NOTE: If you are viewing this on a tablet or phone, the pictures may appear sideways or not at all. I’m working on it, but not having much luck. I suggest trying it on a laptop or desktop.
You know, I think I would both love and hate being a wedding photographer. Probably I would only enjoy being the sidekick (assistant?) taking all the candid shots, but all the organization of big groups would drive me over the edge.
Take today’s shot for Secret: Theme Thursday.
This is the version I started with:
Which has some great elements, I think. I love how Deanna and Craig are looking at each other (they were singing to each other, or perhaps whispering love secrets), I love how Craig is just a tad bit out of the frame, I love the big blank wall behind them. There are things I don’t like, though. I’m sure that the gentleman seated next to them is someone they love very much, but I think I would prefer the photo without him in it. I also wish their faces were more in focus. I can’t do much about the second problem, but I decided to tackle the first.
I used the “clone tool” (still working on ipiccy) and I got all the people out. But I’m clumsy, I’m on a laptop, and I’m new at this, so my next version looked like this:
I think it’s a lot better, but I’m a nitpicker and I see all the smudges and imperfections of my cloning. I then used the “blur” tool. It actually blurs the whole photo, and then you can “erase” the blur from the part of the photo that you want clear. I wanted Dee and Craig to be the focal point, obviously. All that blurring and unblurring resulted in this:
This version is a lot less obviously touched up, although I’m begging you right now not to look too closely because you will be able to see the imperfections.
My next step was to raise the “vibrance.” I thought they looked a little washed out and I wanted their skin tone to be true to life. But upping the vibrance had the unfortunate effect of turning the wall an hideous shade of poo. (Sorry, I forgot to save a copy of that delightful image.) Fortunately, the vibrance tool also has a paint brush where you can erase the effect on certain parts of the photo. So I did! And I came up with this:
Look, Ma! No poo-colored walls!
Finally, I added a vignette (I’m a sucker for a good vignette) to complete the wedding-y effect. What do you think of my final version?
Like I said above, don’t look too closely. But I like it and I hope Dee and Craig do too!
Oh, and because Iris from Country Girl’s Daybook specifically asked for a view of the whole dress, I’ll share the collage I sent to Deanna.
Thanks for visiting, everyone! Now go check out Cari’s fabulous Theme Thursday photo link-up at Clan Donaldson. I hear everybody is telling their secrets today.