Taking the picture is only part of the process to creating a beautiful photograph. Developing and working on RAW (Digital Negative) files not only can enhance a well taken photograph, it can take it to another level all together. I feel that a substantial part of my style comes from what happens AFTER I take the picture.
There is a growing trend in the wedding photography industry of outsourcing your images to a vendor and have them develop, work on and edit the images that the photographer has taken. I find this to be a HUGE “no no” IMO. Many photographers are doing it to save time, but as a client you have to think why would a wedding photographer do this and what does this say about the photographer? I assure you it isn’t because the company which is being outsourced can provide better images. It is simply a time/money decision. The photographer profits while the client gets the short end of the stick.
Be diligent when choosing a wedding photographer. Do your homework and have some questions ready for them either through email or in person if you meet. For instance, ask them whether they will be photographing your wedding in Jpeg or RAW files. RAW files are much better IMO. Not only are they larger (thus they contain more information, such as detail, sharpness, color, etc..) they also allow the photographer greater room to manipulate and develop the images for more creative and unique photographs. Unfortunately many wedding photographers choose to shoot in Jpeg because of the smaller file sizes (saving on hard drive space as well as quicker post-processing).
Also ask them about equipment.. what kind of camera’s and lenses in particular. Your wedding photographer should have at least two camera’s. There are many reasons for this, most importantly – in case one breaks or fails. I bring a minimum of 4 cameras to every wedding.
Lenses. In the past I have gone into detail as to why the type of lenses they use are important. You can view one of these posts by clicking on the following link.
I hope you found this post informational. I would love to hear your thoughts!