Post # 1
Does anyone have any pictures where the dress looks blown out or washed out in the photos? I recently saw one and I want to give it to my photographer as a “Do NOT Make My Dress Look Like This” example lol. I’ve seen it a few times, but I want to find a better example.. I guess the flash is just way too high and the dress looks like a shiny blob! Thanks!
Post # 3
I’m not sure of any examples. Do you have a picture of your own example… maybe I’ll find some. I think it’s a great way to let your photographer know what you’re looking for. That way, neither of you will be disappointed. Do you know if your photographer does this? Does he/she has a portfolio?
Post # 4
I can’t find any google image samples, but I hate photos like this. It’s so hard to look at when it’s a bright white wedding dress and it’s just basically glowing in the photo against a red rose bouquet or something. I’m sure your photographer knows what washed/blown out means. You should be able to tell in their portfolio if they are using exposure correctly or not.
Post # 5
If you are using a professional you shouldnt need a visual example. Just tell them that it is really important that the white of your dress not be “blown out” as you would like to be able to see the details and texture of the dress. If they are photographically knowledgeable, they should know exactly what you are speaking of. Especially if they are a wedding photographer, they should be used to working with the white dresses by now.
Post # 6
How do the images in your photogs portfolio look for dresses? This is more important than telling him or her “don’t make my dress look like this”. Knowing how to light things correctly is important, but so is finding a photog who already shoots and edits in a style you like.
Post # 7
Agree with PizzutiStudios. If you select the right photographer, you will not need to say anything. It’s more useful to look at their previous work.
Most of the time, people who make this mistake don’t do it on purpose. There might be a few cases when it’s done for a certain look or style, but most of the time when you see it, it’s a mistake. Most brides are like you and want to see the details of their dress.
Good job though that you’re noticing this in photos. It’s a sign that you’re paying attention.
Post # 8
Totally true, everyone! I am actually looking at their website now for the millionth time and don’t see any washed out dress pictures.
I just happened to see someone else with my dress and the pics were a big white blob and I freaked out a little bit lol!
Post # 9
+1 to Pizzuto. If you’re working with an experienced photog, this should not be a problem. Overexposed dresses are something you have to worry about more with amateurs.
Post # 10
any ‘pro’ photographer will know not to do this. as a wedding photographer myself i think i would be quite insulted if one of my clients told me how to do my job.
you could mention that you have seen some blown out dresses before and you dont like that look….but to tell hm NOT to make my dress like this…….well if you NEED to tell your photographer that very basic rule……you need to make sure you havent got a ameteaur, but a pro.
i have PURPOSELY done some arty blow outs when the picture calls for it,
(the one below looked better than a normal exposure i thought )
but keeping to the normal exposure is easy to do if you know what you’re doing.
Post # 11
go down to the slide show.
A skilled photographer with experiaance with weddings should know not to blow out the white dress. This is day 2 of high school photography class stuff. However, some kid with a “professional camera” and Photoshop who plans on doing your wedding for $200 may not.
There is an army of kids with DSLR cameras from Walmart who ave businesses, of sorts, doign weddings and portraits for super cheap. Theses kids are unskilled and will always mess up your wedding. The old saying is true, you get waht you pay for. A skilled, experianced wedding photographer with a long standing business and many satisfied customers will cost close to $1000 for a full day shoot. There are no buts about it. You can take a chance with a cheap kid, but there are no promises that they will not blow out the dress or even worse. Missing important shots, yellow, blurry pictures are a bigger concern. Or just bad, pointless shots like in the link.
Post # 12
@grumpyoldman: Just so you know, the “kids” are charging a grand now for a full day….the pro’s around 2-4K.
Post # 13
@anne B: Eeek. Well, since you put it out there I feel like I should say something so brides without photography knowledge don’t get the impression that photographers blow out an image like that on purpose, because it just looks bad. In that photo I see one awkward cut off limb, a floating bouquet, and absolutely no detail or clear focus. I read this image as a throw away that someone has tried to turn into a keeper. I’m sort of in the mindset that there’s never a reason to blow an image like that and that 99% of the time it’s a mistake or is used to cover up another mistake. Blown out images are hard to look at and look terrible printed.
Post # 14
the above picture isnt one of mine, but i do think it has something about it that i like. it was taken by a friend of mine, and the exposure wasnt like this……she edited it to look this way, and the real picture is much better than this one i uploaded. i HAVE blown out pics on purpose before and they have come out really nice, and also as someone above said, i have salvaged a pic that wasnt meant to be like blown out but it worked.
Sometimes it DOES look nice. also what is quite popular for photographers to do now (i dont like it myself) but to do faded muted colours, to make it look like a faded 50 year old phototgraph. if i am asked to do that i will, but i never offer it.
there are photography trends, like the selective colour and textured looking photographs, but you cannot beat the plain old bang on exposure.
Post # 15
@anne B: What you are referring to is a “vintage look.” It’s the “in” thing right now and everyone is doing it. Many say it’s overdone, but the style has not run it’s course yet. I, myself don’t think there is anything wrong using different styles. I offer vintage type shooting and editing because my clients want it. I also do 1-2 selective coloring images as part of the set when appropriate and sometimes they are a big hit, sometimes not. I think as a photographer, dated or not, we should be using all of the styles available to us, new and old. It’s not about what other photographers think, it’s about what the client wants.
The vintage look is more than editing, you have to shoot a certain way and use the right lens. I believe it got popular because it’s a way to shoot using only natural light, and with all the newbies out there not knowing how to use flash, well they just starting shooting into the sun and getting flared, washed-out photos. Many of these can be salvaged if you edit them vintage style and mute the colors and pull down the contrast……and for some reason people took a liking to this style. I don’t mind it, I don’t have to lug all my lighting equipment with me to get a normal exposure with nice lighting and good contrast. Here is one I did for a client a few weeks ago, no matter what I think of it, the facebook comments went viral……….so say what you want, but I did my job 🙂
Post # 16
@user876……i didnt actually SAY anything?
and i actually really like that picture very much. and you and i know that that is how it was meant to look, but some people would think it was faded and not sharp enough.
i do know its the style and its meant to look this way.
and like you said, its not what we want its what they want, and if they are paying me, guess what? i am gonna do it, but some styles i dont like, some i do. i do do selective colouring but i do think its getting old…….having said that, its because we as photographers see it all the time, maybe the bride wants it because she has seen one in her friends album, and thinks it looks so cool and unique.
my favorite is black and white, and i always put some in an album.