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For Wedding Photographers – Post Production 06

After a break we took from this column last week to review the Nikon D750 camera we now back with number 06 of creative post production for wedding photographers. Following the review last week it only makes sense that we look into the D750 files this time. It is in a way a bit unfair to the D750 if I can say this.

The wedding I shot with it was in a temple in Tamil Nadu to the light of the temple tubes. Those are known to be far from the best lights for taking pictures. The white balance is hard to nail down and the flickering tube lights can make any picture look bad. I rarely use extra lights on my shoots and the same was in this case. I relied on the tube lights as the only source and almost knew the camera files will not be looking great. From this point of view I was up for a surprise. The D750 gave a very good auto white balance and exposure to start working with.

Not every picture I review here is necessarily an award winning image. The idea is to show how the ‘regular’ images can become better with a little TLC (Tender love and care). I like this image because of the videographer pundit who was covering the entire wedding on his pablet. The times are changing!

Slider the bar right and left to see the before and after.

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The image shot on Nikon D750 camera with an AFS 35mm/f1.4 lens. Shot at ISO 5,000 (!), 1/640 sec at f/2.2. The D750 can easily go up to ISO 12,800 and more and retain very minimal grain. This has always been something I wished to have in my next DSLR body.

The image corrections are here as well. Pushed up the contrast (seems I do this almost automatically in the last few months) and reduced the highlights considerably. I also reduced the vibrance of the image as I find that when I push the contrast up the image becomes too saturated. What I added here was selective intervention in the colour slides to selectively control the warm colours.

 

slides

 

The brush touch ups are marked on the image here. Almost the same in every one of the spots but I decided to split the brush so I can control every area separately. Some areas needed double the brush strength so I repeated the same treatment in areas 1 and 2.

 

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4
Points
1

Exposure +0.3 clarity +10

2

Exposure +0.3 clarity +10

3

Exposure +0.3 clarity +15

4

Exposure +0.5 clarity +15

 

As usual, feel free to ask any question directly or indirectly related to post production and I’ll do my best to answer.

 

Nikon D750-at-ISO-5000

People were asking about the camera low light performance so here is a 1:1 crop of the original D750 file at ISO 5,000.