Should my wedding photographer edit my photos in post production?

In my opinion, yes. Especially if you intend to have your wedding photographs printed to mount in frames, in an album, and even for sharing on the internet.

Editing your wedding photographs allows the photographer to massage your raw digital camera images into properly exposed and cropped images.  A lot of work goes on behind the scenes regarding editing your wedding photographs, a lot more work than simply slapping on an Instagram filter.

In my post production process, my first step will usually include deleting photographs which are out of focus, not properly exposed, or not properly posed and/or composed.  I then crop and/or straighten each of the images, followed by correcting the colour and exposure in all the images. Finally, in some photographs, I will bring the most deserving images into Photoshop, where a little extra massaging in key places  puts the icing on cake so to speak.

After this post production process, your wedding photographs are ready for delivery, ready for print, and ready for sharing with your family and friends.

Watch the video below to see an example of a raw photograph taken straight out of camera compared to the same image edited in post production, and ready to print and share.

Should my wedding photographer edit my photos in post production?

VLOG #1 

This is VLOG #1 from Mark Carniato Photography, answering a question which is asked often from clients.  In the video, Mark shows an example of a wedding photograph shot in Nikon NEF (Raw) codec, which is edited in post production for exposure, white balance, contrast, clarity, and saturation. 

The video states the opinion of Mark Carniato.

Below is an example of an unedited Nikon NEF Raw wedding photograph straight off of the camera, and the same image edited in post production using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop software.

Nikon NEF (Raw) Wedding Photograph Unedited - Straight off camera

Nikon NEF (Raw) Wedding Photograph Unedited - Straight off camera

Wedding Photograph Edited in Post Production in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Wedding Photograph Edited in Post Production in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

So what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my opinion? Is it worth editing your wedding photographs?

Write your thoughts below.

Have a great day!