I agree adamz, just use presets in your photo editor on import, but don't spend a lot of time on photos when you have no idea if they will be picked or not, was my point.
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Whoa, I wasn't talking about retouching every photo in photoshop. I spend probably a third of the time in post processing favorites (around 10% of total images).
My proofing has changed over time. I now choose the favorite pictures myself where I used to post proofs online and wait for a response on which were their favorites. I would end up going back and forth with people about the list of favorites, and it wasn't worth the extra time to me, so I now just choose my own favorites (a little presumptuous, I know, but I am the photographer!). Then when I finish the shoot, I ask them to let me know if there are any they think need extra processing. So far no one has complained and there's a lot less hassle for me and (I think) for them.
Back to the original question, then, of how much I do to each photo, I probably spend an average of 30 seconds looking at each photo to judge if it's technically good, well-composed or has a composition that can be saved by cropping, etc. During that time I rate each photo, get the white balance right, tweak exposure and the tone curve, etc. But I'm not working harder than I need to: for multiple shots with the same shooting conditions I just sync the settings in lightroom. The rest of the time is spent perfecting the settings on the favorites and then working on some/all of those in photoshop.
I deliver a DVD of all images along with a print release. That's my final product and that's why I spend time on every image that I give to a customer. I agree with PB PM that for a business model based on print sales this wouldn't make sense because it would be a waste of time.
By touch-ups I meant any post processing. I was not talking about fixing every photo to erase the pimple that the bride didn't realize was there. Personally, I would do some PP on every photo that I put out there. Maybe when I upgrade from my D40x I won't need to do this so much, but I doubt it. Nailing exposure, WB, and perfect compostiion SOOC may come with time, but I'm not there yet- by a long shot.
I've decided to charge $1200 with a print credit of $200 and a disk of full res images for $250.
If I don't get it, I don't get it. There will be others.
Thanks all for your input!
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