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The Difference Between High-Resolution (Hi-Res) and Low Resolution (Lo-Res)

This is a critical difference, which has only become relevant since the advent of digital photography. Simply put, Hi-Res images can be printed and look good; Lo-Res images are much better for computer-screen (web) use. The reason is that Lo-Res images are much smaller and load quickly. You can see them on your hand-held devices; you can use them on Facebook and other social media. They serve as “proofs” in the digital age. But you should not print them, or they will look “pixelated”: with jagged edges and unclear.
For printing you need Hi-Res images.
Now different photographers have different policies towards supplying Lo-Res and Hi-Res. Once you have the Hi-Res you can print as many as you like, and the photographer can’t sell you any prints, so many photographers do not include Hi-Res images in their packages. If you ask for them, she may charge you extra for them. In a sense, it’s like selling you the negatives in the old film days.
But there is one more crucial thing you need to know about the difference between Hi-Res and Lo-Res, and it concerns editing a special effects. 
When your photographer downloads your wedding images from his camera, he edits them in a program like Adobe Light Room to weed out the bad ones and correct the exposure of the rest, to produce a collection a technically good photos. When exported as Lo-Res, these are your proofs. When exported as Hi-Res, these are her collection from which to make your album and individual prints. But before a Hi-Res image goes into your album or is made into a print, there is a second edit that’s done to make the image even better. Skin may be smoothed, wrinkles diminished, fleshy arms may be reduced, or waist-lines, eyes and teeth may be subtly brightened, and blemishes removed or lessened. People, yourself included, will look very good. 
But there is not enough time to do this to ALL your images, just for the ones you purchase as prints or that go into your album. And you probably realize that very special skills are needed to do this enhancement. 
Most brides have no idea of the amount of work that goes into making truly outstanding images, and frankly, if you just looked at your Hi-Res images before the second edit, you’d probably be satisfied—because you don’t know what you’re missing. People who say they “don’t look good in photographs” would be confirmed in this belief. But your album or your specially ordered prints will have a special quality that should go beyond what you expect—if your photographer knows her stuff and puts in the time. But this is also why some photographer charge more: you’re actually getting more, and you’ll only see this at the end. But you’ll be very happy.
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