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My 1st wedding photo

My 1st wedding photo
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Copyright: LuDivine Laurent (LuDivine) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 263 W: 39 N: 359] (3361)
Género: Gente
Medio: Color
Tomada el: 2008-07-26
Categorías: Eventos, Friends/Family, Portrait
Cámara: Nikon D70s Digital SLR, NIKKOR ED 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G
Versión de la foto: Versión original, Workshop
Tema(s): my 1st wedding [view contributor(s)]
Fecha enviada: 2008-07-26 20:29
Vista: 2336
Puntos: 18
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Hello everyone,

Few months ago I posted a thread on the forums to ask you for some piece of advise as my 1st wedding job was coming... well that was last night!!! and gosh that was hard work... ;)
I have posted another thread actually to ask for more help as most of my photos have some noise.. I have to say that the conditions were not ideal:
- worth storm of the century in north island of NZ
- hence no electricity at the hair dresser
- hence very poor light at the newly weds home
-> hence a lot of noise on my pictures

At the venue the light was really dim and romantic.. not ideal for a beginners like me! specially after dropping my external flash and blowing the bulb of it (that was before the bride came in!!) so I got even more stressed and yeah ... some of my pictures need a miracle..

This one was taken at the newly wed's place, I like the light on their face, but the BG was still very noisy, so i used a lens blur filter to smooth it...

Its not a perfect shot and I know it, I am actually posting it for you could advise me what I could do to make it better.. Please.. ;)

many thanks.

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Well, it's a nice POV - they both look interested in something off camera.

To me the girls skin on forehead, nose and chin looks overexposed - naturally highlit by the window light. Maybe if you used a burn tool just to bring the brightness down a bit.. I'd also crop some of the space behind the girls head and decentralize the subjects..
Good luck..

There's a lot to like about this photo. I've done a WS to bring out one possible interpretation, but there's several "Treatments" you could give this.

If you can make it to a bookshop I'd strongly suggest picking up a copy of the currently-available "Practical Photography" (UK Mag) - right now the June edition is available in NZ bookshops and there's an excellent article in there "How to shoot weddings" with a heap of good ideas and suggestions.

Hi LuDivine,
You have done well, with all the elements against you on Saturday.
I have shot a few weddings, so I know how stressful they cab be, even on a nice day.
I've done a workshop for you, I think it has made an improvement.

I think I will be following your thread LuDivine. I have been asked to do a similar thing in Decemeber. Yes the light here is very good, the workshops also explore more possibilities. I have found some interesting tutorial on YouTube searching under Photoshop....good luck I look forward to learning some tips from you.

Actually I quite like this ... I like the unusual positioning of the couple in relation to each other, and the point of view you've chosen.
I think you could have used a quicker shutter for this, it feels a little overexposed, especially on the white of the bride's dress and her leading shoulder.
I also think the composition could be better - less space behind their heads, and more space in front of them.
Otherwise though, it's an appealing shot!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
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Oh LuDivine - I am so sorry the weather upset the wedding pics. Your nerves must have been on edge!
This is lovely of the couple - but I also like BOTH of the workshops. I would crop off the area at the left. The BG showing noise doesn't matter here - it looks blurred, rather than noisy - and the more blurred - the better.

We went away on holiday before the storm and were well settled down in an apartment at Paihia in the Bay of Islands, with candles and matches ready and lots of snack food to chew on! We didn't lose any power but watched lots of TV and ate all the snacks!
And today we have come home a few days early because of the new storm that is die to hit Akld tonight - it RAINED all the way home. And we were pleased to find our house still standing here, and only tree damage outside.

The altered image is much better LuDivine. Such a lovely couple you photographed. Well done

Hi LuDivine

I missed this post so I hope I'm not too late to help out, however I congratulate you on your first wedding shoot. This is an intersting shot but I think what stands out the most for me is the expression of joy on the bride. So in my opinion I think as you look through the wedding photos dont just concentrate on the ones that are technically good or photographically acceptable, select also the ones that tell the story of the importance of such an event and the emotions that come with it. Remember the newly weds will recall the powerful feelings attached to their big day when viewing your images. Show them what you saw... I did a workshop to show you how I might put the emphasis on the brides happiness. TFS


Hi Lu

First of all, sorry. I haven’t been able to stop by lately since my girlfriend and I were moving to a new house. And we don’t have internet there yet…
I think this first wedding pic works out fine. The expression are well captured: Serene joy on both faces (and a look of pride on the groom’s face. I would be proud too. She’s beautiful!).
Fairly sharp focus still and a good combination with the blurry background.
I only think the left shoulder of the bride is overexposed as is her nose bridge (or maybe it’s just the computer settings here).
Hope you and your family are doing well.



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