Whether you are a professional or an amateur photographer, sometimes it’s easy to go a little crazy in post production when you really wanted to just make a minor adjustment somewhere. The beauty of digital photos is that it can take literally seconds from taking the snap, editing it and sharing the fixed-up version… but when it comes to wedding photographs, you really need to be careful.
There are several issues that tend to plague the world of wedding photography, and sometimes professionals can be as a bad as the amateurs when they take their photo processing a little too far. Sometimes trying too hard to make images look flashy and stylised simply takes away their authenticity and looks unnatural. We spoke to a wedding photographer in Leicester with plenty of experience, about some of the common mistakes people tend to make.
For one thing, it can be very distracting when the edits you have made really jump out at the viewer straight away. If your first thought is that the picture has been edited, it really prevents it having a natural and emotional impact, which should be important for wedding photography especially.
A common distraction is uneven lighting as a result of brightening the subject, as many people might panic that their foreground looks too dark but need to cut around the subject to make sure the background doesn’t become too light. If you don’t do this very carefully it can easily look patchy and eye catching for the wrong reasons.
Shifting the colour balance is another area to be careful with, as skin tones can easily look completely off with too much adjustment. You may want to apply your changes as a test, and then reduce them to as subtle a level as possible in order to preserve a natural look for your images. The same is true when using contrast and similar tools, as these can easily become overpowering.
A major issue with editing images too much is that you lose a lot of quality, which defeats the point of hiring a professional photographer, or owning your own high-end camera. In either case, you’re wasting your money if you edit the pictures to within an inch of their lives and overwrite that high quality with noise.
It’s very important to make sure you respect your own work, or the photos that have been supplied to you, and avoid losing details you may never be able to get back through over-the-top editing. Many people make these mistakes… don’t be one of them!