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(How To) Wedding Photography Lighting (Part 1- Natural Light Photography)| Adelaide Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photography Lighting (Part 1 - Natural Light Photography)

I am a Professional Wedding Photographer in Adelaide, SA. The purpose of this post is to answer our Facebook friend Wang Brooks's question: "I wish that if you can share information about light and visual angle." Part 1 and 2 will focus on the Light aspect of the question. Part 3 work on the Angle on how I see things. wedding photography lighting

Personal Disclaimer: These blog posts are what I do and how I feel about Wedding Photography Lighting. It is subjective and there is no right and wrong way of doing it.

Part 1 - Natural Light Photography

Part 2 - Wedding Photography Lighting (Using Flash)

Part 3 - Working with Angle (TBA)

Photographing in a wedding is not all about MY PHOTOGRAPHY that takes priority over everything. I do not centre myself as "Scott is the photographer and he wants this and that". I have to meet schedule, live to my expectation (to perform), to ensure that I am able to produce the best with what is going on (in terms of wedding photography lighting).

Now, Light!

Wedding Photography Lighting can be as simple as Natural light to complicating multiple Flash lights. I use a combination of natural and flash lighting in different situations.

Natural Light Photography

Why natural light? It's easy, less equipment (flash) to buy and carry quick. Often a photojournalistic way of capturing moments without being discovered.

When is natural light not suitable? Here's some reasons I can think of.

  • Ambient lights is brighter than subject, this means that you have a darker subject in a well exposed photo.
  • Some dark wedding venues when you can't even see clearly.
  • When you want to use artificial light to create a more dramatic photo.
  • Save you some $ by not buying more lights.
  • Fill flash to clean shadows - portrait. Especially in afternoon sun.
  • You need to freeze fast subject in motion.
wedding photography lighting
wedding photography lighting

Above is an example of using natural light during pretty dim wedding reception venue in Windy Point, South Australia. Light source is the heater light just above the bride.

1:Gears: Often not a must, but this helps a lot in low light condition wedding reception venue. You might just have to use a camera body with good high ISO capability paired with a "fast" lens. Lens that can go wide like f/1.4 such as a prime lens. Here is a link to my gear list. Here's an article on what lens should you use for wedding photography. I will try to update my gear list to include my wedding photography lighting gears use.

2: The first light source and often the main light is the Sun. Most photographers will begin their journey as a natural light photographer who don't supplement additional lights in a wedding. I am one. Know where the sun is coming from.

3: Observe the Shadows. This is the key. Apply to indoor and outdoor. When there is light, there will be shadow. Watch the shadow on the face. In an outdoor portrait for example, your couple might be under the tree, watch how the tree branches are creating shadows on their face. If so, move them around or use fill flash. When I start at my groom or bride's place for their prep, I like to walk around the house and observe the lights. Is there direct sun light coming in from the window/sliding door?

4: Make use of Any Available Light such as the videographer's video light. This can be a good substitute for off camera flash light. Some photographers dislike to work with videographers video light but i love it. Likewise, in a reception. I love to use the DJ lights as well. This creates a really good ambient lights even if it's bright green light on someone's face. It's the mood. Lights from bedside lamp, torches etc can be useful too. Just look around.

wedding photography lighting
wedding photography lighting

Image Above: Videographer is standing on my right. I am borrowing his light in this portrait. Way too easy! wedding photography lighting

5: Mobile phone light, YES! Use it! You do have a light source with you everywhere you go. I use my iPhone light to lit up the details when i need them.

6: Should I overexpose or underexpose? In general, I expose for the skin of my bride and groom. Take the photos in RAW format and this save you lots of overexpose or underexpose of the skin. wedding photography lighting

7: Avoid Afternoon Sun. As a natural light photographer, if you are not using any flash for fill, try to avoid afternoon sun as it will cause harsh shadow just below the eyes.

8: Do not to place people facing the sun. Pretty self explanatory.

