This is the third post of creative post production for wedding photographers. This time it is an image from a destination wedding in Udaipur. A good example of how an image that is seemingly not good to start with can turn out to be rather fine, albeit rather kitsch I must admit, with some Lightroom attention.
Wedding photography can be a lot more forgiving in terms of the amount of post production we apply to our images than photojournalism will ever be. Yes, we are supported to tell the truth, but no one will be mad at us it we make it more beautiful.
It was a late evening shot just before sunset and the light was changing fast. We went out for a fun couple shoot on Pichola lake and I knew this was going to be a kind of a kitsch shot but was fine with it. I shot with a Fujifilm X100S at ISO 1000 and exposure was 1/2500 at f/5.
And here is the post production panel.
As you can see increased the exposure bar by more than one full stop, reduced the highlights to -100 and opened the shadows by almost another full stop. To compensate for this I increased the contrast by +29. I also pushed up the vibrance to get the warmth of the afternoon sun the way I imagined it should be.
Next I used the brush tool to further lighten the shadow areas, seen in red in the picture below.
Shadow area usually shows more noise and so I also removed the noise as seen in the Detail module. I try not to remove noise in the Luminance bar more than +20 but I had to this time. Colour noise can then come up to +50.
That’s it for today’s post production for wedding photographers. I hope you find this helpful and you are encouraged to start experimenting more with your ‘bad’ images. Please feel free to ask any question that comes to mind and I will try my best to answer. More to come next Tuesday.