Digital Image Enhancement

Many of you will be familiar with digital photography and digital image enhancement. You might have used software, for example, to remove red-eye, or brighten up the picture a touch, or you might have used one of a number of packages available to perform a wide array of “post-processing” to your shots. Whatever your experience in this area, here are a few pointers to ensure that you get – and demand – the right results from your Wedding photographer.

When working with any digital image, best results will be obtained when the photographer is using a colour-calibrated monitor. Can you be sure that the colours on the screen will be matched by the printed photograph? The subtle colours and tones of modern wedding attire make it essential that your finished photograph captures the beauty and delicate hues of your Wedding day.

In my opinion, less is definitely more when it comes to image enhancement, although don’t be afraid to ask your photographer for something just that little bit different. In my opinion, a very subtle effect being asked for at the moment is the “focal black and white”: this is where the underlying image is black and white, but a focal part of the image – for example the bride’s bouquet – are left in colour.

Digital Image Enhancement

Another effect which really captures the timeless intimacy of a wedding is the duotone – basically, black and white but in a different colour. Of course the most common of these is “Sepia” – the light tan coloured photographs – however a number of other colours lend themselves to this technique. Think about the colour theme for your wedding perhaps, or choose a pastel blue or ivory to warm up the image.

In addition to altering the colour balance of the picture itself, digital enhancement techniques make it possible to add a number of “special effects”. For example, the addition of “lens flare” can give the image a magazine-like quality, or effects which would be difficult in practice – for example bubbles – could be added. Continue reading “Digital Image Enhancement”

Choosing a Wedding Photographer

From all areas of professional photography, wedding photography has to be of the most demanding. The photographer has to turn everyday people into stars, making the most out of whatever locations, using natural lighting and a portable flash and working in various weather conditions and within a limited time.
Photographers work from a variety of locations including shops / studios, others work from home. On average, they will undertake 30 – 40 weddings per year; some will employ more photographers and will cover hundreds of weddings a year. Whichever photographer you decide to choose to capture your day, it is important that you are comfortable with your photographer. Ensure that you meet your photographer face to face; you wouldn’t want to find out on your day that you didn’t get on with your photographer. Are they friendly and relaxed, do they appear to be bossy?

The most important factor in choosing your photographer is to meet a number of photographers who specialise in the style which you are looking for. Some will only undertake work in the traditional or classic style, some will only work in the reportage, fun style, and some will cover both styles. The reportage style captures all of the fun and emotions of the day in a candid way. Most photographers will cover your day in a mixture of colour and black & white photographs.

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When making an appointment to view work, companies may send out a representative to discuss your package, some will be the photographers themselves, one golden rule is to make sure you are viewing work from the photographer who will be capturing your wedding day, and not just a good selection from various photographers. You must also ask to view a recent actual complete wedding. Is there a good mixture of groups, do the photographs show good detail in the faces and dresses, does the complete wedding picture tell the full story of the day? One thing you might consider when looking through samples, is there a mixture of photographs taken under different lighting conditions?

For most couples, the budget plays an important role into choosing the right photographer. Prices will vary and generally speaking, you get what you pay for. Some photographers will only charge a small amount, usually because they are not very good or are inexperienced, the more experience a photographer has, the more they will charge. There is nothing wrong with photographers with less experience, but they must still prove to you that they are still capable of doing the work that you require. The costs will vary on the number of hrs that the photographer expects to be at your wedding, the amount of photographs they estimate to take on the day, the quality and type of album offered to you within the package. Some photographers will include all of the proofs taken. Make sure you know exactly what you are getting for your money. Can the photographer offer reprints for the guests, albums for parents, and at what cost?

Checklist

•    Meet a number of photographers before making your final decision.
•    The samples, were they taken by the photographer who will cover your day?
•    Can they show you a complete wedding, and not just a sample of pictures?
•    Do the samples cover a variety of lighting conditions?
•    The complete album, does it tell the full story of the wedding
•    The complete album, does it show good detail in the dresses?
•    The complete album, does it show good expression in peoples faces?
•    Do the group shots look tidy with everyone looking at the camera?
•    Have they worked at your chosen venue, if not will they check it out beforehand?
•    Make sure you know exactly what the cost is and what is included within price.

Contemporary Wedding Photography

Things to Consider When Hiring Contemporary Wedding Photography Services

Contemporary wedding photography is more spontaneous and relaxed. And instead of using film, most contemporary photographers now use digital equipment. So when hiring a photographer, take note that you don’t only need portraits and but you need to capture the most important and the most emotional parts of the wedding too. In short, what you are really looking for are photos that will tell the story of your wedding.

