Lighting Techniques for a Wedding Photographer

Have your lighting game down

wedding photographerTo be an effective professional wedding photographer, you need to make sure that you have your lighting game down pat and ready to roll. This is no easy process though. The concept and understanding of lighting and how to make it work for a particular situation is always different depending on the other contributing elements. When it all comes down to it, it really all boils down to how a wedding photographer manages to deal with what he is given up front and make it work for the wedding photo shoot. There is no one-step two-step recipe for capturing the perfect lighting and for perfecting the composition as well. A so-called blanket approach is not applicable when it comes to dealing with light and how you get to incorporate it into the photos that you shoot. You have to make it a point to be flexible and to be adaptable with whatever you may currently have on hand and make the most out of it. This includes always thinking on your feet and having a basic understanding of how the principles of lighting work and how you will be able to manipulate it and use it to your advantage as a wedding photographer.

If you happen to deal with an artificial light source, you should know right out that your job will not be an easy one.

You will have to figure out a way to help diffuse the light in such a way that it will get to mimic the qualities of natural lighting. There are so many techniques and strategies that you can apply when it comes to things like these but the easiest way to tackle this would be to make use of any matte white surfaces such as walls, tarpaulins, or any other backgrounds adjacent to your subject and to the artificial light source. When you aim narrow artificial light into a matte surface, it bounces off with a more scattered and diffused kind of lighting that can turn out to be quite flattering for portrait shots and the like. That’s why you should always go out of your way to look out for opportunities like these because they are far more common and far more convenient than you would think.

Play on shadows

As a wedding photographer, you should also take note of the fact that shadows aren’t always a bad thing, as opposed to what you would usually read about it online. As a matter of fact, when used in the right kind of contexts, the play on shadows just might work for you and for the shots that you are trying to compose in the process if you get to pull things off the right way. Shadows can actually create volume so if you are going for a somewhat 3D effect or something equally dramatic, then you can consider shadows as your best friends when it comes to accomplishing this. This requires a certain amount of skill and expertise though so make sure that you get a lot of practice before you actually incorporate this into the wedding photo shoots that you get to book as a Suffolk wedding photographer.

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