How to Photoshop wedding photos: get your digital workflow right from the start

How to Photoshop wedding photos: get your digital workflow right from the start

If you’ve documented someone’s wedding, a massive photo editing job awaits you. If you’re feeling bewildered by the process of how to Photoshop wedding photos, our tutorial reveals how to structure your digital workflow, along with some tips and quick fixes to rescue your images, as well as add some clever, creative Photoshop effects.

How to Photoshop wedding photos: get your digital workflow right from the start

Imagine the scene. You’ve just shot a few gigabytes worth of wedding photos. The day after the wedding you realise that the mammoth task of editing, processing and presenting hundreds of high-quality images lays ahead of you.

It’s a job that, if handled well, could take hours. If not, you could be looking at several days in front of your computer. It all depends on the efficiency of your workflow and the speed with which you can enhance your images.

Luckily there are lots of tricks for instant improvements on any image, and many ways to speed up your image editing with automated features and presets in Lightroom and Photoshop.

In this tutorial we’ll guide you through a streamlined wedding workflow. We’ll start with the important task of downloading and sorting your images, then batch-processing them for speedy tweaks.

From here we’ll move on to discuss important fixes for highlight recovery, noise reduction and white balance tweaks, before sharing some quick enhancements and creative effects guaranteed to improve your shots, from speedy skin softening and vignettes to selective focus and vintage treatments.

Easing the load
Whether you’re a Lightroom user or prefer the Bridge/Camera Raw/Photoshop combo, there are plenty of ways to produce high-quality wedding photos quickly and efficiently.

Adobe Lightroom’s emphasis on sorting and processing large batches of raw images makes 
it a useful tool for wedding photographers, while Photoshop offers greater depth and advanced workflow solutions such as Actions. We’ll cover both options here.

Of course, these are techniques that will work not just on wedding photos, but on any batch of images that you need to improve quickly. So read on to discover the tools you need to process and enhance large groups of images at speed without compromising either your creativity or the quality of your images.

The wedding photographer's digital workflow

The wedding photographer’s digital workflow: Stage 1

Download your images
First things first, transfer your images from your card to your computer. Use Lightroom or Bridge. Set up and apply presets to assign metadata and copyright.

The wedding photographer’s digital workflow: Stage 2

Choose the best shots
Use a star rating or flagging system in Lightroom or Bridge to mark-up your best photos. You could also divide images into sub-groups, depending on shooting conditions.

The wedding photographer’s digital workflow: Stage 3

Batch-process your files
Use Camera Raw or Lightroom to batch-process large groups of images. Now’s the time to make universal enhancements to the 
tone and exposure of all shots.

The wedding photographer’s digital workflow: Stage 4

Make quick enhancements
Now you can make enhancements using Camera Raw or Lightroom to improve individual images – smooth out skin, add vignettes, convert to mono or dodge and burn.

The wedding photographer’s digital workflow: Stage 5

Try creative effects
Choose a selection of images suitable for more unusual treatments, such as selective focus or a quirky vintage look.

The wedding photographer’s digital workflow: Stage 6

Export your files
The final step is to save out your edited photos. Use either Lightroom’s Export dialog or Camera Raw’s Save Image button to export your files as manageable JPEGs.

PAGE 1 – The wedding photographer’s digital workflow
PAGE 2 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: download your images
PAGE 3 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: batch-process your files
PAGE 4 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: save time with Actions
PAGE 5 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: get rid of noise
PAGE 6 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: recover highlights
PAGE 7 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: correct the white balance
PAGE 8 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: 5 quick tricks and enhancements
PAGE 9 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: give them a vintage look
PAGE 10 – How to Photoshop wedding photos: try using selective focus

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