Quantity versus Quality

In your search for contemporary wedding photography services you would normally be given packages. In every package, you would be told how many pictures the photographer is going to take and how many he is going to print. Then the size and number of albums would also be there. At times, the number of hours is also included in the contract. You may at first think that it would be best to have the most pictures printed. However, with budget constraints you would have to limit the number of photos in the end if you want to get quality photos. Quantity would have to take a back seat for quality. That’s because for a certain budget, you could end up with a less skilled photographer if you insist on getting as many prints and as many albums. Of course, a reasonable number of photos are also required in order to greatly capture the special moments of your wedding.

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Portraits versus Spontaneous Shots

The best contemporary wedding photography would consist of great portraits and more spontaneous shots. With the digital technology of today, a lot more possibilities are permitted. Professional photographers who are more equipped would have the capacity to take more photos at a given time. That is why it is now more possible to capture every blink and every movement of both the bride and the groom. But then skill is quite important in the selection of shots. The best contemporary wedding photographer would be able to get the shots at the best angles. He also would not forget to document the dress, shoes and other accessories of the bride, the groom and even the entourage as well. Then of course, he would be able to capture the sweet and emotional moments between the parents and the bride or the groom. Most of all, he would also be able to bag every emotion of the bride and the groom too. The series of events are as important as well.

Proof before Hiring

Before you decide on the kind of wedding photos you want, you need to see the portfolios of the photographers you are considering to hire. This will give you an idea of what kind of shots you want for your wedding. Of course, if you already have an idea of what you want viewing their portfolios would tell you which photographer would be able to produce the best contemporary wedding photography. Then as you talk with the photographers, you would also know which one you would be comfortable with. This is also important since this will greatly affect the kind of photos you will get in the end.

Indian Wedding Photography

Tips in Finding the Best Indian Wedding Photography

If traditional weddings are quite an event, so much more are Indian weddings. There is so much color in the outfits and there is so much ceremony to take note of. So if you want all of these documented, you need to get the best Indian wedding photography. On the other hand, as the couple you would want your special day to be remembered in the years to come. Your photos would be the only remembrance you would have of your wedding. So you really need hire the best Indian wedding photographer you can afford.

Find Photographers Who Specialize on Indian Wedding Photography

As mentioned, Indian weddings have a lot of ceremonies. That’s why you need someone who already knows what’s going on. Take note that your photos need to tell the story of your wedding too. And so the best Indian wedding photography would be that which captures every emotion and activity in the whole wedding ceremony. A photographer who specializes in Indian wedding photography would also have the experience in capturing the best angles and the most important parts of the wedding. He would even be able to play with the colors and capture the significance of every part of the ceremony as well. So in the end, you will really get a more meaningful remembrance of your wedding.

Check Portfolios

Aside from experience, you should also check the quality of Indian wedding photography you will be getting. One way to check this is to check out the portfolios of the Indian wedding photographers you are looking into hiring. After all, if they are truly Indian wedding photographers they would have great portfolios to show for their work. In their portfolios you would be able to get an idea how great your pictures will look. In meeting with the photographers you would also get to know them. This is an important part in the hiring process because your working relationship with your photographer would affect the kind of Indian wedding photography you would get. This could also be the chance to give your ideas on how you want your wedding photos to be as well.

Check Packages and Prices

After checking the quality, it would be time to check the Indian wedding photography prices. Depending on the experience and the skill of the photographers the rates could have a wide range. Of course, if you consider only topnotch Indian wedding photographers the rates would more or less be similar. Nevertheless, you should still look closer to every package offered to you. Packages from various photographers could differ in services so you have to take note what each offers. So even if the price of two packages is the same, one could be cheaper than the other. And even if one package is priced lower, it could still come out more expensive.

To choose the best Indian wedding photography, you have to balance not just the packages and the price but the quality as well. Once you choose which photographer to hire, you have to discuss your specific requirements with him. This would give the photographer an idea of your expectations so he can better serve you and you will get the best story of your wedding too.

International Wedding Photographer

Increasing numbers of couples from the UK are choosing to get married abroad rather than the more ‘traditional’ route of a civil or church wedding in the UK. Despite the abundance of great wedding venues in the UK ranging from hotels to country houses to castles and marquees, the one thing we can’t depend upon is the weather. That isn’t to say that the sun always shines overseas or that all destination weddings are ‘sunshine’ weddings as many countries can be as equally changeable as the UK with regard to the weather. Caribbean wedding photography and New Zealand wedding photography are just two classic examples of where the weather can change in an instant!

