Wedding photography retouching and color correction – South Wales and Bristol

Hi! My name is Anna and I am a professional wedding photographer based near Caerphilly

I am available to be booked all over Wales – Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Bristol, Aberystwyth, Brecon, Carmarthen and other areas in the rest of the UK). 

As I mentioned before, photo editing, retouching, and color correction is an important part of my wedding photography workflow. And the most time-consuming 🙂 

A couple of years ago (when I was shooting weddings in Moldova), I used to make these videos to show how underexposed wedding photographs may be improved in Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. 

So here are examples of how I do things.

Please note all videos have background music, and it is quite loud. So please make sure to tap on mute sound as the video starts playing.

You can notice that there is our old logo on the videos. Nowadays we don’t keep the domain happywedmd.com active anymore, however, our old wedding blog is still alive. 

Since then I’ve changed my approach a bit – I do tend to keep photographs a bit darker than shown here, but I am still keeping them in the same warm cinematic tone. And as you may see I keep everything as natural and classic as possible – you won’t find examples where the skin looking like plastic, and you won’t find weird colors and toning.

So why is color correction so important for wedding photography?

First of all, some British venues are quite dark. Especially some churches. Professional cameras and lenses like ones I own help a lot in such conditions. And some brightness and saturation added during post-production will make the photos look even better.

Secondly, some venues won’t let the photographer use an external flashlight at all. 

And finally some venues simply have a variety of light bulbs (fluorescent, LED, etc) all together installed in the same room, and photographer (especially me, as I am working in documentary style and try not to miss important moments) may simply have no possibility to manually set white balance each time during the celebrations.

But luckily, all these colors and lighting imperfections may be improved later.     

 

The next thing – is skin. Nobody’s perfect. Well no. Everybody is perfect is beautiful. But still there are things that can be improved, so here is what I usually do for my brides:

  1. remove blemish and acne
  2. soften wrinkles
  3. whiten teeth
  4. remove skin redness (usually it does apply to older male guests)

Other things that I sometimes remove from photographs are some loose objects or stranger persons on the background. 

Hired another photographer but not extremely happy with the photographs you received?

Well, I am quite overwhelmed with the amount of my own work that needs to be done, but still can help you. Just drop me a message describing your problem and I’ll be happy to make your wedding photographs look better, more colorful and nice.

How many edited photos do customers receive?

Customers will receive as many retouched photographs as mentioned in their contract. So if they booked a Full day wedding photography package, there will be at least 550 photographs carefully edited and improved as shown in the videos here on this page.