The Art of Photo Editing

July 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It’s that time of year again when I don’t really have time to write a wealth of blog posts, as I am either shooting weddings or sitting at my computer here and editing and processing the wedding photos in Lightroom and Photoshop. Whilst talking to a client recently, I realised that most people don’t realise the amount of work that goes into the photos after the wedding day itself. So with that in mind I thought I would write this post to give people a little bit of insight.

Here is a photo that I took recently at Fran and Henry’s wedding in South East London.

 

 

The photo above captures a nice moment and is Straight out of Camera (SOOC). SOOC is a term used that there has been zero processing of the image. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the photo as it is, there are a few steps that can be taken to improve the photo and help the viewer’s eye focus on the emotion of the photo and not be distracted by anything else.

Here is the photo after I have edited it in Lightroom.

 

The photo has been cropped to focus on the man and the baby more, and a levels adjustment has been added to boost the contrast of the photo to make it more striking. The colour temperature has also been raised slightly to give the photo a warmer feel, whilst some input sharpening has also been applied to give the image more crispness. All these are small steps, but added together really help the photo stand out. 

Here is the photo after it has been edited in Photoshop.

 

The human eye gets easily distracted, and in this photo there were several small parts of the image that were drawing the viewer’s eye away from central focus of the man and the baby. The small reflection in the window, the top of the post at the bottom of the image, the faint outline of a man’s head in the bottom right, and the dark section in the far left of the photo. Using several techniques in Photoshop it was possible to remove all of these elements to create a far more impactful image, and allows the viewer to focus on the tender moment of the man kissing the baby.

All these little steps help turn a nice photo into a great photo, and its why on average when you hire me as your wedding photographer you get a full working week of my time, not just the wedding day itself. 


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