The Way Of Editing

The Way Of Editing

“It’s amazing that photographers spend years or even a lifetime trying to capture moments that together don’t equal a couple of hours.”

– James Lalropui Keivom –

I remember a time when I saw the image imprinted on the photographic paper slowly appear inside a basin with chemicals and water. I remember all the time it took, from the moment of shooting to the final print, to get a single photograph.

And I certainly don’t forget the albums of my first clients, made of pages separated by rice paper, on which the printed photographs were attached with double-sided tape.

Today, twenty-four years after my debut as a professional photographer, the whole world of photography has changed: digital has brought many evolutions and many revolutions in this sector, speeding up the image acquisition process and simplifying the way in which excellent images are obtained.

But above all it allows me to edit every single shot with an ease and creativity that was simply impossible in the analog age.

And it is thanks to this constant technological progress that today I am able to have an increasingly optimized editing process in terms of timing and refinement of the final quality, being able to afford a recognizable and constant style, always evolving but also distinguishable within my market.

These pastel tones, this vintage “matte” effect and these poses on the borderline between a spontaneous wedding photography and a fully structured and organized high fashion shot, have made possible my precise identity that directs future married couples to contact me with no doubts about the final result.

Among the most used styles for the wedding story there is certainly the “traditional style”. This one is suitable for all those who need structured shots studied in advance to make the most of the setting and achieve excellent quality results.

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My “traditional style” picture.

In recent years, more and more couples rely instead on the “reportage style”, abandoning the established canons of the traditional one: it is based on shots of the documentary representation of the wedding. The characteristics are mainly two: naturalness of pictures and practically invisible photographer. In the first case, the couple will enjoy their reception while the photographer will capture the most beautiful moments without posing, in the second case, the photographer’s skill will focus on looking almost like a ghost and his presence will not be felt during the celebrations.

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My “reportage style” picture.

On the other hand, there are couples who like to be the center of attention that after months of having taken care of every detail, want to be the protagonists of the day. The “high fashion style” is then the most appropriate choice to guarantee a very high photographic quality focused on highlighting jewels, wedding favors and all those details often left to themselves.

This style, not used by everyone, is aimed at those who love fashion and want to enhance their style on such an important day. Marriage also represents the personality of the spouses and it is therefore essential that one adapts one’s way of being to the desired style. Loving the world of fashion can be the perfect excuse to use this style even on one of the most important days of life.

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My “fashion style” picture.

My style is a mix of all of these, guaranteeing discretion and naturalness in the narration of the wedding day, maximizing at the same time their characters and salient features with some slightly more constructed moments with the total involvement and enjoyment of the newly weds.

Parallel to this innovative photographic style, I am slowly but surely abandoning black and white in favor of color, especially in this fineart pictorial style that I had the honor of introducing into the wedding sector.

The equipment is a fundamental part of the creative process, needless to say the opposite: from the choice of cameras and lenses to the computer and all its accessories with which to post-produce. And this could be a topic that couples should study and address with the photographer, for personal protection, to understand first of all if it is the photographer himself who takes care of the entire production chain, from shooting to printing or, instead, if he relies on external editors for post production.

I am often asked how I feel about it and my answer, after twenty four years of work, is always the same: being a creative and personal art form, photography must be created by the artist from the shot to the post-production. Anyone who doesn’t do this simply doesn’t care about their own creativity, about the client who chose them for the photos to be shown publicly (which may be the very few posts produced directly by the photographer and with whom they identify on the market) and about their own professional individuality.

Since 1999 I have been developing and post-producing every single shot I made to ensure consistency with what was proposed to the spouses, to be able to understand the strengths and weaknesses of my technique and constantly improve it where necessary.

I shoot with Sony cameras and I expect anyone who wants to join me as a second photographer, where I don’t have my lifelong faithful assistant at my disposal, to use the same brand in order to guarantee quality and reliability. Precise autofocus and consistent color rendering are two essential aspects for anyone who wants to guarantee a high-level result to the end customer. As of today, January 2023, my team and I are working with Sony Alpha 1, A9II, A9, A7C, A7III, A7RII. The best currently available on the market.

For the editing part I have always worked with Apple computers, synonymous of reliability and efficiency, to avoid unnecessary waste of time and optimize my workflow. With the introduction of Apple’s Silicon architecture, even the most demanding software used for culling and editing (Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop) suddenly became responsive and very quick. The studio today includes Mac Studio workstations, latest generation Apple laptops and Studio Display monitors to guarantee constant and life-like color rendering with what is taken during the shooting but, above all, we constantly acquire know-how aimed at perfecting the style for which we are chosen.

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Our editing machines.

The creation of personal LUTs guarantees an absolute exclusivity of the final result, combined with an individual retouching and editing for each single shot even if, of course, for every shooting session we concentrate our energies on those two or three photographs which for us are the “best of”. These are the shots that will then be used to advertise the studio and to make our style known to new clients.

In conclusion, if today I were a customer of a photographic studio, I would like to be informed about the entire creative process of the photographer, from the shooting stage to the final printing of the wedding book. Knowing the technologies with which he works, the techniques and the method says a lot about the professionalism of the person in front of us and, in a world where many improvise professionals, it is easy to fall into the commercial traps of characters of little professional depth.

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Custom LUTs give us the opportunity to get a unique style

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