Behind the Scenes-What happens after the photo shoot- high-school-senior-pictures

July 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

It's been a while! Been super busy (that's good) so I haven't had much of a chance to blog lately. Well, I'm here now! So here's to continuing the little "mini series" on Behind the Scenes with photo shoots.

This one is about what happens after we all leave the photo shoot.

 

A photographer's work doesn't end with a goodbye at the end of your session. For some photographers, as myself, this is when the majority of the work starts! So what happens after we all leave and why does it take so long to get your final images? Why can't you get them the same day? Read on!

 

We go back to our studio or home or office and process your images! Most photographers shoot in a format on the camera called RAW. This format allows our camera to capture every bit of detail possible including color, light, etc. Most cameras that you are used to including your cell phones are set to shoot in JPEG. This is a condensed file that your camera has already taken the pleasure of processing for you, so your work is done! When shooting in RAW on our big ol' cameras, the camera does not touch a thing as far as processing goes. Weird little fact: When we shoot in RAW, the image actually comes out looking a bit dull and it takes special programs to read the files. So this is why we have to process each and every image. Shooting in RAW gives the artist (photographer) a much larger "canvas" to work with. We can fine tune the colors, adjust the exposures if need be, make sure everything in the portrait is as true as can be. 

 

Another fun fact: The camera does not see like the eye does. It comes pretty close, but all in all, it's still a machine and just another one of our tools. We shoot in RAW so we can make the final image appear as we actually see it! For some, this also opens up a new avenue for creativity for us to play and explore. It's a lot to take in and understand, so what I'm telling you only skims the surface, and I don't want to bore you.... too much. 

So what takes so long? Well... we process each image as described above as well as make a few edits. A lot of our clients request things such as removing blemishes, certain spots and bruises, sunburns, the list goes on. We also remove things like odd street signs behind you, some stray hairs, goofy spots that the camera picks up from reflections and on and on! This is truly a skill that we have had to have a lot training on. When people say "you can Photoshop that, right?", sometimes! There's certain requests that just aren't in the realm of what we do, so some requests must be denied. But for the most part, we can help! But here's the thing... when a lot of requests are made, a lot of time is required (which might add up to increased prices for the client to cover that time). There isn't one magic button that does what we want and computers can't read our minds. Editing takes time and skill.

 

Another reason why it takes so long? We may have many sessions we are processing in a day/week for numerous clients to get everyone their images in a timely manner. We do our best to get you your amazing images to you as soon as possible =) Also, if we are ordering proofs for you, we have to allow our print labs time to get that to us. 

 

This is all part of our custom service we offer you. We don't do big box store studio "one size fits all" portrait sessions because let's be honest, you aren't like anyone else out there! We like to keep things personal for you and get you that unique session you deserve.

Until next time... <3

~Stacy~

Call to book! 715-490-0591

 


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