Wedding Photography and Post Production
Choosing a wedding photographer can be the scariest thing for a newly engaged couple. Those emotional moments are so important and you really need to find that photographer who can not only capture those moments, but one who can also improve on those memories when the editing phase begins.
You want a beach wedding? What about all of those people out on the beach in your background? Do you want them removed? So you have a videographer, what happens when they walk into your photographer’s frame while they are capturing an amazing emotional moment? Does your wedding photographer know how to remove these issues from the equation in your images?
If you don’t already know, I capture memories in photographs as well as video. I have a team, there are three of us so I am able to control the videography side of things. My girls know where they should be standing at all times but there are times when we we forget or we have to be where we are, it can’t be helped:) Luckily there is photoshop and I LOVE photoshop.
Below is a photo & video wedding we captured recently. I wanted an ariel shot of the ceremony, however I had to be standing where I was, my second photographer was on the balcony and my third was managing the video camera. But watch the magic happen to get that one amazing shot from two images.
Step 1: line up the images on layers, one on top of the other. Using the patch tool delete myself from the equation, very easy to do as I am right in the center of the aisle and there is nothing around me.
Step 2: Duplicate the edited layer and create a layer mask, start brushing away my third photographer. As you can tell from photo 1 and photo 2 my third photographer moved just enough that I have the information needed to rebuild the guest sitting in that chair between both photos. In this step I will remove as much of her as I can in the layer mask.
Step 3: I need to remove the rest of the tripod while rebuilding the guest in the chair. This will be done using a combination of the brush/clone and patch tool. I will make a new layer combining everything I’ve done so far. Then I will start with the patch and clone tool to remove as much as I can around the guest.
Now I am just left with my third photographer’s body over the chair. This means I have to build in this section of the actual guest and the chair using both the patch and clone tools. Gathering the data I need from the information I have on the guest in that chair. Again I will duplicate this layer as it may require a layer masking as well. I start with the patch tool and quickly realized it wasn’t the right tool for the job as it was picking up information I didn’t want. Switching to the clone tool I start rebuilding as much of the chair and guest as I can leaving me with the image below.
To make my life easier at this point I am going to copy and paste the piece of the chair I need from the chair next to the chair I am working on. Using the marquee tool I grab that chair leg. I don’t need the entire leg so I create a layer mask on the new leg and start brushing out the parts I don’t need.
I can now see with the leg in place I still have a bit left of my third photographer left.
Using the patch and clone tool I am left with the image below and I am still not quite happy it as I am a perfectionist. It needs some lightening in the shadows. So I will dodge that in using a seperate 50% grayscale layer.
The final step erasing every person on the beach from the photo! From this….
To the final image given to my client! Your happiness with your images means everything to me!