I guess I’m too late this week to enter I Heart Faces, so I will be sharing my creative crop solely with my reading audience!
Here is the before, straight out of the camera (SOOC):
Definitely too dark, under some icky light, and there’s some random stuff showing in the background. Now, I don’t mind the composition of this shot, but rather than just clone out those items, I think a crop can make it even better.
I normally compose my shots how I want them in-camera, trying to use all available megapixels. So this is a more dramatic crop than I would usually make on a photo like this. However, here are the positives I saw of this crop and conversion:
1) The focus is more on the bride.
2) You can see more of the “character” in the floor.
3) The various lines (her arms, the angle from her legs toward head) give the photo more visual interest.
4) Even though I was able to take away a lot of the icky lighting in RAW, it still wasn’t quite the coloring I wanted on her skin. Black & white conversion is a perfect way to fix that!