Wedding Photography Lighting Tips

2 Simple Photography Lighting Techniques for Wedding Photographers

2 Simple Photography Lighting Techniques

As a wedding photographer, lighting is one of the most challenging aspects you face. Every shoot you encounter differs, and it requires you to have a vast knowledge of photography lighting techniques and how to properly use them. We reached out to wedding photographer Mark Condon from Shotkit to discover his secrets to photography lighting techniques you can use for your upcoming shoots!

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4 Photography Lighting Techniques for the Wedding Party Portraits

Wedding parties, just like family formals, can be challenging to shoot, especially depending on how many people are involved, the scene where you are shooting, and the lighting conditions. Lighting, as many other parts of the wedding day, can be unpredictable on every shoot. In her third post of her Wedding Lighting Masterclass, ShootDotEdit Pro, Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers will share her photography lighting techniques to help you shoot dynamic images quickly for the wedding party.

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Shooting Indoor Wedding Portraits with Off Camera Flash Photography

One of the most challenging aspects of being a wedding photographer is that, often times, you have absolutely no control of the situations you encounter to photograph. One specific aspect of that challenge is the lighting conditions you encounter. Knowing how to use off camera flash can help you overcome these challenging wedding photography lighting scenarios.

In our Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Wedding Photographers Guide, created with SLR Lounge, we discuss a few scenarios that may occur during the getting ready part of the day. Throughout the first post of this series, Pye Jirsa from SLR Lounge and Lin & Jirsa Photography shared his suggestions to set up the lighting for the getting ready scene to help you develop unique and dramatic images. For the second post, he will share how to using off camera flash for indoor portraits can continue to add these effects to your images.

 

Locations for indoor portraits will differ, as will the light you are provided. In some cases, as viewed during the getting ready examples, there is natural light to help with the scene. Other times, though, you may be in an indoor location where there is no natural light filling the scene. While there might be some artificial light provided from ceiling lights, you may not want to only rely on that to be your main source of light. This is when knowing how to add off camera flash into the scene can be particularly useful. Below, Pye walks you through how to take dark locations with low and terrible lighting and transform it to create dramatic portraits.

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Image Compliments of Lin & Jirsa Photography

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Photography Lighting Setups During the Wedding Family Formals

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It’s that part of the day… the wedding family formals, where you have to (quickly) gather the bride and groom’s family members and take a few memorable photos of everyone together. This is where your skills and confidence as a photographer comes in handy – especially when it comes to photography lighting. Because lighting is unpredictable, you must be prepared for any type of condition during this part of the wedding day. With multiple people together (their attention spans fading…), how can you create the perfect light to quickly capture these images? In her second post of her Wedding Lighting Masterclass, ShootDotEdit Customer, Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers will share her wedding photography lighting tips to help you shoot confidently through the family formals.

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One of the leading wedding photographers in Pittsburgh, Leeann Marie has created an exclusive brand that is family focused for the cosmopolitan bride. She’s a national speaker for WPPI, has been in business for 9 years, and has a background in Industrial Engineering giving her a unique perspective on photography and business. She relies heavily on systems in her business to accomplish all of her goals, and has been a ShootDotEdit happy photographer for seven years. She lives in the city of Pittsburgh with her husband and daughter. She loves looking out her back window into the firefly-lit woods, and enjoying a night out for sushi and drinks with friends. Learn more about Leeann on her website and Instagram account!

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Welcome to the Wedding Lighting Masterclass! This is the first article in the series, which I hope will help you to learn some valuable techniques for perfectly managing and lighting the different photography scenarios that you will be faced with on a wedding day.

A few notes about this course:

FAST IS BEST: I truly believe that “Fast Is Best”, which is (obviously) why I love ShootDotEdit 🙂 But really, one of the key valuable principles that I bring to my brides and grooms each wedding day is an experience that is organized, hassle-free, and yet still beautifully lit and happy.

Keeping my lighting scenarios as fast as possible allows me to move between scenarios quickly, while still creating beautiful photography for my couples. I do use natural light as a photographer, but I’m not afraid of flash in the least, and work with tools and an arsenal of mental notes (lots of them that are described in this course!) to help me move between situations quickly and flawlessly.

THERE ARE OPTIONS: In the photography-world, there are a million ways to light one simple scene. The methods outlined in this course are my personal preferences, and I encourage you to try them and then modify if necessary to fit your photography style and client needs.

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Top 5 Tips for Easy Off Camera Flash Setups for Wedding Photographers

Of the challenging lighting scenarios you face during the wedding day, the reception provides a handful of issues for you to overcome. From low light, to uplighting, to constant movement from your couple and guests, there are plenty of obstacles during the reception. How can you quickly create light and not miss any of the important moments?

In our Online Training: 3 Easy Off Camera Flash Lighting Setups for Wedding Photographers, Matt Kennedy of The International Academy of Wedding Photographers shared his personal tips for off camera flash techniques during even the most difficult lighting scenarios. Here are the top 5 tips from the Training to using off camera flash on your upcoming wedding photography shoots.

1. Understand How to Use Flash

There are many things you can do with off camera flash while on location, especially during the reception. You can work with ambient or natural light in many situations, but using an off camera flash setup can help you get a better image without completely changing the look of the photo or your style. When you understand how to use flash, you are working to create top images for your clients.

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Image Compliments of Matt Kennedy Photography

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Wedding Photography Lighting Masterclass with Leeann Marie: Lighting for the Bridal Prep and Details

Here at ShootDotEdit, we understand the various lighting scenarios you face during the wedding day. And, not only are we a wedding photography editing service, we also love to provide you with tips and tricks from pro photographers in the industry. To walk you through how to light during various parts of the wedding day, we reached out to Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers.

Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers Headshot

One of the leading wedding photographers in Pittsburgh, Leeann Marie has created an exclusive brand that is family focused for the cosmopolitan bride. She’s a national speaker for WPPI, has been in business for 9 years, and has a background in Industrial Engineering giving her a unique perspective on photography and business. She relies heavily on systems in her business to accomplish all of her goals, and has been a ShootDotEdit happy photographer for seven years. She lives in the city of Pittsburgh with her husband and daughter. She loves looking out her back window into the firefly-lit woods, and enjoying a night out for sushi and drinks with friends. Learn more about Leeann on her website and Instagram account!

Today, she will discuss how to set up proper lighting for the bridal prep and details.

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Welcome to the Wedding Lighting Master Class! This is the first article in the series, which I hope will help you to learn some valuable techniques for perfectly managing and lighting the different scenarios you will be faced with on a wedding day.

A few notes about this course:

FAST IS BEST: I truly believe that “Fast Is Best”, which is (obviously) why I love ShootDotEdit. 🙂 But really, one of the key valuable principles I bring to my brides and grooms each wedding day is an experience that is organized, hassle-free, and yet still beautifully lit and happy.

Keeping my lighting scenarios as fast as possible allows me to move between scenarios quickly, while still creating beautiful photography for my couples. I do use natural light, but I’m not afraid of flash in the least and work with tools and an arsenal of mental notes (lots of them that are described in this course!) to help me move between situations quickly and flawlessly.

THERE ARE OPTIONS: In the photography world, there are a million ways to light one simple scene. The methods outlined in this course are my personal preferences, and I encourage you to try them and then modify if necessary to fit your photography style and client needs.

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6 Quick Lighting Tips from Wedding Pros

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Lighting is a crucial aspect of your wedding photography. When you understand how to properly use light in your wedding shoots, you elevate your images (as well as your brand). You also gain the ability to identify light in any location, which helps speed up your shoots. Since there are always new things to learn about light and how to use it for your benefit, here are 6 quick lighting tips from wedding pros.

1. Find Natural Diffusion

Wedding photography duo Zach and Jody Gray discuss how to find natural diffusion in your shoots, especially when shooting at sunset with natural light. They first find something to take the sun (which is still a little bit up in the sky) and diffuse it, but not block it completely. Then, they put their clients’ backs to the sun, so the light creates a nice halo effect. Because they live in Tennessee and have a lot of trees there, they try to find one with some colored leaves on it that can tone down the power of the light and give them that glow and vibrant color.

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Image Compliments of Zach and Jody Gray

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Top 5 Tips for Lighting in Any Situation

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Understanding lighting is a crucial part of your role as a wedding photographer. Every location you shoot in, and subjects you work with, will differ. Lighting is one of the elements can cause the most challenges during your shoots, since it often can be unpredictable. Without the ability to accurately identify and use proper lighting in your shoots, you risk the overall quality of your imagery. What can you do to simplify lighting to create the images you desire?

In our Online Training: The Keys to Lighting in Any Situation, lighting expert Roberto Valenzuela shared the keys to lighting in any situation. He offered tips to help you gain confidence with lighting and use it to your advantage. These are tips he teaches fellow photographers in his workshops, and he writes about in his #1 bestselling book with Rocky Nook, Picture Perfect Lighting: An Innovative Lighting System for Photographing People. Below, we share the top 5 tips from Roberto’s Training to help you better understand and identify lighting in any scenario.

“I believe photographers should shoot what they want, not shoot what they get.” – Roberto Valenzuela

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Image Compliments of Roberto Valenzuela

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Online Training: The Keys to Lighting in Any Situation

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As a wedding photographer, understanding lighting is a crucial part of your role. Every shoot will have different scenarios, with various lighting for you to work with. Without the ability to accurately identify and use proper lighting in your shoots, you risk the overall quality of your imagery. How can you comfortably work with lighting to create photos your clients will love (and ones which will share your overall brand message)?

In our free Online Training: The Keys to Lighting in Any Situation, wedding photographer and lighting pro, Roberto Valenzuela, will share the keys to lighting in any situation. He will help you gain confidence to use lighting to your advantage to develop the best images for your wedding clients.

Wednesday, November 9th 
10am PST – 11am PST

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Image Compliments of Roberto Valenzuela

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Top 5 Tips for Utilizing Off-Camera Lighting

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When you think about all of the different elements that compose a strong photo, what is one aspect you have the most trouble with? For many photographers, lighting can be challenging to master, especially when it comes to utilizing off-camera lighting. The key to enhancing your wedding photography images is to understand how light works and how you can apply any type of lighting to your shoots.

In our Mastering your Off-Camera Lighting Webinar with Pye Jirsa, he shared simple tips for you to succeed with off-camera lighting. Here are the top 5 tips from Pye’s webinar to help you continue your education on lighting techniques.

1. Overcome the Myths of Flash

If you consider yourself a natural light photographer, you may have heard misconceptions about using flash in your photography. In our webinar, Pye explains the most common myths about flash:

  • Myth #1: Flash is difficult to learn, too complicated and time-consuming to use. With the gear you already have, you can start incorporating flash techniques to your shoots. Practicing with flash can actually help you speed up your shoot (mostly because you will know exactly what look you want and how to achieve it).
  • Myth #2: Flash cannot look natural and it will always overwhelm your photos. Flash photography helps you highlight your couple in the images. Depending on how you use it, flash can look completely natural or dramatic (based on your preferences).
  • Myth #3: Flash photography is expensive and requires too much gear. Instead of purchasing expensive gear, you can start learning how to use flash with the equipment you already have. Using your camera’s flash can help you practice creating dynamic images without making any purchases.

Understanding exactly what flash can do for you will give you the ability to shoot in any scenario, regardless of the lighting situation.

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