Twice last week I was asked this question by couples about their wedding photos:
“My wedding ceremony (or “my wedding venue”) has low lighting and is that going to be a problem getting well lit photos?”
Obviously the ceremony or venue site isn’t going to be so dark that people will be stumbling around unable to see what’s in front of them. And where there’s light, I can create a photo.
What I don’t want to do during your ceremony is blast spurts of flashes during the proceedings to get those wedding photos.
First of all, that can be very disruptive to the ambiance you want in your wedding ceremony.
Secondly, then those photos look like they were shot with a flash. And shots which look flash lit are exactly the kind of shots your guests will take and there’s no point in hiring a wedding photographer to take photos on the same level your guests do by default.
Besides, if you have candles and low lighting and subdued tones and up lighting, then you obviously want that tone for your wedding and it would be ridiculous to blow that ambiance away by making it look like your wedding took place under the sun at high noon during a nuclear explosion.
What people really like about my photography is that it looks natural and captures the true feel and look of your wedding day. And part of getting there is to keep the lighting looking as natural as I can.
Sometimes that means knowing how to use the light that’s already there and sometimes that means knowing to introduce light (which I’ve provided) into the image – but which looks like it was already there.
That’s because one of the worst things about photographs is when the image looks painfully obvious that it was artificially lit.
At least that’s the way I feel about it. I can’t speak at all for other photographers but that’s the way I work.
It’s simple, really. In real life, there’s light and shadow and tones in between. It’s beautiful.
And beautiful is what wedding photographs should be.
Like in this wedding portrait. It’s the same as when I was an illustrator and painted. Then and now, it’s all about creating something out of light and shadows.
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