Edits - before and after
Hello, and welcome to the geek corner of my website, where you may view sample edits of my work, before and after it has been through the Photoshop Mill.
I spend lots of time and care on getting the best out of each image during the editing process, and would definitely say that this is by far the most time consuming out of all the required stages. I assess each image individually, and look at creative and technical ways to make improvements. After all the time and planning that goes into capturing your day, it is most definitely worth me spending some quiet time with your images, to make sure they look as good as possible.
Probably most if not all of the wedding venues I visit have certain features which are assigned to the safety of the guests, such as fire extinguishers/exit sign etc.
These features, although necessary, dont always add to the overall look of an images (although sometimes they might).
Here is the father of the bride rehearsing his speech. I wanted to make him central to the image and had only a couple of seconds before he might notice me, so did not want to experiment with angle either. I have taken the shot and edited out the fire extinguisher as can be seen, which I feel improves the image. The light switch in the foreground has also been removed.
I have to say that this couple were rather immaculate throughout their day! There were just a couple of shots where I managed to capture the lapel/pocket handkerchief blowing in the wind. As you can see here I have replaced this with a perfectly positioned lapel, using part of another image taken on the day.
Although I could probably have found a spot for these two to stand without the lighting feature protruding from the head, the point before which the bride walks into the ceremony room should be as calm and relaxed as possible. Moving around all over the place trying to find the perfect pose probably isn't conducive to a cool and calm entrance. I kept the bride and her father in a position relavtive to where they were standing, turned them towards the light, and snap, later removing the lighting feature with Photoshop.
With each wedding I feel I am getting a little more ambitious with my Photoshop edits! This time around I decided that I'd like the bride and groom to have been kissing whilst with the veil out, instead of looking at the camera. I almost gave up on this project several times, so feel really pleased to have achieved the result I was after! I combined two images to get the results (plus I used a bit of wall from another image, but no need to really show you the wall lol)
I love this photo of the bride and groom, their pose is classic and their positioning just right. I felt that the tree in the background, was distracting to the eye, particularly as I'd framed this with the branches at the top cut off, so removed the whole tree leaving a much more balanced image.
I wasn't keen on those distracting drain pipes in the back of my shot here, so I've simply removed them!
I thought this was a cute family portrait, an obvious one here...wanted to edit out the blinking, so did a cheeky head swap! ;o)
Here I've taken a picture of the cravat, which on the before edit, doesn't look too exciting, so have used shading and cropping techniques to bring depth to the image, and highlight the cuff links.
I loved how the veil was blowing in the wind, which was seemed momentary, so therefore not enough time to get the van in the background to move. Not one for missing a shot, I took the photo anyway, and then had a go at removing the man and van in the background during my edit, and here you can see the result!
Here, I loved the dynamic of the bridemaid in the foreground, showing her decorative hair jewels, and with the bride in the background, though wasn't keen on the TV on the wall, so have removed, and now much prefer. Hope you like it.
I loved this as a traditional bride and groom photo, they both look happy and relaxed in posture. I didn't mind the fencing in the background too much but decided might just look that tiny bit nicer without. I've then cleaned up the background just a little. As you may also notice I've also sneakily swapped the grooms head over. Below this image is a close up of the fencing I've removed...if you're interested ;o)
Photoshopping grass isn't always easy! It took me a little while to get this one right (along with replacing a mans shoe at the back-can you see?), and it was very important that I did, as minutes before we threw the confetti the bride told me that this was the picture that she wanted for their living room wall!
At the last second the dog ran into the picture, there wasn't much I could do, and everyone was too excited and distracted to notice. If the dog had been facing the other way, I'd have quite liked it, but with the dog facing away I thought not so much.
I'm so pleased I was able to edit this, and to my satisfaction they loved the photo's, which is all I ever want.
This picture was taken quite a time ago, back in 2010.
I love this photo of the bride, she looks stunning. However, when I recently reviewed this image, I found the reflection of myself in the window annoying.
I've had to be a little creative in my attempt to eliminate this, but feel really happy with the new version.
I could have taken this image using a different perspective or angle, but like the silhouette and lighting from where I stood.
There was just one thing annoying me, the pesky laptop in the background!
I'm sure you'll agree with looks much bettter without.
This year, I spent some time going through an old hard drive, and reviewing much of my old wedding photography. I came across a set taken in South of France in 2010.
I still love the photo's, but found ways to dramatically improve some of the images, where I did not have the skills or know how to do back then.
I much prefer the new version with the groom looking in the same direction as the bride, as opposed to blinking at the camera.
This image was taken in South of France, 2010 (see previous image) a couple of years after I'd broken into wedding photography.
The focal point in this image seems lost, with too much light and dark scattered, although with the groom placed neatly within the right hand side, this image follows what is traditionally known as, 'the rule of thirds' so therefore offering potential, once a little lightening and shading has taken place.
To improve the image, I have played around with lights and darks, lightening and shading within the image (you could call it sculpting if you like), and added a vignette around the edge, and there you have it...
Here, I loved the window frame and old fashioned golden lamp on the building, however, I did not like the pipes running along the bottom.
I created a cropped version of this, which worked well, but still felt that the image would work nicely in full length, if not for the pipes.
I've simply used a cloning technique in Photoshop, to carefully recreate the wall that would have been underneath the piping.
Here, I've simply used a cloning technique to clone out the falling strap on the brides shoulder.
Here, there are some naughty drinking glasses laying in the right hand corner by the tree. You may not notice them at first, due to their transparency, though there is no need for these to be present within the image, I have simply cloned them out.
There were a few distracting features in the background of this image, such as people walking about, and the off dustbin. I'vb simply cloned these out to crerate a much cleaner look.
Here I have removed the black dress wafting over the bride, re created the edge of the brides dress, and added the paving back in.
Here I've simply cloned out the light switch/thermotat etc for a much cleaner look.
This Photoshop edit, WAS NOT EASY. But here it is, before and after!
I really like this photo. It was taken at Millbrook Estate in North Devon, (they specialise in small, intimate weddings).
I was fairly close to the bride and groom as they danced in front of me, unfortunately I managed the capture what I think might be a white elbow, obscuring the fireplace, and creating a white blob.
I deciced to remove this, and replace what was behind, along with slightly warming up the image.