Wedding pic C&C

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  1. photosoto

    photosoto TPF Noob!

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    thinking on giving a photo as a gift. this was a snapshot but turned out pretty decent. I've already blurred out some of the background and put sparkle on here engagement ring. worthy? or should I ditch the idea??

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    I see where your going with the ring but I think it's too much. Very unrealistic sparkle. Considering that the ring is blurred however the sparkle is crisp doesn't make sense to me.

    The Tilt Shift blur effect that you performed is decent. (btw my next purchase is going to be Canon TS-E 90mm and I can't wait :D)

    Also maybe some vibrance to the colours b/c it looks a bit flat(just my preference though).

    Happy shooting :thumbup:
     
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    In my experience, candid wedding photographs from friends and family are always 'worthy'. While, to be brutually frank, this image is not likely to win any awards, it does show a smiling bride. I would also consider levelling it and perhaps cropping off some of the excess "people" on each side.
     
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    thanks for the replies. I've played with cropping a little to remove the people but at the same time I almost feel they should not be cropped. I don't want to leave the bride w/beer in hand and groom ha ha.

    also, is there any way to make the guy right at her left side neckline go away. he's distracting sort of.
     
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    ? WHERE?!
    This is what I see... Image is blurry, cute girl and decent attempt to capture moment but groom (looks like a space cadet :thumbdown:) (I'm sure he isn't but his facial expression at this moment is to the contrary). White balance is off - white shirts as well as the dress look cold.
    You mentioned you blurred the background, I'm assuming to create shallow DOF but b/c the image is blurry in its self it seems that there is no focus point.
    I do like the ring sparkling but b/c of the faults above, it isn't noticeable...
    Don't despair, I'm not a complete jerk full of negative comments, here are some ways you can try to fix it: Crop background and get rid of ppl there. Fix the colors, warm then up a bit. See if you can attempt to sharpen up the eyes, lips, jewelry. Apply softfocus to the image keeping eyes, lips and jewelry as sharp as possible. THEN you can even take in a step further and desaturate EVERYONE besides the girl.
    For the future, be careful when shooting candid style, especially at weddings. On affairs as such, images supposed to glorify people and not the opposite.

    Keep shooting.
    Good Luck
     
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    thanks
     
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    I never said I was a great photographer. On contrary, I consider my self a mediocre and always look to improve the technique.

    I wouldn't edit. I'm sure that you have LOTs of many other images that you can choose from to work with.
    Why? B/c of what I said, then you'll never improve if will be giving up... on contrary, take advice of people and try it out. If you don't like the results, then start over.
    Try to do little things I said and see how it works out.
    Get your self, at least DEMO of Nik Software. There are some really nice filters (Nik Color Efex) perhaps you can use that.
    You can also put a vignette around the bride and get groom out but his facial expression, rather lack of it, is one major problems. In few month, you can blackmail him with it :lol:
    Shooting at 1/30 is tricky and w/o flash DANGEROUS especially if the objects moves around. Shooting portraits, David Ziser during one of his seminars was shooting at ISO 400, 1/30sec at f/5.6 BUT again, he used the flash.

    Keep shooting, editing and improving your skill :thumbup:
     
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    Op don't give up too easy on your art. This may not be the greatest photo in the world but you can surely edit it to be decent. I did an edit to black and white and let me tell you one wedding photgraphy trick - the easiest way to improve on a mediocre wedding photo is to convert it to Black and White. I kid you not it works almost all of the time. My advice is to not listen to everything you hear and just filter only what you need. You took that shot and stand by it...you may not have the resources or equipment for editing right now but editing a photo that you desperately want to salvage and turn decent is very realistic with today's technology. My advice to you is to take the best photograph in camera so the editing is minimal b/c in wedding photography performing major edits on 800 shots will be a major pain the the arse. I try to keep my avg editing below 1 minute a photo ideally. This particular one I did took longer then normal.

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    Just converted it to Black and White and increasted the contracts and added more blacks to have more a focal point on the bride since she's wearing white.
     
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    what?! give up?... no way, maybe/maybe not on this pic. but yeahhhh, thanks.

    BTW, I want to say thank you to TIREDIRON. I've noticed on my posts as well as others that TIREDIRON always has great constructive criticism without the ego.:thumbup: thank you!

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    You're kidding, right? Please tell me this was a joke and I just missed the smilies.

    Allan
     
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    Nope not kidding at all. Works for me! Black and white adds class to a photo IMHO.
     
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    You actually give your clients mediocre images? Seriously?
     

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