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Evolution of an Image: Washington DC Wedding Photography

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Evolution of an Image

Many people have the misconception that photography is essentially clicking a shutter and taking a picture (I rhyme). The essence of making sure the lighting is correct, the posing is perfect, clicking a shutter and done – abracadabra an amazing picture.

In the olden days (pre 1995) photography was defined as the creation of an image, from conception to print meaning that the darkroom aspect of cleaning up an image and eventual printing was just as important as the capture of the image – something I still believe today.

So over the next few weeks I would like to raid the archives and show the art in post production, the ability to take a concept/idea and execute both with lighting, posing and composition but also with post production and other tricks up my sleeve. Thus aptly called the Evolution of an Image.

As you can see there are a few issues with the image above. First the TV’s above are extremely distracting, the sign on the left hand side should not be there, the subjects are well lit but the background is distracting and the little green bar at the bottom of the image catches the viewers eye very quickly. When we took this image we were lying on a small marble slab that was open between the bar area and the pool tables (this drink elevator), we tried to take this image as wide as possible.

So with all these distracting items, some photographers may not have thought that this location was feasible to create a beautiful image but I saw it differently.

Through post production we were able to desaturate the image slightly to give it more of an old school/hollywood look. We then darkened the background including the tables/chairs and removed the TV’s as well as the distracting sign This made the room look like it was owned by our couple, the only two in the place. Next we added a secondary lamp/light to the left hand side of the image to add balance to the image. Then we reduced the strength of the primary lighting fixture (above their heads) to ensure that the bride and groom are the primary focus of the image. We re-cropped the image to remove the green marble bar and removed the noise (grain) from the image.

The images look night and day as they should, a good photographer can turn the ordinary into extraordinary – as is their job. To view their entire wedding click here. Till next time.

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