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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Wedding Workshop

I attended a Photography workshop that was aimed at professional wedding photography. A lot of the information covered and discussed in the workshop related to the business of photography; getting clients, selling products and much more. This isn’t the place to `discuss these issues, however one area that was covered that is definitely worth mentioning was some of the practical sessions where we experimented with natural window light;

The idea was to use higher ISO’s (and not be afraid of a bit of noise generated by the sensor) indoors and just using a low amount of natural light on the subject.

ISO 400 70mm f/2.8 1/350 sec

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Although the highlights look quite bright in the final image the sky was actually very overcast. I used the camera to meter the subject using in camera ‘spot’ metering on the lightest part of the skin which was the shoulder. I actually over exposed this slightly by a stop manually to get the final result; at ISO 400 there is hardly no noise either. I also found that over exposing slightly reduced the amount of noise too (useful to remember)

The next shot is the same camera settings as before, but from a slightly different position, with the model ever so slightly turned towards the light; notice how the light appears to have wrapped more around the right side (image left) of the face just from this slight turn.

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Here is another shot that shows a massive difference in ‘my position’ to taking the shot. InWedding Photographer London

This is actually the model in the same position as the first image! I’ve just come round to to the models right more, notice how the position has changed the whole mood of the image as the light now defines the shape almost rim like. I converted the final image to mono and removed the window by cropping in post production to add even more drama.

This final image is using flash on camera…

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What you may notice is the absence of shadow behind the model… I didn’t lie the flash was still on camera, however I angled the flashgun so that it was bounced off the wall, to light her. A useful tip when shooting indoors and you want to avoid those horrible harsh shadows and flat lighting!!

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