There is a misconception that photographs taken with film cameras, back in the day were the product of perfect exposure and in-camera composition. Whilst this certainly was the aim of all serious photographers, in the heat of the ‘moment’, changing light conditions and fleeting chances, etc, some post-production in the dark room was often required. This continues today in the digital age, and whilst there are more tools to play with and no chemicals to handle, a professional photographer's talent should ideally incorporate the post-production skills to bring out the best in a photograph and reflect what was seen by them at the time (in the documentary field of photography).
Here is an example of a wedding shot taken in a dark(ish) church, intentionally under-exposed so as not to ‘blow out’ any areas. When the groom looked up to the heavens for reassurance before his bride arrived behind him, the light from an upper window lit his face and I wanted to re-capture that in the final production.
So, here is the before and after!
The Groom is a professional First Division footballer, and along with his new wife, were a pleasure to photograph at their fun-packed wedding.