Kathy's Bridals!

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  1. twocolor

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    Kathy's bridals. Some taken at a mountain resort location, and one taken on hole 5 at the same resort's golf course! (had to wait until all the golfers had played through!)

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    I'm up for any C&C!
     
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    C&C per req:

    1. Love the pose and expression, but at least 2/3 stop over-exposed; her skin tones are very washed out.

    2, 3, 4. Again good pose and composition, but over-exposed, with almost no detail visibile in the dress. Not fond of the angle, but that's a personal things.

    5. This is a great pose, perfect exposure, but I'm seeing a green caste to her skin; may just be my monitor however.

    6. Very nice.

    7. Seems a little over-processed; too-high contrast & saturation?

    8, 9. As per 2,3, and 4. Great poses, but the lost detail in the dress really bothers me. I do think 8 might benefit from a tighter crop as well.

    Just my $00.02 worth - your milage may vary.

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  3. twocolor

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    Tirediron,

    Thanks for the constructive critique! #1 and #7 have both been processed for that exact look. I was going for an extreme almost glow on #1, and #7 was more just playing around. I figured since you couldn't actually see the bride on #7, I could get away with some different post processing on it. (Don't worry, on both of these I kept the original and processed them normally just in case they weren't the bride's cup of tea)

    I actually set up #8 for a loose crop. I do have more of that shot with tighter crops. I was going for WOW with the contrast from the green trees and the white dress.

    So, here's the forever question. If I meter for the dress, her face and the background is WAY too dark. But, if I meter for her face, I get the tones I want in the background and her face but lose the dress detail. What is the way around this?
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The "rule" (Guideline) with digital photography is to expose for the highlights and process for the shadow. My recommendation would be to make sure that you have a good incident meter, and take your readings at her dress, and let the shadows fall where they may. Given the nature of wedding photography (There's no going back - hey, when I mess up a shot of a tree, it doesn't complain! ;) ) I would always, always, always bracket every stop by either 1/3 or 1/2 on each side. Yes, you'll chew threw a little more memory, but you'll have a lot more to work with, and, if you shoot from a tripod, you might be able to come up with some nice HDRs.
     
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    I've never seen HDR in wedding photography. I can imagine, though, given the right location you could get some STUNNING images.

    But, yeah, that makes a lot of sense. I bracket for landscapes, never thought about metering for the dress and then bracketing for more tonal range everywhere else on portraiture, Thanks!
     
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    Hi TwoColor,
    I'm really liking the composition on #3 and #7. I'm liking the funky saturated look of #7, but I wonder what it might look like if you erased back the bride a little.
    It's already been mentioned, but I think overall the biggest concern for me is the blow out of her white dress in all of these. (It's so hard to photograph wedding dresses!)
    But, I do what Tirediron suggested. I always underexpose so that the dress still has detail and then in PS I work in layers and get the face and environment back to where I want it and erase back the dress if needed.
     

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