Here’s an image I took of Heather, a recent bride, as she prepared to walk down the isle a few weeks ago. I wanted to do a little show and tell to demonstrate what a good edit can do to take an image to the next level. Above – I photographed Heather putting final touches on before her wedding ceremony in fluorescent light, from above, one of the least flattering light sources around. It also happened to be in a somewhat busy looking youth area of the church where she was getting married. Additionally, it was in the basement, which meant no natural light. I wasn’t sold on using this image right off the bat, as a matter of fact, it almost hit the archive immediately, until I decided to start tweaking it a bit.
I started by converting to black and white, then I removed the distracting elements in the background one by one. I increased the exposure a little bit and added in a little warm color to warm it up a bit. After that had been done, I realized I now had a band-new image in front of me. What do you think? Is it better the way it started or the way it finished?