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True Love

By meshklam
A Casual photo of the happy couple on their wedding day

Tags: Wedding and social Humour and fun


LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2018 7:18PM
This is a delight, it pricks the balloon of pomposity that ofter inflates at weddings.

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Toobi_Won 8 64 6 England
12 Jan 2018 7:21PM
I've seen a few examples of this shot, either where the image has been in colour with a B&W in the frame and vice versa.
I did the same and gave it a slight crop.
Toobi_Won 8 64 6 England
12 Jan 2018 8:20PM
The first variation didn't crop; the second one did; stray hair on bride's face removed on third one.
dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
12 Jan 2018 9:25PM
A fun shot, and one that will provide amusement for years to come.

For me, the one significant shortcoming is the rather directional light, so that the groom's face is rather dark. It's for precisely htis reason that professional wedding snappers make frequent use of subtle (say, 1/4 power) fill flash.

I'll do a mod using the dodge tool...
banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4032 Canada
12 Jan 2018 10:05PM
A nice change from the usual.

I agree the grooms face needs some fill flash as mentioned above.

In addition, neither of their faces are quite sharp, - perhaps they were moving a little. You have included no exif/shot data so cannot comment on settings.

The mods are cropped, white balance warmer, details in dress and vest improved by reducing highlights, some sharpening. It may also be possible the camera focused in front of the faces, or the aperture was too wide.

The second mod has saturation a little lower than the first.


mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2079 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2018 8:03AM
I love this, and I'm sure they will too. The important thing is that they will remember the fun of posing for it, so the picture will bring back real memories in years to come. And it will give the children a reminder that their parents were young and silly too once... It's what wedding photography ought to be about.

Technically, yes, I'd like to see light on the groom's face. I don't like flash, even at reduced power, with white synthetic fabric (his brocade waistcoat, her veil, at least... ) But I'd like to have someone holding a reflector to the left, just to get some light back on his face. Although I do remember a friend saying many years ago 'Nobody except his Mum actually looks at the groom...'

I've added my variation. As a totally different approach, it seemed to me that if this was to be hung on a wall then the frame needs to hang straight. I'm very fussy about that in our house... So rotation, a bit of skewing and a tighter crop to just leave hands outside the frame. I rather like it. It puts them on a level, so more equal.

I tried to add light on the groom's face without making it look false - I isolated him, lightened shadows by 5%, added a tiny bit of brightness and then used the dodge tool very gently (3% exposure) on highlights.
13 Jan 2018 8:49PM
thanks for all your comments, the bride and groom loved all their photos. have taken all comments on board thanks again
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2018 9:14AM
I like the idea a lot, but there are a few technical issues and I would be thinking about that. I would crop tighter to the frame - that is personal, but the faces are a touch soft suggesting movement or inaccurate focusing? The EXIF would help a bit!

Do you use a flash fill? It doesn't look like it and most wedding photographers do as a standard. Correctly used - meaning subtle approach - you don't get the facial shadows and few people will notice the added light.

If you shoot a lot of weddings, you really need to crack flash fill or you are in trouble on a bright sunny day!


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