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Drone Video and Photography

As a photographer living in Klerksdorp, it is natural to also do photography of places in around my town.  A few years ago I started exploring the possibility of bringing Drone Photography into my business for some aerial views one cannot readily obtain using another craft such as a helicopter or aeroplane.  Here is such an example where I photographed the Klerksdorp City Hall a while back.  Though this shot would be possible if one set up some high scaffolding it is not something one would readily, or cheaply, be able to do.  Drones have opened up a whole new world of photography.

 

I also have a YouTube Channel on which you can see, amongst many others, some of the things I do with my drones: https://www.youtube.com/riaanroux

 

Over-Exposure and Midday Sun

Midday sun is the type of light every photographer fears. It is avoided most often as it creates very harsh and contrasty images. But there are times when a photographer simply cannot avoid shooting in harsh midday sunlight. The photographer must make a decision which parts of the image to sacrifice to over-exposure and which elements need to expose correctly to reveal a pleasing image.
The most important thing for a photographer to remember is to keep an eye on the important elements and try their best to ignore the rest. Here is an example where I had to capture some pre-ceremony photos of the bride in harsh sunlight in the Kalahari and I decided the her face was first priority and dress second. There are parts of this images which are completely over-exposed, but in the end the important parts are what matter.
Over-Exposed

Over-Editing Photos

Editing is a choice made by the photographer and therefore completely up to their personal taste. Many photographers and many schools of photography will teach you that over-editing is bad and results in bad images, but that may not always be the case. Over-editing is a choice and if the client of the photographer likes that kind of editing then no matter how much the greater photography fraternity screams and shouts, the resulting images are accepted by those clients and the photographer will be happy. It is very much like death metal music, it is not everyone’s cup of tea, yet it does not go away just because the majority of the music industry does not subscribe to that style.
Even I, when the mood strikes me and I come across the right image, will do an over-the-top over-edit (normal edit is always included as well).

 

copyright: Riaan Roux Photography

A Look At the Forever Thine Workflow set by Sleeklens

As a photographer, you soon develop a love-hate relationship with editing. Editing your photos, in the digital age, is expected and a requirement for every photographer. Many people will accept the image straight from the camera, but as soon as you move into photography as a hobby and perhaps further into professional photography, then editing is what sets you apart from the beginners or the average.

Wedding Photography

When your photography progresses into the world of Wedding Photography then editing can become painful as it becomes more complex and refined.  Most photographers develop a style of editing which may or may not become repetitive and monotonous as you wade your way through many hundreds of photos while you apply the same set of edits over an over. But what if you could make it simpler?

Enter Forever Thine Workflow

The Forever Thine workflow pack consists of 112 Lightroom Presets and 23 brushes which have been designed with the wedding photographer in mind.  Having done very many wedding photos myself I was quite surprised by the presets and how they improved the efficiency of my workflow.  Though I have relied on many of my own presets which I designed myself I was looking for something more which would improve speed and efficiency.  The most difficult part of the process is often deciding where to start, and this is where these presets make your life so much easier.

The presets have been broken down into groups with variations in those groups, and this makes the decision of where to start so much easier.  You start by taking a look at your image, or image group, decide what look you would like and pick a variation.  Most of your work is done right there, and these presets have been thought out pretty well to do just that…make it simpler.

But Presets are not Perfect

Presets are a starting point, they are not a magic bullet, so some tweaks and adjustments may be needed with every image.  Presets are there as a starting point, and you tweak from there, and this is where you use brushes.  Besides tweaking sliders, parts of the image need some brushes to complete the image to your liking.  The 23 brushes included in the Forever Thine workflow add exactly those brushes most wedding photographers would need.

The Forever Thine Workflow impressed me, and I am sure they will make you happy too!

 

Where do you find the Forever Thine Workflow?

FOREVER THINE WEDDING WORKFLOW

Professional Photo Editing Service

More Lightroom Presets

 

THE VALUE OF EDITING

Few images ever look their best Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC), and often they need a little tweaking in some form or other. The level of change applied to the colour, contrast, tones as well as addition or deletions of parts of an image is editing. Choice of editing depends on the taste and style of the photographer. I like to keep images real so that the en result is believable without looking obviously edited. The resulting images sometimes have a person wondering if any editing was done, so here is an example of a before and after image. When viewed on its own, the resulting image, had you not seen the “before” image, would look quite realistic with no editing.

BEFORE Editing

AFTER Editing