Your wedding day is considered by many to be the most important photo shoot of your life, and it is only natural that you want to look your best in your wedding album – after all, these photos are a lasting reminder of a very special day. But this also raises the question of whether or not to have your wedding photos retouched – what is it? Should you do it? How much is too much? Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, and every couple should decide what is right for them, but here are some things to consider.
Gentle retouching or ‘Photoshopping’ can lend a professional appearance to your photos, whether it is altering the white balance to make your dress ‘pop’, erasing a rogue strand of hair or using different lighting effects to create a certain mood. Most professional photographers, including your wedding photographer, will make subtle edits in post production without compromising the integrity of the image, and the results can be stunning. For instance, in the example above, Hitz Rao has used a monochrome effect that gives the image a timeless, classic feel.
However, when post production goes too far you could be left with an image that barely even looks like you – and this is to be avoided at all costs. Your wedding album should show the real you, so avoid photographers that have a track record of digitally ‘perfecting’ their models’ body shapes and faces. The so-called ‘imperfections’ they edit away may be the very things that make you uniquely beautiful. Who wants teeth whitened to the point where they look fluorescent, or skin so airbrushed that it looks flat and lifeless? If you are not sure what over-editing looks like, Google ‘Photoshop fails’ and you will quickly understand why this is to be avoided on your wedding day.
So where is the balance? Let us turn to Verily, the first women’s magazine to feature only ‘no Photoshop’ photographs. The editors made this bold decision in order to present a more realistic image of female beauty that doesn’t deny the existence of such ‘imperfections’ as pores, laughter lines and bodily curves. However, the magazine makes an important distinction: while they never digitally alter a model’s face or body, they still use Photoshop to alter the lighting, resolution and other ‘technical’ aspects of the image that bring it up to print standards. We think that Verily has found a great balance, using post production to bring photos to life without over-editing – and celebrating natural beauty!
For many couples, a similar approach can be applied to your wedding photos. Photoshop is a powerful tool that can be used to enhance your images, or destroy them, so it is important to work with a photographer that has found the balance and whose attitude towards post production lines up with your own.
If you choose, Hitz Rao can expertly retouch your photographs with complete respect for your natural beauty. For fashion photo shoots, he can also use digital techniques to create artistic effects that bring your creative vision to life. Hitz would be happy to chat to you about wedding photography, post production, or to answer any questions you may have.