Five stages in the life of a digital image
Sometimes the original image is a compromise - the photographer mustn't over expose the dress or detail will be lost. There are other things about the original image which also need to be looked at:
- The dress looks washed out
- The faces are too dark
- The roses are too bright
- The composition can be improved
- The image is not vertical
Stage three - Lighten the Image
Stage Four - balance the lighting from top to bottom
The solution required the use of two filters. A gradient filter was used to make the picture darker at the bottom than the top. A circular filter was then used to add some specific lightening to the faces.
This gave a more even look to the lighting, bringing out the details in the dress and lifting the faces to make them a focal point.