5 Tips for Creating Vintage Wedding Photos

1. Don’t overdo it
Don’t give every picture from a wedding shoot a retro-touch, not all photos suit this kind of treatment. Transforming every shot for the sake of it can look gimmicky – instead be selective.

2. Recognizing the shots
So how do you select the right shots? Some you’ll just know. A bride’s 50’s frock, VW campers, cup cakes; anything with an inherent touch of vintage clearly lends itself to some nostalgic styling. Other shots that can zing with a little clever post-production include portraits; people love seeing themselves edited this way. Also shots with lots of warm, natural light transform well, and all the better if you've caught any sunbeams or flare. At the other end of the spectrum, if you have a shot that’s on the dark side, some vintage action can brighten it up in instances when levels or curves alone just won’t cut it.

3. How to achieve the look
If you’re nifty with Photoshop there’s plenty of easy to find online tutorials that give you the guiding principles, which you can then intuitively adapt for each picture. If you’re not as adept or want to save time the good news is that you can also find free actions to download, so all you have to do is open the image and hit play under your action tab in Photoshop.

4. Be retrospective
We all know that if we sit editing pics for too long it gets difficult to tell what’s right and what’s not anymore, this becomes even more so when you’re making potentially quite drastic alterations. Drastic results may be your intention, but either way allow time to go back and review your edits; if you’re not sure if you've gone too far you probably have.

5. Keep the originals
Even if a couple loves the vintage version now, trends can date and tastes change. Providing both versions is the best way to make sure their wedding pictures really are timeless.

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