It will usually take your professional wedding photographer at least one month to complete the post-production work on your photos, and in some cases more.
This is because the hours that the photographer spends with you and your guests on the day will only be a part of the job that you are hiring them to do. Photoshop post-production is also a very significant part of the photographer’s work.
What the process entails
Some photographers claim to spend approximately 40 hours on editing the images from a single wedding. Post production sometimes goes by a different name, including editing, processing or retouching, but they all essentially mean the same thing. A photographer will take the images from your wedding day that have been captured normally and transform them into the final images that you will be presented with.
As such, before you confirm any booking with the photographer, you need to check the details of the post production involved. It is important to ask whether the images will be in high or low resolution, and whether or not you will be able to make any prints yourself. It is also a good idea to find out if the proof images you will view will be the retouched versions or if the editing will take place once you have selected the photos that you like.
If you decide that you would like to print the photos yourself from a digital source or order an album to be printed from somewhere else, you will most likely have to buy the rights to the images in question.
Why it might take a while
Post production is a must for most professional photographers, because the images they take are captured in RAW format rather than the more typical JPG mode. Photos in JPG format are captured using a cameras predetermined settings. When shot in RAW, the photographer has to take the images and process them using a number of different tools and effects.
Some photographers may use a batch-processing method, which is where they take a number of photos and apply the same settings to all of them. Using this method might mean that you get your wedding photos back quicker, but the shots won’t necessarily get the individual attention that they may require.
Some of the tools photographers use during post-production work will include Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop.