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Sep 29, 2011 09:38 |  #1

I would just like to get an idea what other wedding photogs are providing clients in terms of the number of photos for proofing?

Is 1000 too much?


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Sep 29, 2011 09:40 |  #2

Way too much.


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Sep 29, 2011 09:43 |  #3

Razeus wrote in post #13181704 (external link)
Way too much.

so what's your number in an average?


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Sep 29, 2011 09:46 |  #4

I assume you mean digital and not prints?

Assuming jpgs, 500-700 is my average. If it's an extended day or there was a second photographer, it can easily reach 1,000, but that's not typical.


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Sep 29, 2011 09:48 |  #5

Peacefield wrote in post #13181745 (external link)
Assuming jpgs, 500-700 is my average. If it's an extended day or there was a second photographer, it can easily reach 1,000, but that's not typical.

Agreed.




  
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Sep 29, 2011 09:50 |  #6

Peacefield wrote in post #13181745 (external link)
I assume you mean digital and not prints?

Assuming jpgs, 500-700 is my average. If it's an extended day or there was a second photographer, it can easily reach 1,000, but that's not typical.

yes digital. I always shoot with a 2nd photographer.

the reason I am asking is that another photographer told me that I provide way too much photos for proofing.

In an average, I do get the same amount (500-700) for a full day coverage from my camera, then I will add the photos from my 2nd photog.


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Sep 29, 2011 10:03 as a reply to  @ rhommel's post |  #7

yeah, i'm typically around 1k-1100 for a full day shooting with me and my second shooter. i know it's too much.
but i have the hardest time reducing it any more than that.

i never tell them they'll get that much, but it seems to end up that way more than not.

i break them into different folders/galleries so there isn't just one folder with 1k photos in it.
this way it's not quite as overwhelming anyway.


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Sep 29, 2011 10:22 |  #8

bigarchi wrote in post #13181811 (external link)
yeah, i'm typically around 1k-1100 for a full day shooting with me and my second shooter. i know it's too much.
but i have the hardest time reducing it any more than that.

i never tell them they'll get that much, but it seems to end up that way more than not.

i break them into different folders/galleries so there isn't just one folder with 1k photos in it.
this way it's not quite as overwhelming anyway.

ok, so i am not alone :)


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Sep 29, 2011 12:06 as a reply to  @ rhommel's post |  #9

haha, and i figured it was just me!
especially since most of the pros around here say "less is more" or "only give them your best".

but i have a hard time culling past a certain point.
and my wife is worse, she is always sneaking on to my machine and saying,
"you have to give them this one too!"


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Sep 29, 2011 13:19 |  #10

For full day coverage, anywhere between 300-700. Typically around the 500-600 mark. I just delivered a wedding with 350 photos, and three weddings before that I delivered 3200 (multi-day).

When people ask me how many photos do they get, I say, "complete coverage". I learned that from my grade 11/12 english teacher. Whenever we had to write an essay, everyone would ask "how many pages does it have to be" and he always said, "Complete".


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Sep 29, 2011 13:32 |  #11

500


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Sep 29, 2011 13:54 |  #12

rhommel wrote in post #13181693 (external link)
I would just like to get an idea what other wedding photogs are providing clients in terms of the number of photos for proofing?

Is 1000 too much?

YIKES !!! Delivering 1000 or having the client pick prints from 1000?


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Sep 29, 2011 14:59 |  #13

Can we assume you are thoroughly culling first, and not just sending them everything that landed on the memory cards?

Delete anything and everything that's out-of-focus or just plain bad.
Black-flag all but the best ONE out of duplicate sets (e.g. burst-mode shots). Don't deliver three shots that are very similar, it just confuses the client.
Black-flag the ones that are not flattering to the subject - unpleasant facial expression, one eye half-closed, pinky finger up the nose, etc.
Black-flag the ones that are poor composition - wrong leading lines, limbs cut off, etc.

Take a break.

Go through them again, this time black-flagging everything that is not meaningful content. Tons of shots of Cousin Rob dancing with all the bridesmaids? Keep the single best, black-flag all the rest. Two shots of the flower girl going up the aisle, and three more of her coming back down the aisle? unnecessary. Keep the single best, maybe the two best if they are very dissimilar in poses and facial expressions.

How many are left after this process?

Take all the black-flag shots and archive them until after the proofs are approved and the final products have been delivered. [OPINION] Then delete them, keeping only the picks of the proofs.


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Sep 29, 2011 15:01 |  #14

Typically 400-500, but as low as 300 or as high as 600 occasionally.


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Sep 29, 2011 17:08 |  #15

Shoot 1200-2000, deliver digital portfolio of 300-500 !


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