The process of image editing involves the correction of imperfections resulting from either the limitations of photographic equipment or from time and space constraints of a wedding schedule. Our image editing process is designed around one goal: to take great images and fashion them into spectacular images. Below are just a few steps of our process.
Straightening and Cropping
An image with a horizon that isn't perfectly horizontal or an object with vertical lines that aren't perfectly vertical will create a tilting, unbalanced feeling. Unless this is the intended effect (for example, to convey movement), we straighten images so that these horizons and vertical lines appear as we see them in real life.
Some images contain unwanted elements (for example, a passerby or a bright red exit sign) that distract from the main subject. Other images may not have the subjects in the ideal section of the frame and thus have a bad visual flow. In these cases, we crop (cut off) the unwanted parts and leave only the good parts.
Exposure and Contrast
The amount of light from a scene that is recorded by the camera is called exposure. If the exposure of an image is too dark or too bright, or if the subject is not sufficiently illuminated, the message and impact of the image is weakened. We optimize the exposure of every image to strengthen the image.
Contrast, defined as the difference between the darkest and brightest areas of the photo, may need adjusting as well. Non-directional lighting results in low contrast images, while point lighting (for example, the sun) results in high contrast images. We adjust the contrast of such images to produce a gradual, naturally lit image.
Some artificial light sources, or light reflecting off non-white surfaces, illuminate the scene with a coloured tint. In certain situations, such as a warm candlelit scene, this tint may be desirable to convey a romantic feeling. In other situations, the tint may make the image look unnatural. We adjust the colour in such images to bring the light to a neutral level and make it look more realistic.
Colour in an image can also be dull due to lighting conditions. In this case, we would increase the saturation of some or all colours. Our image editing process includes colour adjustment to give images greater impact.