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photography lighting

Image Above: I took the photo of the bridal party facing the sun. Why? The wind from the sea will not mess up their hair when they are facing the sea & sun. I did turn around and take another photos of them back-face the sun/sea. Their eyes are better as they are not looking at the harsh sun but their hairs are flying in front of their face.

Thank you for reading our article on wedding photography lighting and hope you will find these wedding photography lighting tips useful as a natural light photographer.

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Scott Goh Photography

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Tips for Wedding Second Shooters | Adelaide Wedding Photographer

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Tips for Wedding Second Shooters / Photographers - Dos and Donts

I’ve worked with a lot of wedding second shooters over the years and have started second shooting. Here's some basic principles that should help you to become a solid wedding second shooter. wedding second shooter

(1) Do sync your camera time with the primary photographer. Helps putting all photos together from different camera in good timely manner.

(2) Do use higher capacity cards like 16 or 32 gig cards. It is easier to work with less cards than more to prevent lost of cards.

backup for wedding cards wedding second shooter
backup for wedding cards wedding second shooter

(3) Do remember to always keep it relax and fun. Often your manner reflects the business of the main photographer. Behave well, respect and have fun. This will lighten the mood while shooting. wedding second shooter

(5) Do not shoot over the primary photographer’s shoulder. You’ll end up with duplicate images and you will have the eyes of the bride looking at your camera while the groom's look at the other photographer. Big NO NO here.

(6) Do not control nor position the bride/groom/bridal party to the way you want while the primary photographer is shooting.  Ask the primary photographer if he/she allows and if so, do it after he is done.

(7) Do help organize the groupings during the family formals. This is your primary responsibility during the formals.

(8) Do take detail shots in case the primary photographer might miss any. Have a list of the detail shots if you can't remember them.

(9) Do make sure that you’re always shooting from a different angle than the primary. Link to point 10.

(10) Do try to avoid being in the primary photographer's view. You can always duck down and use the  B&G to block you out of the primary photographer's view. This takes practise.

(11) Do not make direct contact with the B&G before or after the wedding. They are not your client. wedding second shooter

(12) Do not pass out your business cards during the wedding. If asked, hand out the primary photographer's card.

(13) Do take photos of the primary photographer interacting with the wedding party and guests. These interactions were part of the day, so go ahead and document it.

(14) Do take all you can to keep yourself safe and watch for the safety of all others. Bring your own water. Keep your water level high. Do not attempt shots from dangerous level and places. Before you move into any bushes, take a stick and brush around it before you step into the tall bush (in case there's any snake in there).

(15) Do keep an eye on the equipment while the main might be in another room/location where the equipment is out of sight. wedding second shooter

That’s is it. Being a second shooter should be fun without the stress and pressure as the main shooter! Stay professional even as a second shooter and use your common sense.

Scott

Brendon and Kimberly | Engagement Photography Adelaide

Brendon and Kimberly | Engagement Photography Adelaide

We like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to Brendon and Kimberly for their constant wedding referral of their families and friends. Engagement Photography Adelaide

We have recently updated our professional editing software. Here are some of our new edit. We continue to upgrade our equipment from time to time so that we can provide the best images for our clients.Engagement Photography Adelaide

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Linly + James | Adelaide Wedding Photography (Tea Ceremony)

Linly + James | Adelaide Wedding Photography (Tea Ceremony)

I started the wedding with a very beautiful weather. I'm very excited about this wedding. Here's some of the highlights in the morning tea ceremony.

Enjoy

Below are a list of wedding suppliers used.

Dress – Nicolina, Flowers – 4 Eva Florist Cake – Tabatha Mosch Hair – Aleesha Invites - DIY Wedding Car – Jags of Adelaide Video – Leigh and Jen Music – Emma Harwood - Harpist Suit Designer – Lee Baron< Shoes - Modcloth Wedding Favours – DIY Jewelry and Rings - Everett Brookes

More wedding photos to come. Do stay tune.

