Wedding Post Processing - What's the secrets?

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  1. johndow

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    I am in awe at the wedding photos produced in magazines, and by members such as Radiohead :thumbsup: on this forum. The styles are fantastic.

    The photos i like are reportage (sp), and the best way i can describe them is that they seem to take on a sort of 1960s 1970s look.

    They appear grainy (possible intentional higher ISO) with rich colours, high contrast and a sort of under exposed look, with in most cases vignetting and lots of bokeh.

    I know there are secrets of the trade, but out of curiosity, do wedding photographers start with a theme as to what the photos should look like, or do they just sort of evolve with each photographer doing their own thing??

    Thanks
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    I think they see it as they go along. ;)
     
  3. senu

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    Why not just ask Guy?:rotfl:
    He has developed a style over time which is not static:smashin:
    Also Digital wedding forum is a source of inspiration for different styles
     
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    If I may be so bold....

    As senu says, I've only really settled on a style this year having moved about a bit last year. Part of it is trying to make shots look timeless and avoid anything that will date too much like selective colouring. You're probably right about the 1960's feel as most photo-journalism at the time was done with fast B&W film. I add vignetting myself on a lot of shots as I like the way it draws the eye in to the subject and kills the background more. Bokeh, well that's just expensive! Quite a few photographers use actions from the likes of Kevin Kubota, but I just do mine in Lightroom and I'm really happy with the results, but a large part of that is thanks to the incredible files out of the D3's.

    I'll go into a wedding with a firm idea of what I want to capture in terms of style and look, but the rest is allowing the day to unfold in front of you, resist the urge to stage or direct and be on your toes.
     
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    Most of mine are processed with a few presets I've been tinkering with in Lightroom - usually quite a heavy vignette, quite contrasty, very little sharpening, no noise reduction (i love noisy prints).

    This sorta thing:


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  6. senu

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    Works very well too. Before the days of Lightroom , what did you use?
     
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    Wedding photography is the subject of the apprentice article in this month's PhotoPlus magazine.
     
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    Photoshop. Used actions to take care of the repetitive stuff but it was still a lengthy process compared to now.
     

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