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Oct 05, 2010 20:57 |  #1

I really have no plans on doing weddings but my wifes cousin was getting married cheaply and I was "recruited" to be the photographer. For the most part they turned out fine even though the church was not very appealing.. What advice or compliments do you have on these three. I decided to learn layer masks and I'm playing with some of the shots before I give them the prints..

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Oct 05, 2010 21:01 |  #2

im personally not a fan of the selective coloring.

and the mirror shot is a nice idea, but in the bathroom is just kind of weird. if you couldnt tell it was a bathroom it would be good. but the toilet paper/paper towels/hamper kill them.

the first one is pretty nice other than the selective coloring.


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Oct 05, 2010 21:02 |  #3

The first advice everyone here will give you is to not use selective coloring. Some people still like it, but it's a very dated process.
Try to stick with things that will stand the test of time.

Can you post more than three? It's hard enough to get an idea of how you did with our 8 photo limit, but 3 is really limiting.... And post either black and white or color photos.


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Oct 05, 2010 21:06 |  #4

Danimal_inc wrote in post #11041805 (external link)
im personally not a fan of the selective coloring.

and the mirror shot is a nice idea, but in the bathroom is just kind of weird. if you couldnt tell it was a bathroom it would be good. but the toilet paper/paper towels/hamper kill them.

the first one is pretty nice other than the selective coloring.

I know but the only mirrors in the place was the bathrooms, it was a very cluttered and old church so not very photogenic.


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Oct 05, 2010 21:37 |  #5

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Any techniques for removing flash shadows?

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Oct 06, 2010 07:32 |  #6

shutterbugcrazy wrote in post #11041846 (external link)
...old church so not very photogenic.

I have no idea what the church looked like, but an old church could be extremely cool to create nice images. Just a thought.


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Oct 06, 2010 13:23 |  #7

"Any techniques for removing flash shadows?"

Learn how to bounce the flash and you won't have to correct the shadows in post-process.

Enough has been said about selective color and I will concur - ditch it pls.

Watch your background for unwanted objects like the toilet paper and garbage bins. It's kinda hard to comment since the shots are not numbered...wish they were laughing in the last one, they look lost.

Otherwise I think you did well for your first wedding, keep shooting!


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Oct 08, 2010 22:25 |  #8

Svetlana wrote in post #11046177 (external link)
"Any techniques for removing flash shadows?"

Learn how to bounce the flash and you won't have to correct the shadows in post-process.

I did... I rubber banded a piece of white foam arts and crafts paper to the head of the flash and rotated the flash head up. I had it set to ettl and I'm wondering if cutting the flash stength might have prevented the shadows. I never sue my flash much.


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Oct 09, 2010 04:29 |  #9

When you say you rubber banded a bit of card i'm assuming that was to act as a white card refector? ie, a small flat bit of card on top of the flash head pointing straight forward so when the head is rotated up the light will bounce of it towards the subject correct? or did you bend the foam around to make a soften style flash head?

In either case you'll quite often get harsh shadows, the perpose of the white card refectors is ususally to add a little direct flash to the subject to add a highlight to the eyes, lovely for the news papers but i find not so good for wedding shots, the soften style diffusers can be quite good if the ceilings are very high or the subject is allong way from a surface to bounce off, but for me if your going to bounce the flash, blounce it from where the natural light is coming from, your pictures will look natural but with better lighting, i also like to add a bit extra to the flash to really make the colours pop.


At a recent weeding i was talking to one of the bridesmaids and she was asking a few questions about why this and that, one question was why was my flash pointing all over the place!

I took the first shot to show her what the pictures would look like if i just snapped away... then i took the second shot to show her what my pictures will look like because my flash is being used properly...

1. Direct nasty flash!

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2. Bounced flash with no flash head reflectors or soften diffuser.
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Not a wedding sample but if you look in the lttle girls eye you will see the big light pool created by the bounced flash oh yeah and me too lol, so it no wonder all the shadows are soft.

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Oct 09, 2010 11:36 |  #10

So a correct bounce is to let it travel to the ceiling? Trust me when I really have no plans on doing more weddings but learning correct flash usuage is on my must learn list..


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Oct 09, 2010 12:12 |  #11

Ceiling/wall/ large object anything which is going to let the light bounce off it, be carefull though, if a wall or object is a colour it will change the colour temperature of the light on the subject so it best to shoot RAW to make white balance correction easier after.


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Oct 11, 2010 18:22 |  #12

Thank you Yeoer


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