ainslie and rohan … part 3 … [hunter valley wedding]

It’s pretty much impossible to find a bad spot to take photos around Wandin Valley Estate.

Here are a few of my favourites from Ainslie and Rohan’s photo session. Their reception photos will have to wait until tomorrow 😉

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11 February 2010 - 10.16am

Bobby Earle - Luke… these are ridiculous! Seriously. You’re moving to another level 😉

7 February 2010 - 11.55am

Kate - these are just beautiful!

7 February 2010 - 9.24am

Deb - stunning

ainslie and rohan … part 2 … [hunter valley wedding]

This would have to be one of the most Australian wedding ceremonies ever. Wildflowers, gum trees, cricket pitch in the background … *sigh*

You’ve probably already seen the last photo … this was a Halloween wedding 😉

Photo session and reception photos will land later tonight. Enjoy 🙂

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30 April 2010 - 7.01pm

Ragan - Absolutely brilliant.

6 February 2010 - 9.12pm

Cassandra - Wow, Beautiful Pics!

ainslie and rohan … part 1 … [hunter valley wedding]

I was supposed to share this wedding with you on Thursday, but unfortunately there weren’t enough hours in the day (or perhaps insufficient caffeine ;)). Anyway, here’s the first instalment of Ainslie and Rohan’s beautiful wedding at Wandin Valley Estate in the Hunter Valley.

These are from Ainslie’s preparation. There was singing involved… even some multi-part rounds, if I recall correctly! (I’ll refrain from posting the video sequence I obtained ;))

More to come as I prepare a selection from each part of the day. Enjoy 🙂

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10 February 2010 - 6.45pm

Denise - Just Beautiful!

6 February 2010 - 8.14pm

Bernadette - Beautiful..love the b&W in front of the mirror.

6 February 2010 - 7.41pm

Matt Sanderson - Awesome shots, mate. Some really great moments captured.

– Matt

before and after #1 … [workshop wednesday]

As promised last week, here’s my first “before and after” post (with apologies to Bobby Earle, who runs an awesome series called “Before and After Wednesdays” on his blog … you should check it out ;)).

I’ve chosen a random photo from a recent shoot, and I’m going to show you how I moved from my “straight out of camera” image on the left, to the processed image on the right.

Note: for some reason, the “before” image has a vignette on it. It shouldn’t. Imagine it’s not there 😉

A few points before we begin:

  • You may or may not like this particular photo, or the way I’ve processed it. That’s fine! I hope you’ll get something out of my approach anyway.
  • My approach to post production is just what works for me. Figuring out what works for you will take time. Be patient, and don’t waste time trying to imitate me or anyone else.
  • To improve your photos, become a better photographer. Post production can only do so much 😉

With that out of the way, let’s open our photo in Lightroom’s Develop module.

As you can see, the develop settings are all at their default values, and the photo is looking pretty dull and lifeless. Let’s starting by fixing up the white balance (WB).

How did I know to choose that particular white balance? Experience and taste, mostly. You’ll get the hang of it by practising 😉

What I usually do next is click the “Auto” button in the Tone panel. Lightroom then guesses how best to tone the image. It’s never a perfect guess, but it can be a good starting point, unless Lightroom gets confused by strong backlighting or something else.

From there, I tweak the tone sliders to my taste. Again, knowing how best to do this with your photos and to your taste will come with a lot of practise. (And then, if your taste is anything like mine, it will change :P)

Finally, I usually add a vignette, and I’m done 🙂

Obviously there’s more to it when it comes to black and whites and duotones, but we’ll talk about those another day 😉

I hope that was helpful! If it was, please let me know in the comments and tell your friends about workshop wednesdays. That way I’ll know to keep doing it for you 🙂

Oh, and please keep asking questions for me to answer on workshop wednesdays!

6 February 2010 - 4.00pm

Chris Scott - This is great to see the post-processing in Lightroom from someone else’s perspective. Keep it up! Don’t let the lack of comments fool you; this is good stuff!

5 February 2010 - 8.55pm

Denise - Thanks very much for this Luke, much appreciated.

3 February 2010 - 7.45pm

Bernadette - Very helpful!

ashleigh and paul … [southern highlands wedding]

Ashleigh and Paul got married at the ever-awesome Sylvan Glen.

Ashleigh’s grandfather is a retired minister, so he did the honours at the ceremony. So special 🙂

The band at the end is the Tatum Co. Trio. Highly recommended.

Enjoy!

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21 February 2010 - 10.22pm

luke - In case it’s not clear, some of these comments were made on different parts of the original 4-part series covering Ashleigh and Paul’s wedding 😉

7 February 2010 - 9.19am

Tony Fanning - Great stuff Luke. Too many cool shots to make a decision on the best.

5 February 2010 - 11.54am

Amanda (Bridesmaid/Sister-in-law) - Luke – You are THE BEST!!!! Love them!!! Cant stop looking at them!!!

5 February 2010 - 11.53am

Amanda (Bridesmaid/Sister-in-law) - LOVE THEM!!! Every single one1 My favourite is the last one – leaning on that old fence!!!

5 February 2010 - 11.52am

Amanda (Bridesmaid/Sister-in-law) - Was the best day – and these photos definately reflect that!!! LOVE THEM

5 February 2010 - 11.48am

Amanda Hinze - Luke, these photos are absolutely stunning…. They even show, what a wonderful time we had…. You have done a FANTASTIC job…

3 February 2010 - 6.03pm

Danae - Luke, I am so impressed with the pics! Awesome work…

3 February 2010 - 11.00am

Kate - awesome, awesome, awesome!!

3 February 2010 - 7.31am

charlie - awesome ..love love them

3 February 2010 - 7.05am

Bernadette - looks like a great celebration, well captured luke 🙂

3 February 2010 - 7.02am

Bernadette - Luke , these are brilliant,some of your best!

2 February 2010 - 11.20pm

Meagan (Ash's mum) - Wow…Thanks for sharing so many photos. Looking forward to viewing all the others once Ash and Paul receive them. Thankyou, Meagan 🙂 x

2 February 2010 - 11.15pm

Steph - Luke they are FANTASTIC..

2 February 2010 - 10.16pm

Meagan (Ash's mum) - ..and some more ?? I am happy for you to keep sharing 🙂

2 February 2010 - 9.28pm

natalie - beautiful photos Luke. Beautiful bride. gorgeous hair,make up, dress and bridesmaids dresses too ;)! Classic and elegant wedding. love it

2 February 2010 - 9.09pm

Matt Sanderson - /\ What Ash’s mum said! More please!

– Matt

2 February 2010 - 9.06pm

Meagan (Ash's mum) - Beautiful…some more please 🙂

2 February 2010 - 8.01pm

Kate - These are awesome!! Can’t wait to see the rest!! Loving the lolly table idea too, may have to steal this idea!! lol
The bride looks beautiful!

2 February 2010 - 7.47pm

Meagan (Ash's mum) - Hi Luke. Bring them on !!!!