Post Processing – Chris
Hey everyone! Chris here with a blog post that revolves around what we call post-processing. A lot of clients, and individuals in general, don’t fully understand what post-processing is, why it is necessary, and what additional challenges it can bring to the table when putting some final touches on the memories we have captured for you.
Let’s start during a shoot (best place anyway!). During the opportunity to capture your memories there are literally a ton of things that are taken into account. Just a small list of those things includes available light, temperature of the light, shadows produced by artificial lights, objects that don’t jive with the image itself, sudden photobombs (this happens ALL the time!), and a myriad of other things. After filling our memory cards with your smiles, emotion, and the amazing memories you let us capture, we enter the post-processing phase. Yes, photographing any event for you is also an event for us. We tackle this in phases of preparation, application (the shoot itself), post-processing, then getting together with YOU to present how awesome you are!
During post-processing we take the thousands (literally!) of memories and attempt to find the very best ones. We look for all sorts of things but the image has to convey the atmosphere, the feeling, the “moment” itself, and other emotional aspects. After we sort through all the images we may like one image but someone had to blink. Then we go to the next image and there is cat photobomb. Then we go to the next ima… you get it. In post-processing all is never lost (not always at least!). We can make any adjustment you would want by request as well. If you want to have the background of your wedding set on a martial landscape well, we can do that!
During this process we may focus on wrinkles, blemishes, and other artifacts that are image stealers. Even if the image itself is literally perfect from every aspect there can still be things that “steal” your eye away from what the image is all about. Even very tiny wrinkles can cast a small shadow looking like an outline, blemishes could show up through a flash, that darn cat, someone could blink, etc. We aim to fix those things to bring the eye to the center of the action and not to some artifact that you can’t ever unsee.
We rarely get into “airbrushing” but we are absolutely capable of it. Remember, if you request anything, we can pretty much make that happen for you! Our goal is to provide the most natural looking image with the least amount of tweaks and removing of artifacts so that the moment is remember naturally.
What are the major limitations of Photoshop or post-processing? Well, for starters, sometimes things just cannot be fixed. An example of this would be a family portrait of blinking people where every picture has someone’s eyes closed. In this extreme situation, it is possible to literally cut the heads off people in the “desirable” images to get one solid image where everyone has their eyes open. When doing this you risk a lot. Shadows may not fall correctly, slight wrinkles in shirt fabric could not line up, or the shot itself looks unnatural. If someone cut your head off and put it on someone else’s body that wouldn’t be natural anyway! This just exemplifies that although the preference would be to reshoot and get a great picture this is not always the case. This level of post-processing is extremely time consuming as well.
The larger misconception of post-processing is that it is a few clicks of some buttons and voila, you’re done. If that was the case, every person on Earth would be an award winning photographer. Post-processing is a very time consuming process because it requires extreme attention to detail to literally thousands of images. Without this attention to detail someday you may notice an artifact, a wrinkle, a blink, and you will never “unsee” those as time goes on. Our goal is that the memory we’ve captured is exactly as you lived it whether it be wild and crazy or relaxed and comfortable.
In closing we capture memories. We help people remember and relive perfect moments of their lives and that is the most rewarding part of it all. We can get you to smile or make a serious face. We could even replace your head with the head of that darn cat, but at the end of the day, your memory is serious business and we take it that way. Seeing you smile when you instantly relive those memories and seeing how perfect they truly are is the very best part and exactly why we do this!
Hopefully this gives a little insight on post-processing and the complexities involved with it. We can tailor any photo to any person and deliver on any request so challenge us! After all, doesn’t a wedding on Mars sound amazing?!
Hey, it’s Jennifer. I edit the posts so I thought I would sneak in here and give a shout out to my mom! It’s her birthday today!!! Happy Birthday Mom! Love you!