All of the Leicestershire wedding photography sample images on this site will of had different amounts of photo editing applied, as for me when I press the button that is only part of the story and enjoyment I get out of wedding photography.
The amount of photo editing will vary with each wedding photographer, it could be simply selecting the best images or adjusting brightness but I like to spend extra care with my images. It’s too easy to over do things at the the wedding photo editing stage, although a single image may take me half an hour to edit until I am happy I still prefer to keep it looking natural so you will not even know anything has been done at all unless you were to see the original version.
A wedding photographer doesn’t actually have to have any editing skills at all as they can pay a 3rd party, usually based overseas who will to do all the colour correcting for them, but I prefer to keep 100% control of my images for both security and artistic reasons.
Its not an easy skill to be able to properly colour correct and edit an image and it should be done on a professional grade – calibrated monitor in a light controlled environment and not a laptop. But that isn’t enough as you also need to have trained how to “see” colour correctly so that you know that your editing is correct. When I was 16 I worked in Leicester’s top professional photo print labs for 7 years where I was trained in the art of high end colour grading and photo printing in real darkrooms using enlargers and photographic paper. Read more here
When we look at something our eyes constantly adjust to the light and we build up a picture of how the scene looks – making the dark parts look brighter and the light parts darker, but the camera cannot do this and so its in the photo editing that I can then start to put back some of that feeling that the camera couldn’t see. I then can create the image in more of a way that it was seen by the eye but to do this you have to of been there whereas a 3rd party editor will not have this benefit.
Here bride and Dad have just arrived at the Church but the cones outside the church did not leave enough room for the car and so the only place to park was here.
Video guys have to do their job too and can sometimes stray into my shots without knowing