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WEDDING by KRISS on 14 march 2016

Most of the time, weddings happen in white, well at least for the dress and if you are familiar with shooting white things you know that if they offer great contrast in black and white they can easily create images with too much whites and high lights distracting the eye from anything else but the dress.

Sometimes this can be what’s intended but when you end up with burnt whites in all your wedding photos, this can be awful.

Ok, the first thing is to own a camera that’s actually able not to burn whites an properly balance the tones.
I am sorry but you Iphone 6 or 7 or whatever doesn’t cut it, not even close.
Even your kick ass DSLR probably doesn’t, I mean most consumers cameras don’t do a proper job at balancing blacks and whites, the same applies to consumer printers etc… So the first thing is to hire a professional photographer who works with equipment that will properly work for a wedding.

Am I stating the obvious ? Probably not, considering the amount of articles lately, rushing couples into making the very poor decision to trust their uncle or cousin with their Nikon D5200 or Canon EOS 50D to do the job.
Anyways, so much has been written on this already, at some point I think it’s a couple’s own choice to make and let’s leave it at that !

Ok, back to the subject, the important thing is to avoid harsh lights on the white dress.
If the dress is more exposed that the rest of the picture, you are a lot more likely to end up with burnt whites or at best overpowering whites.
And this is what you want not.
You can have some over exposure on a white wedding dress if the light come from an indirect or tamed source, this will actually produce beautiful highlights, soft and progressive.

The rest of the job is done in post processing with mostly 4 tools in Lightroom to adjust : Contrast, whites, exposure and highlights.
The key to producing natural looking good images in Lightroom is not to over due things and be gentle with the cursor.
Incrementing or decrementing in little steps is always better.
If you can’t correct what you need by doing so, your image is probably isn’t worth it anyways !

Oh and another tip, pu some black duct tape on that built in flash of yours.
It is bad enough for photos that doesn’t involve whites ! That will probably lead me to my next post on photography tips which will be : Why you shouldn’t use your built in flash in broad daylight at midday (or at any other time for that matter) when you are shooting a landscape that stands a few miles in front of you.

#weddingtips #weddingphotography

HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR WHITES

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