The different type of images…

September 11th, 2009

As clients of a photographer, whether it would be a portrait photographer, an engagement photographer or wedding photographer, you need to understand the different types of images that are delivered to you at different stages of the delivery process. The three types of images are:

  • SOOC
  • Proof
  • Final

The first type of image that your photographer may never let you see is the picture that comes straight-out-of-the-camera otherwise known as SOOC.  The SOOC images are untouched and they are not in their final form. The second type of image is the Proof.  Proof images are the ones that as a client of a wedding photographer, you will get to see and review.  You get to select from these images to go into your wedding album(s).  Proofs are often color corrected, have contrast boosted, cropped and/or sharpened.  Final images are those that are fully touched-up and are of higher quality.  These images may go into your wedding albums, signature album or blown up onto a canvas print.

The image below was taken with my backup camera, Canon 30D with the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 lens while we were at Legoland in Carlsbad.

The left image below is the SOOC image.  It came straight out of the camera with no corrections.  The image to the right of it is the Proof.  The SOOC image is darker than the proof.  Although it doesn’t look bad, it could use a little work.  The Proof was lightened, had contrast boosted and sharpened.


The image below is the Final version.  It is ready for professional printing.  This image took a bit of time to process.  Blemishes and dark circles were removed, skin was smoothen, the face and shoulder was lightened, flare from sun was enhanced, image was then converted to black and white, then whole image was sharpened and finally the eyes, nose and lips were enhanced.


I had a fun time at Legoland over the Labor Day weekend and hope you now have a better understanding of the different type of images available.


Kien – contact me if you need a wedding photographer in Orange County, Los Angeles, Inland Empire or other areas  in Southern California.

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