What's the difference between Editing and Retouching?

RAW

RAW photos are large image files that have not been processed for personal use. That is why they are not shared with you before post-production. Every frame captured in a session is imported, evaluated, and rated based on quality, composition, and context.

UNEDITED: AS SHOT IN CAMERA

edited

The photos with the highest ratings are adjusted to improve the light, colors, size, and other necessary, general corrections.
Galleries are edited as a set to achieve a consistent artistic style.
Edited photos are ideal for personal use online.

crop, color, & light

retouched

Retouching goes beyond editing to refine details while continuing to enhance colors and light.
Ex: skin smoothing, blemish removal, wardrobe fixes, distraction cleanup, etc.
Retouched photos are the standard for professional, business use.

enhanced manipulation

Click each image below for a full size view of these examples.

Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography RAW
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography edited
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography retouched
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography RAW
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography edited
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography retouched
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography RAW
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography edited
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography retouched
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography RAW
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography edited
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography retouched
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography RAW
Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography edited

Mike D Shot Me Atlanta Photographer Portraits & Events photography retouched