them just how I want. However, in this case the photo's weren't for me or my friends but for people that I didn't know so I had to find the line between making them looking good/better without spending a ridiculous amount of time that would render the whole exercise unprofitable.

Below are 7 images with before and afters. I wonder if I could get some critique on what you think of the images in general (in terms of capturing the event) and also whether you think the edits are worthwhile.

I delivered over 250 pictures to the client and therefore only really wanted to spend 30-secs to a minute on each one.

Knowing the audience I know that I had to make the photos have a summery feel (even though the weather wasn't quite on my side) whilst also feeling contemporary and fresh as it was a 21st party.

What do you think?





























Or for those who prefer to be able to flick back and forward through an album, here is the link for that.

Cheers!

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Old Jun 25, 2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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Just for my own understanding, the "after" shots are the result of you spending about 30 seconds to a minute on editing, right?

Anyway, to my eye, the "after" shots look great! It seems like it was a fun event, and the photo edits reflect that. Great work!
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 09:28 AM   #3
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Just for my own understanding, the "after" shots are the result of you spending about 30 seconds to a minute on editing, right?

Anyway, to my eye, the "after" shots look great! It seems like it was a fun event, and the photo edits reflect that. Great work!
Thanks for the compliment.

I try to spend less than a minute on each photo. Some are longer some are shorter but it averages out at less than a minute.

Since they are for web or 4x6Ē prints I donít really worry about digital noise and sharpening is set at 40 which works nicely for me.

I focus on exposure, crop, white balance and subjects in that order. I tend to get an exposure adjustment brush and add 1/3rd of a stop to everyones faces to make them pop a little more.

If I am feeling really nice I will add in a little spot healing which can be seen on the shot of the three girls.

Lightroom is very good for quickly getting through shots.
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the compliment.

I try to spend less than a minute on each photo. Some are longer some are shorter but it averages out at less than a minute.

Since they are for web or 4x6” prints I don’t really worry about digital noise and sharpening is set at 40 which works nicely for me.

I focus on exposure, crop, white balance and subjects in that order. I tend to get an exposure adjustment brush and add 1/3rd of a stop to everyones faces to make them pop a little more. ...
I do the same thing, only I tent to crop first. Sometimes the crop changes the histogram (if say I crop out a large part of the sky) and I like to look at the histogram to judge exposure. But otherwise I think most people do what you do. I would only spend loads of time of an image if it were a portrait where to final product is just a very few selects.

This is EXACTLY the reason both Lightroom and Aperture were invented. Most people want to spend about one minute or less on each photo with just simple things like crop white balance and so on.

It is very rarely that I'd want to use photoshop. Only if I need to make masks and use layers, perhaps so that I could use different white balance on the flash and ambient light or if the depth of field is to large and I need to blur the background or maybe there is an ugly utility pole or wire in the shot or to whiten teeth. 99% of the time the images just need minor work that takes a minute or less.

One question. On those indoors shots where there looks like motion blur in the background and short subjects. Did you rotate the camera with a longish shutter speed and then use flash. Sure looks like it.

I think you did a great lob of catching the mood of the event.

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Old Jun 26, 2013, 03:24 AM   #5
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Good job acearchie. These have a very pleasant pop to them. If I were your client I'd be happy.
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Old Jun 26, 2013, 07:21 PM   #6
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One question. On those indoors shots where there looks like motion blur in the background and short subjects. Did you rotate the camera with a longish shutter speed and then use flash. Sure looks like it.

I think you did a great lob of catching the mood of the event.
Thanks for the comments.

Yes I do exactly that. I have got it to a point where I can quickly dial in the settings as the conditions change if I know itís going to work and now my Ďhití rate is pretty good even when dragging the shutter!

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Good job acearchie. These have a very pleasant pop to them. If I were your client I'd be happy.
Cheers! This thread has done wonders for my confidence!
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Old Jun 27, 2013, 06:45 PM   #7
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I think you did an excellent job. My only question is how come my friends are never as cute as yours? Heck, even your clients are pretty. Hrumph.
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