Wedding photography is obviously about the bride and groom, and their special day. While that story is told with photos of the lucky pair, and their guests, their memories of the event can be enhanced with images that might not be so obvious.
Here comes the bride! And the groom. And the bridesmaids, groomsmen, bride’s family, groom’s family, assorted friends, and former classmates—all anxious to return to the celebration. Your mission? Make glorious portraits of each and every one of them, individually and in groups.
Before a swarm of guests descends on the reception hall and disrupts the carefully arranged environment, be sure you’ve captured it in its exquisite perfection. Most halls are tastefully appointed and designed with visual impact in mind. With the exception of the occasional fluorescent-lit VFW hall, the reception venue is best shot in available light.
The wedding reception is where you win your battle stars. Events unfold quickly and sometimes simultaneously. You have to be very organized to stay on top of the action here. Enter the arena armed with cameras, lenses and battery-powered, on-camera or handle-mounted flashes.
The guidelines for shooting tables full of guests are fairly straightforward. You’re going to politely ask half the table to rise and stand behind the luckier half that gets to remain seated. Then you’ll line everyone up evenly, being careful not to lose anyone behind a plant, bottle or tall guest.
Since weddings are quick paced, one-shot events, backing up your image files as you work is imperative. Unless you plan on carrying a pocketful of memory cards, you’ll need a device to store your files so you can unload your memory card and pop it back into the camera. (Always carry spare cards in your kit.)
In this B&H video, Joey Quintero delivers a two-minute primer on using a flash in the proper orientation for shadowless wedding photos, discussing both the theory and providing a simple, practical solution.
When aimed at people, the on-camera flash can often produce ugly and blown-out photos, something that won’t look attractive in a wedding album. Whether shooting indoors or outside, Joey Quintero provides several quick and easy solutions for enhancing wedding portraiture using flash modifiers that can deliver a flattering and soft light to your subjects.
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