3 Photo Effects for Wedding Photographers

3 Photo Effects for Wedding Photographers
To fix this, we can use the blend if layer styles. This feature is extremely useful for professional photographers because they let you adjust where the layer is visible. To access it, right-click on the layer then choose Blending Options. In the blend if options,  hold the alt key and drag the black input slider towards the right to restore the details in the shadows. Next, hold the alt key and drag the white input slider towards the left to restore the details in the highlights.
Use this technique any time you need to restore clipped shadows or highlights. It’s easier than using a layer mask and it’ll save you a lot of time.

Film Look

Finally, you’ll learn how to create this film look that's popular with wedding photographers. It gives your photos a low-contrast effect and can make nearly all your photos look better. Many people pay a lot of money to buy Lightroom presets but we’ll show you how to make it yourself. This technique uses just one curves layer and you can use the same technique in Adobe Lightroom to create your own presets. You should have some knowledge about how curves work but we’ll show you it step-by-step so that you can understand what we’re doing.
To start, create a new Curves adjustment layer (Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves). We’re going to begin by reducing the contrast of the photo to give it the film look. Drag the bottom-left point up. As you drag, you’ll notice that the shadows are getting brighter. Now drag the top-right point down slightly to make the highlights darker.
Now we have a low-contrast photo but it doesn’t look all that great; we only want the low contrast effect in the highlights and shadows but not in the midtones. So to correct this, create a S-shape curve to increase the contrast in the midtones. The curvier your S-curve is, the stronger your contrast will be. So try to keep the points near the diagonal line in the middle to keep the contrast subtle.
If you want to give it an expired film look, go into the the red, green, or blue channel and create a S curve to increase the contrast. In most cases, the red channel gives the best results.
You can also tint the shadows and highlights with the opposite colors. For example, if you switch to the blue channel and drag the bottom-left point up, you’ll increase the blues in the shadows. Drag the top-right point down and you’ll increase the yellows which will balance the colors in the midtones.
Play around to create your own effects – there’s endless amounts of effects that you can create with the curves tool. If you want to see some examples, have a look at the Instagram and Prestalgia actions by SparkleStock - they all use RGB curves to create their look. Here’s the results of this film effect.
You can even use this effect to make bland photos look nostalgic and memorable.

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30 comments on “3 Photo Effects for Wedding Photographers”

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  2. I like to create any design in Photoshop. For that’s reason this tutorial is very interesting to me.Wonderful tutorial..Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have see all your photo for marriege.Insted of me,I have created one website for photoshop i dont know exactly what is sentences to write for home page.these all sentence become to be an attractive.so pls help me.

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  4. The first image looks very nice with the toning. It's like a recipe to get all those curves to create the right effect.

  5. I downloaded the couple running in the field (before and after photo). Imported into lightroom. The FILM LOOK (aka Raised black) are a lot more aggressive that mentioned in tutorial.
    But - what I really want to know is what settings were used to clear out details in the sky, but that didn't effect the dress? (PS:I am using lightroom to accomplish this, not photoshop)

  6. Hello, thank you for posting these tutorials, this is just what I was looking for to help make my wedding photos look unique.


  7. This blog post is really a good information piece for people who are not aware about Photoshop affects of photos and how a good technical knowledge can help you out in creating stunning photographs for your clients.

  8. I can say this is a good read. This article is really helpful especially to those who are interested in photography. I like how he explained everything and even created a screenshot for the techniques that he gave. Wedding photos will surely look great with the help of this tutorial. Great job!

  9. Some great tips and advice- thank you.

    I love black & white photos as do my clients but I must admit I have not tried the split-toning yet. May have to give it a try.

  10. "This can even make bland photos look memorable" ...
    Why not just take better photos and throw out the bland ones? I mean, this is part of being a better photographer, not relying on filters/effects to "make" your photo. Start with a good photo, then apply your interesting effects. Using this stuff on bland photos is like spray painting a pile of crap. It is still crap.

    No offense intended, I just think there is more to a photo than the effects. I used to rely on effects almost exclusively. I did not become a better photographer until I started paying attention to the more important things.

    1. You are taking it out of context by extending the speakers meaning and applying your own ideology to it.

    2. I agree. Too many people out there are buying/selling actions and lightroom presets!!!!!

      I love Photoshop, but I do my best to get everything perfect in camera before I go into Photoshop...especially with wedding photography. It should be editorial style, not instagram style.

  11. VSCO use camera profiles and do not work with jpg photo. $119 too.... So try to make all in curves and no camera profiles.

    1. Increase noise
      Do the contrast thing with the curves they teach you in the video
      I tried it and it looks very close

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