Basic Editing and Advanced Retouching
Singapore wedding photographer editing
I am asked over and over. “Do you edit the wedding photos?”. “How do you edit the wedding photos?”. You want things to look their best, so yes, I do edit the wedding photos. Every image is hand edited.
How I edit wedding photos
Let’s start with how I don’t edit wedding photos. A lot of photographers use Lightroom and just apply presets. Presets are often like applying the same Instagram filter to everything. I don’t do this.
Sometimes wedding photographers send a selection of your photographs to be edited by a third party, often in other countries. I am proud of the quality of my own work, therefore I never offload it to third-party editors.
Particularly when it comes to photoshoots, we have wedding photoshoots and pre-wedding photoshoots. Therefore, when I edit these photos, I split them into two categories, basic editing and advanced retouching. All photos taken during the wedding and pre-wedding will go through basic editing as the first step. Couples who signed up for the pre-wedding photography package get to choose a certain number of photos for advanced retouching.
Enough talking, let’s delve into the topic of how I edit my wedding photos.
Light editing is what I want to achieve, not radically changing things. (You might want to zoom in on some of the pictures to spot the differences after the edit)
- Refine exposure and brightness, colour balance, and contrasts
- Straighten and square things up if needed, so vertical lines are vertical, horizontal lines are horizontal
- Crop the image artistically
This is what I do in Photoshop. (You might want to zoom in on some of the pictures to spot the differences after the edit)
- Remove spots, breakouts, stray hairs, eye bags, and blemishes from the skin
- Remove unavoidable distractions from backgrounds (bins, fire extinguishers, marks on floors, etc.)
- Remove distracting objects
- Subtle skin smoothing and removing hotspots on the face
- Fix any wardrobe issues, creases on gowns, marks on suits, etc.
- Add surrounding elements to fill in the spaces
- Add dramatic lighting for aesthetic effects
- Liquidfy for either slimming or shaping
- Signature colour toning
Out of all these editing techniques, this one has probably the biggest effect. Yellows and greens tend to be oversaturated during a bright sunny day and bringing the saturation down a little bit will change the mood significantly. And I also added an earthy tone to create my own signature style.
Of course, I allow my couples to pick which toning style (natural, vibrant or Signature tone) they prefer for their photos.
Lots of time and effort
All this detailed work takes a lot of hands-on computer time dealing with files, backing up and editing. Some photos need hours of editing time each, others just need over 10 minutes. Either way, a whole wedding takes many weeks of full-time work to edit perfectly.
Photography by UnderTheStars Photography