I have hated my wedding pictures since the day I got the disk in the mail. I cried for a day and a half, and I had to leave work early the next day. One of my coworkers said later that she thought someone had died or something because of how I looked that day. Now maybe that was a strong reaction but I was truly and deeply upset. My engagement pictures and bridals looked great to me and I was just shocked at how awful the wedding pictures were. Most of them were blurry and made the people’s faces look awful, people in the group photos were again blurry but also cut out of the pictures, there were not very many pictures of our guests and the ones she did get were not of family, which many of them traveled here for the wedding and we will probably never have the same group of people together again. There were some that looked good but for the most part the lighting was horrid and made people look uneven if that makes sense and the pictures looked blurry. When I contacted our photographer a few months later to let her know that I didn’t like them she said “lighting is really hard” and there were plenty of pictures that she was “proud to put her name to”. Looking at some other pictures taken the same night with point and shoot cameras, the lighting seems fine so I just don’t understand. Oh well, no point dwelling anymore there is nothing I can do about it unless we recreate the whole thing… ha!
I am self taught in photoshop, mostly to design my cards. While looking at one of my favorite sites, Kevin and Amanda, I found a link to Pioneer Woman Photography which provided me some great photoshop tips and some inspiration to play around with my pictures. Since we have been married for over a year now, I feel like I can finally bring myself to look back through the wedding pictures and see if there is anything I can do to make them look better. Here are some pictures to show the blurriness and the weird lighting (you can click on the picture to make it bigger!):
This was one of my favorite pictures from the wedding, we used it on our thank you card, however I only liked it in black and white. If you look close the faces look blurry, like my sister(flower girl) in the back and my eyes look like black dots and shadowy. Just not what I would expect even when this is one of my favorites 🙁
Do you see what I mean about the black dot eyes? Everyone has them, the pictures is not sharp or crisp at all. The edges of the bodies further in the pictures are again not sharp and kind of fuzzy around the edges???
I put the next ones right after each other because they are very similar pictures and were taken right after one another and even between these two the lighting looks different. In the first one the black in the suits and flower girl dress looks dark and in the second one it looks dull. I just don’t like either of them.
Here is what I have done, some of the changes are subtle but I like my version better and it was fun to learn some new things in photoshop and might as well use these as a learning experience. What do you think?
This was a little therapeutic and nice to share so I hope you enjoyed all of this! Thanks for reading!