Month: May, 2013
What makes an exceptional image? Well, quite frankly a lot of things. For starters you need to begin with the best capture possible, both in terms of aesthetics and photographically. Photoshop is a tool that should be used to enhance an image and not for salvaging poor images. I hear all too often “you can just fix it in Photoshop”. “Fixing” something in Photoshop is not as easy as it sounds. There is no magic button that you press and whoosh like magic amazing photos pop out. There is no substitute for good camera technique.
So you ask, how to get the best capture possible? Simply, hire a professional. A well-trained, seasoned professional photographer can size up a scene and maximize it’s full potential. After all, many years and a tremendous amount of practice and hard work has gone into honing their craft. They understand how the colors, shapes, light and dark areas of a scene will all work in concert with one another to create an amazing photograph. Moreover, they know how to light and expose the subject so they can, later on, in post-production exploit those elements to capture the viewer’s eye and hold it within the frame. The file your camera produces is just the starting point; it is the raw material that allows a photographer to begin to realize his/her vision. It is that vision that will dictate how they capture and ultimately process the image.
When Glenn and I turn over images to our couples, we want to provide them with the best quality possible. We do this by taking the time to make amazing photographs initially and turn them into superstars during the post-production process.
This process can be time consuming. It is not unusual to spend hours working on a single image. This is why most large studios cannot produce the same type of images that smaller boutique studios can. They simply cannot afford the time to nurture each image into an eye-catching piece of art.
“We don’t take photos, but rather create images”. This may sound like snooty artist talk, but there is a distinction. The former can be a great snapshot while the later pushes the creative potential; making an image that is something new, fresh and inviting. Our couples are all special and unique and we want their photographs to represent that.
Here is a real life example. A before/after from a recent engagement session:
BEFORE (Directly Out of Camera):
The goal here is not to alter reality, just enhance what was already there. You can see that there is nothing wrong with the unprocessed image that came directly from the camera. But by taking the time and care to bring it to its full potential we were able to deliver to our couple a beautiful piece of art that they will treasure for years to come.
Jennifer and Ken had a perfect spring day for their wedding. We started the day’s festivities in White Plains at the Crowne Plaza. The girls from Vis a Vis Artistry were on hand and did an amazing job with the hair and make-up. Then we headed off to The Glen Island Harbour Club for the rest of the day’s events. Jen and Ken decided to have a “first look” and see each other before the ceremony. I love it when couples decide to do this. It is a way more intimate first meeting and it allows them to fully enjoy their cocktail hour. The day was filled with emotion and it was such a treat to be allowed to share it with them. Thanks again and congratulations guys!
I just love the excitement on Jen’s face as Ken signs the Katubah and makes it official.
Ken was getting some serious air here.
Jen and Ken joined us in the photo booth for our crew portrait.
The 2013 Children’s Aid and Family Services Gala was a rousing success and once again Timothy Glenn Photographers were there to cover the festivities. There was a circus atmosphere at this year’s event hosted by Macaluso’s in Hawthorne NJ with the theme titled “Under the Big Top”. Guests enjoyed a light hearted evening with clowns, jugglers and stiltwalkers, all under the direction of the ringmaster, CAFS CEO Bob Jones. All in all there was a great turnout under the big top on this fun-filled night benefiting children and the wonderful work of CAFS.