5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 16, 2017 9:40 AM by rob day

    wedding editing with RAW

    tomsavvy

      Hi

       

      Working through a batch of wedding edits, I've managed to achieve (at most!) the more subtle tones of a picture, but i'd like to try and produce something that is a little more darker that most wedding photographers are able to achieve. it maybe in RAW editing its toggling vibrance and the black/white sliders, but I'm not sure.

       

      I'd like to get from this (original image):

       

      DSC_0478.jpg

       

      to this:

       

       

      dark 2.jpg

       

      or this for outdoors:

       

      dark 1.jpg

      Any tips/advice/methods would be much appreciated.

       

      Thankyou

        • 1. Re: wedding editing with RAW
          D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I get that you didn't like the answer you got when you recently posted the exact same question - but it was in fact the correct answer. Here's an enlarged histogram from #3 showing why there is muted highlights:

          highlights.png

           

          As for #1, this is just a classic situation of too much contrast in the scene. To keep the window from blowing out, the foreground is severely underexposed by the camera. In a situation like this you would normally use fill flash to bring up the foreground.

          • 2. Re: wedding editing with RAW
            tomsavvy Level 1

            No I think it was the correct answer. I just felt there were other tweaks involved that I couldn't quite get my head around

             

            Thanks again

            • 3. Re: wedding editing with RAW
              D Fosse Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              Here's a typical high-key image with a full 0-255 range:

              high_key_1.png

              One single "Levels" adjustment layer, working each channel individually and mostly the output sliders, no other adjustments whatsoever, can turn it into this:

              high_key_mute.png

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              • 4. Re: wedding editing with RAW
                davescm Adobe Community Professional

                To add to D.Fosse's correct reply, and given your question was about camera raw, you also have the same output sliders by RGB channel in camera raw as you do in a curves adjustment layer

                 

                You could also soften it slightly by reducing the clarity slider in ACR to a negative value

                 

                Dave

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                • 5. Re: wedding editing with RAW
                  rob day Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                  You can also lock down the middle of the range so you are only affecting quarter tones and highlights. You can do most of the adjustment with the RGB curve and then adjust the other channels to tint as needed:

                   

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