How Do I Use Photoshop in Wedding Photography?

September 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Once again I am making a case for Photoshopping photos. I keep hearing top photographers proudly state that they don't use photoshop and even admit to not knowing how. They always say the same thing "get it right in camera!" Well what if you did and still want to improve on the photo? 

This shot was great because of the subjects but it was a painfully bright mid day sun and the heat wave was not 

kind to the foliage. But we didn't have time right before the ceremony to start hunting around for better locations. Just needed some shade and get the shots.
 
So i spent a few minutes in Photoshop and Lightroom and replaced the dirt patch behind the bride Lety. Removed the dead branch behind her as well, I got rid of leaves on the ground. Colored the background with a better green, also applied a soft focus to the background and finally brought back the detail in the dress. I used Photoshop and Lightroom for the fixes. 
 

This can not be done to every photo due to time constraints but should be done for the ones that are album or slideshow bound or by request.
 
 
Photographer's Tip: When photographing the bride make sure you are shooting in RAW and expose for the dress and brush back light if needed into the skin. Better to under expose than over expose.

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