How I got the shot - Dress in the window
Name: Brittani McFadden
Business Name: Brittani Elizabeth Photography
Why did you take this photo?: I take a photo of the dress at every wedding and I alway strive to find a spot that is unique to the location or visually appealing.
All exif data: f 2.0, 1/160, ISO 1600
Why did you use these settings?: This was a super rainy day so it wasn't actually that bright outside. However I found a pretty well lit nook with all of the windows and was able to expose bright enough with these settings.
Thought process behind the photo: I always look for a spot to hang the dress that is not only SAFE, but also visually appealing and unique to the venue. We were at a manor house and it had this adorable indoor porch area just off the kitchen with the perfect hook for the dress. The only problem was that right below the bottom of the dress, there was a "restroom" sign. I took another walk around the venue and decided that I liked this spot enough that I would just plan to photoshop out the little sign. I took a few shots of the dress before realizing that the overhead lights on the porch were adding a really ugly yellow cast to the dress. I found someone to help me get all of the lights turned off so that I could get a clean shot of the dress. What I didn't notice right away were these super bright pink crates for glasses just on the other side of the window to the left. I realized that I couldn't move those so I fixed that while editing as well.
Editing of the photo: This shot required more than my usual editing, but with a dress that beautiful, why not? After eliminating the yellow cast from the lights while shooting, I already knew I would have to remove the restroom sign. I applied my preset to the photo, and ended up having to desaturate most of the reds/magentas because of those crates to the left of the window. You can still see a faint hint of pink on the grey of the windows, but it is a LOT better than it was! I also had to really adjust the chromatic aberration since the white dress was against an even brighter window. There was a green halo around the dress so I made sure to remove that before exporting. I then exported the final edit of the photo and took it into photoshop. Using the stamp tool, I edited out the restroom sign below the dress.
3 sentence bio about you/your business: Brittani Elizabeth Photography is a Philadelphia photography company and specialize in weddings and engagements! We focus on capturing light, timeless and prismatic images that reveal the true emotion of a wedding day! We currently shoot a majority of our weddings in Pennsylvania with most being in the Philadelphia suburbs.