Post # 1
OK, disclaimer that I know nothing about photography…
I’ve just noticed in looking at posts on the Bee that some of the details of a wedding gown (especially lace) sometimes don’t show up very well in wedding photos. When I browse a thread like the dress before-and-after thread (one of my favorites!) I feel like sometimes I can see details better in the quick shot taken in the salon photo than the professional shot. Maybe the pro shot chosen for these posts is the best one overall and was not meant to highlight the dress in the first place? Or…?
Insight, anyone? I was just curious!
Post # 3
I would guess it has something to do with the lighting.
Post # 4
Its the exposure / the camera settings that can change this. However, there are a lot of variables, how bright/dark it is on location, other people/things in the photo, etc. Also, the type of dress fabric can have a role in this too, if its very shiny & reflective, and its very bright outside. I mean, you could have patchy skies, and one minute its perfectly exposed, a cloud moves & more sun comes in & it will throw the image off. Sometimes setting the exposure to account for the bright white dress, will make the eyes look like black holes.
A pro is more experienced, will know how to account for everything to achieve the best image possible. Also, its why pros will use those reflectors and will know how to use their flash, to help fill in the dark areas & keep the whites from glowing. Doesn’t mean that sometimes the dress won’t lose some detail, but a pro will know how to keep a dress from turning into a white hot glowing blob. A photographer with little experience will usually wash out the whites. Its what comes with the experience, better images, better exposure & usually that comes with a higher price.
Post # 5
Likely becuause the photographer overexposed the image. Plain and simple. Unless there is direct sunlight harshly aimed at the dress, there should be at least some detail. A trained professional photographer should know enough about exposure to expose their whites properly… espicially if they shoot weddings regularly.
Post # 6
@canthugallcats: Love that mental image “white hot glowing blob”! 🙂
This is helpful, thanks! I do feel like I’ve seen some excellent photographs (well, in my opinion!) on here where detail is lost, but I haven’t paid full attention to the photograph as a whole. I wonder if bridal portraits tend to be better.
Edit: just looked at some of my photos – in a guest one, you can see every thread on my dress, and every wrinkle on my face! Ack! In a similar pro one, I’m looking good! So have to definitely admit I probably prefer pretty face over dress detail! 😉