Scott

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Van + Thu | Adelaide Asian Wedding Photographer

Van + Thu | Adelaide Asian Wedding Photographer

It was a wonderful wedding of Van and Thu. I photographed their Pre-wedding photos a while ago. Beautiful weather and beautiful families from the couple.

The ceremony was held in an Asian Buddhist temple which was an interesting experience for us. I was told that in Adelaide, good Asian wedding photographers are rare and I am very honoured to be part of this wedding. Van and Thu had earlier engaged another wedding photographer for their wedding however decided not to go with him.

Asian weddings tend to run more than 12 hours. I recall that at the end of the wedding, I was totally exhausted. The next day, my legs are both numb and sore. However, I really enjoyed photographing these couple.

Let's let the happiness roll!

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stunning asian bride
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beautiful bride
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wedding ring
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wedding cars
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groom shoes
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asian groom wedding
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groom prep wedding photo
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groom chatting in wedding
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Asian Wedding Photographer adelaide
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pouring tea wedding
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adelaide Asian Wedding Photographer 01
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burn incense wedding
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tea ceremony wedding
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tea ceremony Asian Wedding Photographer
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kids Asian in Wedding Photographer
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kwan ying Wedding temple
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buddhist Asian Wedding Photographer
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praying Asian Wedding Photographer
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wedding bokeh
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stunning adelaide wedding portrait
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fun wedding portrait
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wedding reception
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happy groom dancing

We did have some fun before the reception! 

Essential Backup for Wedding Photographers

Essential Backup for Wedding Photographers

Do not take chances.

Photographers venturing into the wedding arena and brides looking for photographers, please be aware - backup for wedding photographers. The unknown truth in the wedding photographer industry is that our equipment can malfunction. In extreme cases, memory cards can also fail hence corrupt your entire wedding photos. Each camera's shutter has a limited life span. Do not take chances.

backup for wedding cards
backup for wedding cards

Our Backup plan.

1. Backup for wedding day - Camera. Every wedding we attend, there will be at least 3 camera. In most cases, you only see me with 2, with the 3rd/4th either in my bag or locked up in my car.

2.Backup for wedding day - Lenses. Although I do not have 2 lenses of the same, I do have spare lenses for the type of photos I do. For example, I have a 24-70L USM as a backup for my 24LII and 35L. I have a 85LII as a backup for 70-200LII for bridal portrait sessions.

backup for wedding dual slots
backup for wedding dual slots

3. Backup for wedding day - Photos. When we click the shutter capturing an essential moment of your wedding, the single moment in recorded into TWO memory cards (This is where some photographers fails). Normally, one huge card stays in the camera for the whole day. During the middle of the day, I tend to switch one of the cards with a fresh one and keep the used somewhere safe. When I get home, one set is being recorded into my computer. This is not the end......

backup for wedding disks
backup for wedding disks

4. Backup Photos - Postprocessing.  Sometimes, people think that it's safe once you copied your photos into your computer and that's it! No. For us, when it is being copied into our computer, it is again recorded into TWO Seperate Harddisks (RAID system). Oh yes, hard disk can fail as well. Once I ensure that the photos are copied into the harddisks, I can safely reuse those cards for my next event. We have not taken a new steps where we upload our RAW photos into an online cloud service hence storing your photos at a different location other than our work office, making sure that a fire at our place dont ruin all the hard work.

##** PS: I have since upgraded to a NAS system by Synology 1513+ which can sustain 2 HDD failure at any single point in time but still retain my data.

An example of free cloud service that I use is "Dropbox".

5. Backup - After delivery. Once the photos have been delivered to our clients, these photos are keen in 2 seperate hard disks for archive.

To conclude, please do not take chance. No one single backup plan is bullet proof. We try our very best to ensure that the photos are not lost due to any mechanical failure. Things can still happen. The very least you know that your photographer has a solid backup plan keep you free from any worries.

