I have to say I'm very impressed by the images! Well done
I do have a few points that don't really work for me... one is the over use of vignette and the other is that they come across as almost sepia but not quite but at the same time don't look exactly black and white.
I think the images are great but the processing is just letting them down maybe by 10%... still great shots don't get me wrong but I think you could make them even better by making them more high contrast B&W
Is the magenta/blue color cast on all the color images or just the one of the girl crying and the dancing one i posted here? there was a huge blue light on stage and colored strobes for dancing in those shots which explains the cast. Not in the church though.
The color cast on the bw shots was a conscious decision. I've got a mild brown tint on them. I tried it strait up bw, but with the amount of noise in some of them I really didn't like how they looked. I find the brown gives it an old time feel which is enhanced by the noise. The noise simply detracts from the image without it. The tint also helps with consistency and ties all of them together.
I'm glad you liked them otherwise ;D
Hows that instead?
Great job J - I think it takes a bit (or a lot) of guts to take on your first wedding. Anyway, for the slight sepia tint, I think your shots take on a bit of the the fifties look, but I like it and don't think it was overdone. The vignetting works for me and would have to see some comparisons to see whether less is best or not. Admirable job my friend!
Youi did well. Congratulations and it is a good series.
With regards noise I'm not sure what you're abilities are photoshop wise but if you duplicate the background layer, then go to 'filters', select High Pass, set to about 5 then go to 'Image', 'Adjustments' and select 'Invert' this will soften the whole image are remove the noise.
Next create a layer mask for this duplicate layer and paint back in the bits of the image using a black brush set to 100% that you want to be sharp and not soft.
Not sure if you know that already, or whether that's over your head, you may not even use photoshop and so all of the above is null and void lol... but thought I'd mention it anyway as it's a very useful noise reduction technique in case you ever get roped in to doing another wedding (you should do more as the images are really great).
Cameras: Canon 60D, Canon 20D, 35mm Nikon FM2n
Canon EF lens used : 50mm f1.8, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.5, 75-300mm f/4.5-5, 85mm f/1.8
Tamron Lens: 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
Strobist: Canon 580EX II , "Vivitar DF400MZ, Nikon SB-24, LP-160, YN568EX"
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