EDITING: A LOVE/HATE RELATIONSHIP
I really enjoyed doing the christmas shoot and filming a behind the scenes video but the hardest part for me, with any shoot, is the editing. I both love and hate editing.
I love it because it allows me to completely transform and perfect an image. Editing, especially with lightroom & photoshop, is extremely useful as it has many more tools such as retouching, noise reduction, graduated filter, radial filter, an adjustment brush and all the basic tools such as exposure, contract, highlights, shadows and saturation. These tools drastically effect the results of the image and can create certain looks and feels.
But I hate it because it can take up SO MUCH time and, if it's a long edit, can become more of a chore which is then off putting. It can also be seriously annoying when you have an almost perfect, finalised image but theres something missing, it's not quite right so you spend AGES trying different edits, lighting, contrast, clarity, vibrancy all in an effort to complete the image. And of course you get there eventually but then you're just sitting there staring at your computer screen thinking about how you'll never get those hours back. Oh well, it was worth it... most the time it's worth it.
With this shoot i wanted to add a bit of christmas 'magic' to the images so i added some christmas lights in the shot, which i then later in editing enhanced to stand out more. I also added in a lot of the images, with the adjustment brush, a slight glow on their faces to draw attention. This is very subtle but makes a big difference.
I love creating black & white images as the contrast between the light and shadows really 'pops' and stands out, attracting attention. As well as giving it a more classic, arty look.
After receiving some great and constructive feedback from the client, we both agreed that the photos of the new born baby could do with a reshoot- which we have arranged for January. I'm excited to have another go and hopefully produce some good photos of their new born baby to keep forever and look back on.