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Jan 21, 2011 08:28 |  #1

I did a wedding as a favor for a guy at work that had a photographer cancel a couple of weeks berfore his sons wedding. WOW !!! The pace and the amount of work was intense. Here's a few of my faves. How did I do???

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Jan 21, 2011 08:56 |  #2

Holy processing Batman! They are beyond plastic in #5. It looks like you had a fun group, which is good, but the shots seem a bit snapshotty and way overprocessed. I think dialing back on the processing would help immensely. I think a lot of new people have the habit of cooking their photos to death in Photoshop.


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Jan 21, 2011 11:13 |  #3

agreed


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Jan 21, 2011 11:21 |  #4

auroraskye wrote in post #11684975 (external link)
Holy processing Batman! They are beyond plastic in #5. It looks like you had a fun group, which is good, but the shots seem a bit snapshotty and way overprocessed. I think dialing back on the processing would help immensely. I think a lot of new people have the habit of cooking their photos to death in Photoshop.

Sorry to say, I agree but I do like #2..;)


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Jan 21, 2011 12:21 as a reply to  @ TTk's post |  #5

Wow tough crowd. Did I mension this was my first time? Seriously though I do see your point. I suppose I tend to like the over processed look (maybe shows my inexperience). Thanks for the comments ......


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Jan 21, 2011 12:27 |  #6

#1 - looks like the kid didn't get the memo =). great action in that shot, just the flash was too intense.


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Jan 21, 2011 16:13 |  #7

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Wow tough crowd. Did I mension this was my first time? Seriously though I do see your point. I suppose I tend to like the over processed look (maybe shows my inexperience). Thanks for the comments ......

Here's the thing. These are people's life long memories (hopefully) they are not a game or a thing for you to play with. If you like the plastic look, that's up to you, but please, give the couple a clean copy. I feel like so many people forget it's not about them, it's about the couple. Yes, they hire me for my style, but I still want to make sure I am giving them something that isn't going to be like "WTF" in 20 years or longer.

And, you can't improve if people sugar coat things, right?


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Jan 21, 2011 17:29 |  #8

auroraskye wrote in post #11684975 (external link)
Holy processing Batman! They are beyond plastic in #5. It looks like you had a fun group, which is good, but the shots seem a bit snapshotty and way overprocessed. I think dialing back on the processing would help immensely. I think a lot of new people have the habit of cooking their photos to death in Photoshop.

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Here's the thing. These are people's life long memories (hopefully) they are not a game or a thing for you to play with. If you like the plastic look, that's up to you, but please, give the couple a clean copy. I feel like so many people forget it's not about them, it's about the couple. Yes, they hire me for my style, but I still want to make sure I am giving them something that isn't going to be like "WTF" in 20 years or longer.

And, you can't improve if people sugar coat things, right?

agreed, the post-processing is a bit over done...a little of the dramatic edit is okay, but keeping them clean is more important.

second thing is that you posting up here and asking for CC. Then of cause we are not going to sugar coating it for you, that way you will learn faster.

Like the concept on 1,2,3, and 6...

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Jan 21, 2011 19:08 |  #9

crman wrote in post #11686186 (external link)
Wow tough crowd. Did I mension this was my first time? Seriously though I do see your point. I suppose I tend to like the over processed look (maybe shows my inexperience). Thanks for the comments ......


You'll learn to back off as your experience grows. Don't take it too hard.
At least people are being honest from the get go, so it will help you down the road when your work changes for the better.
Keep at it and don't take what everyone says the wrong way. Just remember, it's for your benefit in the long run ;)

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And, you can't improve if people sugar coat things, right?



Absolutely ;)


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Jan 21, 2011 21:02 |  #10

Look im no expert and dont claim to be. Ive done a handfull of weddings and try to aim for one a month. I work full time in another job and know that this is never going to be my source of income. The key to processing in my opinion are contrast, sharpness and converting to black n white. Lately ive started to play around with the faded look, but alway give my clients the original copy as well. The thing is if you soften peoplese faces too much ie # 5 in your set, its not who those people really are. They look plastic. If I was doing a glam shoot and thats what the subject wanted, then by all means.


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Jan 21, 2011 21:23 as a reply to  @ supernova74's post |  #11

You did a really nice job on the detail shot on #2, though I think it might look a bit more polished as a black and white. Not crazy about what looks kind of like selective color (?) on the bubbles in the last shot. I like the shot overall - just not the effect.

I've only done 3 weddings myself as a second shooting and am FAR from an authority. I think it was great that you stepped in. You got some great suggestions here on how to improve your processing to give the couple some very nice photos!


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Jan 22, 2011 02:58 |  #12

Don't be scared to get in front of other people. You are the photographer! Good work!


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Jan 24, 2011 08:54 |  #13

Not a wedding photog here.....but I rather like 1 -4.
Have to agree about #5. It's scary.
Keep on with it though. Go back to the original and try again.
You've more courage than I, sir! :-)


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Jan 24, 2011 09:09 |  #14

I learned a while back that most people on this forum truly don't want honest CC even when they ask for it. Which is why a lot of Pro's don't even waste time with detailed CC. I have given detail image by image cc with how I would fix it next time only to have the OP **** and moan about getting the cc [which he/she asked for in the first place]. Not saying this OP is doing that just explaining why a lot of Pro's don't want to spend time giving cc.

I agree with Brandi though. Weddings are something that has to be done right the first time. Those are once in a lifetime shots that can't be re-done.


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Jan 24, 2011 09:20 |  #15

jenirose3 wrote in post #11703801 (external link)
Those are once in a lifetime shots that can't be re-done.

Unless you are like me who is in the throws of divorce number two :lol:


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