Stephen Levitas  

Getting the Bride Ready by Stephen Levitas

June 2020 - Getting the Bride Ready

June 2020 - Stephen Levitas


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This is an old shot from one of many events I have attended. I hope this one has a bit more interest than the standard “all in a row” wedding shot. Unfortunately, the bride was holding a large fan. I did mostly manage to get rid of the blue hanging ornament from behind her head.

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10 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
(Group 74)
Bride posing for a best portrait photo while her friend dealing to put earring with great care. Eyes of both ladies telling their targets. Summer wed dress of lady on the left looks like Turkish Anatolian hand knit dresses. Good edited, well-done Stephen.   Posted: 06/01/2020 04:18:09
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Thank you, Ata. This was taken on the terrace of our Alaçata, Turkey home, and I am sure you are right about the dress of the bride's friend. I don't have a good shot of the womens' hair salon that had just finished, but it was fascinating to see the entire staff of a hair salon come to our home to do the wedding party hair.   Posted: 06/01/2020 10:42:13

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I think the bride will love this shot. I felt the white dress was a bit too bright so I darkened the highlights using shadow/highlight in Ps. I also darkened the right hand corner pattern on the fan as it detracted from the faces. I cropped to take out the highlights in the foliage behind her and the bottom corner and you were right to remove the ornament.   Posted: 06/07/2020 05:49:26
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Well done. Thank you. I am going to go back to my original image and fix it up according to your edits.   Posted: 06/07/2020 16:08:47
Diana Magor   Diana Magor
Glad you approve!   Posted: 06/07/2020 16:46:26

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Beautiful memorable shot. I love it in black and white and Diana's edits are "right on"
Gloria   Posted: 06/07/2020 10:09:17

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Candid Wedding photos---I know them well having shot way more than my share of weddings.
I do like the B/W conversion for this and while the bride and her dress are the stars--I would bring down the highlights of the dress just a bit. I would certainly crop some of that fan on the right. It is so large that it takes attention away from the bride.   Posted: 06/07/2020 18:08:23

Asbjørn M. Olsen   Asbjørn M. Olsen
Stephen - I agree the narrower crop makes the image stand out. And the b&w version is more interesting that the color one. Nice.   Posted: 06/13/2020 08:58:00

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Yes, monochrome is the way to go. I like what Diana did with the image, and agree with Larry's suggestion to crop off the hat. That would also crop out the bright flowers in the upper right corner that is a distraction.   Posted: 06/13/2020 14:15:16

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I don't have much to add to the ideas that have already been shared here. I, too, like this image in monochrome, and I think the closer cropping that Diana suggested helps to eliminate the bright spots and bring my attention to the women.   Posted: 06/29/2020 00:05:23