Engagement Photo Conundrum

Discussion in 'Photobombs' started by sparklesparkle, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. MagnificentCat

    MagnificentCat Chicken

    @AnonyCat I mean, our office calls lunch the Golden Hour if we're dining at the microbrewery.
     
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  2. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    It doesn't look like golden hour to me based on the shadows on their faces. More like 2-3 hours before sunset.
     
  3. Snarchitect

    Snarchitect Chicken

    This is all good to know. Is metering pretty common with couples of different skin tones? I am darker than my fiancé but he usually has a pretty good base tan. Our engagement photos are pretty good. He doesn't look washed out and I don't look orange. Here's hoping we can pull it together for the wedding!
     
  4. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I can point you toward a good podcast on different metering modes if you're interested, but the short answer is that there are better ways to meter in the light conditions they were working with.
     
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  5. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    I never knew about that! Might explain why I look absolutely alabaster in our engagement photos (taken on a cloudy day) and he looks like a normal human.
     
  6. Manhands

    Manhands definitely an asshole

    I think the black and white ones look the best. The one with the bridge would make an excellent STD.
     
  7. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Converting a bad photo to black and white can make it passable. If you look closely at those, both are really grainy, probably because the photographer underexposed and then tried to recover details in post. I don't think she nailed focus, either.
     
  8. user4290

    user4290 North of the Boarder

    I'm willing to bet the OP heard someone mention that they had their own engagement shoot at "5pm, you know... golden hour!" and that resulted in OP thinking 5pm is magic regardless of time of the year.
     
  9. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    If I were that photographer, I would have scheduled this shoot earlier too. Golden hour doesn't help if you're in a heavily shaded area.
     
  10. Inna Minnit

    Inna Minnit Chicken

    The composition is different. The ones she likes are more close up, the couple pretty much filling the frame. Hers are not, and I think it contributes to the awkward feel they have.