How long does it take you to edit and size a cliets photos

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  1. Seven7109

    Seven7109 TPF Noob!

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    Just wondering the time it takes everyone to get a clients photos done and back to them ? With the editing process and sizing what do you do and what programs do you use ?

    I am working on the wedding photos I did this past Saturday and may not be done untill this weekend or so, is that too long to keep someone waiting ?
     
  2. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If they want it done properly by me they can expect to wait at least a week. But then this is not my profession, this is my hobby and thus takes a lower priority than other things.
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think that a week is about the time that you (and they) should grant yourself for all the editing work that is necessary with something like an entire wedding. Says (same as in Garbz's case) an amateur photographer. The pros might be a lot faster and they might know many more "actions" than I do, and they might have many more extra downloads (plus a less stone-aged version of PS) than I have.

    I work with the RAW files first, then convert them, and then do the rest in PS, i.e. all the cropping, resizing, watermarking etc. And I still don't know how to do any "batch"-this or "batch"-that action, either. :oops:
     
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    Generally that information should be specified in your contract and it is dependent on the work they paid for as well as time, however, I would say a week is more then reasonable. Up to a month is not even ridiculous. (Then again, people who are comleteing the product in this time frame will generally be working on an album or DVD slide show)
     
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    I think a two week turnaround is not unreasonable.
     
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    When I got married in june, I had to wait almost a month to get my pictures back! She was not very good at all and the pictures didn't look good at all!
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    When I shot weddings it was film. I shot the film and would show pruffs in about 10 days to sell the final package. Then another 2 weeks for the labs turnaround time and album assembly and delivery. Today with digital I would think 2 weeks total would be the limit.
     
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    It depends on how much editing you do. For proofs I don't do too much and edit only in lightroom and I can have these ready pretty quickly. I can also upload to the web for viewing (rather than printing if necessary) so turnaround can be less than a week.

    If the couple are on their honeymoon, I'll use some of the time to edit some images to show styles of what can be done too..... two weeks is certainly not an unreasonable timescale and it also depends on how busy you are. More work = longer timescale.
     
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    Thanks everyone :) They just wanted all the photos on a disc (no prints or proofs ) I shot in jpeg as I have not learned raw yet.
     
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    It really depends on how much time you want to devote to editing. Personally, I put all of my weddings online so I can try to get some print sales from the guests in attendance. I try to have 100 or so photos online within a week. The edited DVD goes to the b/g in about 2 weeks with 300-500 photos on it.
     
  11. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm sure if you call around to pro wedding photographers...the average turn around will be somewhere between 2 weeks and 3 months...sometimes much longer.

    It really depends on how much editing you do. Personally, I probably spend two times as long editing (sometimes more), as I do shooting. So for a 6 hour wedding shoot, I might spend 12 to 20 hours editing. I have a full time job, besides photography, so finding 20 hours isn't easy.

    The key is letting them know beforehand and possibly keeping them in the loop as to when you might be finished. For some couples, a quick turn around is important...for some, it's not. I prefer to take the time to make each shot as good as I can...and I like to have clients who prefer quality over speed.
     
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    Thanks :)
    I am thinking it will be closer to 2 weeks, I have uploaded the pictures on my website (smug mug ) so if anyone has time to take a look and give me some feedback on how they look on your monitor I would be gratfull :)
     

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