Editing and selecting the best shots
Even though editing would only take place at the end when you’ve got the shot’s, it’s important to start with the end in mind at the beginning, as you’ll see that editing can make all the difference, especially to get your photos looking professional. Its important to keep this in mind when getting the shots as when you know the possibility’s with editing the photos, you’ll look at the scene differently and not just as it appears in camera.
Ok, first thing is to get all the shots together from the day, create a folder in your system, maybe “wedding photos” probably good to do it in the “My photos” folder in windows, as this will make easier viewing later, in the folder create sub folders for each card you have and up load each card in to its own folder, if you have the option to change the file you may find it useful later to change the file name to an initial plus a 2 or 3 digit number. i.e., if you get a card from John Smith, copy the shots to the folder “John Smith” and re name the files as js001, js002, js003, then for Julie Jones card, name the folder to “Julie Jones” and the files to jj001, jj002 and so on with all the cards from the day. Now once Complete back the whole wedding photo folder up to disk immediately, and as disks are only pennies, make a couple of copies for safe keeping.
Now with all the photos backed up you can begin to edit them, I would first create a duplicate of the original “wedding photos” folder for editing, this can be done by right clicking on the folder and selecting copy, then paste, this will give you a copy of the folder with all the photos in. this is the folder to use for editing. Keep the original folder with the original photos in whilst you complete the editing in the copy folder.
When editing, look for shots of interest, shots that say something, or tell you something about the day, even with the use of editing in the camera you’ll still probably have kept some shots that are just no good, they could be:
· Either far too light or dark to retain any detail
· Totally out of focus
· Important detail on the shot to small to enlarge
· Of no interest or relevance
· Repetitive or duplicated
Don’t delete them just yet if they are:
· A bit light or a bit dark
· Have a colour cast (the shot looks yellow or blue or an odd colour)
· A touch out of focus
· The main point of interest is off center or leaning
· The whole shot is crooked
The main point of interest is small or distant on the shot:
There are objects in the foreground or background that are distracting.
Light & Dark shots.
Thanks to photo editing suits this isn’t always a problem, many have an “auto correct” option that will work well and save an otherwise lost shot. If you are a more advanced user, then use the levels. If you can fix the shot this way that’s great, if not then try and convert them to black and white or sepia, then adjust the brightness and contrast to get the best result, or better still use the levels. For very light shots, maybe try adding a “soft focus filter” to the shot, and converting to black and white to give a classic “High Key” shot.
For dark shots try to bring in the highlights and leave the rest of the shot dark, maybe add a “grain or noise filter” to make more moody.
These methods may really save an otherwise lost shot, it may even end up being a really great shot.
When it comes to the editing I believe its better to show you with a video rather than write about it. So I’ll be putting some basic editing videos up on the wedding-photo-guide.com site. I’ll use Photo Shop Elements 1, or another simple program readily available to download for free, simply to show just how affective simple basic edits can be, and that you don’t need any real skill or fancy editing suite to achieve great results. I’ll be putting up editing videos to show you the simple and basic techniques can be really effective.