Preparing the Proofs.
If the end product is to be an audio-visual presentation using slideshow software or basic video editing software, or a series of hard copy prints, you should provide a disk that acts as a ‘proof’, so the bride and groom can choose what pictures they want used or printed.
Arrange the content of the disk in a logical sequence, and title each folder: “At the Hotel…” The Ceremony…” etc.
Do your own Quality Control sweep first, so you’re not cluttering up the good shots with the duds. This makes selection easier and makes you look better too.
Occasionally a shot that is slightly blurred or out of focus will catch someone’s eye and they’ll want it ‘fixed’ – this can mean long hours for you fiddling with an image editing program and you probably won’t get a good result on blurred or out of focus shots.
You can have a “Discards” folder on the DVD for these or for other borderline shots.
One of the most popular pictures from a wedding I did was a fluke shot of the bride looking back over her shoulder at the groom as they walked somewhere. It was in low light and they were both slightly blurred but the shot conveyed a quality that the next sharp frames in the series didn’t. Go figure.
If you label these borderline shots as ‘Discards’ you won’t get killed if you fail to turn that sow’s ear into a silk purse.
Weddings can be fun or agony – for the photographer. Try to follow the above tips and life should be sweeter.
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