- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009
Hey folks, I just wanted to pop in and write a quick post about this. Bear in mind this is just my OPINION, and others are entitled to theirs, but I do think there are some things with regards to SMP-Style processing a lot of brides haven’t thought about. Here are a list of reasons why you should probably avoid photographers who market that desaturated and/or vintagey look for your wedding day:
1.) It’s extremely difficult to get proper skin tones when using a vintage preset and you have a very high chance of looking at your PRINTED photos and noticing you look like and umpa lumpa or a zombie.
2.) Using vintage presets as a crutch stifles creativity. There is no reason for the photographer to take the images creatively in camera because they know their processing will make it LOOK creative after the fact.
3.) Selective coloring (just a rose red and the rest BW type of thing) is now taboo and dated, and someday, all these other processing styles will go out with side pony tails, bell bottom jeans and psychadelic silk shirts… yet your photos will always be what they are (you might even be embarassed to post them or show your kids your albums).
4.) Why take the risk? All the vintage or desaturated processing is nothing more than a cheap Photoshop or LR preset, maybe customized a little, and any photographer worth their salt is capable of processing images in that style. Beautiful true-color processing is much more difficult to master, so it’s better to hire someone who does true-color processing that you like and ask them to throw in a couple of vintage processed photos if you are really attached to the look. Easy peasy. For 15 photos they might not even charge you, and you’ll always have the pretty true color ones as a backup as well just in case.
5.) Not all times, but a lot of times, this type of processing is used to cover up technical mistakes on the photographers part. It’s a go-to style for amateur photogs because they know it’s marketable, but someone who can’t take a technically correct image in camera is going to deliver fewer photos and is more likely to miss moments on your day.
So that’s my speil! I hope it is useful to some of you! I’m off to shoot a wedding today so hopefully some of the other WB photogs will field any questions… though they might be shooting weddings too.
ETA: For those in favor of trendy processing, picture yourself 18 years later showing your pictures to your kids. Do you want them laughing at how “early 20th century” they are (like the pics of our parents in afros and bell bottoms), or commenting on how beautiful you looked and how in love you and their dad were! It’s a no brainer.