Bride shot C&C

Started Jul 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
stevo23
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Re: Bride shot C&C
In reply to The Battery, Jul 31, 2013

The Battery wrote:

Looking for some C&C on this picture.

D800, f/4 1/400 ISO100 50mm 25-70 f/2.8

Brandywine park. Pretty much an open field with a gazeebo off to camera left, one big tree behind me.

We had about 10 minutes and I had no say over the location. The limo stopped and the bride and groom got out and informed me they only had the limo for another 20 minutes...

I dont care for how bright the background is (If I had the time, i'd have underexposed the shot by two or three stops and lit her with a shoot-through...) I chose this pose because of time constraints. As soon as I took this picture, I told the groom to go stand in front of her so she didnt have to move, (apparently its difficult to walk in grass with heels on!) and then I moved around them and shot her looking over his shoulder. Back in the car!

What would you have done differently? I feel like this shot is just lacking something.

Thoughts?

-Dave

If you shot with Raw, you have plenty of latitude for adjustment and can make it look great - darken the background, put more structure in that dress, some evening out of her face tones. Unfortunately, you've got a pointy tree right behind her head that can't be fixed easily. Darkening it will help.

Overall, she doesn't stand out, so you can use the radial filter in Lightroom and tastefully blur some of the background out and just leave her in focus. But also, a tighter crop can take the "sting" out of that conehead tree.

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