Top 4 Retouching Tips for Editing Bridal Portrait

wedding photographyA wedding is no doubt a very important occasion for all brides and grooms.

We all want to look our best on this very special day. We want to be look awesome in our wedding photos so we can proudly share it to our family and friends.

The bride, most especially, desires to be the most beautiful woman during the wedding. Well, what if by bad luck, zits appeared on your face just in time for your wedding? Would you let this affect your mood at the wedding?

Initially, you will think that a concealer can hide the blemishes but then later the makeup slowly gets removed and the zits become more visible. Should this worry you since you might look ugly in the wedding photos? Well need not worry, your professional wedding photography can help you still look awesome in your wedding pics.

A skilled wedding photographer like Wedding photographer Staffordshire knows how to make his subjects look fabulous in the pictures. Apart from being technically proficient in using camera equipment, a professional wedding photographer should also have skills in using photo editing tools like Lightroom and Photoshop to enhance the photos.

The clients are of course looking forward to see their faces look stunning and free of blemishes or unwanted spots. Photographers should know how to edit, retouch and improve the images without making them look unnatural.

During the wedding, bridal shots will be taken by the photographer. In these photos, the bride is expected to look  fabulous and radiant. If the bridal shots you have taken are unsatisfactory, there are still ways for you to make it look better. Here are some retouching tips you can follow when editing bridal portraits.

1. Adjust skin tone

If the skin tone looks dull, you can add more color to it by using the Adjustment brush in Lightroom or Brush tool and curve adjustments in Photoshop. Just set the clarity. You can also use the High Key Glow tool to make your subject look more radiant. To soften the skin tone, you can also use the adjustment brush set at negative clarity. Just make sure it will still look natural.

2. Remove/ reduce spots, wrinkles or blemishes

To reduce wrinkles, you can use the Healing Brush tool in your editing software and for removing plenty spots you can use the Spot Healing brush. If you only need to remove spots in a particular part of the face, you can use the Patch tool in Photoshop.

3. Make the nose straighter and thinner

At times, it is necessary to edit the nose of the bride to make it look straighter, thinner and more attractive. Use the Lasso Tool or the Forward Warp tool that you can find in Photoshop. At first, you will find it difficult to use Lasso but with practice you can use it perfectly.

4. Lighten the Face

The Adjustment brush in both Lightroom and Photoshop can help lighten the face of the bride. You can change the exposure to whatever you deem right.

There are many other retouching or enhancing techniques that a photographer like you should know. Just continue searching for answers online and practice using your editing tool as often as you can. You can also check the works of this hampshire wedding photographer for more ideas and tips.

With plenty of practice, you can surely master the editing techniques in no time.

I am like a little kid in a Candy Store – my Apple Watch is coming!!!!!

OMFG – I am so excited – all day I have been refreshing my order status on the Apple Store and AT LAST my order is showing is Preparing for Shipment! Woohoo – the Apple Watch is coming!!!!

Here’s what I saw today at about 4:56pm just as I was about to give out all hope that I would receive my watch on launch day:-

my-apple-watch-is-comingAll day my mate Sligo based wedding photographer Fergal (check out his work at http://fergalmcgrathphotography.com)had been boasting that he would get his Apple Watch first, just like he got his Nikon D810 a week before me – well his order is still stuck in processing ha ha!

I’m sorry normal service will be resumed soon – although please excuse me if you have lots of Apple Watch related posts soon.  I wonder if I can update the blog from the Watch LOL

And this watch will be tax deductable as I can use it to remotely operate my Nikon cameras and my Drone – how cool will that be!  Who else is getting one? Let me know in the comments.

What are the best Lenses for Landscape Photography

Some of the most relaxing and serene photographs are pictures of landscapes. Whether it is a beautifully lush jungle or a lightning strike over an empty plain, we love photos of nature.

But what is the best lens for landscape photography? When thinking about this question there are a lot of factors to take into consideration.

First, let’s talk about the focal length of the lens. Focal length is how camera lenses are divided. The measurements are expressed in millimeters. The more mm on you focal length, the more zoom capability your camera has. For example: A 50 mm lens will take in a smaller view than a 30 mm lens. Fewer mm on your focal length means a larger view. Most landscape photographers prefer really wide lenses with small focal lengths so they can capture a wider photo. However, some really interesting and beautiful pictures can be taken with a high focal length camera if the photographer is skilled enough. By isolating small details from a great distance, some really unique pictures can be taken.

what is the best lens for landscape photographyThe difference between prime and zoom lenses is also something that needs to be considered. All zoom lenses, no matter their focal length, can zoom in or out to a certain point. Prime lenses are very different in that they don’t zoom at all. However, they are simpler and a cheaper option for those who are running low on cash. They are still able to take sharp images though; you just have to be willing to move.

Another thing that might not be the first thing you consider when dreaming of taking award winning landscape photos is weight. After hauling an incredibly heavy camera around for a few hours though, it’ll become apparent why this is an important factor. The longer the focal length is of a camera, the heavier it usually is. Carrying around these giants aren’t the main concern of experienced photographers, but rather the ability to hold the camera steady while shooting. You might need to balance the camera on a tripod which would add even more weight to your inflated luggage. Of course if you are inventive you could probably find a stump or something to balance the camera on.

Landscape photography requires a wide lensIn the end the decision is yours and rules are meant to be broken. A short focal length captures a larger space in the photo, but a long focal length camera could really take a fascinating picture by isolating objects with its powerful zoom ability. Weight and luggage are factors that need to be thought of as well as many other things not discussed in this article. Format, lens mounts, crop factor, and many other things should be considered for the optimum landscape photography experience. However, keep in mind that many beautiful pictures have been taken by such simple things as a camera phone. If you know your camera and the lens you have well enough, there is no doubt that you can take marvelous photos. Creativity and ingenuity is the key, not necessarily the focal length of the lens.

Learn the basics of photography first

For my first blog post I am going to be boring and talk about the basics of photography.

As a starter, you must be able to learn first about the technical terms in photography. In this article, you are about to learn the basic tools you need for your first day of photo shoot. So gather up your pens and papers and jot down the basic elements needed for photography. First, is of course, your camera. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera you have as long as you comfortable using it. But I would suggest that you use a digital camera, for it has lots of options that gives you a wide variety of options for better image quality.

Second is your camera’s wife, the lenses. Lenses comes in many varieties. Some use wide angled lenses for wide angled shots which are used for astrophotography. You can use regular lenses first for your first step in exploring photography. Third is your tripod. Now, you don’t want your image to be shaky or blurred because you got the right moment for the shot, but failed to focus your camera steadily. This is ideal for long exposure and making time lapse images.

Finally you get to prepare your backpack or bag to pack up your things. A waterproof one is ideal to protect your gear from harsh conditions and elements such as rain, dust and other things that can damage or alter you device’s functionality. For more information about startups, you can watch the video below.