Wedding Photographer - Stay a Pro Even in the Dark

Amelia Grant By Amelia Grant, 25th Jul 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/30pmdcp6/
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A wedding is a wonderful and memorable celebration in the life of each couple. On this day there are many events, all of them are caught and kept for many years by a wedding photographer.

Wedding Photographer - Stay a Pro Even in the Dark


A wedding is a wonderful and memorable celebration in the life of each couple. On this day there are many events, all of them are caught and kept for many years by a wedding photographer. As a rule, only the final result is important for the bride and groom. These are high-quality, emotional and bright photos. And for a photographer, the wedding day is a very responsible position. If you dream about the profession of a photographer or recently became one, it will be useful to hear some secrets of shooting in low light situations.

What do you need to know to take a good photo in poor lighting?
It is desirable that the camera has a manual mode (M) or at least the possibility of setting a long shutter speed in the shutter priority mode (TV). To shoot in the evening, you need an exposure of up to 8 seconds, at night at least 30 seconds. With such a long exposure, it is simply impossible to hold the camera in your hands, so you need to use a tripod.

The basic requirement for a tripod is sufficient rigidity and weight at least twice the weight of the camera and lens (so that the camera does not "swing in the wind").

One of the problems of night shooting is that in low light conditions you have to use rather long exposures. And to make the frame sharp, the exposure should be fairly short. In case you don’t have a tripod in such a situations, New Jersey Videography gives the following recommendations:
1. If you can sufficiently stabilize the camera using an optical stabilizer, then you will be able to work effectively at longer exposures, which means with less light. You can lean against a wall, or put your elbows tightly on something stable for additional support.
2. In low light conditions, an electronic flash can help you, luckily most modern cameras are equipped with them. But the model (bride and groom) should be close enough, preferably within three meters, because the built-in flash won’t be effective over long distances.
3. Don’t trust the AUTO mode of the camera too much. It can result in overexposed faces. And people would like to see both the background and a normally exposed face. To avoid this, use a negative flash exposure compensation. The value can be from -1 to -3 EV. If negative exposure compensation does not help, most likely this means that you are too close to the model. Just step away and the situation will come to normal.

Night photography stimulates the photographer to look for creative ways to work with the available light, and if you master the work with a tripod and do not be afraid of high ISO, than the night shooting of weddings and not only will give you a lot of fun and pleasures.

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Wedding, Wedding Day, Wedding Photographer

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