Knowing how to properly light your subject, regardless of the situation you are in, can often be challenging. From determining what your flash settings should be, to if you should use a reflector, to the proper placement of your subject in relation to the light, there are numerous items to think about! Add a wedding day timeline into the mix, and you can be left feeling quite overwhelmed. How can you work with light in a way that helps you create the images you desire?
In our Online Training: How I Lit the Shot: Lighting Tips from Real Wedding Photos, Brett Florens shared his insights on how he uses lighting during every shoot. Here are the top 5 tips for lighting in any location from Brett’s Training.
1. Identify Available Light
When you are on location, one of the first things to do is identify the available light. If you are indoors, what type of lighting is available? If you are outdoors, what time of day is it? During the day, are you working with harsh or soft lighting? For night shoots, is there available street lights or is there any light coming from the sky? When you determine what light is available in your location, you can then decide if you can work with it or if you need assistance.
Image Compliments of Brett Florens