How to take Light and Airy photos without post-editing?

A wedding photographer taking a photo of a bride

The last thing that you need after having a long day of event coverage is to worry about whether the photos you’ve shot are any good for post-processing. If they are bad, you would be spending way more time than usual making an adjustment after adjustment in Adobe Lightroom.

Is there a way to cut the stress of post editing process? Yes there is. You don’t have to spend long hours of photo editing if you get your photos right in-camera and set up everything correctly on location.

The secret to taking photos for wedding or event coverage is making your photos bright, light and airy. Here’s how :

Shoot in RAW

We have mentioned the same thing in many of our postings and we couldn’t stress this enough. If you are still shooting JPEG, you need to change your camera setting to shoot RAW right now.

With JPEG you would only be able to bump the exposure slightly before you start seeing some dithering in your photo, but with RAW you would be able to do much more. Even though RAW files are a lot bigger than JPEG which require more storage space, given its flexibility, it is worth its’ compromise.

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to do that by Joe Jackson

Look for Clean Space or Shoot During the Golden Hour

If you are doing some portraits or pre-wedding shots for the bride and groom it is worth to wait for the golden hour. During the event coverage, obviously you won’t be able to. So, try to improvise and find the best place to shoot. Pull your subject away from objects so that there will be less lights bouncing all over the places.

Use an Expodisc

It is often said that practical effect is better than visual effect, and in this case that is true. Expodisc measures the light hitting your subject which is very helpful when it comes to setting your white balance and exposure manually.

Here’s an overview of an Expodisc by PhotoJoseph. It is 16 minutes, but really worth the time.

Find Light Backgrounds

This one is a no-brainer. It is obvious enough, the easiest way to get that light and airy effect if you already have the subject itself as well as the space that you can easily fill in the light or by bumping up the ISO on your camera and get the perfect result every single time. Here is a good example:

When it comes to wedding photography, light and airy photos win all the time. That is the reason why professional wedding photographers tend to adapt the familiar look and feel. These photos will look more professional to the eyes of your clients. By making your photos light and airy, it will also eliminate many obstructions suggesting calm and peaceful setting in every shot.

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