Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Photography’

Don’t Hide Your Flash. Put It in the Image! Here Is How.

Written by Jared Platt on . Posted in Lighting Tips

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On October 22, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt will host a free webinar on how to use light as an element. To get you in the mood for the webinar, Jared has written an article on the topic. Enjoy!

With only minutes to find, compose and take the wedding portrait my assistant, myself and the couple parked on the side of the road and hustled into the burned out forest just on the edge of the Grand Canyon. We had just a few more minute of twilight and wanted to make the most of it. With two Profoto B1 off-camera flashes, we knew we needed one as a main soft light and the other as a backlight or hair light to separate the couple from the background. Without that hair light, the groom’s suite would fade into the darkness of the trees and the sky from whence it would never return. Having that hair light also helps to create separation between the bushes and trees in the fore and mid ground areas. There is not disputing, we needed a hair light.

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Walk Through a Wedding, Part 13: Shooting the Wedding Dance

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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Walk Through a Wedding is a yearlong video series on wedding photography, in which we follow Justin & Mary Marantz as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day.

The series consists of 20 videos. Each video reveals the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. In the thirteenth episode, Justin & Mary talk about how they capture the lucky couple’s dance.

“We said: what if we could get images from the guests perspective, as if the photographer wasn’t even there that day, but also, at the same time, get images that those guest could never get,” says Mary.

So how do they do that? Well, the short answer is that they put a powerful flash in off to the side of the room and a diffuser, so that they get a soft and even light spread that blends nicely with the ambient light.

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Previous episodes of Walk Through a Wedding can be found here. The next video will be released on September 15.

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Walk Through a Wedding, Part 8: Shooting Family Portraits Quickly

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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Walk Through a Wedding is a yearlong video series in which we get to follow wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day.

The series consists of 20 videos. Each video reveals the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. This episode should be of interest not just to wedding photographers, but to any photographer looking into shooting family portraits quickly.

“The lights we’re using for the family portrait is a B1 head with an Umbrella Deep XL White,” says Justin. “XL Umbrellas are perfect for this occasion, because they cover everything from a couple together, all the way to a wide group picture with a beautiful throw of light that is really soft.”

Previous episodes of Walk Through a Wedding can be found here.

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Walk Through a Wedding, Part VII: The First Kiss

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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Walk Through a Wedding is a yearlong video series in which we get to follow wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz as they set out to capture a young couple’s most special day.

The series consists of 20 videos, each one revealing the story and the lighting setup behind a certain image. In this episode we get to see Justin & Mary shoot what is arguably one of the most important shots on the wedding day: the kiss in the church.

“One of the things we try to do is to make sure we document that moment without being intrusive,” says Mary. “This works very well with our lighting setup , because it allows us to stay in the wings, rather than in front of the guests or in the middle of the aisle, standing in front of mom or grandma during those important moments.”

So, what is that setup you might ask? Well, it involves a couple of B1 off-camera flashes (remotely controlled with Air Remote TTL-C), two RFi softboxes and a Magnum Reflector.

Press play to see how they used these tools the get their shot.

Previous episodes of Walk Through a Wedding can be found here.

The next video will be released on June 16.

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Wedding Photographer Vanessa Joy Moves from Natural Light to Creating Light

Written by Harley Anderson on . Posted in Wedding Photography

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 Wedding photographer Vanessa Joy has switched from shooting with natural light and speed lights to the more powerful and versatile Profoto B1. Here are her thoughts on how her new equipment has affected her imagery and business.

Wedding photographer Vanessa Joy grew up around photography. Her Mom, Marji Scavone, was a wedding and portrait photographer, so cameras and shop talk were an integral part of the family story line. But it wasn’t until she entered high school that she fell in love with the art and craft of taking pictures.

She soon began assisting her photo instructor, a “weekend warrior wedding photographer”. In addition to schlepping bags, Vanessa was often put onto the front lines shooting second camera, where she quickly learned how to make do with whatever lighting gear the boss wasn’t using at the moment.

Looking back, these lessons in ‘making do’ were the seedlings for her signature-style reputation as an excellent natural light wedding photographer.

About fifteen years and a couple of college degrees later, Vanessa Joy finds herself, along with her filmmaker husband Rob Adams, co-partners in a thriving wedding photography business. Though recognized – and often hired specifically because of her natural light imaging style, Vanessa knows better than entering a wedding hall without back-up lighting. “When somebody hires you, they expect you to show up better equipped than their guests”.

For the longest time, Vanessa Joy’s lighting system consisted of a slew of Speedlites, batteries, cables, and radio slaves along with a few reflectors. The problem was that shooting in bright outdoor settings, which was often the case, there were often communication issues between the cameras, transmitters, and lights, and there’s a limit to how many times you can ‘take five’ at a wedding to trouble-shoot your gear. Add the frequent triple-digit heat/humidity indexes common to summer in New Jersey, and equipment failure becomes more than an ‘inconvenience’.

The bottom line for Vanessa Joy was that while her off-camera Speedlite system did what she needed it to do, when shooting outdoors the sun was still calling the shots leaving her Speedlites to mostly fill in the blanks. And then she heard about Profoto’s new B1 off-camera flash. She tried it. She hasn’t looked back.

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