Wedding Edit for Bobby Earle - San Diego Wedding Photographer

by Robert Whetton 18. July 2011 11:30

A couple of weeks back I got a Tweet from Bobby Earle asking if it was possible to remove the lady on the right in the picture below.Wedding Photography Edit for Bobby Earle - Before Image

Of course I said anything is possible and gave Bobby an estimate for the job. He said he would get back to the bride and let me know if she agreed to have the work done.

She gave the go ahead and I went to work on the image. 30 minutes later I was uploading the finished JPEG to Bobby for sign off. 

Wedding Photography Edit for Bobby Earle - After Image

The work got the thumbs up and is currently a double page spread in the couples album. Thank you Bobby for giving me the opportunity to work with you, and hope to be of assistance again when needed.

If you havent already go check out his blog, he updates more frequently than me!

Professional Photographers - Cost of a Photoshoot

by Robert Whetton 27. April 2011 16:39

Why does Pofessional Photography cost so much? 

This is the age of digital cameras, scanners, and home photo printers, I get this all the time: Why do you charge £XX.00 for an 8x10 when they only cost me £2.00 at Jessops? Well, Jessops don't pay for my time and expertise. You're just paying to have an image printed by a machine (the print doesn't cost £2.00 to produce from the machine, but Jessops also have to cover their running costs).

Let's take a look at the actual work involved:

Average 2 hour Photoshoot

  • Travel to the session.
  • Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
  • Shoot the photos.
  • Travel from the session.
  • Load images onto a computer.
  • Back up the files on an external drive & DVD.
  • Culling the photos to select the best ones.
  • 2-4 hours of re-touching time, which includes colour correction, removing blemishes and spots, and backing up edited photographs.
  • 2-3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment, and ship.
  • Possibly meet clients to review photos and place order. Meeting and travel time average 2 hours.

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

You can see how a two hour session easily turns into an eight hour or more day from start to finish. So when you see a professional photographer charging a £260 session fee for a two hour photoshoot, the client is not actually paying them £130 per hour.

The eight hour wedding

A wedding photographer will typically meet with the bride and groom several times before and after a wedding. It’s not uncommon to end up with 1-2,000 of photos, much more than a portrait session. Many photographers spend between 20-30 hours working just on one wedding, if you look at the time that is truly involved. Again, when a wedding photographer charges £2,000 for eight hours of coverage, clients are NOT paying them £250 an hour!

(Don’t forget that the photographer runs the wedding day to some extent. A comfortable, confident wedding photographer can make a wedding day go more smoothly.)

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

The expertise and cost of doing business

Professional photography is a skill acquired over years of experience. Even though a Digital SLR now costs under £500, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.

Most personal photographers take years to go from buying their first camera to making money with photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera, there is a mountain of other equipment and software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And don’t forget backdrops, props, rent, utilities, insurance, etc!

Professional photographers also need to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill in itself..

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

The in-shop photo studio

Shop photo studios do have their place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it. But you get what you pay for.

Consider the time and effort that a personal photographer puts into photographs, compared to a shop studio. Shop sessions last just a few minutes, while a personal photographer takes the time to get to know the people, makes them comfortable, makes them laugh. If a baby is crying at a chain store, they often don’t have the time (or the patience) to wait because everyone is in a hurry.

Many chain store studios lose money. The shops count on a client coming in for quick, cheap photos.. and while you are there, spending £200 extra on other things. They are there to get you in the door.

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

The real deal

Professional photographers are just that — professionals. No different than a car mechanic, dentist, doctor, or an electrician. But a personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories.

Here's another way to look at it: A pair of scissors costs £2.00 at Boots. Still, majority of people will gladly pay a lot more to go to the hairdresser and have a trained professional cut their hair.

Portrait Session with Professional Photographer

The added attention and quality that a personal photographer gives is worth every penny.


Hopefully those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why photographs, created by a professional photographer cost more.

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Photoshop: Tutorial Combining Multiple Exposures by Robert Whetton Dorset Portrait and Wedding Photographer

by Robert Whetton 30. March 2011 10:28


In preperation for my Photoshop for Photographers DVD, I thought it would be a great experience to recreate my popular blog tutorial showing how to merge multiple exposures into one.

So after 8 takes and several hours of uploading to YouTube here is my first tutorial


This has been a great learning curve for me, and the only HD video I will produce, the rest will be standard TV res as I want to put stuff on DVD and not Blu-Ray.

Exciting times ahead!

PPI/DPI Does Matter - NOT - why some people get confused

by Robert Whetton 9. March 2011 15:15


Ok so on Twitter I follow @ScottBourne, who yesterday posted about if you wanted your photographs to be critiqued then you needed to supply 72PPI 640 Pix wide to

He had a swarm of replies saying that PPI didn't matter, and they were right, but he's been defending his original Tweet here >

Now, the belief for many people is that if you want to post something on the internet, you need to give the graphic/image a resolution of 72PPI or DPI as some people still call it. I personally use PPI if I'm working on stuff that is online, and DPI if I'm using stuff for print (I'll swap to PPI if dealing with photographers as they like the term PPI if for web or otherwise)

This simply is not true, you can have any PPI you like in the resolution box when posting stuff online. The only limiting factor in the size that it will appear on someones screen is by the size and the resolution they are working at.

You demand proof? ok lets take a portrait.


Full Size Portrait ready to be resized in Photoshop

As you can see it's 96.9MB 4752x7128 pixels in size at 300PPI (Pixels/inch)

Now, I've resized the shot to a managable 533x800 pixels. Without saving and opening any of these images, tell me which one is the 72PPI image?

Resized portrait

Resized portrait

Resized portrait

Resized portrait

Each one of the above resized portraits has a different resolution attached to it, and yet are the same KB ±0.8KB. Don't believe me? right click on an image and "Save as" to your computer then open the shots up in your preferred editor and take a look at the resolution.

So how come they have the same pixels but a different resolution? well resolution is used in print. A desktop publishing application such as QuarkXPress or InDesign will look at the resolution and the dimensions of that image at the given resolution and import acordingly. A photo with a res of 72PPI with pixel dimensions of 1200x1800 will be imported at 42.33cm x 63.53cm because 1200pixels devided by 72 = 16.6 inches or 42.333333 cm. So when that comes in on sceen its massive and will need to be resized to fit into the document. However if you supply the same image at a resolution of 300PPI that same image will import at the correct size into the application 10.16cm x 15.25cm.

So conclusion? only time Resolution matters is when sending stuff of to a publishing house, design agency or if you make your own albums / print ready artwork. 600 pixels is always 600 pixels no matter what the resolution.

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