A wedding photographer has many challenges. One that frustrates me is wind. Sometimes it can add a graceful elegance to your photos. Other times, it just messes them up.
This last weekend, I was helping a friend shoot a wedding as her assistant. We had the bride out by the pond. There was great light and a light breeze. Then, once we got the bride posed, the wind shifted ever so slight making her hair blow in her face. As the assistant, I kept tucking her hair back, but to no avail, it kept going in her face.
Here is one of the shots I got in between tucking hair behind her ears.
I really like the composition of the photo and the lighting. However, I didn’t like the hair going across her face and under her nose. So, I thought I would try to Photoshop it out. Erasing is the easy part though. Recreating what is supposed to be in the place of the hair is a little more challenging though.
I tried to recreate her jaw line, skin and lips that were covered up by the hair with the clone tool. This could have been easier had I taken a photo similar to this pose, but unfortunately I did not. In the other shots, she is smiling and therefore her face and lips have a different shape. So I did the best I could with my skills. I cloned skin tones and blended them. I was not quite happy with her lips though as they still looked a bit distorted. So I made the photo black and white and adjusted the brightness and contrast to basically mask it some since I was afraid to over work it.
After doing all of this, I noticed the crease of skin above her dress line from the way she is turned. As a girl, I know I would want this fixed so I gently erased the line. That, I was pleased with.
All of this is my submission for the After Before Friday Forum for this week. The challenge, which is hosted by Stacy at Visual Venturing, has photographers show a before and after shot of their work. Their edit can be dramatic or subtle. Their picture. Their choice.
If you are not familiar with the challenge, just click on the badge below to check out Stacy’s post this week. It is a great community of photographers that I am so glad I found. 🙂