Editing vs Retouching

Throughout the year we see the same question pop up in many different forms, and that is what do we do with the images between taking them and delivering to you a final product.

“Do you edit the pictures?”

“Do you retouch the photos?”

“Will you Photoshop them?”

“Are they enhanced?”

And so on. To a lot of people these all mean the same thing, so I think it is important to differentiate between the nuances so that you, the client, know exactly what to expect. Every CD we give you comes with edited images, so hopefully this will clear up what that entails.

Edited vs Retouched vs Enhanced vs Photoshopped vs …

To us edited and enhanced are the same thing. Every image we give a client has been edited, which means we make sure the color, brightness, exposure, contrast and saturation are all correct and match as best as possible our overall style of photography. These edits also ensure the best overall print quality and consistency.

Retouching on the other hand is where we go in and make specific changes to one part of an image. Photoshop is the program most photographers use for retouching tasks and has become a household term, like when you ask for a Kleenex when you need a facial tissue. The most common basic retouching tasks are things like removing zits or generally smoothing your skin, taking out fly away hair or rogue bra straps, whitening teeth or putting a twinkle in your eye. A more involved retouch would include swapping heads, removing wrinkles or taking off those last 10 pounds. Retouching is very time intensive and not something we include standard in our family packages. For our HS seniors we do include some basic retouching due to the nature of the shoot and the more glamorous look we are going for.

We have included some examples below since, as they saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions.


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