Ever wonder what exactly a photographer is doing when they are editing your images?
The world of editing is so vast. Many photographers are Photoshop geniuses that can take a normal photo and throw in a giraffe and fairies and still make it look realistic! My personal editing style is clean and bright. This means I work with light and colors without changing what is really there. I'm going to give you a little peek of what my editing looks like with a before and after on some of my personal photos. (And please know that this isn't easy...it makes me feel a little naked to show you my images before I've completed them through editing!)
I shoot in RAW so this means my before photos will look a little flat compared to what you normally see on the back of a camera. When you use a DSLR camera set to JPEGS, you may be choosing the settings, but your camera does the developing of the photo. This means the camera applies some basic editing. When I shoot in RAW, it means I get to personally apply the sharpening and color details. Just as film has to be developed, RAW images have to be "developed" digitally by the photographer. Below are a couple of before and after images showing my original RAW image vs the completed product.
Wondering how I managed to get in this one? I'm almost never in my family photos because I'm always behind the camera. Every once in a while I'll summon the courage and creativity to work myself in there so my children will have proof that I was actually around too! For this shot I set my camera on a tripod across the room. My camera has wifi capabilities that allow me to remote shoot from my phone. I set my camera with the settings I wanted (I always shoot in manual...but that's a post for another day!) and while I was spinning around with my little dancing queen, I tapped my phone to give myself a 10 second timer to get a natural, real life shot of us playing.
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You may have noticed that I no longer put watermarks on any of my photos that I share through the website or on Facebook, and no, it's not because I got lazy! I stopped for a couple of reasons.
1. I Believe in Giving Clients the Digital Files
First of all, I always give my clients digital files, and give them permission to make prints and to use online. Why?
Reason number 1 is because I would want the same for myself! If I have fantastic family photos, I want to be able to USE them! I want to make prints, books, products, and I want to share them with long distance family and friends through social media. I want to be able to use them in the goofy slideshows that I will make for my children's weddings one day!
Reason number 2 is that it's also great advertisement. I ask my clients to give some sort of shoutout or photo credit to me. But guess what, even if my name isn't plastered all over an image, if people see images they love, they will ask my client who their photographer is!
2. Clients Can Share Images Directly From My Page
Ok, here's where it gets a little technical. When I add photos from a session to my Facebook page, I always try to tag my clients (which I can only do if they've liked my page) so they can share images directly from my page. I keep the watermark off the image so they can share beautiful images without distraction directly from my Molly Hensley Photography page. While I don't upload every single image from a session, the ones that I do use will be tack sharp and will look better on Facebook than if you uploaded your high resolution images yourself.
This is the technical part, so hang with me. I deliver high resolution images to clients so they can make prints and enlargements that will be sharp. When you upload files to Facebook, it automatically compresses images so they take up less space. The result? The images get a bit crunched and lose the sharpness and clarity. When I upload images to Facebook, I export them at much smaller sizes so they don't get compressed and keep their sharpness. If you were to print photos at this size, they would look terrible! So pretty please, never save and print your photos directly from Facebook. If you are a more technical person and are curious about the sizing I use to make photos look their best on Facebook, I size at 2048 pixels on the long size.
I hope everyone is having a fantastic January :)
I really love photos and photography in general, but my absolute, all-time favorite pictures are not the ones of families that are perfectly posed and smiling. It's photos of children that capture a true peek into childhood. There are so many small things that our children do everyday that can easily be forgotten through the years. It is so precious to capture these little memories in your own home to remind you of these little moments that pass so quickly. While I would love to come into your home and capture these moments for you (for real, I would love to start doing in home, non-styled sessions! But that's a blog for another day!), it's mostly likely that these moments will only occur when kids are in their own space in their normal routines. But YOU can do it Mama! Whether you are using your iPhone or a DSLR, you can get better photos of your kids that are beautiful and timeless. Here are a few easy changes you can make to get better photos today!