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Newlyweds kiss on beach at Florida destination wedding

“Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” — Elliot Erwitt

It’s all about how you see things…

That’s one of my favorite quotes about photography.  It reminds me of what I’m supposed to be doing.  Because it’s really easy to get caught up in the technology and the gadgets and the sense that everything will be better if we just get this one new gadget (OMG, did I tell you that my new FILM camera will be here on Thursday?!?).  But really, it’s all about seeing.  Yeah.

So, I thought we’d try something new here on Ye Olde Blog.  I thought it might be interesting for you to see what goes on behind the scenes around here as we endeavor to take over the world.

before and after

This is a photo you’ve seen recently.  It’s from Lori and Raj’s Destination Beach Wedding in Florida last month.  This is just after their first look, when they strolled down the beach for a quiet moment.  They stopped and kissed, and I grabbed this shot with my 200mm lens.  Now, before we go any further, I want to assure you that I’m not about to geek out and get all photography jargony on you.  That would be icky.  And dull.  Really.  Dull.

kiss on beach original version

So this is the original file that came straight out of the camera (that’s SOOC for the camera geeks… sorry… I promised no geekery).  And it’s a pretty good shot.  But it has problems.  Nothing irritates me more than a crooked horizon, so that’s gotta be fixed first.  And do you see those rude people walking on our beach back there?  They are SO gone.  And the icky roof on the short building is messing with my colors.  Cropping Time (which is what photography nerds do instead of hammering, I suppose).

before and after-in progress

Aaaahhhh.. so much better.  But it could still be a little more romantical, couldn’t it?  Yeah, methinks so too.  So (keeping in mind that the couple gets this clean image too, because I believe in not crapping everything up), let’s add some texture and a teeny amount of foreground blur… something I would have preferred to have pulled off in real life but couldn’t because it was a bit bright on that incredibly white sand in the middle of the afternoon.

Florida destination beach wedding

And ta-da!  Teh final image… ehrmergerd… so much better.  So now that you’ve visited my brain, and hopefully aren’t to scarred from the encounter, what do you think?  Is this a bit better than the original?  Would you like to see more stuff like this?

PS:  I was thinking of making this a regular feature, so I asked the munchkins for ideas on what to call it… and I got suggestions like, ‘Seeking Perfection’, and ‘Perspective’ and ‘Lame-O Lame-iness’… they’re soooo not into helping with this.  So, I’m all out of ideas.  You got any?

Amanda Summerlin

Amanda Summerlin

Artist and Explorer at Amanda Summerlin Photography
Hello. My name is Amanda. I make neat pictures of nice people, drink coffee and whiskey (sometimes at the same time), and travel. I love traveling so much, I won't charge you any travel fees to photograph your wedding. Check out my travel info page for all the details. And see my blog for all the cool photos.
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  • Colleen - This is so amazing, Amanda. Thank you for sharing. I just got Photoshop and am looking forward to playing around with my photos. I look forward to seeing more of this!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - This post has helped me understand your style better. My partner and I want to hire you for our wedding (whenever that is) but I’m not crazy about the fuzzy pictures. Now I know to ask for the clear, bright pictures. I didn’t know they were fuzzy on purpose!ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Summerlin - Thanks you guys! And congratulations to you and your partner, Karen!! Just so you know, I believe very strongly in not mucking up something as important as someone’s wedding photos. That’s why Lori and Raj will get both the ‘artsy’ version of the image, as well as the clean edit, which is the next to last image. That way, they get the best of both worlds. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lori - This is so cool! I’ve had several people tell me that picture looks like a painting and wonder how you did it. I would love to see more posts like this. One talent I always wished I had was an eye for photography, but alas, I stick with words. It’s really cool though to learn how you make photos even better and what you see that I don’t. I had an artist friend in high school who said that art is far more in the eye than in the hands. He and I might be able to draw the same picture, but he could see what was wrong with it and how to improve it while I could just tell that mine wasn’t good. Definitely a gift.

    I do love to name things though, so I’m going to think on this and will get back to you if I come up with anything good.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Summerlin - Lori, your friend was right. Art is about learning to see. Photography or drawing or painting are mechanical skills like handwriting or typing. But just because I can type 80wpm doesn’t mean I’m a good writer (obviously). Which is why the Ira Glass quote on this post is one of my favorites: http://www.amandasummerlin.com/blog/2012/08/hello-big-world-advice-for-young-artists/ReplyCancel

  • Lori - That Ira Glass quote is one of my favorites too! Along with a quote I’ve seen attributed to Picasso, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Though “like a Republican after a chicken sandwich” is a well-turned phrase as well!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - MOAR of this. Please. 🙂ReplyCancel

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