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Lighting

Natural light is always the best and first option, however on your wedding day, there are always so many obstacles that make the use of only natural lighting impossible.  

 Image taken with Nikon D850, No flash or lighting. Large windows to the left created dark eyes and threw a shadow on the bride.

Image taken with Nikon D850, No flash or lighting. Large windows to the left created dark eyes and threw a shadow on the bride.

 Taken with Nikon D850, and an off camera compact mono-light soft box set up on the opposite side of the window to fill in the shadow area.

Taken with Nikon D850, and an off camera compact mono-light soft box set up on the opposite side of the window to fill in the shadow area.

You carefully selected your venue, and typically part of the consideration is what kind of scenery it offers for your pictures. The “Light and Airy” style of photography is actually taking an under exposed picture and then cranking up the exposure in post editing to get the people subjects better exposed, but then over exposing the background and washing it out. Although I can take photos this way, I prefer to better expose the entire photo so you can see your beautiful venue, and I think you’ll like the results.

 Photo taken with no additional lighting. Full sun in background, exposure later increased to properly expose people subjects, but washes out background.

Photo taken with no additional lighting. Full sun in background, exposure later increased to properly expose people subjects, but washes out background.

 Using a 600 watt off-camera mono-light, the background can be kept in correct exposure while properly exposing people subjects.

Using a 600 watt off-camera mono-light, the background can be kept in correct exposure while properly exposing people subjects.

On bright sunny days, it creates harsh shadows, and dark eyes.  Even with the subjects back to the sun, it can create hazy photos.  Although nice for a few photos for creativity, you may not want all photos taken that way.  

 Sun setting behind the wedding party. No additional lighting used. Although photo is clear, the shadow casts a grey tint on the subjects.

Sun setting behind the wedding party. No additional lighting used. Although photo is clear, the shadow casts a grey tint on the subjects.

 A regular speed light (flash that mounts on top of camera) is about 125 watts, and are not strong enough to over power the sun. They can be used as a slight fill in by pointing directly at subject, but can be a little harsh and uneven. This photo was taken with a 600 watt off-camera mono-light and soft box.

A regular speed light (flash that mounts on top of camera) is about 125 watts, and are not strong enough to over power the sun. They can be used as a slight fill in by pointing directly at subject, but can be a little harsh and uneven. This photo was taken with a 600 watt off-camera mono-light and soft box.

Understanding light and other ways to use flash takes skills acquired after ample training and experience .  I utilize off camera flashes and monolights to not only recreate a natural look, and over power harsh shadow conditions but to also create interesting light textures.  A regular flash will brighten up only what is directly in front of it, but you sometimes loose the ability to understand what ambient light was present.  

 Photo was taken with a camera mounted flash. Brightens area in front and part of room.

Photo was taken with a camera mounted flash. Brightens area in front and part of room.

 Photo was taken with off-camera mono-lights. Creating light and shadow textures on the subject.

Photo was taken with off-camera mono-lights. Creating light and shadow textures on the subject.

My team and I use a mixture of lighting techniques during your reception which will have dimmed lights during dinner and even less lighting during the dancing. Camera mounted flashes for some, and well positioned off camera lights that can be wirelessly triggered when selected for the rest. The off camera lighting has a cleaner light making your photos and colors crisp and clear, but the mounted flashes ensure we don’t miss the action when needed too.

 Taken with Nikon D850 and off-camera wirelessly triggered mono-light

Taken with Nikon D850 and off-camera wirelessly triggered mono-light

 Taken with Nikon D850, 70-200 2.8 lens and off-camera wirelessly triggered mono-light

Taken with Nikon D850, 70-200 2.8 lens and off-camera wirelessly triggered mono-light

As you and your guest dance the night away, we’ll still be there taking pictures and adding some different techniques so that you get a wide range of style. If you’re DJ doesn’t have the lights, we do. From standard flash, to colored gels, and long exposure, the fun you had will be clear to remember.

Here's a recent posting on how a photographers knowledge of lighting can make the difference.  Just click HERE.