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Aaron ♥ Elana | Adelaide Botanic Gardens | National Wine Centre

Aaron ♥ Elana | Adelaide Botanic Gardens | National Wine Centre

Here is another exciting Adelaide Wedding Blog Post that is long due. This is the wedding of Aaron and Elana. It was held at the beautiful Adelaide Botanical Gardens and reception was at the epic National Wine Centre. Being one of the preferred supplies (Adelaide Wedding Photographers) for both venues, we cannot express enough how excited we were to photograph a wonderful wedding like this one!

Callum ♥ Rhianne | Glen Ewin Estate & St Francis Xavier's Cathedral Adelaide

Callum ♥ Rhianne | Glen Ewin Estate & St Francis Xavier's Cathedral Adelaide

This beautiful wedding was held at Glen Ewin Estate. The gorgeous venue offers a great variety of photo shoot locations and good food (which are very important to wedding photographers haha...)

Nicholas ♥ Melissa | Partridge House Wedding | Somerton Surf Life Saving Club

Nicholas ♥ Melissa | Partridge House Wedding | Somerton Surf Life Saving Club

Wedding Photos Blog of Nick and Melissa. Ceremony held in Partridge House and reception at the Somerton Surf Life Saving Club. Adelaide wedding photography is by Scott Goh Photography

(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.

photography lighting
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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Wedding Photography Checklist - A Journalistic Approach

Wedding Photography Checklist A Journalist Approach

A Detailed Wedding Photography Checklist - A Journalistic Approach

There are lots of Wedding Photography Checklist that photographers new into the wedding industry use. Our menthod adds a journalist approach to the photos taken.

I always ask my clients if there's any things that they want me to capture. Sometimes, they want me to photograph them with their pet.

Groom Prep

  1. The Groom's place
  2. Rings
  3. Suit
  4. Prep Shots – Groom alone
  5. Prep Shots - Groom and Mum, Dad, Best man, Groomsmen
  6. Mum fixing boutonnière/button hole for Groom
  7. Groom and Family
  8. Groom and Bridal party
wedding photography checklist
wedding photography checklist

Bride Prep

  1. The Bride's place
  2. The Dress – Hanging or Draped
  3. Flowers
  4. Shoes
  5. Bride with dress
  6. Prep Shot - Maid of Honor & Brides Mom – Zipping/Tidying Dress
  7. Prep Shot - Bride Applying Make Up / Hair
  8. Bride fixing boutonnière/button hole for Dad
wedding photography checklist get ready
wedding photography checklist get ready


  1. Church Wide Shot (with & without guests)
  2. Bride walking down aisle ( Side Profile & Front )
  3. Father giving away bride
  4. Groom over the shoulder shot of bride ( & Vis Versa)
  5. Holding hands – Bride and Groom
  6. Bride & Groom Kiss
  7. Bride & Groom Leaving Church ( Receiving Line)
  8. Bride & Groom – Inside Limo Shot
wedding photography checklist ceremony
wedding photography checklist ceremony

Bridal Portrait (Skipped as these are portrait shoots of bridal party)

  1. B&G (full body, half body)
  2. Bride alone
  3. Groom alone
  4. Full bridal party
  5. Bride & GM
  6. Bride & BM
  7. Groom & GM
  8. Groom & BM
wedding photography checklist portrait
wedding photography checklist portrait

Reception wedding photography checklist

  1. Reception/Banquet Hall Outside shot
  2. Food Shots (Cocktail Hour, Drinks, etc.)
  3. First Dance
  4. Bride & Father Dance
  5. Groom & Mother Dance
  6. Bouquet Toss
  7. Guarder Belt Toss
  8. Cake Cutting, Bride and Groom Feeding each other
  9. Misc. Guests Dancing
  10. Speeches
  11. Centerpieces & Flower/Decorations
  12. Guestbook Signatures
  13. Gifts
  14. Small Children Dancing with Bride & Groom
  15. Bride & Groom’s Parents Dancing (Plus Grandparents)
  16. Smiles and laughers

Here's a link to our other wedding tip blog post - tips for wedding second shooters

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.


