Now we ar e ready to start selecting and processing our images. My image editor of choice is Photoshop’s Lightroom although, I also have Aperture which is Apple’s equivalent – there are of course other brands available.
I begin this process by uploading my first sub folder (normally Bridal Preparation) into Lightroom. In the Library element of Lightroom I look at every image individually and ‘flag’ those images that I consider good enough to merit further processing – I do this by using the ‘pick’ function (p on the keyboard).
It is worth mentioning that the selection process at this stage is very important and worth spending a little time on as the number of images that you select at this stage will determine how long this process is going to take to complete. I am almost embarrassed to say that my ‘Lightroom’ stage will normally take me at least 3 full days and yes you can infer from that, that I am rubbish at selecting my own photographs or more accurately I find it so difficult to overlook any image that even slightly resembles a good image.
So in an effort to preach something that I find hard to practice, be disciplined at this stage and only select those images that fall into the ‘wow’ category.
Having flagged those images that I consider good enough to make it through to the next stage, I now select all of those flagged images and move them into the ‘Develop’ Section of Lightroom.
I consider that this is the most important stage of the whole wedding photography process. It’s great to get that exposure and composition right in the camera as this will reduce your time in Photoshop immensely but for lots of reasons that is not always possible. For example I will deliberately under expose images shot in low light conditions so that I can achieve the speed I need – I would much rather have an under exposed image that I can correct in Lightroom than a blurred image that I can do nothing with.
So, this is the place to get that exposure just how you want it and also allows you the opportunity to straighten and crop your images. Don’t under-estimate the value of cropping - the crop you apply to your image can turn an average image into a stunning image and I also believe that straightening an image and correcting converging verticals are a couple of routines that will set your images aside from those captured by the average wedding guest.
Lightroom is a brilliant piece of software and very user friendly – there is little point in taking you through my Lightroom process – if you have Lightroom you will have developed your own method of working but basically I just start at the top of the sliders and work my way to the bottom until I have the image just as I want it.
I save each image processed through Lightroom to a new sub folder on my desktop i.e ‘Bridal Preparation – After Lightroom’.