I’m just editing an incredible wedding I shot this weekend at Barnsley House in the UK. I thought it would be a good opportunity to jot down the process to share with you guys. Here goes!
Download and Select in Aperture 3
- Create a new project – I name the project with the date first e.g. 13.06.29 Jaime & Harriette.
- Import the RAWS.
- I then create my selection of photographs I’m going to work with, by applying a 1 star rating the one’s I want to use – I use the ‘Quick Preview’ mode for my initial selection.
- I’ll then go through the selection once more to make sure I have only the shots I want.
Basic Corrections in Aperture
- Cropping and straightening.
- Colour and exposure compensation.
Retouch in Photoshop
- Once I have done my basic corrections in Aperture, I will export any shots I want to retouch into Photoshop – You can choose what type of file Aperture exports into Photoshop in the ‘Aperture preferences’. I use 8-bit TIFFS.
- Save back into Aperture.
Alien Skin Exposure 5 plugin in Aperture
- Back in Aperture I use the new Alien Skin Exposure 5 plugin, to add either my colour or black/white effect to each image.
Name and Export in Aperture
- To name the files, I select all of my images and use the ‘Batch change’ option- I use the couple’s names plus a number as for the file name e.g ‘Jaime & Harriette 001’.
- I export JPEG’s that are 12 inches wide at 300 dpi, to produce files that are approximately 10mb each.
I have always really enjoyed the editing process. I edit on my 17in MacBook Pro, as for most of the year I travel almost constantly.
I listen to music whilst I edit, but find podcasts or the radio a little too distracting.
I download the images immediately after the wedding, whilst I am still at the venue. I leave the images on the cards, so there is always two copies. I use a card reader plugged into my MacBook to download.
I find the editing process a lot easier if I do this when the wedding is still fresh my mind. I will usually start the day after.
If you are using two or more cameras, it makes editing a lot simpler if the clocks on all of them are exactly the same time. You can then order by date/time in Aperture.
The final selection I give to the client can be anywhere between 300 – 1000 JPEGs.
There are links and discount codes to the software’s mentioned above in the Photographer’s Area page.
I am in the process of writing a detailed guide to how I shoot and retouch my bridal couple photographs. I hope to have this up on the site in a month or so.
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