| A Note on Re-Touching |

Vancouver Wedding Photographers

Here’s a fun before and after.

Just another day in our indoor office; I say indoor because our office is usually anywhere and everywhere in our beautiful city. But today we are in our loft; working through images, replying to emails, and playing with our kittens… Just another day :p

We have always told our clients and fellow photographers who ask,that we take the post-production on our images very seriously. Nothing can replace good lighting, good composition or a well- thought out concept, however we strongly feel that good image treatment is essential to taking an image from “Good” to “GREAT”! And yes this means we re-touch every single image we deliver as a final product. We were teaching a module class on wedding photography a few months back at our former school (Langara’s Photo Imaging Program), and when we told the class that we retouch everything, they were all stunned. The idea of re-touching 400-600 final files from a wedding collection can seem like a daunting task.  And it kind of is!

Re-touching every image is time consuming and detail oriented, but we take it as part of our responsibility as image makers to fully control what the final outcome looks like. We do not out-source re-touching as we like having 100% control over our images.  It helps that in a past life I was a full time professional digital tech before jumping ship to take pictures of white dresses and pretty people.  We also have the help of custom short cut keyboards; Kubota Actions, Totally Rad Actions and Motiboto by DQ Studios. Oh and not to forget our glorious Wacom Tablets too;)

Here is a look at an image we shot at our latest Epic Session with Leyla & Ali. The first image is the un-retouched version with some Lightroom toning, curves and a light vignette. We think it already looks pretty cool. Thanks to some lighting from our super awesome assistant, Mark G, a low perspective as I was shooting right close to the ground with my 14mm lens and a pretty darn good looking couple, this image really doesn’t need much in the way of enhancement.

You can see the PhotoShop layers on the right, we’ve done nothing to this image at all, it is almost straight from camera, a little LR tweaking notwithstanding.


Same image below just with a little digital darkroom magic.


Photoshop can really be overdone is a lot of cases; liquifying, crazy textures and lots and lots of manipulation.  All these things we feel don’t always enhance most images. We generally try to avoid “nuking” a file with too much photoshop. This image, for example, hasn’t changed all that much. It was a great image to start with we just lightened some areas, darkened others, added selective contrasts, selectively sharpened things and took out a few distracting things. It’s still the same image; we just gave it a little polish.

Total time spent on this image, about 3 minutes. Without our delightful workflow tools, it would have probably taken a lot longer.

The key is to not overdo it, and nothing should really look all that “Photoshopped” or else it looks a little cheesy. We try to be artistically creative without overindulging in the absurd.

What do you think? Better after?

To be honest, some images need very little…maybe just a little sharpening of the eyes and skin smoothing. Or maybe all an image needs is a slight vignette. The point is we don’t think any image matters less than the next and they all deserve a good look before they are ever seen by our clients.

This is our art!

Thanks for reading:)

Dan (and Kat)

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| Shelly & Joseph | Wedding | 05.21.11 |

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Shelly and Joseph called us up to photograph their ceremony on their wedding day on May 21st, 2011.  Their ceremony took place at the Chapel at Minoru Park in Richmond.  It was a bit of a gloomy wet morning, but that didn’t stop Shelly and Joseph from having a heart felt ceremony and some fun in the rain! Some of Shelly’s bridesmaids’ flew in all the way from Japan and Taiwan for the wedding – awesome!  Shelly and Joseph are having a second wedding in China to include their families over there.  We only had two ours with Shelly and Joseph, but we captured lots and had tons of fun with them and their very out going wedding party  :)  Enjoy the pics. and all the best to you Shelly & Joseph!!undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

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| Lindsay & Heiko | Engaged |

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Remember that whole, “It’s a small world out there” thing I said in our last post?  Well to prove my point again, Lindsay and Heiko emailed us earlier this year to meet up and chat wedding photography.  We literally had the quickest meeting ever, about less than 15 minutes.  Will explain why momentarily.  Within that 15 minutes, we found out that Lindsay now works with our past client, Paul, the groom from the awesome duo Paul & Candace whose wedding we shot in 2009.  Then we found out that Lindsay and Dan went to the same highschool in Tsawwassen, and Lindsay’s younger brother was in Dan’s grad year.  I’m really starting to believe in this six degrees of separation thing!

Now the reason we had the world’s fastest consultation is that it was GAME NIGHT!!  It was probably me who didn’t realize I had set up the meeting to be during the game, and unfortunately, we also shot their engagement session during another game night.  So, huge apologies to Lindsay and Heiko, especially being right across from GM Place at the Olympic Village (it was a home game too!) and we could hear all the cheers for every time the Canucks scored.  Hopefully you guys won’t miss another game on our behalf!!  We had an awesome e-session though, so please enjoy!

A quick shout out to Ellen Ho who we bumped into as she was shooting her e-session too:)


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