Udaipur Wedding Photographer 2013 02

For Wedding Photographers – Post Production 03

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.

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Basic settings

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.

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The brush settings


Noise reduction setings

Noise reduction settings

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.

  • Punit D Desai

    Hi Sephi,
    I am unable to see the comment I have posted on this article. So doing it again.
    I am curious to know ur thought process behind such interesting camera settings.
    Why such a high ISO when you could have easily reduced your shutter speed?

  • Thanks for this post Sephi! This is an eye-opener.

    Not sure if this is in tune with your posts, but I wanted to ask you this: Whenever I import images into Lr, the camera settings are lost. It takes a lot of effort to simply bring the image back to what it looked like in the camera. Is there any technique to save the camera settings during import?

    Best!

    • Sephi Bergerson

      Hi Prateek. You need to remember that the camera LCD shows a JPG preview of the RAW file and not the file itself. When you upload to LR a new preview is generated based on the RAW file. Some adjustment made in the camera will be preserved in the RAW; colour temperature and saturation for example. Others, like B&W preview will not remain. This is why you can shoot in B&W preview but still have a RAW file with full colours. When this conversion happens the first reaction is “sh*t the the jpg looked better than the RAW but then when you start working on the RAW you are most likely going to get a better image. If you care about the JPG image you can of course shoot both RAW+JPG. This is easily done in the camera menu. I hope this helps.