Before & After

Here’s a quick glimpse into an image of mine before editing and then again after being edited. I thought it could be interesting for others to see how the process works. Maybe not. Let me know either way.

First, I import all the images from the day into Lightroom, then I typically tag all the images that I think are usable, and start to lightly edit them. After the first sweep, I go back through to refine them a bit each time to ensure continuity between all the images from each portion of the wedding day. Once I’ve narrowed the image set down to a manageable amount, I’ll look at each image a little closer and spend some time making it as refined as possible.

This image is from Finnuala and Scott’s wedding back in October. I liked the image initially, but I was bothered by the slivers of sky to the left and right of the bell tower they were standing on. I felt the image would have been stronger were the sky not in it. I liked the look that they were giving each other, and the wind blowing her hair and dress really added a bit of motion to the image that I liked. I first cropped the image to remove the slivers of sky, then straightened the lines using Photoshop. I added a touch of vintage processing, which I only apply in a very small percentage of my images. I really try to let the image stand on it’s own, but I thought this particular one benefited from the vintage processing. And finally, I introduced a bit of blur on the top and the bottom of the frame to draw the eye to the center where the bridge and groom are standing. The whole image is stronger now, in my opinion.

Should I do more posts like this in the future? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Responses to “Before & After”

  1. Finnuala says:

    Ummm….absolutely!! One of my very favorite images from a whole gallery of fabulous shots. Thanks Brad :)

  2. bernice says:

    Loved the commentary about the process – I definitely think you should do more posts like this one. Great idea -
    Happy New Year Brad.

  3. Jenn C says:

    Thanks – I like hearing about the process – it gives me lots of ideas. I’m trying to look at my photos a bit differently, and this helps!

  4. Brittanny says:

    Do more! I love reading posts like these.

  5. Emily says:

    Definitely love the cropping!

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