"Editing" - What a Photographer REALLY Means

When hiring a photographer you will often hear the process before you actually book with them. First is the session, then editing, and then purchasing photographs. If you have never booked with a photographer before you may be a little confused on why there is an automatic editing process. Not saying there is anything wrong with how well they take photographs, it is just saying that all photographers need to edit (no matter how small or big) to make their photographs perfect for their clients. 

So what do photographers mean by editing? This blog post will help you understand everything that goes into editing so you feel more comfortable about the whole process of editing your photographs. 


Ultimately, editing is a process that includes going onto a computer photo editing program and altering or enhancing the photograph. Now, don't think we are making major changes to the photographs. I am not taking ten pounds off anyone and I am not changing anyones hair color. Every photographer defines editing differently by what they are willing or unwilling to do. Even with as much care as photographers have during the photo session, the camera is not always like the human eye. Our eyes are used to adjusting everything on it's own (like seeing in the dark) while our cameras are not. 

I want to make the photograph look just like you would see it from our eyes. So, when editing I like to think of the session itself and make it match that. A lot of the editing comes from lighting. The lighting brings many factors into the mix, including:

  • White Balance
  • Exposure
  • Shadows & Highlights
  • Brightness
  • Color

These are the things I try to correct. Making sure it would look just like it normally would just by with our eyes. 

However, there are also some other things that come into play. For example, blemishes. If it is a permanent characteristic, I keep those in the photographs. If it is a temporary thing, it will go. No one likes to see a random pimple that just decided to show to the surface on picture day on their photographs. So, that won't be there with KLP. Or if the wind happened to pick up right as I took the shot, or it is in your face just a little bit, I will remove that. Otherwise, it stays. 

So all in all with KLP, your photos will look as realistic as possible when I am editing. (Unless there is a creative idea behind or changing it to black and white). 

If you would like more on the subject, other photographers have expressed their opinions in their blog posts as well. I have attached the links to three below and you are more than welcome to hear what they have to say. 

You are free to contact me here as well about any editing questions you may have. 

Kaytee Lorentzen
Owner | Kaytee Lorentzen Photography