wedding photo Critiques

This section of the site will be devoted to wedding photography critiques and ways to help make you a better photographer. We will review photos and portfolios, to show things to improve, and how to be a better editor. If you'd like to submit photos or a portfolio to be critiqued, fill out a form below and yours may be chosen for review.

Here is one of my own images I'm critiquing as an example. On the left is the original file, on the right is the "as much as possible in post" edit. I'd take longer usually in photoshop but for this example it shows it's easily done. And it took about 5 minutes.

  1. That little light hiding away in the top corner of the frame... It bugs me that it's there and that it's hard to remove in post. I feel that it fights for your attention after you've looked at the gentleman's face. What I should have done and things to keep in mind - I should have lowered myself by bending at the knees. This would have eliminated my problem completely, or zoomed in by lens or stepping forward.
  2. This little blazer opening isn't something we notice or care too much about when we're looking to catch emotional moments. However, upon review I'm not keen on it. I doubt the client would notice, let alone ever ask for it's removal. It's pretty unavoidable unless the angle of shooting is changed, but the emotion is the most important aspect. If I wanted to remove this, I'd probably clone and patch tool in photoshop.
  3. The girl's head poking into the frame. She has very blonde hair and pale skin which, to me, pulls attention away from our subject and causes the eye to wander the frame. Stepping to camera left would have left her out of the frame completely. Removing her in post would be very hard and a long process. Instead, I'd darken her slightly. 
  4. I didn't put a number 4 down, but this applies to the whole image and it depends on usage of your photos. I left alot of headroom at the top of the photo, which if it's getting a title across the top, it'd be fine. Usually I prefer photos cropped a little tighter by a longer lens or stepping closer. The space in this photo isn't negative space, it's just wasted space.
  5. Lastly is the composition and perspective. By leaving the space at the top, I've left the guys head in the centre of the frame. It looks ok but it'd probably be more striking if it was on a powerpoint. The perspective looks like I was standing (I was) and looking just above everybody. By lowering myself and stepping closer I could have shot a tighter frame, eliminating problems 1, 3 and possibly 2, whilst making the subject the only point of focus.