The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Bold Images in Lightroom

Couple presets left to go through. Marfa, which we use on our backlit and sunlit photos. What it does is really increases the warmth in the image. It goes ahead and does a little bit of split toning as well as adjustments in the hue, saturation, luminance adjustments to really bring out that warmth that comes with sunlight. We'll go ahead and make the image a little bit brighter. Set the exposure here for our couple. Maybe just underexpose them ever so slightly. Adjust our white balance. Make them a little less pink. Once we're in the right ballpark we'll go ahead and take our adjustment brush set it to dodge and pass it over the bride and groom. What's important again is we don't want a big difference between our adjustment brush and the exposure in the image when we underexpose it ever so slightly and then bring that final touch of light through the dodging. This is the wedding after which this preset was designed so this is outside of Marfa in Texas and, as you can see, their ceremo...

ny just has this incredible backlight and that's why we named this preset Marfa. So we'll go ahead and adjust our exposure. Make it a little bit warmer. Adjust our pinks and greens. Go even brighter, give it more contrast, which works well on backlit images because it creates a bit of a haze over the photos. Same as when you're shooting in the rain or a cloudy day or any kind of reflection. Anything that adds a little bit of haze, well you can counter effect that by adding more contrast to the image. We'll take our dodge brush and bring out our bride and groom a little bit more, as well as the surroundings so that the quality of the light is, you know, falls very naturally on them. And we can go ahead and make just any final adjustments to the white balance, really preserve the warmth in the image and find the right coloring for it. (brief pause) I'll jump ahead to the Viejo preset which we use for preserving a lot of the ambient light in our images. What that does, again, it goes and gets a lot of the boldness in the colors while giving it a little bit more warmth which is what we want from candlelit photos or images that are really shot for mood. So this preset really preserves a lot of the mood in the images. Go ahead and adjust our exposure give it a little more contrast and fix our white balance so that we get the right balance of blues and yellows and pinks and greens. On this image, there's no dodging that's really needed on the bride. One thing that we do want to do, maybe is just apply our skin softening brush. This one has settings of minus ten on contrast and minus 80 on clarity and we don't want to pass it over on the entire image. We just wanna take a smaller brush and pass it over the skin part of the face So anything forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, neck and that's gonna really soften the skin. It's by no means the way that fashion retouchers do their retouching, but in the context of weddings, it's a great way to really make the editing a little bit more flattering on a bride. Again, using El Viejo. In this case we could have used Marfa which is meant for backlit images but Viejo is gonna really preserve a lot of the warmth and the color in the images as well. Go a little bit warmer. Fix the white balance, go brighter with more contrast. And then bring out our bride and groom with our dodging. If it's applied a little bit too much we'll just bring it down on the adjustment brush itself. And this kind of image, this is really what the preset El Viejo was designed for. It really preserves a lot of the mood and color in the image itself. So anything that's a chandelier or a candle, well, it's gonna go ahead and get that right white balance for that. So adjust our exposure. Adjust our white balance. Give it more contrast and go a tad brighter so we're not dodging our groom too much. Get as close as we can while preserving detail in the lights. And then dodge our groom as well as, you know, bring out a little more detail in the top of the frame. And take our dodge brush once more and apply a little bit more with a little bit more exposure so that he really stands out. So this approach is really what we're gonna do on our full gallery. It takes, I'd say, on average somewhere between eight and fifteen hours depending on the size of the gallery to edit a full wedding. Either Davina does it or our editor at The Image Salon.

Class Description

Wedding Photography is a hard and sometimes exhausting business. Finding ways to stay creative while continuing to capture timeless and classic imagery is important. Drawing from their own life experiences, Davina and Daniel Kudish capture the subtle nuances of their client's life stories at every wedding. In this course, they’ll discuss techniques to personalize each individual wedding to capture the stories and moments that make each couple unique.

They’ll discuss the formula to capturing stories and teach:

  • Pre-Wedding Conversation techniques with clients to help build your shot list
  • Utilize what you know about each couple to help approach capturing the day
  • Research and location scouting techniques
  • Capture the details that matter most
  • How to work with various lighting situations
  • Preserve the mood and capture natural moments
  • Composition and Framing
  • Shooting with variety
  • Create personal and creative portraits
  • Edit a slideshow and how to create an album

Davina and Daniel are known for capturing creative portraits and important moments that tell every unique love story. Join them to learn how to implement their formula to find and capture the creative story with every client.


1Class Introduction
2What Are "Epic" Images?
3The Slideshow Formula
4First Client Meeting
5Establish Client Relationship
6Expectation vs Preparation
7Pre-Wedding Checklist
8Gear for Photographing Weddings
9Capture The Subtleties
10Show The Connection
11Importance of Capturing Transitions
12Sidelines & Story Telling Details
13Anticipation & Patience
14Let The Scene Develop
15Sequencing in Numbers
16Successful "Anticipatience"
17Examples of Poor Reaction Time
18HTCG in 10
19Giving Direction
20Have Variety With Light & Composition
21Capture The Mood
22Take Advantage of Natural Light
23Be Creative With Video Light
24On-camera Flash For The Dance Floor
25Find Flattering Ambient Light
26Don't be Afraid of Tough Light
27Composition & Framing
28Lens Choice
29Keep it Simple
30Purpose of the Creative Portrait
31Scouting for the Creative Portrait
32Maximize a Location
33Unique Posing for a Creative Portrait
34Experiment with Your Photography
35Make The Image Personal
36Post Production Overview
37Stay Organized in Post Production
38Full Gallery Edits
39Lightroom Workflow Overview
40Bring Out Detail in Lightroom
41Black & White in Lightroom
42Landscape Images in Lightroom
43Bold Images in Lightroom
44Slideshow Edits
45Importance of The Slideshow
46Selecting Slideshow Images For a Large Wedding
47Culling Slideshow Images for a Large Wedding
48Complete Slideshow Example for a Large Wedding
49Slideshow Images for a Small Wedding
50Complete Slideshow Example for a Small Wedding
51Build a Business Around Storytelling
52Portfolio for Clients
53Importance of The Inquiry Reply
54Price List Best Practices
55How to Price Your Work
56Final Thoughts