Light can be a fickle friend. It's important to show up confidently, no matter your method to the madness.
Photo by Treja Nicole Photography, @trejaxnicole
One of my potential clients asked me a terrific question today and it prompted this post! Lighting in large wedding spaces is the topic on the table and it’s an interesting one at that. And to be perfectly honest, it didn’t occur to me how important and or various it can be until this person asked me to describe it and show her examples of our skills in this area.
I immediately dug into the archives. That being my backup hard drive which i use quite regularly as a catalog of all my work. Staying organized has been essential in the game of growing a photography business.
Canon 6D Mark II, 24-105mm wide angle Canon lens, Canon Speedlite 600EX
My goal was to show this potential client our work with lighting in a variety of spaces. She’s been told that her venue is difficult to photograph due to the fact that it’s a large refurbished barn; tall ceilings, exposed beams, wide spacing. That may very well be the case, but we don’t know till we get inside.
More importantly, theres a great deal of advantage when you’re comfortable with flashes. I understand it can often times be a technique photographers hold off on using, but it’s a true upper hand. The more control I have the more light I bring with me. I typically tend to use one on-camera flash; my Canon Speedlite 600EX. These can get expensive. I chose to purchase a lightly used flash from Adorama; they're my go to for camera gear! More to the point, having additional light, even just a flash with a diffuser can make a world of difference. Shout out to Magmod; a stellar diffuser brand, but warning it adds weight to your camera.
Theres a great deal of advantage when you’re comfortable with flashes.
Canon 6D Mark II, 50mm prime Canon lens, Canon Speedlite 600 EX
No matter your choice in additional light, whether two flashes or three, or even pitching yourself as a natural photographer only, its about the confidence in which you use light.
Stepping into the reception hall to capture those once in a lifetime moments is a high pressure situation. It might not be first kiss caliber, but first dances are no joke! The cake cutting is serious business. So while lighting is each photographers prerogative, show up confident in your decision. Visit the venue prior to OR warm up with the wedding guests. Take your time moving around the room and playing with your light. I have no doubt you’ll capture priceless moments as guests mingle during cocktail hour.
I was intimated at first to start using flashes, but with the help of Allegra Anderson Photography and a Creative 101 class on the use of flashes, I got comfortable.
Educate yourself and take the time to expand your lighting options. It takes pressure off you during the wedding day as well as in post. Less concerns about shadow, clarity, and exposure.
Trust me, once you get the hang of a flash, you'll never leave home without it!
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