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For Wedding Photographers – Post Production 07

We continue with the post production for wedding photographers Tuesday column on it’s seventh edition and back to Udaipur at high noon. It was a Mehendi party at the Guava gardens of the Leela Palace. People were hanging out by the lake  and the sun was high in the sky. I knew I was going to have to deal with the strong contrast and that this would have to be down in post production as I was not walking around with a reflector or using any extra lights. Here is what I did to handle this.

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The image was shot on Fujifilm XE-1 camera with an XF 35mm/f1.4 lens. Shot at ISO 200, 1/950 sec at f/4. I have since stopped using the XE-1 and am now using the XE-2 instead. As usual, the Lightroom corrections are here as well.

I wanted to reduce the contrast but retain the depth of the colours. Contrast went all the way left to -100, same as the highlights. To keep the blacks I too those down as well to -50. To compensate for the darker image I increased the exposure to +1.20. That’s about it, almost. I needed to open up the faces a bit so dodged it a bit as seen in the image below. Exposure +0.3 / Clarity +25.

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Exposure +0.3 / Clarity +25

To finish I added a Lens Vignetting (don’t mistake with the Post Crop Vignetting) and slid that down all the way to -100. Here is the image with and without the vignetting.

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