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A Guide To Using Flash In Wedding Photography

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The usage of flash in photography has always been a sticky subject among wedding photographers and even non-photographers as well. In fact, there are actually some photographers who despise the idea of using flash or even light modifiers as they feel either they are “unnatural” or just not comfortable using it.

However, there will be instances when flash is necessary to use in certain situations. We shall further look at those situations here in this piece as to what would warrant them for the use of flash.

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At Wedding Venues and Reception Areas

Wedding ballrooms, churches and reception areas are prone to have less than ideal light for photographers to take advantage of. Thus, the flash helps create a primary source of light that is brighter and more pleasant than the dim ambient light. It has to be noted though that in a number of cases, churches do not allow using flash during ceremonies, so you have to discuss using artificial light with the church personnel before the ceremony.

To help diffuse the harshness of the flash, if there are white ceilings in the area that are not too high, you can mount flash on your DSLR and bounce light off the ceiling or nearby white walls. Alternately, you can use what is called a bounce card which (with the flash) will enable your image to have a much better light source than direct flash.

Photographing Details Indoors

For wedding photographers, part of the job is to photograph well the details that highlight the theme of the wedding or other interesting details. Sometimes, the light in the venue would suffice, sometimes they would not. If it is the latter case and you wish to save some time photographing details faster, a flash on top of your camera bouncing off a white card might suffice.

When subject is poorly lit outdoors

Most photographers like bristol wedding photographer do not bother with flash outdoors, with natural light readily available. Unfortunately, that light is not always available, especially once the sunset arrives. Much like photographing indoors, you may need to use artificial light source, such as flash.

Fill Flash – when shooting backlit

Shooting subjects in a backlit setup can create a nice separation and bring more depth to images. But if the subject is heavily backlit (say with the sun behind), the opposite side of the subject which is facing the camera might get underexposed. Fill flash can help in this situation; single diffused light positioned away from the camera would do the job.

Overpowering the sun to avoid hot spots and intense shadow

While the sunlight can be a good friend for outdoor photography, there are times, usually in the afternoon, when the light can be too harsh on the photo as the sun is directly overhead. Setting up an umbrella or a softbox with the flash helps get around that problem and you get beautiful photos as a result.

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Avoiding environmental color casts on your subject’s skin tone

Sometimes when working with natural reflectors, you get to run into a problem where your subject will assume the color of the reflective surface. You can reduce this effect by using a reflector right next to your subject or use fill flash (umbrella, softbox or other modifier) to illuminate your subject, which will more or less isolate him/her from the rest of the background and reduce color reflections.

Final words

Flash helps provide dimension in your photography, allowing you to solve or at least get around the problems you sometimes face in photography. Just remember to leave some room for creativity to get the best results as possible in your photos.

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The Top Wedding Photography Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

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There is no stressing further how memorable and important a wedding is, especially for a couple who is about to get married. Considering as well that there are no second chances as well is added pressure especially for those who will covering the event, in this case the photographer, making sure that they would be able to cover the wedding right.

But then there are those mistakes that some photographers make that manage to make the wedding feel incomplete or worse, would ruin the moment overall. Fortunately, we have listed down some of the gravest photography mistakes here that should be noted and help as well in giving a better wedding experience overall.

  1. Inexperience

There are many photographers today, and one would not wish inexperience to be the cause of bad set of photographs that would be taken at the wedding. If you are relatively inexperienced in wedding photography but would like to learn more about it, it is best that you start as an intern or assistant to a more experienced wedding photographer like Russell Neal and learn as well as master the craft in the process. It is also a good opportunity as well to be able to hone an efficient photography workflow as well.

  1. Not having a second shooter

There are a number of moments that are happening simultaneously during the wedding, and it would be a shame if those moments are not captured because there is only one photographer availed during that day. It is best to have at least a second photographer who can capture those simultaneous moments along with you, not to mention this will enable to have some good processing options too. Another important function of the second photographer is that in the event you forgot to shoot a moment or your equipment messes up for some reason, the second shooter would be readily available to cover for you.

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  1. Inability to capture those perfect eyes

Capturing that eye contact between the couple makes a good shot. The subject(s) not having any eye contact or looking into a void are a recipe for a wedding photography disaster. It is important therefore for the photographer to find the right ways to capture that perfect eye contact moment through poses and looks that may be requested by a photographer. Squints and red eye outputs are other issues that may crop up along the way, and knowing the best ways to avoid such glitches would give some perfect photos that would come out.

