Before & Afters : Bridesmaid Amy #1

Ever since I started studying photography I was immensely fascinated with the editing process in photography. For me, the whole bit in between snapping an image to the final print was the juicy bit I wanted to get my hands on and what really got my creative juices flowing. Nobody ever sees the original image or what goes on when the image is in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop and photographers are usually sceptical about letting us take a peek. I certainly was that guy who went digging to find what was going on behind the scenes. So to satisfy anyone who is like me and loves seeing what an image started as, I'm sharing my Raw Image/Files with anyone who wants to see them and to satisfy those who want to try editing the images in their own style – you’re free to work your magic, just make sure you share your results! 

To get the ball rolling on the Before & After Journey, the first image I'm sharing with you all is the gorgeous portrait of Bethany & Matthew's Bridesmaid, Amy. Bethany & Matthew's Wedding was back in 2014 and I thought this portrait would be just the image for people to try their own edits at. So stating the obvious, one of the first things I did in post production was to convert this portrait to black & white; I had an idea as I shot this image that it would make a fantastic B&W. I just love how it 'pops' in monochrome. 

Another thing you may notice with the colour RAW file is that I shoot auto white balance, shooting a wedding is a very busy day and I try and minimise the amount of fidgeting I do with my camera settings. I'd rather shoot RAW images that allow me to change my white balance with a click of a button than spend 1 or 2 minutes on each shot perfecting the correct balance. Always take note that white balance can also affect a monochrome image, most people kind of forget this, but it really does. 

Another thing you may notice with the colour RAW file is that I shoot auto white balance, shooting a wedding is a very busy day and I try and minimise the amount of fidgeting I do with my camera settings. I'd rather shoot RAW images that allow me to change my white balance with a click of a button than spend 1 or 2 minutes on each shot perfecting the correct balance. Always take note that white balance can also affect a monochrome image, most people kind of forget this, but it really does. 

Have fun and share your results on the Facebook Post!

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