Getting married abroad for many couples, is not just about getting ‘better’ weather, but can also be for a number of other reasons including cost and ‘atmosphere’. Prague is a classic example of a city with atmosphere, stunning architecture and a fantastic location for a wedding.

Cost first of all, – getting married in the UK is expensive…or at least, can be expensive. Getting married abroad does not necessarily mean expensive (or cheap), but generally costs are lower overall. Perhaps not for the guests, but with regards to the total cost (to the couple and family) compared with an equivalent wedding to a wedding in the UK. For this reason alone, many choose to marry in far flung destinations, but for many, it’s something else.

Atmosphere. There’s something that extra bit ‘special’ getting married abroad and that something ‘special’ is a holiday feel on top of the normal wedding ‘atmosphere’. Couple and guests tend to be a little more relaxed as that holiday feeling compensates for some of the stresses and strains of organising and orchestrating a wedding. The Amalfi Coast in Italy is a classic example of a relaxed atmosphere in a stunning location for a wedding.

So international wedding photography , – is it any less important…or even more important? We would say the latter as the opportunity for documenting the day is even further enhanced by the extra opportunities and this is something that should never be left to a friend, amateur or non-specialist…and that is exactly what Firehorse International Photography are, – specialist destination wedding photographers with experience of photographing weddings on 4 continents.

As an international wedding photographer, Simon Mark Whitten has photographed and been commissioned to cover weddings ranging from hotels in Ireland and Greece, to the grandeur of The Waldorf Astoria in New York, to French chateaux weddings, Italian Lake weddings, to an exclusive golf resort in China, to a converted mill in New Zealand and beach weddings in Mexico and Australia. We love unique wedding destinations, especially the stunning areas of France including Champagne Ardenne, Corsica and Pitou Charentes to add that little extra spice and inspiration to our photography.

Anywhere particular that we’d still like to go? Many places, but particularly weddings in Paris (France full stop), weddings in Venice, weddings in Morocco and Marrakech and we’d love to receive a commission for a wedding in Rajasthan, India. We’re fired up about overseas wedding photography, – how about you?!!

If you would like more information on destination wedding photography and international wedding photography in France including Paris and Chateaux, the Loire Valley, Normandy, the Dordogne, the French Riviera, Picardy and Languedoc-Roussillon, Italy including Rome, Ireland and Dublin, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and anywhere in the Carribean including Jamaica, Antigua, Mexico, the Bahamas and Bermuda or the USA.

Weddings and Wedding Photography in the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a spectacular destination for weddings all year round and is becoming increasingly popular for Italian Wedding Photography. The Amalfi Coast is situated at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto surrounded by dramatic cliffs and stunning coastal scenery and is one of the most popular Italian wedding locations.

The Amalfi Coast is full of colour and warmth. The beautiful romantic sunsets and colourful homes make the Amalfi Coast a charming and exquisite wedding location. Weddings on the Amalfi Coast can take place in ancient churches, romantic gardens, breathtaking terraces or simply on the beach.  An experienced Amalfi Coast wedding photographer such as Simon Whitten, will ensure the true romantic beauty of this idyllic location will be captured and enhance your wedding photographs. Whether you prefer a contemporary or modern style of wedding photography, with Simon Whitten’s wealth of experience, he will ensure this stunning location compliments your wedding photographs beautifully.  The time to get married in Amalfi is from March until November although, if you choose to get married in the winter months, the temperature is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Amalfi Coast is a perfect location for weddings in Italy with many different types of wedding ceremonies available to the bride and groom at this enchanting area from Civil, Catholic, Protestant and Symbolic ceremonies. With such breathtaking scenery, a professional international wedding photographer such as Simon Whitten, will capture the pure delights the Amalfi Coast has to offer providing you with your dream wedding photographs.   After the ceremony, you have the delights of your wedding reception to look forward to. With the coast as a stunning backdrop to your wedding location, you may chose to have your wedding reception held at a refined Five Star Hotel overlooking the sea, where you and your guests will enjoy a first class wedding banquet. If you have decided to have a more intimate wedding reception, a delightful restaurant next to the sea with a view of Amalfi would be a charming choice taking in the panoramic views and dramatic scenery.

The Amalfi coastline on the south side of the Bay of Naples is truly stunning with perfect views, rocky coves and lush vegetation, it is one of the most famous and desirable coastlines making it a popular choice of wedding destination for brides and grooms. The most picturesque area is that around Ravello, Amalfi and Positano. If you are getting married on the Amalfi Coast and are looking for an experienced Amalfi Coast wedding photographer, please contact Simon Whitten through the contact form on the contact page.