Post # 1
I’ve realized that when looking through wedding photos, I really love that “soft” look.. where it doesn’t look like the people are blasted by a flash, or super bright.. it’s a more muted natural look. Like lots of the photos on SMP like this one:
What is that technique called? I’m wondering how to describe it to my photographer. Obviously she is in charge and will determine what she thinks is best, but I’d like to be able to describe the general look that I like. Is there a name for it?
Post # 3
Please! Someone must know something about photography techniques…
Post # 4
It’s not so much a photography technique as it is an editing technique, I think. Your best bet would probably be to send your photographer photos like this and tell them that is the look you prefer and ask them if they would be able to achieve it.
Post # 5
Honestly, what I would do is literally show her some pics that you like. That is the best way for her to see the style you like and be able to try and make it come true! 🙂
Post # 6
That’s a photoshop action, not a shooting technique. It’s muted with pink tones. Show your photog or just hire a photog who shoots this way. Most photographers aren’t going to want to edit in a style completely different than what they usually do, so don’t hire someone with bold, contrast-y colors and expect them to do it this way.
Post # 7
That coloring effect is created with a Photoshop action. Specifically look for photogs who have that type of editing in their online portfolio, and show them the example pics. They will let you know if they won’t can’t do it. Some photographers love that type of editing, some don’t!
Post # 8
it’s just editing. the photog softned them and did a little action on them. Lovely photos!
Post # 9
@BeeM: I’m a photographer and agree with this.
You can’t really ask your photographer to edit this way. When you sign a contract with your photographer you’re signing up for his/her editing style – not someone else’s. If you’re really looking for something more like this, and you haven’t seen anything like this in your photographers portfolio, i would look for another photographer.
Post # 10
@hotchocolate: This is more than just a photoshop action, and the technique it’s called cross processing. Without giving too much away, it involves raising some of the color channels and decreasing others. Please understand that obtaining certain looks is not just a simple one click action, and needs to be tweaked for each photograph.
If your photographer is versed in post processing, I don’t think it’s an issue to ask them if they can process the images this way. I know people have a particular style, but YOU are contracting your photographer to shoot for you, not for them to display on their portfolio. If they are able to do this, I don’t see why they wouldn’t.
Post # 11
Have you signed with your current photographer yet? I could recommend some really great photographers who shoot and edit in this style for you…
Post # 12
as a photographer…while it’s true that most will stick to their styles of post processing – what might help you the most is find photographers that shoot mostly natural light. That’s a key element in the style you’re seeing…then yes, perhaps you enjoy that style of post processing. No it’s not a cross processed style…search out natural light photographers and I’m sure you’ll find some in a similar direction.