Pimped out Pictures #3

Lauren has been following my PhotoBlog for a little while now therefore I was more than happy to edit a couple extra pictures for her.

She sent in 8 and I selected 4 of them… on most cases I had two ideas in mind.



Not bad to begin with… Right?
We don’t always Pimp the bad pictures.

Brighten it up a touch.
Make the subject stand out.
Help the eyes and the hair to pop out.

Try it in another way for a totally different mood.

In wedding pictures it’s my opinion you can’t have “Normal” pictures…
They have to have that something special.
Or…. they’re normal 😦


ORIGINAL – A Good Picture!

Make her a bit more important by cropping out a bit of the unnecessary sides of the picture.
(Gotta cut off from the sides when you’re cropping to an 8×10 print anyway.)

When cutting the sides… I kept the left side with a decent border of the rt angled wall thing.
On the right I tried to make the diagonal line intersect at the corner.

I also straightened up the picture to make it a bit more even.

Again Brighten her up.
Here I helped out the rose a bit and the eyes… (not too hard to see here compared to the big file)

A little stronger picture with a different mood.
Stronger… by stronger contrasts and stronger blacks.
Plus the vignette adds a lot.

Which one is more pleasing to you?


Everything was evenly exposed which is nice…
But it doesn’t leave me with a lot to do.

Crop in a bit on the image a bit and brighten it up.
A really short 30 second edit on Lightroom.
(When you have an idea right up front what you want to do)


This couple portrait had such a strong hint of red/orange from the background.
It was my particular desire to change that up and pull them out of the background a bit.

Not completely pleased with it all…
but it’s hard when the colors of the scene permeated everything pretty well.
But it’s a try… Do you think it’s even better than the original?

Sometimes just turn it B&W and you forget all your color problems.
As much as I love Color (above BW) you can’t let it detract from the picture, sometimes.

Just goes to show in these edits… that sometimes small changes might not look like much… but they can make a big difference. Other times you can do some big edits (fast) and what they most serve to do is to change the Mood of the image.

Many of the changes a photographer can make will only show up in larger images… PRINTS.


~ by Scott on June 2, 2008.

2 Responses to “Pimped out Pictures #3”

  1. I think the brighten feature sometimes makes everything too bright, especially on the first edit. She blends a little into the wall and makes me want to squint. I really like the second edit of her sitting though… gorgeous shot, and really nice with the sharper edges.

  2. Well wedding dresses can be rough to work with sometimes. Specially those darn White ones.
    The camera sees so much white that it adjusts to make things underexposed.

    So when you bring the flesh tones into proper exposure the dress often has the tendency to go too bright.

    I really like the brightness on the face on image #1 edit but I can see what you’re saying on the rest.

    It is also hard when we’re looking at such small of pictures… because what I might like larger I sometimes don’t appreciate as much smaller.

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