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The Bride

By susanannlangford
This is my first wedding and need some help

Tags: Wedding Fashion Wedding and social Bride Portraits and people

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BrianSS 9 383 38 England
6 Jun 2010 8:07PM
A nice happy shot of the bride but it's a bit on the dark side and not quite in focus. I have adjusted the levels to brighten it up and sharpened it a tad. Top of the brides headress is cropped off.

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Morgs 8 20 62 Wales
6 Jun 2010 8:40PM
A lovely shot and very natural, but unfortunately, the important part of the portrait is not quite focussed. If you look at the image, you'll see that the point of focus is actually her arm. It would be interesting to know what type of focussing point you have set on the camera. Ideally you should have your focus point on her face. You could half press the camera shutter as you focus on her face and then recompose and take the shot. This would ensure that her face, and importantly, her eyes are focussed. Also, look at the shutter speed to ensure that the shutter speed is fast enough to ensure that the image will not be soft. You can increase the shutter speed by opening your aperture or increasing the ISO.
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banehawi Plus
12 1.5k 3529 Canada
7 Jun 2010 12:10AM
Not a good shot unfortunately.

You need to provide more information on this re the shot settings, aperture, speed, ISO, focal length, mode, etc.

It looks like the lighting was not great that day, so you may have benefited by using fill flash.

The shot is both underexposed and very soft, - you perhaps didnt remember to sharpen after you re sized?

Ive done a mod, sorting out exposure, tried some sharpening to little effect, and cropped space from the bottom.
Are all of your shots suffering from the same issues, or is this one of the bad ones?

Hope this is helpful, - and if you provide the shot details we can come back and provide more assistance.


paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2010 7:25AM
I've got to be brutal I'm afraid. Very out of focus to the point of unacceptable. Sharpening in software wont improve this one - it is rather too far gone. You must hold the camera still or use a support. She is obviously laughing at someone else, and is moving a lot.

You have given us no details, but I guess you had a low ISO and thus, in lowish light, a slow shutter speed.

The image is also a bit under exposed - many wedding photoraphers use a flash fill as standard - you could have popped up the gun on your 40D - you will be suprised how much better such images look.

Finally, the arm and elbow don't look good, and are the brightest part of the picture. Sorry to be rather direct - but I assume you were just shooting as a guest. If you were to 'do' weddings, the technical command of your camera must be complete to allow you to concentrate on posing.

I appreciate your comments and will have to do a lot more practice. I did tell them I was not a professional but they still wanted me to take the photos. Thankyou again
Seamuscamp 8 2 10 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2010 1:02AM
I suspect the bride will like the photo, despite the technical failings, as it has so much joy in the face. Next weekend I will be taking wedding photos (only did it once before, 5 years ago) with my own 40D and I will bear in mind the sorts of things said above - the eyes must be sharply focused; fill flash and/or higher ISO in low light, etc. I've already got a detailed shooting list and will test light levels at the rehearsal on Thursday and have warned the couple of potential for disaster.
Two points I'd add to what is said above - first, always be prepared to be ruthless about cropping (as in my modification), but better still get as close as is necessary to capture the subject (the veil provides the necessary context); second, I've read 4 books about wedding photographs and they all say that the subject should not look directly at the camera eg "allow the eyes to look in a direction that will show a small amount of white under each pupil .... control the direction of the gaze so as not to lose sight of the pupil".

We amateurs can only do our best. Incidentally the most admired photo of my first attempt all those years ago was of the bride springing from the ground onto the saddle of a Highland pony - and showing off her underwear. You can't plan for everything!
Thankyou for your comments I was trying to catch her unaware of me, she was getting into a car at the time so I only had a few seconds, I am more of a macro into the unusual, I do like what you did to the photo, the comments have helped enormously even though I feel like throwing the camera into the bin sometimes, thanks again

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