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Et tu Tony - To edit or not to edit

August 07, 2015

Kodak Tri-X 400 push 2, Carlton Hotel

I loved this shot the moment it was developed. Absolute bliss. Frozen in time. I can imagine myself seeing this picture 10 years on and it's still timeless.

Yet, there was a flaw in this picture given the bride was absolutely tired out from all the preparation. I needed to freshen her up. I had to take a technical call. To edit or not to edit? I couldn't resist the need to tone down the flaws and retain what I loved about this shot. I dabbled. 

How much do I edit?  We all want to remember the happiness, prettiest moment on perhaps one of the most important event of our lives. As a photojournalist, my mission is to capture what was real. This has resulted in very candid pictures which I love. Yet, at the same time, I am a wedding photographer. It is my duty to ensure the pictures shows its best front. And placing the photos side by side, I know I had to go with the edited shot. Et tu, Tony.

This often poises the greatness dilemma as I process my shots for delivery. Read somewhere once on limitations of photoshop when I started out as a wedding photographer

"You can make a good picture great, but not a lousy picture good". Quote UNKNOWN

This statement stuck with me. Photoshop is a tool to really bring out the best in a shot. Underscore "Best in a shot".

That has been my guiding principle since. I cannot avoid a tired couple, or a hand that jumps into the picture, yet if it was a good shot, it is my duty to make it great.

 

 


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