  1. Using Wrong Focus Mode & ISO

Two important elements that a photographer must note in wedding photography are the focus mode and the ISO. An incorrect focus mode will not track your subject(s) well, causing blurred and out of focus shots. Meanwhile, an incorrect ISO would cause exposure issues. A good photographer must be very familiar with focus modes and ISO settings and which of these settings would create a great output in your photo. Knowing the right focus mode would not only highlight the subject(s) in your photo, it would also help create some artistic shots as well. Knowing to set the right ISO will help with increased sensitivity and capture more details with the highest image quality.

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  1. Not paying attention to detail

Weddings are beautiful stories being told in a magnificent set-up, with every detail well-thought and planned out from the ceremony to the reception. The wedding photographer needs to pay attention to these details and capture all the intricacies to fully capture the wedding’s magic that the couple and guests have appreciated. It may be tough to translate such sentiments into photos, but with the right approach and methods, it is not impossible.

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How Do I Use Outdoor Light For My Wedding Photography

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Outdoor weddings are beautiful but challenging to cover to say the least. For one, weddings held outdoors are naturally beautiful occasions that makes an occasion as memorable as a wedding itself become more memorable. On the flipside however, the unpredictability and the harshness of light coming from the sun can be a challenge as it may cause underexposed or overexposed photos or photos be ruined by the bright sunlight that distracts the view captured in the image.

While we cannot control the light coming from the sun, as wedding photographers, we can play around with the sunlight to make some stunning outdoor photos with the help of some equipment to help diffuse the harsh sunlight. We shall detail a few of them here.

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On-Camera TTL Flash To Enhance Available Light

Used properly, an on-camera flash used outdoors can be of help for outdoor wedding photographers, especially for ones like Simon Grossett, creating either a theatrical or straightforward effect, depending on the occasion and mindset of the subject(s). It can be used to soften shadows, illuminate backlit subjects or darken the distracting background of a packed reception hall. There are also the shoe-mounted flashguns (aka Speedlites or Speedlights) that become an integral part of your camera once they’re locked in place. Then there are the dedicated, through-the-lens (TTL) flashguns, in which the flash output is determined by the degree of light required to complement pre-existing ambient light levels. You can also adjust the exposures to serve your purposes, whether you’re filling in shadows or darkening a background by increasing your shutter speed.

One great feature dedicated TTL flashguns have are the flash reflectors that zoom in or out to match the picture angle of the lens you are using, usually in the range of 28mm to 105mm or longer depending on the model in question. Most have a flip-down diffuser that spreads the light wide enough to cover the field of view of a 21mm lens, giving you good edge-to-edge illumination.

TTL Flash Light Modifiers To Soften the Hard-Edged Look

If you find that the harsh nature of electronic speedlights ruins the highlights of what would otherwise be lovely photos, these effects can be greatly controlled through the use of a number of readily available light-modifying attachments. To diffuse and soften the light of a flash gun and create more flattering and atmospheric portraits. These include snap-on diffusers, miniature beauty dishes, and soft boxes. Mini softboxes are particularly useful when shooting with speedlights, as they greatly soften and spread the range of light that these smaller strobes produce.

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Battery-Powered Studio Flash Systems for Small Groups

Even though you may think you have it covered with a couple of speedlights, in some cases, these speedlights may not be enough. Depending on the lighting conditions, you may need to augment the light that is available (or otherwise) with light from an artificial source to light a small group. This might require more light, with more of a spread than you can get from your speedlight, whether it’s off camera or on. More powerful and more flexible than shoe-mounted speedlights are thosebattery-powered flash systems which are ideal for shooting group portraits. For shooting larger groups or situations requiring larger volumes of light, portable battery-powered flash systems featuring 1000- to 2000-plus watt/seconds of light are available.

Reflectors and Diffusers

The challenge of shooting outdoors using available light is learning how to control it. It’s rare to shoot under outdoor lighting conditions that will not let us have to correct the fill, softening or diffusion, something that cannot be corrected by additional light alone. Depending on the situation, one has to use a number of scrims, reflectors and diffusing devices designed to optimize the lighting parameters of whatever ambient lighting conditions you might encounter.

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Should I Get an Apple Watch? The Pros and Cons

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The introduction of the Apple Watch marks a new era in the evolution of wearable technology. Apple’s entry in the market has certainly brought life in the smartwatch market, as well as in the greater market of wearable tech. Indeed, the Apple Watch has made smartwatches more appealing than before, but is it enough for you even as a Manchester Wedding Photographer to get one?

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Today, let us look at the benefits and the drawbacks the Apple Watch brings to the table to better get an idea of what it has to offer as a tech device and as a watch.

