Wedding shots, retouch or not?

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  1. Hair Bear

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    I know the dress shot could have been better and I need to work on creativity of the shot to avoid some of these issues but

    given the shot how much would you retouch?

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    The sink just had to go I thought

    and on this one the black patch in the background was distracting

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    Personally, I prefer to crop rather than deconstruct reality.

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    How would you have cropped those two Rusty, while keeping the aspect ratio to match the rest of the pictures ?
     
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    Personally, I don't think you are at risk of deconstructing reality.

    You've not modified the subjects of the photographs, in my view. In fact, on the dress I may have attempted to do even more (like paint that door something other than white and then redo WB to brighten the dress itself . . . although I'm betting you'll go looking for a beige wall next time *grin*)

    Seems to me your job as a wedding 'tog is preserving memories, not archiving kitchen sinks. I'd worry no more about what you've done here than I would about removing a zit that suddenly appeared on the bride's chin as a nervous reaction.
     
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    I'm a fan of cloning. I think cropping would have cut off the bottom of the dress and therefor taken away an important detail of the subject. And I think it was a nice job you did there.
    The biride won't even notice unless you show her the before and after. ;)
     
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    Personally, neither one is a "keeper" for me. I would have moved the dress in the first and moved my position in the second. If I crop as much as I can before I shoot, I do not have to "shop" to save an image that probably is not worth saving anyway.

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    Doing it better next time is the purpose of learning, sometimes you still have to save the shot you have.....

    When I was at your place the only way to get an edit was to pay out the nose.. sometimes (as in the wedding) you can't go back and do it again. Yes learn from what you have to edit, but don't throw away a shot because it needs editing either.

    By the way you are pretty good at it.
     
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    Sorry mystery how has that helped? The black area is still visable and the shot has not retained the aspect ratio

    And no i don't mind your suggestion, in fact thats exactly what i was looking for
     
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    hind sight is a wonder full thing Rusty and thats why I stated the image wasn't good and I should have rethought it at the time. I didn't and here we are.

    You suggested a crop and I asked you how you would
     
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    Airbrush the black spot in two..... just continue the wall on if that is the one we are talking about.
     
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    I agree. I am in favor of cloning when its appropriate. If it can enhance a photo without altering the subject in a negative way, I am all for it. I think you did a very seamless job of getting rid of that needless distraction. The photo has more character because the sink is gone.

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    ON shot #2 I would turn it all black and white to lose the distracting colors of the wall and then "spot color" the dress back to it's original state.
    Try it and see how you like it - that's how I tone down some background stuff sometimes. You could have also moved way in on the hip broach and gotten all the texture of the busseled satin.
     

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