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    Default How much is in the editing??

    Can someone post for comparison their raw image and final touches? I am curious how you touch up and how much is after the shot is taken
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    I can do this later....but I just wanna say, it depends on MANY factors. Photographer skill, style photographer is going for. How important is it that the photo is perfect...etc. I spend at least 30-40 minutes on every Headshot I edit versus about 5 minutes on every portraiture image. However...the headshots typically look more like the SOOC than the portraits do. The Headshots just require absolute perfection that looks natural which is quite a feat to pull off. For a portrait I can just run and tweak an action I made and call it done.
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    Tracy - Amber summed it up. Really, having the image as close to perfect in camera is the best you can do...then the "pop" or "umph" that photos have come in the editing process. I've come to learn that the more perfect the photo SOOC the quicker and easier it is to process and get the look you're going for. My last session was a flop for the SOOC's but once I got a process down for the set, it was a breeze to fix up and save the session. Here's an example...

    SOOC.............................................. .......Lightroom edit
    sooc2tyler-10

    and another that was terrible sooc and my lightroom edit
    soocagainDSC_4066
    (he's a little too yellow in the edit, but I've tweaked since then)

    Hope that helps. Being awesome in camera is the best we can strive for, but knowing your editing software can really make an image shine
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    I am starting to realize that you HAVE to start with a pretty decent picture if you want an excellent end result. I think my main objectives as far as SOOC are 1-FOCUS 2-EXPOSURE 3-MOOD. If any of these are missing with the SOOC, I am starting to not even bother trying to edit and improve them in PS.
    Take this with a grain of salt though, as I'm a total beginner!





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    This is one of the closest things to SOOC I have on Flickr (I'm at work), but it's VERY minimally processed. It was RAW so I ran it through ACR and probably tweaked the WB to make sure it was perfect (I don't remember). Resized and sharpened for web, that's it:

    DSC_5460_web

    Like Amber said, for most photographs I aim for as little processing as possible, LOL. No amount of photoshop will "fix" a bad photo--like you said your best bet is to start with an image that's well exposed, focused, and composed. The only images that take me a long time to edit are newborns, b/c I have to fix their skin and that can be tricky. But, the images have good exposure, focus, and white balance to start (I always set a custom WB with newborns), so everything else is good to go.
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    What everyone else said.

    Some things need more work than others... I'll post both...

    This one is pretty much SOOC.. maybe white balance adjustments, and some other minor adjustments in ACR. + crop

    Messing around 017 by laurenm123, on Flickr

    And this one required a lot more work.

    SOOC:

    Larissa Maternity 109 by laurenm123, on Flickr

    Edit:

    Larissa Maternity 109wm by laurenm123, on Flickr

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    I think that it really depends on the individual shot, some photos need a lot of editing, while others need barely any.


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    Here is a headshot example. This image took me about 30 minutes to retouch this one, but you'll notice how much it looks like the SOOC. I did a custom white balance for this session and used my X-Rite passport to help with the colors in post processing.

    Now that I'm looking at it, there is even more work I'd like to do on this shot.

    Before on the Left............After on the right


    Headshot Before and After by amberbella, on Flickr

    Here is a shot where the post processing really made the photo, but it took about 2 minutes to do. I knew pretty much exactly what I was going to do with the image when I took it...so I didn't worry one bit about the fabric being wrinkled. Just needed good exposure, focus, and composition from the SOOC.


    IMG_4855 Before and After by amberbella, on Flickr

    And just for fun...an edit I just did. A 3 minute edit on a snap. Retouched using and tweaking 3 different actions and a Photoshop filter lens flare.


    IMG_2391 EDIT Before After by amberbella, on Flickr
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    These are really good examples, thanks. I have not played with touching things up yet. I think I am a little scared to do that. I use photo impact. my DH thinks I would be overwhelmed with photo shop. But since I am not totally familar with the programs as it is, it makes it a little hard!
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    I love pushing free softwhere, if you want something similar but not as powerful as Adobe, get Gimp.


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