Before and After #4

Here’s an example of “extracting” a very nice photo out of a decent but underwhelming one.

Let’s set the scene…

So I was standing on a chair while the bride was sitting so I could shoot down on the bride. I was kind of in the middle of ideas. I wanted to shoot half her face for something a bit more creative, but the angle wasn’t right. I kept on clicking away trying to get things right. I was shooting tighter and shooting looser etc. Just trying different stuff. I did eventually shoot what I had in mind but I wasn’t really all that crazy about the results and her expression wasn’t the greatest on those shots.

So I wanted to see if I could “extract” something from one of those photos and materialize my vision for this shot! 🙂

Let’s begin with the original photo.
Before and After #4

It’s decent enough. It’s nothing special. But I see potential in that her eyes are shut, her lashes are there for all the world to see and one side of her face is in the shadow. Let’s see what we can do!

I cropped it horizontally, made the shadows even darker, and played around with the sliders as below.
Before and After #4

I am really liking the crop and the shadow on the left side of the frame. Now let’s take this into Photoshop! After playing around with the contrast even more and giving it a little bit of “glow”, we’ve got a winner!
Before and After #4

This is a perfect example of finding a great photo within a decent one! 🙂

  • bryan denver wedding photographer - October 30, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    great shot iv been trying to do this as well and havent quite got it yet. hard to get high enough

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