“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
— Edward Steichen
This is a very important part of selecting a photographer to work with. Not only do you have to get on with them, but it’s good to know what kind of images it is you are hoping to come away from your photoshoot with. One photo can be interpreted very differently from one photographer to the next. Even if the image that comes straight out of camera (SOOC) is the same, you can end up with very different outcomes.
Here’s a little experiment I asked a few of my fellow photographers to help me out with. This is the SOOC image from a session I did earlier this year with the lovely Cat and Jasmine. I sent it over for them to edit, so we can see the different results!
As you can see, we’ve each had a different final image in our minds that we’ve worked towards. There are different crops, matte finishes, various ranges of vignette, and other little tweaks and adjustments have been made. Amidst the experiment, I thought I would have a further play with this image and build on the autumnal feel, just to see where it could end up. So this is what came out of that editing session:
This was a lot of fun to do, and just goes to show what a difference processing can make on the final images you receive from your photographer. It may seem counterintuitive for me to promote the work of my fellow photographers, but we all want our clients to be happy at the end of their journey with us, which always starts with the first step!
So there you have it! A push of a button takes a photo, but the photographer makes it!
Feel free to comment below your thoughts, and which images you liked and why – everyone has different tastes and it’s always interesting to hear what you are looking for!