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Workflow: How long does it take you to edit a wedding?

 
SMP_Homer
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Feb 08, 2012 07:50 |  #16

total time investment in my average wedding is in the 30 hour range
meeting, rehearsal, traveling, wedding day, editing, that quickly adds up...


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Feb 08, 2012 08:55 |  #17

Good info here. Glad the question was asked. I sometimes wonder if I invest too much time. Now I know I don't.


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Feb 08, 2012 08:57 |  #18

tim wrote in post #13847081 (external 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.

SMP_Homer wrote in post #13847991 (external link)
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...

I'm not saying that I didn't edit the photos, I'm saying that my exposures are pretty bang on so I dont have to go back and fix the files. There's always color, contrast, sharpness, WB, etc done to the photos, but when the initial exposure is already there it goes a lot smoother as I dont have to spend extra time trying to save photos.

It takes me less time because I get the photos right in camera, and with my editing style I dont have a lot of post to do. I dont have the Totally Rad look and I dont try and my my photos look like vintage film which saves time. I also dont go through and take out every pimple or wrinkle for every photo if they're just getting a DVD, I only do that for albums.




  
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Feb 08, 2012 11:15 |  #19

i usually spend about 30 hours on post work for a 10 hr wedding day (2 photographers shooting)
just to get them all ready for disk & online gallery.

it's usually about 2 weeks of evenings for me.

hoping to get it even more efficient this season though.


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Feb 08, 2012 19:21 |  #20

Thanks for all the comments everyone! Glad to know I am not totally off base. I actually enjoy taking the extra time to make sure my work is the best I can put out.


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Feb 08, 2012 20:34 as a reply to  @ post 13847991 |  #21

All depends on what you did and how many files you have to process.

I must say that Lightroom ( I Know Tim is not a fan ) really helped speed up the process for me. With auto synch and a few other tools that Lightroom provides,,you can really expedite the process. I can go through 800-1000 files with lightroom in about 6-7 hours. I also use a photovison target alot. So when im moving around in different lighting I can take quick shots with the lighting and it helps get the WB right for the scenes. Also find Auto White balance in LR is pretty darn good,,gets it close so that all you have to do is a few tweaks here and there. For me, I cant say enough good things about Lightroom. Really speeds things up.


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Feb 08, 2012 21:30 |  #22

I've tried LR 3 times and I just can't do it. I find Bridge much more flexible and much faster. It has pretty much the same image editing functions, and works with batches in a way I find more sensible.

It's personal taste though.


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Feb 09, 2012 16:09 |  #23

Using proper programs and workflow can definitely help.

I recently purchased the Wedding Editing disc ($125) from http://arisingimages.c​om/ (external link) which is the most profitable wedding company associated with PPA. They edit everything within 6 hours and have their workflow down to a science. Saw them at Imaging USA and was really impressed.

Below are some of quick notes and links they sent after the conference:

Download via Downloader Pro from Breezesys.com
Have it setup folders via Directory Maker which is under the plugins tab under preferences
http://www.breezesys.c​om/Downloader/index.ht​m (external link)

Sort, rename, and cull via Breezebrowser
Sorty by timestamp, rename using batch rename, cull by tagging the keepers
http://www.breezesys.c​om/BreezeBrowser (external link)

Raw processing via Lightroom using an x-keys pad
https://www.adobe.com …oduct=photoshop​_lightroom (external link)
http://www.piengineeri​ng.com/xkeys/xkpro.php (external link)

Editing via Photoshop CS5 using an x-keys pad
http://www.adobe.com/p​roducts/photoshop.html (external link)
http://www.piengineeri​ng.com/xkeys/xkpro.php (external link)

Web Galleries via Breezebrowser and EOStemplate
Create web gallery using the EOS template as an HTML template
http://www.breezesys.c​om/Downloader/index.ht​m (external link)
http://www.eostemplate​.com/eos/index.html (external link)

Video Slideshow using animoto.
http://animoto.com/ (external link)

album selections via breezebrowser
tag the images to use
http://www.breezesys.c​om/BreezeBrowser (external link)

album design via photoshop with assistance from fundy's album builder and an x-keys pad
http://www.adobe.com/p​roducts/photoshop.html (external link)
http://www.piengineeri​ng.com/xkeys/xkpro.php (external link)
http://www.fundysoftwa​re.com/album-builder/ (external link)

Proofbook via contact sheets with ACDSee
http://www.acdsee.com/​en/products/acdsee-14 (external link)

I use Black River Imaging for my photo lab and press printed products.
http://www.blackriveri​maging.com/ (external link)

I use Graphi Studio for my wedding albums.
http://www.graphistudi​o.com/ (external link)

Still having a problem make it all work for us so far, but X keys can help, Photo Mechanic for culling is amazing, was sent to it by http://www.danielcruzp​hoto.com/ (external link) ( it's so much quicker than Lightroom).

I spend 40+ hours editing a full 14+ hour wedding day with two photographers. Every image we hand over is properly edited with some sort of artistic touch. Usually culled down to 800 or so images. They're all ready to show off (get printed, be on a blog, or add to an album). We don't just do a quick color correction and move on. We're struggling with offering the same quality and product, but still adjusting our workflow to save time.


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Feb 09, 2012 19:24 |  #24

It takes me 10-20 hrs


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Feb 15, 2012 14:32 |  #25

Around 8 hours to select and edit the images for a typical wedding. Retouching album selects takes another couple of hours.


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Jun 05, 2012 08:05 |  #26

From the date of our first wedding (external link) to blogging it and mailing it to our clients, it took a little less than a month. I'd really like to cut that time down, but it's not just up to me...my wife also manages editing and she needs more of a break from wedding photography than I do : D However, right now with our second wedding, I'm the bottleneck, as I'm having a lot of trouble culling down from 2900 images to around 400. I'm definitely shooting less at our next wedding.


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Jun 05, 2012 08:44 |  #27

depending on the size of the wedding... 6-10 hours of just editing , not including album design


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Jun 05, 2012 12:20 |  #28

brokensocial wrote in post #14533616 (external link)
I'm the bottleneck, as I'm having a lot of trouble culling down from 2900 images to around 400. I'm definitely shooting less at our next wedding.

Holy Cow!!


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Jun 05, 2012 12:49 |  #29

JohnThomas wrote in post #14534758 (external link)
Holy Cow!!

To be fair, the 2900 came from both of us combined; I shot around 1600 and my wife around 1300 over a 10 hour wedding. However, we'd previously shot around 2300 for an 8 hour wedding, and that seemed more manageable. My goal for our next wedding is to shoot at an average rate of around 80 frames per hour, rather than 160 per hour, as I did in this previous wedding. That'll mean taking 400 images, give or take a few, over a 5 hour wedding. We'll see if I can pull it off.


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