It’s time for Mozingo Photography to get raw. Lets be real. Sometimes we take “not so good photos.” Every professional does every once in a while. But whether the photo is executed correctly in the camera or not, I don’t know any professional photographer (worthy of hiring, at least) in the digital era who doesn’t perform some sort of editing before handing off their photos to a client. Because it is such a huge portion of the work we do we wanted to shed some light on what kind of effort goes into making photographs really shine.
After a session we sort though the photos to pick the very best ones and then we edit every “keeper” photo to look its best. Some photos need a fair amount of retouching and others need only a little. Post production on the part of the photographer should be considered when looking at the investment of hiring a professional. So much of our time is spent editing photos to make them really sing!
It’s gutsy for us to share our unedited photos with the world but here are a few examples.
Below is a an example of how we can take a dull uninteresting photo and make it pop. The first is the unaltered RAW file directly out of the camera and the second is a touched up photo.
In this photo the white balance is slightly off. We were able to change it and alter the tone of their skin.
In this photo the flowers are super bright and the couple is shaded. This is an example of how we can use an adjustment brush in Lightroom to help the photo’s exposure look more even.
Sometimes, we love the photo in both color and black and white and will give our clients both edits.
And sometimes I love the photo better in black and white! (But often give the client both edits in case they don’t agree!)NOTE: The yellow bell bush is casting a yellow tint on the fella’s face. Black and white can mask any unwanted tints in skin tone.
Over the years, we have found that Nikon cameras interpret white balance (the way colors are designated for a photo) with a little more leaning toward blues and reds. They look a more “cool.” We always lean toward editing our photos a little on the “warmer” side. In the following photo you can see the difference moving from an original “cool” image to a “warm” one.
Now, one of our goals as professionals is to always build our skill set and get the exposure and composition correct in camera. We strive to master camera settings for different environments and situations. We also strive to learn new techniques with reflectors and extra lighting to get the exposure correct. This will significantly lessen our editing time and will always be a goal of ours. However, it is nice to know the occasional incorrectly exposed photo can be saved and made to look it’s best in the editing process.
Shout out and a huge thanks to Brittany and Bob for allowing us to share some of their engagement session! We can’t wait for their wedding in October.