Frame by Frame: The Bride's Shoes on Digital

Making Digital Look Like Film - The Jordan Brittley Blog I am asked by photographers pretty regularly if I only shoot film at weddings. And the answer is actually no! I can't imagine that I will ever only shoot film for a wedding simply because I think that there are still a few things that digital does better.

Because of my love for digital and film, I have learned how to make my digital images look like film. I don't even use presets! I create my own editing settings based on every wedding and it takes me a little over an hour to edit an entire wedding gallery.

To see the film version of the above image, click HERE. You can see this destination wedding on my blog and on Style Me Pretty.


This image was taken on a sunny day in Dauphin Island, Alabama. The bride was getting ready in a beach house and there were windows that lined the entire wall directly to my left. The set of double doors that led to the deck were directly in front of me. The dress hung in front of the double doors.


I pulled a chair from the living room to sit in front of the dress and carefully hung the veil on the dress's hanger. I placed the tool from the veil over the chair and set the shoes on the chair.

The shoes showed no indication that they had been worn (no scuffing or discoloration on the bottom of the shoes). I always double check this because often times a bride will break in her shoes before the wedding. If she does this, I never sit the shoes on top of the veil.


Camera: Canon 5D Mark iii Lens: Canon 100L 2.8 Kelvin: 4800 White Balance Shift: +2 on the magentas

Aperture: f/1.8 ISO: 320 Shutter speed: 1/250


I increased the exposure by +.3, decreased the whites to ensure that the highlights weren't blown out, and added a lot of contrast (+90). I also increased the temperature because I tend to set my Kelvin to a cooler setting while I am shooting.

Jordan Brittley now has a team member who takes care of all of the editing, but it's important to know that it takes me about 12 minutes to edit 100 digital images. I do most, if not all, of the work in camera so that I don't have to spend a lot of time fixing things in Lightroom.

And since I want to continue to share what I know in a way that benefits you, holler at me on Twitter or Instagram (tagging me) and use the following hashtag: #askjordanbrittley. You can also connect with me through the #ASKJORDANBRITTLEY Facebook group! Let’s build a little community!

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