Wedding Photography for Everyone: Fundamentals

Reviewing postproduction examples


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Video: Reviewing postproduction examples

In the previous movie, I mentioned the importance of using a tool like Lightroom in order to process your photographs. And here what I want to do is show you some images, so you can get some ideas about how you might use a tool like this in order to process wedding photographs. One of the things that you have to keep in mind is that when you're working with a high volume of pictures, a lot of times the adjustments that you'll make, they're going to be more global rather than specific because you don't have the time to get into all of the little details of each and every image.
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If you're a photographer (an enthusiast or a pro), you'll eventually be asked to photograph a wedding: a task that's both a privilege and a challenge. You're capturing one of life's most significant milestones. You're shooting an event filled with unpredictable moments that can't be re-created, and you need to be involved without being intrusive. It's a balancing act that professional wedding photographers work hard to perfect.

Chris Orwig has been in exactly this position, and in this course, he shares his experiences and creative insights, all liberally illustrated with examples from weddings that he has photographed. The course begins with details on preproduction—your gear and equipment decisions and the importance of talking to the bride and groom about their goals for your photographs. It also explores some key strategies for documenting the ceremony and the celebration afterwards. Lastly, Chris reviews some postproduction strategies for enhancing your images and delivering them to the happy couple.

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Reviewing postproduction examples

In the previous movie, I mentioned the importance of using a tool like Lightroom in order to process your photographs. And here what I want to do is show you some images, so you can get some ideas about how you might use a tool like this in order to process wedding photographs. One of the things that you have to keep in mind is that when you're working with a high volume of pictures, a lot of times the adjustments that you'll make, they're going to be more global rather than specific because you don't have the time to get into all of the little details of each and every image.

Let's take a look at a few photographs which I think will illustrate how you might want to post-process your photographs using a tool like Lightroom. This first photograph is one that we've seen previously, and here you can see it's this portrait of the groom as he just drove up. Here is the image after it's been processed and then now here you can see the image as it was captured straight out of the camera. Now, straight out of the camera the composition was okay, but I didn't really like the colors or the light. So, you can see that basically I used the adjustment brush to paint in some light on the face, and then I also modified the contrast and overall color and saturation.

Here's another photograph. This one, it's a little bit more subtle. You can see this is the before. Again, the color temperature was a bit too cool, so I just made some simple adjustments by brightening and warming this image up. When you're photographing people, often you want to lean a little bit too to the warm side of things. It's always nice to have something that's a bit more warm than a bit more cool. Let's look at another photograph. This one here, you can see the daughter of the bride and she is hiding behind this curtain.

I really like this moment, yet the composition wasn't quite bright. So, here you can see that I recomposed that, and I did that by simply using the Crop tool. Now, once I recompose to reduce and simplify, I notice that there was this little bar coming down right in front of her head that was distracting. So for this particular image, I brought it in the Photoshop, and there I removed that, and then I also modified the overall color and tone. So, sometimes you need to get specific. You need to focus in on those little details. Other times you're making broader or bigger adjustments.

Let's look at a few more photographs. Here's another picture from that particular wedding. And again, I just love the moment of this. Now, if we look at the before and after, you can see that the before, the tones are just a little bit more muted and then here is the after, simple adjustments. Sometimes simple is best. Here, we will look at one more photograph. I love capturing images at night, and I love the excitement of this. But the image that was straight out of the camera, it was too dark. I had made a mistake a little bit with my exposure. So here, bringing it to Lightroom, boosting the light up, makes this image much more interesting to look at.

Here's another photograph of some wedding guests, and here's the before and then now the after. These adjustments are pretty simple. Sometimes it's those simple yet significant adjustments which make all the difference in the world. Let's take a look at another photograph. In this one, the adjustments were a little bit more dramatic. Sometimes you need to work on an image a little bit more. And with this photograph, I love the mood, expression, emotion. Yet, if we look at the original file, you're not going to be very impressed.

The color temperature, it's cool. You can't really see the subjects very well, the exposure isn't great. But by bringing that into Lightroom and by using the Basic Panel, and the adjustments that you can perform there, you can see that you're able to really bring those images to life in a really important way. Another photograph which I think illustrates that point, you can see this picture. Here is our before. Again, it was too dark and then now here after. It just feels better. And as you're working on your photographs, a lot of times you're thinking about how can I change the overall mood or sentiment or feeling, because I want to have images that are beautiful and compelling? All right, well, let's look at just one more photograph here straight out of the camera.

And you know actually, I like this. I think it looks good. But when I was capturing it, I wanted to convert this one to black and white because I had this vision of an image which was really strong and dramatic. And so in Lightroom, I was able to do that. I removed the color, I added some film grain, and increased the contrast a little bit. When you're working on your own wedding photographs, you are always thinking about how can I somehow make these images come to life, because good photography, it's not just about the capture, but it's about completing those images, and you can often do that in really compelling and interesting ways when you use tools like Lightroom.

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