Wedding Lighting

How to Shoot with Strobes

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As you begin to build a portfolio for your wedding photography business, it can be necessary to have a diversified collection of photos to show potential clients. Although some locations do not require you to bring along any additional lighting resources, there are many shooting situations that need extra equipment. In the past, we’ve shared how to shoot with speedlights, as well as how to diffuse light. Today, we’re going to share how you can use strobes during your wedding shoots to create the perfect light.

Strobes are off-camera lights you can position anywhere on location to help you shoot the images you desire. Unlike the flash built into your camera, strobes give you the flexibility to place the light in any position to capture the best shots. By having the ability to control the lighting in every image you take, you can create more consistency in your images before you send them to a photo editing company. Here are some simple tips to help you get started using strobes to capture dynamic images during your wedding shoots.

Develop a Mood

With every image, you want to tell a story or send a message that relates to the wedding day. Besides providing light for your shoot, strobes allow you to add in special effects to create a specific mood for the couples’ wedding photos. If you are lighting your couple from behind and also have a light source in the front, then you have the potential to evenly light the whole image while placing a rim light around your couple. This will help you create a lighter feel to your images, while showcasing your couple.

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How to Diffuse Light in 4 Easy Ways

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Regardless of where you shoot the wedding day images for your couple, there are always lighting challenges that present themselves. Is there one location where you constantly shoot but never know exactly what to expect for lighting conditions? Since you cannot always control the weather or the times of day you will be shooting, it is essential to know how to diffuse light to capture beautiful shots.

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4 Tips for Shooting Portraits during Mid-day

When it comes to lighting, there are several situations and locations that can be challenging to know how to properly light. In our complimentary guide to lighting for wedding photography, we share 26 key tips from Roberto Valenzuela to help you identify and use light during your shoots. 

As a wedding photographer, you do not always have a choice as to when the photos are taken. While it may be ideal to shoot during golden hour or on overcast days, what do you do when you must conquer the mid-day lighting? 

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4 Photography Tips for Shooting with Backlight

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While you are shooting the bride and groom on the wedding day, there are many variables to think about – do you have the right poses? Are you confident in the shooting plan you have created for this location? Do you have the right lighting to deliver stunning images to your clients? Lighting is an important aspect of your shoot that can elevate your images from good to outstanding. Backlighting is a technique that you can use when shooting your subjects that allows you to shoot your subject directly in front of the light.

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How to Shoot in Harsh Light

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How many of you can relate to the following scenario: It is a beautiful overcast day (yes, to photographers overcast weather is perfect to shoot in!), and you are about to photograph some stunning portraits of the couple together. All of a sudden, the sun breaks through, casting a harsh light onto your couple. At first, this may seem like a problem, but don’t let the harsh rays of the sun hinder you from taking gorgeous photos. In the past, we shared how to shoot with off-camera lighting, as well as how to shoot in natural lighting. Now, we are excited to share some ways that will help you shoot in harsh lighting conditions.

Download our Lighting Guide for Wedding Photographers to discover 26 key tips from Roberto Valenzuela!

It is impossible for you to control the weather, and it is especially difficult for you to always shoot in soft and perfect lighting. Although we can help you with your wedding photography post-processing needs if the lighting is not ideal in your images, we want to give you the tools to shoot in any light. Here are a few simple tips to help you work with harsh lighting that will still make your clients look their best!

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