Wedding Photography Editing Trends Part 2

Wedding Photography Editing Trends Part 2

Hey there and welcome back to our blog here at Weddit! In our previous article, we began to talk about the current wedding photography trends which clientele are loving at the moment. So, we thought that we’d share a few of these pointers with you (which will hopefully help you along in your line of work). So, if you’re interested in learning what the wedding photography editing trends are right now, just carry on reading this article as we talk you through the next three common wedding photography trends! (Catch up on Part 1 here).

Wedding Photography Editing Trends (N0. 4: De-saturated Elements) - A ‘de-saturated’ editing style means that all the colours in the image are very muted (or toned down). Bright colours like red roses, or bright greens from outdoor foliage are fairly pale in colour. Basically, what we mean is, they appear less bright in the image you’ve edited. Overall de-saturation across an image tends to make the skin look muted and washed out so, this is something to be aware of. The Bride won’t thank you for that! But, by using certain editing programs, there will be a way to add colour back into the Bride’s skin tone without affecting the rest of the image. So, there you go, everybody wins!

This style seems to be quite a popular style lately. It’s especially common for wedding shots that involve a fair amount of greenery (such as trees, bushes, flowers e.c.t). But after looking through a few examples of this type of editing, we’ve personally noticed that if you’re going to edit an image in this style, it’s better to tone down certain colours in an image rather than to tone down all of the colours in an image (leaving certain things alone... coming back to the topic of the Bride’s skin tone again for example or perhaps even foliage, as that helps to brighten up the image!).

Wedding Photography Editing Trends (N0. 5: HDR Editing) - HDR editing takes some time to get used to. By definition, the term ‘HDR’ means ‘high dynamic range’ of tones. This particular style of editing tends to work well with landscapes and nature images. It helps to bring out the colours, which makes landscape images pop! You can see our image below as an example of this type of editing technique...

HDR editing does not work well in all forms of photography though and by any means you should remember this! When it comes to wedding photography, we find HDR editing very jarring and super saturated. Colours (particularly skin tones) can look a little off key. But don’t misunderstand what we’re saying, it’s not impossible to make this type of editing work. After all, it is one of the most commonly requested types of wedding photography editing trends nowadays. In the example we have provided, you can see how the skin tones of both the Bride and Groom are saturated but not overdone. The editing is carried out beautifully! This is the finished look that you should try to aim for.

So, what do you think? If a saturated and contrasted type of image is your kind of thing as a photographer, you should check out HDR editing! But keep in mind that you might have to tone down the colours and contrast to suit your style. That’s just a little food for thought...

Wedding Photography Editing Trends (N0. 6: Black and White Wedding Photo Editing) - Some photographers only work in a black and white editing format for wedding photographs. But we do feel like weddings have a lot of colour and style elements to them which should be considered. These do not always translate well into black and white photographs. Certain images translate very well into a monochrome format and actually make you notice parts of the photograph which you didn’t see before. But just as it can make you notice the photography elements, it can also mask beautiful characteristics of a photograph.

Brides and Grooms often choose wedding colours to match their own personal style (which creates a wedding theme). If you were to convert every single photograph into a monochrome colour scheme, a lot of those beautiful details would be lost. That’s why it’s better to play around with these images after they’ve been taken in the post processing stage. That way, you can separate the images which look their best in black and white and which ones look better in colour. We recommend keeping copies of the original format for every image that you edit.

On the flip side, a black and white image is classic when edited well. Think about how iconic old black and white images of your grandparents are. There is almost no need for any explanation about dates, eras or even styles. Monochrome images could even be classed as ‘vintage’ when taken in this style. So, there is something rather special about this type of wedding photography editing trend. See the example below of a beautifully carried out black and white photography edit...

From our experience, in the wedding industry these days, there are so much more detail-oriented images out there (and that’s the kind that current clientele are after!). Nowadays, black and white wedding photography is styled to suit every colour palette out there! This type of editing has come a long way since the likes of your Grandparent’s wedding! It’s usually the said and done thing in today’s day and age to mix a few black and white wedding images into a client’s wedding portfolio. Those are often the ones they order to have printed and hung on their walls at home or sent to family members elsewhere.

Wedding Photography Editing Trends (The Conclusion) - As you have read, there are many different ways to edit your client’s wedding photographs. At the end of the day, it all boils down to personal preference and the kind of clients that you’d like to attract. When picking a style out (with the intentions of making it your own), think about the longevity of photos and potential printing issues. Also, keep in mind that your images will be easy to date if you choose a current trend over a classic one. On the flip side, classic wedding images will never go out of style! There is always a need for a recognition of their beauty.

We really hope that you’ve found our two articles on wedding photography editing trends informative! If you’d like to get in touch, please feel free to leave a comment down below to begin a discussion, or get in touch with us via our Instagram page @weddit.io. We’ll see you over there soon...

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