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Wedding Photography Image retouching Vs Image Editing

The difference between Photo Editing and Photo Retouching.


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I’ve recently had a couple contact me and ask whether I ‘retouch’ all of the images that I deliver. When I asked them to explain what they meant by retouching, their response was, “You know, touch them up? Another photographer said they would deliver 500 to 800 ‘retouched’ images.” I quickly realized that this is a situation where wording can lead to unrealistic expectations and disappointed clients.

The terms ‘editing’ and ‘retouching’ are used quite often when talking about photography, but can mean wildly different things. Many photographers even mistakenly use them meaning the same thing, which can be very confusing for couples getting married unless their photographer is specific about what they mean or unless you ask them to explain in more detail. So, in this article, I will explain what I mean by ‘editing’ and what I mean by ‘retouching’. After reading this you will have a better understanding of what the terms can mean (as I said, it can vary from photographer to photographer), so that you know what questions to ask so you understand what you will receive.

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I edit every photo that I send to a client. To be specific, I correct for lighting and exposure and colour temperature, crop the image if necessary, as well as adding my own ‘signature’ touches to the images. These edit enhance the images greatly and are often all that is needed to turn an OK image into a Wow image.

Improve lighting conditions


The first step in my ‘editing’ process is to cull the images. This means I go through all of the photos taken on the day and determine which images will be delivered. While the percentage of ‘keepers ‘ has increased over my years as  my photography has improved, there are still many doubled up images or misfired that do not get delivered. More examples of images that get culled are – someone stepped in front of my camera, someone has there eyes closed  etc . If your photographer is not culling your images for you they are most likely just doing a batch process and not enhancing each photo individually. You will also then need to sift through all of the pictures yourself, which will be time consuming.

We can even remove people or objects from still images.

Basic Retouching

When a simple edit won’t do the job, retouching maybe needed. For me, basic retouching means up to 10 minutes of work on an image,  removing blemishes, brightening teeth, smoothing skin, or even removing an unsightly wire or trash cans.

Enhance skin complexion to capture your beautiful glow.

Extensive Retouching

I usually only go to the point of ‘extensive retouching’ for a handful of photos per wedding or upon request from a client. This might mean things like removing a person from an image, compositing several images together, or completely changing the background of an image. As you can imagine, I need to charge an additional fee for this type of work.


In Conclusion

So remember every photographer’s definition of ‘editing’ and ‘retouching’ can mean something completely different. What is important is to be sure that you understand what your photographer will be delivering. If you are hiring a photographer in the lower budget realm, it is more likely this is an area where cost will be cut.  Hopefully, this information has been helpful and I hope you can consider Storyteller Films and Photos as you Wedding Photographer for your upcoming wedding.

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Libby Smith
Libby Smith
8. December, 2023.
We recently had the pleasure of working with Scott as our wedding videographer, and we cannot express how grateful we are for the incredible job he did in capturing tour special day. From the initial consultation to the final delivery, Scott demonstrated exceptional professionalism, creativity, and a genuine passion for his craft. Would highly recommend Storyteller films to any future brides and grooms.
Rebecca Rogers
Rebecca Rogers
3. October, 2023.
Scott was absolutely amazing! He did the videography and photography for our wedding and he did not stop all day! The video and photos have turned out so beautiful and we could not be happier! Thankyou Scott, for giving us the best memories from our amazing day!
Dale Lingwood
Dale Lingwood
26. December, 2022.
We booked Scott to film our wedding in November and we could not have been happier with the results. Scott was fantastic to work with on the day and captured some amazing footage. The final film we received was much longer than we expected and the quality was far beyond our expectations. Scott managed to capture the essence of our day perfectly. And as an added bonus we got all the raw footage Scott captured! I could not recommend Scott and Storyteller Films more highly if you need a videographer for your wedding.
mary rollason
mary rollason
28. September, 2022.
I couldn't recommend Storyteller Films and Photos enough. We hired them to do our wedding photography and videography and they delivered above and beyond what i was hoping for. Scott was really easy to work with on the day and leading up to it as well, it was very easy to conmunicate with him. We recieved our photos and video back in a timely manner which again suprised us as we thought it would take ages. We will 100% be using them again in the future.
Christine Lee
Christine Lee
27. September, 2022.
We have asked scott to be our photographer for our wedding anniversary. Scott has been really nice and helpful with our poses as we are not really good at posing. His photoshoots were really lovely and absolutely love how he managed to edit them so beautifully! Would highly recommend!
Ana Pires
Ana Pires
11. May, 2021.
Organising a wedding can be very stressful at times but one thing that definitely helps the process is having great suppliers to assist you from start to end. Scott Thomas from Storyteller Films was one of my many amazing suppliers. I hired him for my wedding photography and videography. He was very responsive from first contact and all throughout the planning process, right up to receiving the photos and film. On our wedding day he was easy to get along with, it was comfortable taking photos with him and throughout the Ceremony and Reception he was able to capture all the beautiful moments without me even noticing he was taking photos or filming. The package I chose was brilliant and great value. I received a wonderful selection of photos only days after my wedding, and a few weeks later was blown away by the absolutely gorgeous film he made of our special day. Scott was able to take all the key moments of our day and combine them in a way that indeed told a beautiful story of our fairy tale wedding. We are now able to keep these memories forever. Thank you Scott! Ana & Derek 🙂
Bridie McIntosh
Bridie McIntosh
19. December, 2020.
I have worked with Scott and the team at Storyteller Films as a fellow Wedding Vendor on a recent mutual wedding. Scott went above and beyond to help another small business, providing me with images to showcase my work. I highly recommend Storyteller Films to any couples, and can't wait to share the images that Scott provided me with. Thanks so much 🙂
Alivia McPherson
Alivia McPherson
28. August, 2020.
Absolutely LOVE my film Scott and team created for us of our wedding day. He captured the emotion perfectly, somehow picked up on us as a couple and chose the most PERFECT music to accompany our video. He and his partner were extremely professional, yet so easy going and very easy to work with. I would recommend Scott and his team to ANY bride looking for a 5 star experience and video. THANK YOU SO MUCH STORY TELLER FILMS!! ❤️❤️❤️
Tracey Howe
Tracey Howe
16. April, 2020.
We are so in love with our wedding video and photos Scott produced. His team provides a high quality and timely service that will not disappoint. We highly recommend Scott's services.


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