Wedding & Portraiture
Not Ready For Digital Yet?
So, you think that the timing
still isn't right for you to get into digital? Well, wake up.
You're only fooling yourself.
The guy in Photo 1 with his
female companion needed just some simple corrections from start to finish.
When I put my photos into Photoshop the first thing I do is Image/Adjust/Auto
Levels. That sort of picks up the color, usually warms the skin tones
and does some fine-tuning that I don't trust my eye to do. I do
this with all of my images once they're scan-ned and in my computer.
None of these alone seemed
like much. Putting them all together made quite a difference, didn't
A Magician? Not Really. But
Magical Powers, To Be Sure. Always have the "ideal" bridal
couple? Everyone can be "ideal," if you know how to handle
them. Digital, of course, can be a big part of that. I know that when
I truly flatter people who are not model-type brides and grooms they're
forever grateful. Take a look at the couple in Photos 4 and 5.
Darken a little of her chin
and neck? Why not? Every little bit helps, doesn't it? Of course,
you don't want to make it look artificial. If you didn't see
the comparison, side by side, you probably wouldn't even suspect
that anything had been done at all.
Once that was done I began
looking at other small things I could improve. How about cutting out a
little of the tension from her right hand? Sure, so I shaved off the tips
of her fingers in seconds.
The sand on the portrait that
immediately followed the first picture (Photo 6b) was much better. The
flash was behind the couple. What to do?
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