Well some photos need some work to get that pow pow pow! So here is a step by step guide of how I made this image -
Ok, so first you look at your images to see which you find work. Here are the ones I have to choose from. I usually take 2 images then ask the subject to move in a way I find more aesthetically pleasing.
As you can see on the first 2 images her face is smiling but the lower half looks slightly uncomfortable to me. The last 2 images where I have asked her to move slightly you get a better proportion and balanced image.
Opening both images in PS CS3, I used image 1 and 4.
Step 1 image 1 -
Use the rectangular marquee tool and select the part you wish to copy. Copy it. Ctrl C
Step2 image 2 -
Paste the selection onto the image your copying to. Ctrl V
Step 3 image 3 -
Move the copied image over and like a jigsaw and piece it together. You may need to alter the size I always use shift key which will keep in proportion and not skew the image. Slight tilt to left was needed on this image so i hovered mouse over a corner until a curved arrow appeared. Don't worry about any edges being to perfect for now. We will clean that up next.
Step 4 image 4 -
Use the history brush and on 100% opacity go around the head. It is good to save at this point.
Step 5 image 5 -
I don't want all that distraction in the background. The focus is on the bride here, no one else. Rather than getting everyone to move and seem rude it is easier to do it this way :)
Take your brush tool. I always select a colour from the image already to make it coherent. So I used the alt key and picked up the mans dark suit. On 60% hardness and 100% opacity and flow I painted out the background and a little of the foreground so it was less obvious.
Step 6 image 6 -
I want this image to look more realistic. So taking the history brush and putting it onto 30% opacity I go over the background and focus on the ceiling and areas i know no one is standing. Remember we saved earlier? If you went over the face with the history brush it would have undone
I tweaked the colour balance and levels a little and softly burned in with the burning in tool over the dress to give it a little more definition.
There we go, now just think. I could give people their images SOOC [straight out of camera] but what a waste when you can get an image like this! Thats why decent photographers charge that little bit more. Its not just the time, it is also the know how. This took me around 10 minutes to perfect this 1 image. When you hire me you're hiring that experience also.