It’s been a while since I last did a ‘Before and After’ so I thought it might be nice to look at this image from Nadine’s wedding to Nick at Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, Surrey.
As I am sure you know, digital images come out of the camera pretty flat and bleurghh, which is actually a good thing when photographing events like weddings. To state the obvious you only get one go at a wedding so most professional photographers prefer the images to be low contrast where possible and to set up the camera to produce a digital file which is flat and bland so that it acts a little like a blank canvas during the post-processing.
If you set your camera up to produce images with contrast and saturation, it’s difficult or impossible to lower the contrast and the punch in an image if that’s what you want to do afterwards. Some images look nicer with a lower contrast ration than others. That’s why no kind of automation works very well when processing the pictures. Much like the actual taking of the images themselves, the effectiveness of the picture starts with the eye of the photographer. Each picture needs to be individually assessed and processed appropriately. In this digital age of course there are far more choices than there used to be when film cameras were used. The last time I checked I had 17 different ways to convert my files to black and white for example.
All my images from everything I photograph get tweaked and polished on the computer in this way. You can see the difference in these two photographs. The picture has been cropped (bits chopped off the top and bottom) to remove distractions. it’s been ‘warmed up’ a bit and given a little texture to remove that digital feel which I felt was appropriate to this picture. An interesting border completes the image. Of course not every photograph would benefit from this kind of treatment but I like to think it makes Nadine look even more beautiful on her wedding day :)
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