The Pros

Let us first take a look at the positive aspects of this device as listed below:

  • Design – For a smartwatch, the Apple Watch is designed to look just as nice and stylish as with any regular watch. Whether you will go with the Sport variant or the more fashionable Edition variant, each model of the Apple Watch is designed to look good on your wrist.
  • Sturdy Build – Each model of the Apple Watch is designed with a solid, functional body. This extends as well to the interchangeable bands that you can use with your watch, from solid special rubber material on the sport bands, to the fine leather bands and the fine metallic build of bracelet bands.
  • Innovative technology – The Apple Watch is itself a showcase of smart and easy to understand technology being incorporated in the device. One evidence of that is the presence of the crown found in regular watches being repurposed as a digital crown to navigate the interface better. Also, the apps on the device are specially designed, providing a new type of interactive and digital experience, taking advantage of the overall aesthetic and technology of the watch itself, capable of connecting to other selected devices, (something we will get to later) other Apple Watches, or with other technologies like the Apple Pay electronic payment system.

The Cons

Now we look at the negative aspects of the Apple Watch listed here below:

  • Price – Being a premium device, not to mention being an Apple product, the Apple Watch comes with a very expensive price tag, priced on the same levels as that of the premium watches made by Swiss watchmakers. If affordability is a big consideration for you, then better think twice on going for a watch like this one.
  • Battery life – Unlike watches whose battery life lasts for years with no need for recharging constantly, a smartwatch like the Apple Watch constantly needs power recharging for it to work. Limited battery life for this device entails daily recharging which one can do during sleep, which may be a bit of a problem for those who wear their watches during their sleep.
  • Connectivity only with specific devices – The Apple Watch has the ability to connect and sync with other devices, but being an iOS device, it only connects with other iOS devices. What the bigger drawback is though is that not all iOS devices can connect with the Apple Watch. At the moment, only the iPhone 5 and later models have this connectivity feature with the Apple Watch available. Tough luck if you have an older iPhone model that you hope would sync with the watch.

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One thing to note is that this is just the 1st generation of the Apple Watch that is available in the market. As such, there is much room for improvement as far as features and design is concerned. Hopefully, the price as well will change to lower levels.

So is the Apple Watch a must have device to get? On a technical standpoint its features are impressive for a smartwatch. As an electronic device, the Apple Watch is as feature rich as it should be. But features and innovation are not the only considerations in having a device. There is also the matter of pricing and whether its features addresses what you need or if they can help do the job you normally do easier.

In the end, it is a matter of personal preference as a consumer. As long as you have taken all these things into consideration to arrive at a sound decision on your part, there should be no problem.

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The Secrets to Capturing Great Moments in Weddings

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Wedding photography is one of the most lucrative yet demanding genres in photography to specialize, something that veterans in the industry would attest to. There are so many moments that need to be captured in that single event, not to mention the challenges that might come up along the way.

These things may be overwhelming especially for a newbie wedding photographer. But with the proper guidance and knowledge, one can get through these jitters and be on the way to be an experienced photographer. Here are some tips to help get on your way in doing the job:

  1. Know the equipment that you have and make sure you have backup

Some photographers, like the wedding photographer hertfordshire, have the fault of not knowing what equipment they have and what would be appropriate to use in certain occasions. Thus, it is important to be familiar with the feature and capabilities of each equipment like the lenses, flash, and other gear you will be needing to cover a wedding.

Also, it is important that you have backup equipment that you can use anytime whenever one of them fails on you during the event. This applies especially for batteries for additional power and memory cards for additional storage.

  1. Prepare a short list of what to cover

With so many moments in the wedding that needed to be captured, some photographers make a mistake in missing some key moments which make the overall wedding experience feel incomplete as far as the coverage is concerned. To avoid this, photographers must make it a point to know the important moments that must be photographed and make a list of those moments so they would not be forgotten during the event itself. This also helps the photographer’s overall workflow as he/she gets to have a better grasp as to how to transition between moments to take those great photos.

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  1. Shoot in RAW

There is a lot at stake when shooting a wedding and you need to make sure that you have the maximum amount of data available when editing images to correct any issues with exposure, color and white balance in the best quality available as possible. This means that it’s important to shoot photos in the RAW format. You can shoot JPEG photos at the same time, but as a priority, shoot RAW files to get you out of trouble.

  1. Always be prepared

There are many moments both expected and unexpected that one must watch out for. These things only happen once so if you miss it, well too bad. To avoid those missed opportunities, it is important that your focus and attention is on the things going on at the If you have 2 or more photographers in your team who will cover the wedding, make sure you have planned things out with your team as to the moments and areas each of them will cover to avoid overlap and ensuring that there is no missed moment as much as possible.

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  1. Experiment on different angles that will enhance dramatic effect on the photos

Some moments in the wedding may look “plain” to look at but a little experimentation shooting from a different angle makes that moment more magical and interesting. It also adds a level of artistry that will make the photos stand up. Feel free to explore from a different angle as long as it does not adversely affect the photo overall.