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Hey everyone,

Not sure if any of you are familiar with Tony Hoffer's Genesis workshop, but a recent video he posted showed one of the attendees claiming to reduce her edit time for a wedding to around 4 hours. Since it usually takes me 20+ hours to edit a wedding, I was pretty shocked to hear this. Just wondering how long it takes everyone else and maybe what some tips are to shorten things up.

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It took me 30 minutes to edit my last wedding. My assistant spent about nine hours on it though.

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I edit in about 3-4 days working 3-4 hours each day. So between 9 and 15 hours. I could do it faster but my computer is slow running LR. :)

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Sorry if this question is too far from the subject but how many hours does a Photographer usually spend on a wedding all together from Start to finish?

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I could probably do it in two 8 hour days start to finish. Unfortunately, it doesn't tend to happen that way; usually an hour here or there over the course of a week.

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Here's a quick breakdown:
- Meeting customers, prep, site visits (optional), cleaning and charging gear, pre wedding meetings: 6h
- Wedding day: 12h (inc travel, prep, etc)
- Processing: 16h
- Album: 4-16h
- Random stuff that sometimesc omes up, rework, communications, etc: 0-8h.

That makes say 36 hours for a simple CD only package, or 54 hours for an album package. Some photographers might do it in 20 hours, really pushing it, some might do it in 60 hours.

One wedding is a full time job for a week.

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iirc, Zach and Jody claim that it only takes them 1-3 hours to edit a wedding. They are able to achieve this by getting as much done as possible in camera.

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It really depends on how long you were at the wedding, how many photos were taken, how many of those were keepers, how good your photos are straight out of the camera and what kind of edits you do.

I can edit a 6 hour wedding in an hour and a half, but I nail my exposures in camera and dont rely on actions and post processing to begin with.

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I've never taken a single photo that can't be improved with basic post processing - ie just what a raw converter does, brightness, contrast, color temp, etc. To nail every exposure is quite amazing, almost unbelievable.

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tim wrote in post #13847081external link
I've never taken a single photo that can't be improved with basic post processing - ie just what a raw converter does, brightness, contrast, color temp, etc. To nail every exposure is quite amazing, almost unbelievable.

This kind of honesty is refreshing. I'm really enjoying this forum.

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tim wrote in post #13843158external link
It took me 30 minutes to edit my last wedding. My assistant spent about nine hours on it though.

Jealous!!

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I could say a lot of things about reducing time, most of them you've probably heard, but I think Fundy software for album design has really helped us decrease our time in post more than anything, perhaps ever. I'm sure there are pros and cons to Fundy vs other techniques, for example we don't own InDesign, but yeah for us, Fundy has helped

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8-16hrs depending on a lot. I did a wedding last year with only 50 guests and no bridal party. I ended up taking way fewer shots than usual and had it finished with like 5 or 6 hours of editing. That was sweet....

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My breakdown of time works out to something pretty similar to Tim's excepting only the album.

My initial design for the client can take 2 hours or less. The back and forth from there can add as nearly nothing or as much as just about anything. And then another hour or so prepping and placing the order with the supplier.

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chrismallet wrote in post #13846937external link
It really depends on how long you were at the wedding, how many photos were taken, how many of those were keepers, how good your photos are straight out of the camera and what kind of edits you do.

I can edit a 6 hour wedding in an hour and a half, but I nail my exposures in camera and dont rely on actions and post processing to begin with.

There is something to be said for 'getting right in-camera'
the odds of anyone getting a 6 hour wedding all right in-camera are against you...
but even then, things can be improved... eyes can be made to pop... pimples can be removed...

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