8 Simple Tips to Editing Wedding Photos like a Pro
Get clued up on these basic photo editing tips for wedding photo fixing, then use the Photo Enhancer features of Wedding Studio to do the job with just one click.
So you got your buddy Bob to take your wedding photos. You give him a keg of booze and he sends you a hard disk with over 1000 images. Good old Bob did an amazing job and saved you thousands of dollars versus hiring a professional photographer. Now you think you can write a book about how to save money in DIY wedding pictures! 😉 But Bob’s no pro. Sure, he’s got an expensive camera and a good eye for composition, but there were stuff he couldn’t control like the dim lighting in the chapel, and your bridesmaid’s flushed face after her third champagne…
Now’s the time to use photo editing software to take your wedding photos to pro levels. Here are 8 top tips you need to know before you muck around with your wedding photos.
Learn the best tips for editing your Wedding Pictures
Whether it’s an action shot where the composition is highly off balance or a group portrait shot that just needs a little tweaking, photo cropping is one of the most basic tools in your photo editing arsenal. What used to require literal trimming and slicing in the old days of photography can now be accomplished with the click of a mouse. Be sure not to over-crop, however, or your images will look tight and cramped. Its also fashionable to crop into a square 1:1 aspect ratio. For making slideshows, however, a 16:9 ratio is a better option. Just sayin’.
2. Eliminate Noise
“Noise” refers to tiny random fuzzy specks on photos taken in low-light. It distracts from the foreground, focus and overall effect of the image. It is usually present in certain areas of some photos (especially the dark colors) or across the entire image in others that were taken in low light. Regardless of the source, photo fixing and photo editing can easily reduce or eliminate the noise that’s lowering the quality of your wedding pictures. With the Photo Enhancer, denoising (that’s the jargon for this step) is done in a single click.
3. Brighten It Up
The brightness level is another important consideration when editing your wedding photos. Many photos can appear too dark, but a simple slide of the brightness bar (or raising the level in terms of number or percentage) can be all it takes to magically brighten the scene. If you’re not sure about the ideal brightness level for maximizing detail and optimizing an image, Wedding Studio can help. It does this by analyzing the photo and automatically calculating what amount of brightness to let through its filters.
4. Optimize Contrast
Optimizing the levels of contrast is like a close cousin of adjusting brightness or exposure in your wedding photos. Again, finding the perfect balance of highlights and shadows can be daunting to someone who isn’t experienced in using traditional photo editing software. Wedding Studio’s presets makes photo fixing radically easy by automating the process intelligently. Now you don’t have to pull sliders over each one of those images till you get cross-eyed.
5. Fix Flaws with the Clone Tool
The appearance of blemishes, wrinkles and shadows can reduce the quality of your wedding photos. However, a few clicks of the cloning tool can make it look like those flaws were never there. It’s important not to overuse this tool, as this can make photos look unnatural. Using professional, automated photo editing software can help to eliminate the guesswork of photo fixing so that you get consistent and beautiful results every time.
6. Dodge and Burn
These tools offer subtle ways to refine your photos and make them the very best images possible. Dodging refers to nudging out more highlights and light areas in the photos, while burning allows you to bring out more data and detail from areas that may have become too light or washed out. Using the dodge and burn tool effectively requires a refined eye and can often take years of practice..
7. Color Vibrancy
Color levels determines if your photos “pop” with life, or is presented as a dull image as if you have a siln veil across your lens. Digital cameras captures light using Red, Green and Blue sensors which then mix them in different proportions to recreate the amazing variety of colors the human eyes can see and the human brain can remember. If a camera leans too heavily toward red, green or blue, this can throw off the net effect of the image and its impact. Was it a blue or lilac evening gown?
Fortunately, photo editing software can make it easy to adjust the color balance in your wedding photos – if you have an eye for it. If not, it’s best to leave it in the hands of an automated photo editing solution like muvee Wedding Studio. It has patented color science technology to correctly recreate the dynamic color spectrum of the real world as the eye sees it. Try it! It really is quite amazing!
8. Fix Blurriness with the Sharpness Tool
When taking hundreds of photos throughout a long day, it’s understandable that your Bob the shooter will snap some that are out of focus. This is especially true of candid or action shots. The sharpness tool can help you to salvage what would otherwise be throwaway images. Take care not to oversharpen, through, or images can start to look unnatural or even cartoon-like. The presets in Photo Enhancer will add the perfect level of sharpness to your photos and give each and every one a more professional quality.
Photo editing requires a steady hand and a fair amount of knowledge and experience in all of the areas described above and more. There are no shortcuts to experience and a good eye. Fortunately our engineers have managed to put in the most popular and useful “tricks of the trade” by pro photographers out there into a bunch of one-click smart presets.