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By xwang
She was not camera conscious during her wedding day.. was not easy to capture her spirit. This was during the ceremony, suddenly she turned round, I clicked. This was my favorite shot of the day.
My question is if I should crop the photo. This is the cropped version. I'll upload the one with pen and book on MOD section. I feel that the one with pen and book tells location and the event, but slightly weaken the image. I'd like to hear what you think. Thanks.
A special Thanks to Paul for his wedding photos advices and technical help. Without Paul's help, I would be totally lost, Grin I had never taken any wedding photos and used flash ... Thank you very much, Paul.

Tags: Flash Wedding Black and white Portraits and people


LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2014 8:15PM
A lovely natural shot, very nicely done.

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27 Mar 2014 8:16PM
I quite like as it is to be honest
ColleenA Plus
7 440 6 Australia
27 Mar 2014 8:18PM
A lovely portrait, great capture
27 Mar 2014 8:33PM
A great portrait and you certainly seem to have captured her character in that one glance back. Really well done.

banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4042 Canada
27 Mar 2014 8:41PM
To answer the question Jasmine: Cropped is for me the better approach, though the exposure looks better in the other version.

The reason for me is simple, - the subject is interacting with you, and not the desk and ledger, so excluding them makes it more intimate.

One small issue is that the image should be rotated, - that table edge is a give-away, but you cant without losing too much of the image; so just clone in the dark background to make the table appear level.

I would spend some time on this too, its a nice image that Im sure she loves. Exposure, sharpening, contrast, skin softening, all have a role to play here to make it special.

Take a look at the mod, Ive basically done everything Ive mentioned.

If you need any assistance with processing any of the shots, just send me a PM, I would be happy to help.


dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 598 England
27 Mar 2014 8:42PM
I think you've sussed it yourself. If you want a strong portrait, go for this cropped version.
It's just as well she was not camera shy on the day, being the centre of attention.

You've captured a very natural looking expression. This doesn't look as though the flash was the dominant or only light source but it has given some nice catchlights in the eyes. We are drawn straight to them.

xwang 10 56 8
27 Mar 2014 8:46PM
The Mod is really wonderful, Willie. I thought that I did a not bad job....Grin but yours is better. More contrast and sharper than mine... Yes, please I would like to know the detail.
Thank you very much.
Thank you all.
xwang 10 56 8
27 Mar 2014 8:48PM
Thank you Keith. Sorry, I didn't see your comment coming in.
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2014 9:04PM
well its not unusual for my point of view may be slightly different. but then photography is an intuitive and personal thing.

if i were taking her portrait at any other time id take the tight crop version or a fuller version in surroundings but this is a wedding and a moment caught during an important part of the service. im guessing but it suggests signing the register.

i feel sure she would want to recognise that, so i have in my mod resisted the temptation to turn it into simply a portrait by darkening the shadows etc and simply cropped slightly to get the dress springing from the bottom left corner, take away the the area of dress containing eye catching jewels, and leave the suggestion of the new husband in the background together with the pen and book because for me they are very important elements to this particular shot,

i also do not like to crop partially into a tattoo and if you were going for a tighter crop id be tempted to leave in the whole of the star.

the fact she has turned around and given you the opportunity to grab an intimate second is nice.

cbrundage 6 4 United States
28 Mar 2014 12:08AM
If I hadn't seen your other photos of the wedding, I wouldn't have guessed this to be a wedding photo. But I really like it - very spontaneous expression!
xwang 10 56 8
28 Mar 2014 8:14AM
Wow...., thank you so much for your hard work, kind help and knowledge, Willie.
This is what I didn't know and I want to learn.. A wonderful illustration, I'll try to work them out later, so far, just to say:"Many,Many Thanks!" Smile

Thank you Phil. Nice Crop, worked out beautifully with thoughtful ideas... I had some signing photos as well.. but as you said:"she has turned around and given you the opportunity to grab an intimate second is nice.", I agree. We always want to capture the moment what we see the candid.. thanks again.

Thank you all. (Back later.) A very good morning to everyone! Smile
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2014 8:28AM
Thanks for the credit line, Jas. No problem as you know. Pleased I could help.

This is nice. Well spotted. Your presented crop is good, better than the original. I would just lift the brighness a bit. Willies mod is very nice but a completely different image. It works, but, for me, it is important that wedding day pictures have a core of main images, treated in the conventional way.

That doesn't mean there should not be variations, as willies example, which are as strong, or stronger than the original. Some modern wedding photographers produce a lot of rather weird stuff. The standard images should always be there too in my opinion.

I am not a black and white fan for wedding shots. They send me back to the 60's and 70's when most weddings were mono. I had many very boring sessions in my darkroom printing wedding images. Again, I understand the happy couple wanting some mono, and that is great, providing they get the colour too, from the same frame. There seems to be this retro thing for mono. Believe me, when you had to use mono, you wished for colour!

This is that bit different, but totally relevant to the wedding theme and an image they will be very pleased with.

nonur Plus
10 18 13 Turkey
28 Mar 2014 3:36PM
The posture, the eyes and smile are excellent. Superb portrait in mono, Jasmine.

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