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.
Capture a selection of wide shots of the room from several angles using a
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. As the newlyweds make their dramatic entrance, you’ll want to precede them, and using a
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. If a large floral centerpiece is sitting in the middle of the table, you’ll move it out of the live picture area.
Make sure that everyone looks neat, that no one is sticking a spoon of food into their mouth, and that the table itself is neat—
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.)
Your choices for backing up and archiving include several options, starting with the hard drive of your portable
Shoe and Bracket-Mounted Flashguns
After cameras and lenses, the third slice of your wedding gear triad is your choice of lighting gear. The most basic system revolves around a dedicated TTL (through the lens) flashgun mounted on your camera’s hot shoe (or preferably on an adjustable flash bracket). Also called “Speedlights” or “Speedlites,” depending upon manufacturer, dedicated TTL flashguns can be invaluable when working under the low or quick-changing lighting conditions common to the places in which people throw weddings. They are
With the right tools, outdoor wedding photography can be a nice contrast to the more formal, controlled-light look of photographs taken within the confines of a catering hall or other wedding-centric indoor location. Although the sun is an excellent daylight-balanced light source, outdoor portrait and wedding photography invariably requires supplementary gear to fill the shadows, diffuse harsh sunlight and illuminate open shaded areas.
In a perfect world, sunlight is always gently diffused, emanates from a low angle to the horizon, has
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.
The off camera flash is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in our camera bags. It can serve as our main light source, an accent light, or be used to simply fill in shadow areas of a high contrast scene. Recently I have been experimenting using the flash to illuminate foreground subjects in the landscape. I first came up with the idea when photographing a lava beach in Hawaii.
As I was shooting the waves rushing in and out over the lava, I noticed
Create a fun portrait of your four-legged family member in just a few quick and easy steps.
The family pet can be a really great subject. My pal, Porter, has been the center of attention since he was a puppy. I’ve taken a portrait of him annually to mark the progress of his life. From start to finish, the portrait takes no more than 20 minutes.
Step 1: Determine your theme. In this portrait, I wanted a clean white-on-white background, because Porter would be wearing his
Birds have captivated wildlife photographers from the beginning of photography, but no group of birds are more intriguing than hummingbirds. It's not difficult at all to photograph them when you see them in the garden hovering above a flower, but unless you do it right your efforts will only result in mediocre pictures. The challenge, though, is two fold: First, you want the tiny birds to fill a significant part of the frame, and second, you want the birds to be sharp.
The second most-asked question I receive from photographers is, "How did you start your journey as a wedding photographer?" I photographed three weddings in October of 2006, then shot 38 weddings in 2007...all without formal training or money. When I began, I dared myself to dream and fail. My husband, JD, and I planned that I'd give this whole photography thing a try for one year, and if it didn't work, I'd go back and reclaim my scholarship to law school. Okay, so
There are a number of reasons and advantages for choosing to shoot with wider-aperture lenses. Included are the ability to capture sharp, low-light imagery at slower shutter speeds, quicker autofocus and exposure response times—which in turn reduce shutter lag times—and the option to capture your subject in a narrow, selective band of focus. All of these attributes hold true, regardless of the size of the imaging sensor in your camera, with one exception: the ability to capture your subjects with narrow, selective bands of focus.