……that sounds a bit like a tongue twister!
Okay this post is mainly for those photographers out there or for those of you who would like to know a little bit of behind the scenes as to how I work? So I apologise to all you brides, as you may find some of it a bit geeky – though you may still enjoy looking at the photos? …and if you’ve been reading the previous posts below you’ll recognise Rebecca & Dan from their Italy wedding – (I know – I love that wedding!) Check-out the locations for the pre-shoot and see how they compare to the actual wedding? No sitting on a bench shot for starters due to the drizzle and a lot more light available light on this day, even though they were shot at pretty much the same time – unbelievable really!
Anyway, I thought it would be a good chance to experiment with some old & new pre-sets/actions and show you what can be achieved (the treatment that I give to the images) – particularly relevant to the portraits I shoot during the wedding – which can be quite quirky at times and may need a slightly different look, hence why I’ve selected some pre-shoots to demonstrate with.
I’m not one for placing images on slanty angles nor selective colouring – but I’ve never minded a crisp black&white image and adding a bit of a tint to it; whether it be a warm sepia or a cool blue – just depends on what emotions you’re trying to convey with the image. Often I give clients 3 different images (colour/b&w/tint) – because they all work well on a completely different level.
So where do I begin, ultimately you’ve got to have a good base to begin with… so shooting right in camera first time is a must. A well colour calibrated screen is another – no good if you’re final prints look completely different. Then I feel the trick in post production is to work with the the image not against it, (though there are exceptions) I try to feel the image; what is it saying, what does it convey to the viewers gaze, what looks most flattering? …Then my clients personalities play a part too, if I’ve considered this when shooting the portraits, why not after when retouching? Also, and probably the most important is not to over do it – knowing when to stop – like a good painting is equally important.
So that’s me and my process – I hope it’s been a little bit interesting?… and perhaps you may of learnt something too?…
…To other photographers, I would love to hear your process – so feel free to tell me yours in the comments, thanks – Ben
!!REALLY GEEKY bit – I’ve been testing Adobe’s LR3 beta for some time now – and looking forward to the final release version, (hopefully due in a couple of months?) I feel the the new redenring engine really makes the 5D files pop compared to LR2 and the noise reduction is really much more useable. I’m sure there will be a few more surprises to come from Adobe on the final release too!
Below – is the original from camera… next to which is my first intial retouch, below that you have two subtle treatments, followed by a b&w and a warm tint.