PS: I bring a spare set of pants, shirt and shoes to wedding. I had my pants split once due to my ninja move taking photo. :)

Update, 27/08/2014 : I have now move all my photo storage into a Synology Disk station, 1813+ which offers a ability to accept 2 hard disks failure at any single point in time without data lost. Gone with the wires and separate disks. I am however keeping one of the disk for an offsite backup. Works great on my iMac.

Scott

Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Rings / Engagement Rings

Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Rings / Engagement Rings

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wedding rings photo

Wedding rings are items that the stay with you (physically) after the wedding. It's a reminder that you are married. It is at least for me. I feel proud seeing the ring on my finger. Although this article is targeted for "my brides" on wedding rings, the information here is sufficient for engagement rings as well.

macro wedding rings
macro wedding rings

Being a wedding photographer, getting photos of the wedding rings is part of the must-take photos for all weddings. Making the rings look good is an art that I love creating.  I have a dedicated marco L lens just to photograph the rings. This allows me to capture all the details. Before choosing your wedding rings and setting aside a budget for the ring, here's a few pointers before you shop for the rings.

best wedding rings metal
best wedding rings metal

Which Metal - Rings come in different metals. The most common metals are yellow gold and white gold. In some countries, platinum rings are gaining it's popularity as an alternative form of modern silver. Platinum is the least reactive metal however it is the most expensive. Gold on the other hand retain it's resale value (not that you are planning to sell).

adelaide wedding rings stone
adelaide wedding rings stone

Which Stone - If you decide to havesome stones on your ring, diamonds, sapphires, man-made cubic zirconia are some stones that are commonly used. The most exotic stones are the pink diamonds. The most popular stone used in wedding rings will be the Diamonds. If you decide to get a diamond, make sure you understand the 5 Cs (Carat, Cut, Clarity, Colour, Certificate).

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wedding ring

Which Design - For brides, you might want to consider getting a wedding ring that compliment your engagement ring. Often, the wedding band of the groom is thick. In the wedding bands section, jewellers like to have near identical wedding rings design with 2 different ring sizes.

adelaide wedding ring photo
adelaide wedding ring photo

Which Shop - Shop around for the design/stone that you like, taking into account of budget of course. Some people may tend to shop in the local jewellery shop(for ready made designs), while others like to get their rings directly from the jewellers (for custom made designs). Some may even go to the extend of getting their rings from overseas.

adelaide beautiful wedding ring
adelaide beautiful wedding ring

Preparing the rings for photographers - Lots of retailers in Adelaide are able to wash/clean your rings. You might want to consider cleaning your engagement rings before your wedding. (Sidetrack: my macro lens is sharp enough to capture the dust particles on your rings.) 

Scott

For other of my blogs for "My Bride";

Comprehensive Guide to Wedding Dresses

Tips for a Stress-Free Wedding Day

1. ENGAGE  WEDDING PLANNER/S

To save cost on wedding, get someone close to you whose good at organising things. Perhaps a mother or your bridesmaid. Share the load with more than 1 person. Tasked John for the flower, Mary for the cars and Bob for the reception.

On your wedding day, you will be able to divert all communications from wedding suppliers to this/these person. You need to ENJOY the day and it's lessen your stress.

2. PLAN OUT YOUR WEDDING DAY SCHEDULE

In fact, all weddings I have been are very well-planned.

Share the schedule with families and friends who are helping out. Make sure that the florist, videographer, photographer etc knows where they will be at the schedule time. If they need to contact someone during the day, divert them to the wedding planner.

If your venue is in a place with limited car parking spaces, get your guest to arrive earlier than your "usual" time.

Always plan for the wet weather. Bring umbrella during winter season and water during summer.

After my last discussion with my clients, I always print out the itinerary of the day.

3. PLAN FOR THINGS TO TAKE WAY LONGER THAN YOU THINK THEY WILL

Allow time for congratulating and well-wishes from friends and families after the ceremony. Enjoy the moment. Do not rush.

