Wedding Photographs must look gorgeous. Period. Any other way and the fault definitely lies with you, the wedding photographer. This makes it your job to put your experience, skills, and creativity to the best possible use and bring those photos that you clicked to light. Truth be told, shooting the pictures makes up for less than half of the wedding photographer’s job. The real work lies in post-production. This is where you can make the magic happen. Let us now take a look at 4 essential post-production steps to make your wedding photographs pop!
Weddings are fast-paced events. There are hundreds of people and so many different things are happening all at once. As a photographer, you will definitely not have any time to pick and choose what to click and what not to. You will just have to go with the flow, clicking photos at will, putting your experience to the best use. This means that even the best photographers will probably find only about 1/10th of all the images that they shot useable. These will have to be picked out and the rest need to be deleted. After all, you don’t want the couple to be looking for the good pictures in the photo album. Every single image that you give them must be lovely.
Once you have the pick of the shots, the next step would be to make some minor adjustments in the basic controls. These will include the brightness, contrast, exposure, temperature, shadows, white balance, etc. Just because you have access to these controls does not mean that you must adjust each and every one of these settings. Be subtle and gentle with the adjustments. This will make the photos look better without giving them an artificial look.
This step is where the magic starts. Be sure to adjust the color saturation using the hue and saturation adjustment of your image editing program. This will add some much-needed life to the pictures and make them pop out at the viewer. Be sure to use the skin tone adjustment tools as well. After all, you want to make the bride and groom look lovely, not the venue.
This is more of a bonus step that might produce exceptional results in some pictures. Split toning is essentially adding filters to the background to make them more subtle. This will cause the subject of the image to pop out beautifully.