HDR Wedding Photos in Greece

Like Momma said to us boys, ‘Can’t polish a sneaker’ when choosing a girlfriend.

I say, ‘Can’t polish a turd’ when editing a photograph.

Yet with a good image, you can make it great using the right creative recipes. Like adding salt to a dish, there is a fine line between making art and ruining something perfectly good. Same goes with post-processing in wedding photography… a little goes a long way. 50% of the art of wedding photography lies in post-processing which is really no different than traditional darkroom techniques. When in doubt, I think to myself: What kind of image do I still want to look at in 50 years?

Not many wedding destination wedding photographers embrace the HDR approach, so I gave it the old college try during Amy & Sean’s wedding at the Astra Suites in Imerovigli Santorini, Greece. My buddy Trey Ratcliff over at Stuck In Customs creates some amazing high dynamic range (HDR) landscapes images. I recommend his HDR tutorial if you are interested learning more. While I’m no fan of the overly ‘fake’ looking HDR images which tend to give the technique a bad rap, I strived to create a “classy” effect that pushes the creative envelope.

Did I succeed?wpid-RJ1_3606-2011-08-10-12-30.jpg
Stay tuned for the day-of-wedding post, details, real moments, and portraits on an epic Mediterranean cruise!
You also might like :
Amy & Sean’s First Look in Santorini, Greece
Happiness in Imerovigli Santorini Greece in Astra, a Suite Paradise
Postcard from Greece
Amy & Sean’s Engagement Session in NYC
Sean & Amy’s Completed Engagement Album

12 Responses to “HDR Wedding Photos in Greece”

  1. Patricia Collado — August 10, 2011 @ 2:09 pm (#)

    Wow Gorgeous! I love your work.

  2. rachel d — August 10, 2011 @ 2:35 pm (#)

    these are HDR?? definitely classy, would not have guessed (does that mean I have a bad eye?? oy)… I’ve seen one too many of pics that look like a comic book strip. These images are nowhere near that, in any way! Beautiful as always, rj.

  3. Jason Lancaster — August 10, 2011 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    I was really impressed by the HDR concept when I first read about it, especially because it seemed like a tool that could be used to capture what might be an otherwise impossible image.

    Is it easy to show us a before and after on one of these? Might be cool for those of us who don’t understand the effect.

    Of course, the photos look great (as always).

  4. Tracy — August 11, 2011 @ 6:29 am (#)

    These are classic and timeless! I have no idea what HDR is but I really like it! Also, doesn’t hurt that Amy is a gorgeous bride 🙂 Looking forward to seeing the rest of the pictures!

  5. Georgia — August 12, 2011 @ 8:53 am (#)

    perfect job,lovely couple best place…blue and white!!!!you are a artist.
    nice to meet you.

  6. Helena Han — August 19, 2011 @ 2:19 am (#)

    RJ, you’re a great “chef”… these are “seasoned” perfectly!

    Staying tuned for more awesome pics…

  7. Brooke Summer Photography — August 22, 2011 @ 11:59 am (#)

    Wow I’ve never really played with HDR but have always been curious. These images are gorgeous!

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  10. Pradeep — November 5, 2011 @ 9:00 am (#)

    One word – beautiful!

  11. Alik Griffin — March 20, 2013 @ 8:52 pm (#)

    Lovely work. I love the light painting. Never seen that done with wedding photos before.

  12. Amanda — November 19, 2017 @ 4:36 pm (#)

    Beautiful photography! What was the venue for their wedding if you don’t mind?

    “Inquiring bride-to-be”

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