You Can Just Photoshop That, Right?
March 30, 2018

You Can Just Photoshop That, Right?

How many of you think Photoshop is some magic button you press, and VOILA! 10 pounds falls off, and your beautiful face is now blemish free? Raise your hands, because we were right there with you. Before we were photographers, we totally thought “Photoshopping” something, was as simple as the press of a button.

We see photographers talking all the time about clients coming back with extensive Photoshopping requests, saying something along the lines of “Can’t you just Photoshop it?”. Maybe the client wants their nose to look smaller, wants a car removed from the background, or wants 10 pound gone. Whatever you can think of, it’s probably been requested to be Photoshopped. There is a lot of frustration around this subject, but we think it can all be addressed with some education.

Photoshop, really, is it’s own art form.

Depending on the task, “Photoshopping” an image is usually a tedious, and time consuming project, involving a lot of detail work. If you don’t believe us, get on YouTube and look up a few tutorials. They will seriously make your head spin.

Personally, we promise our clients a range between 50-100 edited images per hour of photography. Usually, that’s a low estimate. Many times, we have over 100 images to give back for an engagement session that lasts 90 minutes.

When we say the images are edited, we mean that they are color corrected. That is, we’ve gone through, and made sure the colors look like what you’ve seen of our work on our website. We don’t do extensive retouching for a few reasons:

1. We wouldn’t be able to give back the variety that we do now.
We would have to narrow down our image selection from over 100 images, to closer to 20 per hour.

2. It would make our turn around times exponentially longer.
As it stands, we’ve returned most of our 2017 wedding galleries to our clients in about a four weeks. It would take us months if we were extensively retouching each image.

3. We don’t want perfection, we want real.
We want you to be confident in where you are. Now, we have talked about this more than a few times, like here, but we mean it. We think that our clients are beautiful. We want to show them their true beauty just how they are.

Okay, now that we have established that extensive retouching on all of your images would mean significantly less images, and an extensive turn around time, let’s talk about what it looks like if there is something that needs to be fixed.

Because Photoshop is it’s own art form, some fixes might be beyond your photographers’ skill set, or require more time than they can spend on one image. If we have a client who is really needing something fixed, we do specialize in extensive Photoshopping. We just ask that they cover the cost for the time it will take to make the necessary edits.

The more you know!

About Adam and Keli

Creative. Clean. Different. We are a team of creatives in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with a passion for storytelling. Founded in 2006, our studio has been recognized as one of the best wedding photographers in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky by various publications, websites, and groups. We’d love to show you our studio and walk you through our albums, canvases and other print photography products. We can also provide more information on our Wedding Collections and introduce you to our team! We’d love to help, connect with us now.

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