I’ve been spending countless hours – lunchtimes, breaks, after dinner when Hubby’s watching TV, times when I can’t get to sleep – staring at these photos. And I have to say I’m pretty proud of the results. I’m by no means finished with them, but I’ve edited about three dozen (of approximately 300 decent shots). Many of them need only a little cropping, or some simple color correction. Others need a bit more.
So today’s blog is all about sharing my geekiness with the world! I’m not trying to brag here – Lord knows I’m no professional – but I am having way too much fun and I’m way too proud of myself to keep it all under wraps… The other thing is that I think our photographer Beverley did an amazing job. Every photographer crops, color corrects, and switches and smoothes things out – we just don’t usually get to see it!
The first photo just needed a good cropping. It was a fun photograph, of the bridesmaids being goofy, but it lacked focus.
Now, the cropped (and slightly color corrected) version:
In the next photograph, I noticed that the dark circles under my eyes were prominent. I’m sensitive about them (they’re hereditary and despite my trying every single product I can get my hands on, they never quite go away), and even though I’m sure no one else would ever notice, I wanted to brighten them up.
The next photo was a bit of a challenge. My photographer had already worked hard to get it corrected. The room where we took the picture was very dark and the original photo was very grainy. But I wasn’t 100% crazy about her correction, because I felt like I looked a little like an oompa loompa.
I played around with my new friend, the Curve, until I got just the right color balance. It’s still not the clearest picture (I think she used a soft light filter), but my skin color is far more true-to-life.
My next challenge was to correct a photograph of our neice. In the original, she was washed out because she was so close to the camera.
So my solution was to pump up her color and fade and blur the background. Then I used Curves to ensure that her beautiful blue eyes stayed blue!
And some more playing with contrast, and cropping, in this photo of us in the limo on the way to the reception:
With a little contast correction and some cropping:
Now, of course, one of my favorite tricks in Photoshop is to switch out closed eyes and weird-shaped mouths. In photographs with a lot of people in them, you’ll always have someone making a funny face. The trick is to take lots of photos in succession and pick out the one with the least strange faces and work with that! So, here’s a photo of us with our bridal party:
But, as you can see, I’m closing my eyes. Several other members of the bridal party are making strange faces as well. But if this is the one photo I’m going to have in our album, I want everyone to be looking at the camera and smiling. So I went back to the other photographs taken at the time and copied and pasted eyes and mouths as necessary…
The last photo is one that I’m really proud of. It took all sorts of different techniques and skills. First of all, here’s the original:
It’s a nice shot but it’s a little flat, quite overexposed, and shows a lot of the sidewalk.