(Closed) Why don't dress details sometimes show up well in photos?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1332 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would guess it has something to do with the lighting.

Post # 4
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
394 posts
Helper bee

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. 

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