Before / After: Wedding Detail Image | Covington, Virginia Wedding Photographers


I LOVE the detail images from a wedding. These are easily and by far some of the most anticipated preview images from my clients' wedding days, especially if the pieces are sentimental and simplistic. So it's only natural for me to want to share a Before/After for you today.

This is not the original edit of this picture as I want to keep the wedding art delivered to my clients original for them. BUT luckily, there are more than a few ways to edit a photo, so I will be doing a slightly different edit on this picture and making a custom action for you to purchase and play with later, so stay tuned for that.

I should mention that I use Photoshop CC and ACR for all of my work. ALSO, while I LOVE PS and ACR, I don't claim to be any sort of guru as I still learn new things all the time and still learning the capabilities within the program.

Okay, here we go..

Remember, this is a very basic type of edit using mostly the Layers Tab and making adjustments within that panel.

This picture was a featured highlight image from a wedding I worked back in September at the Corinthian Ballroom in Roanoke, Virginia. I used my 50 mm lens, since I am all about some prime lenses.

Anyway, so to begin, I opened the image in ACR. After the image was lightened, you can see that it's pretty yellow. 


I did basic adjustments to lighten the image and to give it a little bit of a pop while correcting the warmth. Now, these settings absolutely do not work for all images, but being that this particular image was underexposed, these settings worked really well to get a basic framework for adjustments to be made in Photoshop. (I suggest making your own adjustments based on the requirements of your images). :

Temperature: 5450
Tint: +8
Exposure:  +1.60
Contrast: +22
Highlights: +3
Shadows: +13
Whites: -4
Blacks: +17
Clarity: +6

Then, I opened my image in Photoshop to continue making necessary adjustments.

I adjusted the color balance just a little more to fit the mood of the picture by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance. 


I adjusted the Shadows slightly, and the went into Midtones and did a little more adjusting.


I then, adjusted the Highlights portion of the Color Adjustment layer. 


Then, I went to Layers > New Adjustment Layer > Curves and adjusted the Curves layer to add the pop of color back in.


After that, I went to Layers > New Adjustment Layer > Levels and added some highlight to the image and added a little bit of depth by adjusting the right and middle sliders in the RGB setting. 


Before closing out of Levels, I changed the setting from RGB to Blue and made a slight adjustment, as well as adjusting the green slider minimally, as well. 


Afterwards, I went back to Layers > New Fill Layer > Gradient and added a slight Radial Gradient at 10% in the Soft Light Blend Mode and extended the scale to 150% percent. I moved the gradient over the ring to add depth. 


Then, I went to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast and upped the Contrast to +13 and increased Brightness by +4.

Going back up to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation, I made a few adjustments here: 
First - I went to the RGB setting and changed it to Yellow and set it here: 


Second - Greens:


Third - Cyans: 


Fourth - Blues:


These adjustments helped create a pop of color and add depth to the color layerings within the image that gave this image the final pop. 

Then, I right clicked the thumbnail preview in my layers flattened the image, and created a duplicate layer by hitting CTRL+J.I dodged and burned parts of the image to create the final look. I flattened the image again, and DONE!

Saved and finished. Like this tutorial and want more? Then, let me know in the comments! 


Also, this Action for Underexposed POP is available HERE: 

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