From start to finish......a look into processing an image.
Before my wedding images even comes through to Photoshop, I have already set in my mind what I want my final image to look like. It starts for me during the session. I have planned a creative edit or have in mind what I want the overall finished edit to look like. Sometimes though, I can have a plan and the final edit evolves into more than what I had imagined. If you are looking for some GRAND editing process or some "Trick of all tricks" to my editing, I am here to tell you that my editing is pretty straight forward. My general rule when shooting is to "GET IT RIGHT IN CAMERA" first and then make minor changes in Photoshop.
Image #1 The first two images you see are the SOOC(straight out of camera) and the Final edit. I wanted you to see them side by side because I am a visual learner and I hope this can help other "visuals" like me! My process of editing comes from many years of trial and error. I am not a fast editor because I am a little OCD with my images, but I feel that what I create is worth the time. I definitely have learned to be more efficient and have learned to do that on my own. Yes, I have taught myself to edit up to about a year ago and it has been a long uphill road. I hope you see my passion for photography, which includes the many hours of editing too! If you have any questions as you read this blog, please feel free to reach out to me.
Image #2 We see the screen shot of the RAW edit. I always photograph my sessions in RAW because of the advantages. RAW files record and retain all the information captured, which takes maximum advantage of the camera’s dynamic range, the lightest and darkest parts of a scene.
Raw is defined simply as: a uncompressed (or losslessly compressed) digital image file format; a digital negative because raw files themselves aren't typically used as finished images but contain all the data necessary in creating a final image.
I like my Temperature at 5500+ and my Saturation at 10+ because I prefer a warmer looking image. The Exposure really depends on how I shoot the original image. This image was shot 1stop under and I didn't care for that so the next couple of images that I took in the series I made the adjustment in camera. The other adjustment also really depend on the look I am trying to achieve as my final edit.
Image #3 We see a screen shot of my edit in Photoshop. The edit is very light here because the model had very light skin retouching, which is done on the "background copy." I normally make separate "layers' for retouching if the edit requires more in each area of hair, skin and background, but because I knew it would not take much time to edit this image, I decided to put it all on one "background copy." My usual "Layers" to follow my "background copy" are "curves," "brightness/contrast," and sometimes an adjustment layer of "saturation" when I am editing a portrait.
The crop: I decided to crop this image close because I loved the expression on the Wedding model. I also decided to rotate the image to the right a little as well.
One of my passions as a photographer is to help others with what I have learned. I know growing in this field can be intimidating and you can feel less than sometimes, but I know how far I have come and I know if I can become a better photographer ANYONE can! I know that asking for help can be tough as well, thats why when I mentor other photographers I meet them where they are. No judgement about what they don't know, but the focus is more on "What do you want to know?" If you need help in any area of your photography journey contact me for more information.