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Sacramento Wedding magazine is out today and yup… our image made front cover! I’m honored and thankful to share this cover of the Sacramento Bride and Groom Magazine with Scott and Chelsey, our lovely couple, on their wedding day!  I’m grateful to all the professionals I work with continually as well as the wonderful couples!  Congratulations to the professionals below who co-labored in this wedding and as well to Scott and Chelsey.  For more images from Scott and Chelsey’s wedding, click here:  Scott and Chelsey’s Wedding.


Sacramento Bride and Groom Magazine 2014 season



Wedding Venue:  High Hand Nursery, Loomis, CA.
Makeup Artist:  Christie Reynolds Makeup
Flowers:  Visual Impact Design
Design:  The Wedding Dresser
House of Fashion Bridal Salon
Decor:  Shabby Scraps
Wedding Photographer:  Charleton Churchill Photography

Ok, here are both images….I’ll explain now how I got from this in-camera shot to the finished image you see here!

before image dodger stadium after image dodger stadium finished
Before I explain these photography tips, if you don’t have Photoshop, or you’re not a photographer, this may sound gibberish to you, but I’ll explain it as best I can.

So, basically, all I did was walk up to the TOP of the LA Dodger stadium (uhh very scary). The field was covered in white tarp (because it was raining) so I couldn’t shoot towards the field, very ugly. I had to compose the shot with the stadium seats in view to capture the essence of the stadium. I was shooting the canon 5d mark2 with the 24-70mm canon L lens, very wide. I brought out my off camera flash, canon 580ex2, and underexposed the ambient sky, and exposed my flash for the subjects, in this case the engaged couple, Cary and Anissa.  I was actually going to turn this image into a spotlight effect, but it turned out better this way.

I went back home and uploaded the image I knew I liked, and fixed it up in RAW. I dodged and burned this image in Adobe Photoshop CS4. I have CS5, but some of my plug-ins do not work in CS5 yet, so CS5 plug-in people, word on behalf of us photographers, get your plug-in’s updated.

As you can see, the stadium in the BEFORE image was underexposed, and I dodged (brightened) the stadium seats and used the sponge tool (saturation) to bring out more colors in my seating. In one tweek, I had brightened them too much, and I didn’t like it. I burned (darkened) the seats back down a little.  I don’t like to overuse to sponge tool in my images because it looks too fake sometimes, but in this image, it was totally appropriate. I then dodged the sky in a layered light view so that it didn’t look like one glob of darkness, cloudy and all.  I sharpened the whole image only so much, and then smoothed out the couple.  I also pushed the contrast a little to make the darks darker and the lights lighter.  Lastly, I used a plug-in that brings in more definition to the image, and then adjust it down a little.  I added a slight vignette, and that was it!

Charleton Churchill Photography Tips

  • Steffani Abercrombie - I love how you end with “that was it”, line it was a snap 😉 You should teach a class on this stuff. I’d be the first in line!!!October 21, 2010 – 9:33 pmReplyCancel

  • Charleton - Thanks Steff, much appreciated comments!October 21, 2010 – 10:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Amy Martz - I agree with Steffani about the class, reserve the second place in line for me.

    This was a lot of work and a lot of time, as a photoshop CS5 owner who is just learning the ins and outs of the program I am amazed as well as inspired.

    Once again your work is brillant!October 22, 2010 – 6:59 amReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Thanks for sharing – I agree a class would be great, this would have taken me forever in CS5 as I’m just not that PS-savvy!October 22, 2010 – 10:32 amReplyCancel