(Before and After) Wedding portrait using the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

(Before and After) Wedding Portrait using the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

As promised, here's a couple of photographs from the Wedding portrait held last Saturday. I intentionally took photos with and without flash to show ;

1. How harsh the sun is.

2. How good is it to have the flash on.

The heat

I have to admit that I often get overheated after a day of summer wedding. In this wedding, I went home after the first hour of reception. When I reached home at about 9pm, had my dinner, I have to had 2 panadols and went straight to bed. I had tried my best to stay out of the sun but the heat must have got into me. I already had more than 3 litres of water during the whole wedding and my body still can't cope well with the heat (annoying!).

Wedding Portrait with Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

I started using the flash in the portraits in the groom's place. Used it for the bride's and the bridal portrait session too. I am very impressed with the lightweight of the Quadra flash unit. I bought along with me the manfrotto tripod to hold the flash head. There is this once that the flash unit did not fire when it was behind a big tree, out of the sight from the skyport. The bridal party was happily smiling for me and I realised that the Quadra was not firing! Annoying x 2.

At the end of the wedding, the battery is still at 75% full.

Below is the photograph without the flash.

Wedding portrait
Wedding portrait

Here is the photograph with the flash used.  Which do you prefer?

Wedding portrait with quadra
Wedding portrait with quadra

Here is a link to the facebook page containing the album of the beautiful wedding of this couple.

A link to the previous post on the Hands on of the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra .

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Scott Goh |Adelaide Wedding Photography

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(Hands on) Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS RX

(Hands on) Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS RX

I am so excited about my new purchased of the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS RX and 2x action heads with the new Lithium (li-ion) batteries. I am currently still using my 2 x canon 600ex-rt flash units. I want something more powerful for the summer sun in Australia.

The Research

I have been doing some research about the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra hybrid vs the non-hybrid. I have posted the questions on some Elinchrom pages.

Here is the direct answer from The Flash Centre: "Scott, there is no difference between the Hybrid and some of the later Quadra RX packs. The re-branding to "Hybrid" was to help indicate that these packs are compatible with both the lead gel and li-ion batteries (some of the very early Quadra stuff is not li-ion compatible without a modification).  If you want any further infer please feel free to PM us. Thanks".

elinchrom casing
elinchrom casing

After receving the message, I went head off and purchased one of the two remaining (in-store) Elinchrom Ranger Quadra AS RX - the non-hybrid version with the new batteries. I am glad as I can spend the cash difference into getting the modifiers I want.


Here's some of the pictures about me unpacking the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra. I did make a mistake. Just like most people who dont read the user manual and went ahead to charge the battery. I plugged the battery straight into the charger and after half an hour. The battery remained flat. Then I saw that there is a "fuse" that has to be inserted into the fuse's slot before charging. I insert it and went back into the charger!

Then I spent the next hour or so reading the manuals.

elinchrom quadra to go set action head
elinchrom quadra to go set action head
elinchrom quadra charging battery li-ion
elinchrom quadra charging battery li-ion

Skyport trigger

The skyport trigger is very light weight comparing to the Canon ST-E3 RT unit. A battery came with the purchased so all is good to go.

quadra unit
quadra unit
quadra turn on
quadra turn on

The first test

After the battery has been charged, I took my wife and my baby out for a quick photo shoot. Wife forbided me to post the photos so you will get to see some of my photos with the Quadra in the next post! All I can say is, it's easier to use than I thought! *EDIT* I briefly told her that I am blogging this and will be adding a photo as a sample to show the beauty of Elinchrom*

Next, I will be posting some photos from the wedding I took using the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra. Here is the link to the NEXT POST.

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Scott Goh |Adelaide Wedding Photography

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