Man works in Photoshop
December 17, 2013

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The video below is not our style! We use Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom almost everyday, but we use them sparingly. In our former lives as photojournalists it was against our ethics to add remove or otherwise alter a photo aside from slight exposure, color correction and cropping.

Had we altered a photo in anyway by cloning, adding content, heavy dodging and burning or anything else, not only would we have been fired, but we would have been ostracized by the journalism community. Never working at a paper or magazine again.

We carry that ethos into our wedding photography. We don’t use filters or plugins to create a stylized “look” to our wedding photos. We believe in the purity of the original image. If you see an effect in our photos it was captured in camera using exposure, lenses and experience. We also think that the content of the photo is more important than what happens to it in post production. That is why we endeavor to capture real moments and emotions. The old mantra from our editorial day was “get it right in camera”.

Just like most photographers these days, our black and white images are captured in color and converted in Lightroom. Here is where we differ from many other wedding photographers; we do our best to make our photos look like they were shot on beautiful silver halide crystals and celluloid (the chemical and surface that makes BW look so soulful). We believe that just like when the first Life Magazine photographers were printing in their darkrooms, that a black and white photo should have a good black, white and grey and that there should be details in the highlights and shadows. Not washed out, flat, and lacking contrast. This could be because we learned about black and white in the darkroom and from Ansel Adams “zone system” and not on a computer.

Unlike our newspaper days we will remove blemishes, what we won’t do is make you look like a highly polished magazine cover. That is not real, even for the model on the magazine cover (watch the videos).

Have you ever giggled at your parents wedding photos that reflected the photographic styles and gimmicks of the time? We believe that that is the fate of all the tricks and fads that are used today. Good, solid technical photography never goes out of style.

Photos by Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Yousuf Karsh are timeless. There are no gimmicks nor tricks, just solid photography. I am not saying that Stark Bellamy Photography is anywhere as amazing as they are, but we endeavor to capture beautiful, timeless and amazing photos of your wedding day. Give us a call for a free consultation.

Eric Bellamy
Wedding Photojournalist at Stark Bellamy Photography
Eric Bellamy is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has appeared on the likes of ESPNHS, the New York Times, Denver Post and more. He now focuses on editorial-style wedding photography and portraiture. He lives with his wife and children, and enjoys climbing rock and ice as well as sampling good wine and food in Northern Colorado.
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