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My Process, Pre-Shoots & Pre-Sets, and Adobe LR3 Pre-Release…

……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.

  • Marianne Taylor04/03/2010 - 10:47

    I’m just here to drool over Italy… lovely pictures and treatments too.ReplyCancel

  • Robb Duncan04/03/2010 - 12:28

    Interesting little article 🙂

    And I totally agree you need to work with an image rather than against it.

    I use Photomechanic to sort and LR2 to do basic WB and exposure. Then if needed I use some LR2 style presets to get the look I want.
    Nice and quick and easy.ReplyCancel

  • Monika Szczepaniak04/03/2010 - 16:19

    I think the LR3 beta is available till April so I would suspect (and hope) that it will be released round September.ReplyCancel

  • Drew04/03/2010 - 18:47

    Nice work, I so can’t wait for LR3 to be released. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll love it more than LR2… if not I might be moving to Capture One. Your move Adobe 🙂ReplyCancel

  • matt shumate05/03/2010 - 07:22

    What a beautiful setting for a portrait session. Count me among those way excited for LR3. Until importing is faster, I’m sticking with copying files to the Macbook with Photo Mechanic.ReplyCancel

  • Eric Kotara08/03/2010 - 16:39

    Very nice write-up and explanation of your process. And the great location and couple is just icing on the cake. Good work!ReplyCancel

  • Your post work is phenominal! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Richard Barley13/06/2010 - 19:46

    A pre-wedding shoot has to be one of the best ways to get to know your clients before the wedding and to show that photography can be fun! ReplyCancel

  • Noelle07/03/2013 - 15:42

    Oh my goodness, what gorgeous photos of a beautiful couple and a fantastic location!ReplyCancel

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