A Guide to Post Processing in Wedding Photography

After winding up a busy day at your client’s wedding shoot, you might think it’s finally time to take a breath of relief, however what will come next will be a little more demanding than the wedding shoot itself. If you are thinking of starting your wedding photography business, you have to come to peace with the fact that post processing is an integral part of the entire wedding photography process. It’s the final icing on the cake.

Processing 200-300 images might seem like a monumental task, but like every big problem, processing your wedding shots can also be dealt with by handling one task at a time. Here’s a work flow that can help you get better control over post processing images in bulk.

What is post processing?

I cannot stress enough when I say that processing your images is the process of enhancing your images further. It’s not to be mistaken as a process where you correct the mistakes you made which you should have got right while shooting itself. It’s a creative process and it’s a lot of fun especially when you start noticing the difference it can make to your images.

post processing stress

Correcting mistakes in hundreds of images can become stressful.

Why learn post processing?

Apart from enhancing your images. Post processing is pretty much like a self-audit process that helps you show case your best to your clients. Instead of browsing through your images during the wedding shoot, you can review your images on a big screen. You are bound to end up with shots where you have people with their eyes closed, some inevitable camera shake here and there and you may also notice that there is some scope for improvement in terms of colour correction, adjusting highlights, shadows, saturation, exposure, etc., etc. These are some minor changes but can give a lot of aesthetic boost in your images.

Also, when you send your images to your clients to review and select, it is a not at all a good idea to send them a folder with bad images here and there. After all that hard work that you put during the shoot, this one slip up can cost you dearly in terms of future prospects. Always show case only your best work and nothing less and allow them to choose their own final images.

happy clients

It is also important that you manage your post production effectively and efficiently. That sooner you deliver results, the happier you clients will be. Happy clients, means more referrals, which means more business and you know what that means.

Wedding photography post production workflow

This is the basic workflow that anyone starting off with their wedding photography business must follow. Every photographer has their own work flow and their own method of handling each step. As you gain experience in your business, you too will start developing your own workflow that suits your style. However, this will give you a starting point to deal with post production.

  • Managing files
  • Sorting out the best images and feature images
  • Renaming the files
  • Batch processing
  • Copy-righting
Managing files

The first step to managing all the images that you shot is to back up the images from your camera memory card to your hard drive. Ideally, this is the first thing that you should do once you come back home from the shoot. It gives a sense of relief knowing that all that hard work that you put in is safe and has a backup.

All storage devices have a shelf life. You never know when your hard disk might crash, or when your computer might give the blue screen error of death, or when your external storage devices may get infected with a virus which will force you to wipe out t