Allow some time to rest. It's a tiring long day.

Allow time for travelling and looking for a park. Cater for traffic conjestion.

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wedding
4. PLAN FOR FAMILY PHOTOS

Make a list and get someone (maybe brother/sister) who knows the families to get them ready for the photos.

Always starts with a big group as its easier to get people to leave.

Consider starting with elderly. They may need chairs.

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wedding 01
5. BE FLEXIBLE

Photo locations - Prioritised your photo shoots locations from the must-have to the least. This ensure that you will surely have the photos at the beach (that you must have). You might be running out of time for the last location at the hill (which is the least you like) and that's should be ok.

Bride can be late and this is a fact. Do not stress if you are running late.

Lastly, ENJOY your day.

wedding fun
wedding fun

Matt and Alana | Adelaide Wedding Photography

Congratulations to Matt and Alana | Adelaide Wedding Photography

Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting Matt and Alana... Adelaide Wedding Photography 

Thank you for choosing Scott Goh Photography | Adelaide Wedding Photography as your wedding photographer. Photos can also be seen in our Facebook page via this link.

This wedding has been a personal challenge for me. It's my first wedding as a "Father". My baby is born 2 days before this wedding. Part of me is still exhausted by the birth experience, the other part of me is excited about this wedding that I have prepared and waiting for a while.

I met Matt and Alana about a year ago. Matt works overseas while Alana stays in Adelaide. My wife and I had such experiences being apart for a couple of years. It is tough to maintain long distance relationship. Thumbs up to Matt and Alana.

Temperature was pretty decent on the day but the guys' suits really make them sweat. By night, the weather is just pleasant.

(Switch) During the day, I do miss my newborn baby... (Switch)

Reception is held in their parents' place. The place is HUGE! I so love it.

Below is a list of suppliers that are part of this fantastic wedding. Thank you for sharing.

  • Dress – forever yours
  • Suit – Kenneth Blake
  • Flowers – Lindsay Baldwin
  • Cake/Wedding favours – Swish Ice Cakes
  • Hair – Corey Warren, Makeup – Make me up Marley
  • Shoes – Zu
  • Wedding Car – In Vogue Limousines
  • Catering – Melt Gourmet

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Blessing to the new couple.

Scott Goh |Adelaide Wedding Photography

I so love the light from the above photo. It makes them felt like angels.

 

(How to) Dance Gangnam Style in Wedding Reception

Gangnam Style in Wedding Reception | Scott Goh Photography Gangnam Style has made it's way topping charts around the world. It's also getting into wedding receptions. If you are the bride, groom or guests attending a coming wedding, do not fear. The article seeks to teach you a few tricks to rock and roll on the dances floor with Gangnam style.

Firstly, let have some background on the Gangam Style. Just in case you are being asked, what the song is all about... Below is a copy from Wikipedia on Gangam Style.

"Gangnam Style" is a Korean neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed "class." The term was listed in Time's weekly vocabulary list as a manner associated with lavish lifestyles in Seoul's Gangnam district. PSY likened the Gangnam District to Beverly Hills, California, and said in an interview that he intended in a twisted sense of humour by claiming himself to be "Gangnam Style" when everything about the song, dance, looks, and the music video is far from being such a high class.

Next, let's have a look at the official PSY youtube video. Take note of his dance steps.

Finally, below is link to a news article containing a pdf (in www.news.com.au) that teaches you how to dance Oppa Gangnam Style. Follow the step-by-step guide and refresh what you learnt from the original YouTube video.

FREE DOWNLOAD: how to dance G-Style (1.6mb PDF)

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wedding photography

It only takes a few tries before you can master these moves. It is easy and catchy! Here's some photos from the last few wedding receptions.

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wedding reception dance 01
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wedding reception dance 02
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wedding reception dance 03
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wedding reception dance 04
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wedding reception dance 05
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wedding reception dance 06

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