Hi and welcome to another blog entry. Usually I try to provide further details on the location and tip and tricks but this one is going to focus on a recent wedding shoot I did for some friends. The shoot took up most of the day but i want to outline how the main picture of the Bride & Groom was shot, and include some of what I learned along the way.
Experience has taught me that getting the lighting correct during low light conditions can be quite tricky. Using an ND filter could pose problems with the brides dress and as many of you may know, getting everything to balance out is the real trick here. So let me tell you how I went about it.
I shot this with my Canon 600D (not the newest or highest pixel camera, but it’s about the shot not the kit) and I also used the following:
Without the lighting, I would have had a real test on my hands, probably requiring 2 shots and a lot of Photoshop blending during post production (not my idea of fun!) – so this was definitely a one shot deal! You can see an example of what it looked like without the lighting below.
You can see that the sky is washed out and the remaining light is harsh on the subject, alternatively had I metered for the sky I would have got 2 silhouettes but a lovely sunset sky – not a look I wanted for a shot as important as this! So I knew I had to figure out how to balance them both out.
The Speedlite system was a no brainer! As it has an on-board radio transmitter, using it in conjunction with the ST-E3, I was able to position my flashes without too much fuss and without wires or line of sight. Time here was a real pressure as the Bride & Groom only had a few minutes. The Softbox provided softened light from the left and I used the other flash unit on a stand as a low power fill. Both were positioned at 45 degrees to the subjects (left & right). The diagram below shows how I set it up.
The Softbox was set to Group A at full power and the other was set to Group B on ½ power setting. The beauty if the ST-E3 is that I can control all of the groups from the camera – what a time saver! As for my camera, I metered for the sky and then took the exposure down by 2 stops. This allowed me to balance the ambient light and darken the sky enough to get those rich colours but consequently meant the subjects were really under exposed. No fear! The Speedlites would take care of that, resulting in a well-balanced shot. So let’s take a look at the finished article! I got some beautiful evening light with a lovely saturated sky without passing that saturation on to the subjects.
Phew! – there you go a quick insight into the shot and some tips on how to get it. I hope it has been helpful to you. I certainly learned a great deal during this shoot but practice made it a lot easier. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or leave comments in the guestbook. Thanks for visiting 10 photography.