Retouching wedding photos
When you think of hiring a professional wedding photographer, maybe you are thinking about what should be included in the price you pay and what shouldn’t. While you are shopping for the photographer for your big day, it is important to realize what the features that you are paying for actually are and why they are important. Wedding photo retouching is one of the features you may see offered by a wedding photographer in Miami.
Should a Wedding Photographer in Miami have to retouch?
The short answer to that is NO, BUT only if he/she is perfect. Now we all know that there is nobody who is perfect and there are also limitations to technology, no matter how much money has been spent on it. Re touching is needed when there is a big difference in dynamic range, which basically means the difference between the lightest light colors and the darkest dark colors. For example, you may have a very bright sky at your wedding and you may have very rich colors as well. To get both of those clearly in one photo is nearly impossible unless the photo is retouched. This is just one example of why even a wedding photographer in Miami, the wedding capital of the world and home of some of the best photographers in the world will have to retouch the photos in order to make them meet his/her as well as the bride’s expectations.
Here you will see in real life why it is so important to have your photos retouched. Below are some examples of photos before and after professional retouching:
Notice in the first photo that it is really rather dark. Now, the photographer could have adjusted his camera to capture more light while shooting in the dark BUT, if he would have done that then we would experience what we call noise, or fuzziness, in the picture. In this case it was better for the photographer to adjust the lighting afterwards using professional retouching methods. Now when you see the re-touched photo, can you see how the colors are bright and even “pop”, thereby exposing details that you wouldn’t have seen if the photo hadn’t been retouched?
In the picture of the shoes you can again see that in the first picture the green doesn’t really stand out with much contrast between it and the lighter color of the shoes. Because of this, you get a picture that isn’t as amazing as it could be otherwise. By increasing the dynamic range after the fact, we can see that the contrast between the rich green and the lighter colored shoes is different, therefore we have a much nicer picture after retouching.
What do we learn from all of this?
What do we learn from all of this? We learn that unless your photographer is perfect, which is extremely unlikely, retouching will be a service that you want to make sure is included by your wedding photographer in Miami or wherever you may be getting married. As we have seen, the difference between a retouched photo and an original is quite great. Unfortunately, only about 50% of photographers will actually retouch the photos, thereby not letting all of the beauty in the range of colors and tones show through. So what should someone who is shopping for a wedding photographer do? They should ensure that professional retouching is included. Please visit Imely photo for more examples of beautifully retouched photos!