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!
Congratulations to Leighton and Jo for such a fantastic wedding held in Serafino Winery in Adelaide.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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Adam + Marnie I Adelaide Wedding Venue
Adam and Marnie got married on a very special and meaningful day for both of them. Marnie and the girls were getting ready at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide. This hotel is located on Waymouth St, Adelaide. It's location is very centralised and easy to get to. Surprisingly, I did not have any problems with looking for a park! Certainly a good option for those who wants a nice, no fuss place for getting ready.
These thongs are just perfect.. The things I love about them are the fact that they are all labelled, so that I won't get the people mixed up.. LOL(just joking). Seriously, they have to be more comfortable than those high heels:) Adelaide wedding venue
This is one of the ring shots that I love most. I used the mother of bride's handbag to produce this elegant image.
Let's have some photos of the groom and the boys getting ready too. Traditionally, these aren't that popular but they are becoming more in demand.
Love the smile on the bride's face.
Weddings can be one of the most emotional day ever!
The beautiful bride... Marnie...
Wedding Ceremony - Utopia Waterfall Gully
They have chosen Utopia as their wedding venue. This Adelaide wedding venue is located at Waterfall Gully Road. It is one of the best Adelaide wedding venue. It also provides both ceremony and reception services.
Marnie's idea of having her family in a "heart shape."
I just love the scenery here and of course the waterfall for bridal portraits.
Hahaha... I remember this...
Look at this beautiful wedding venue.
One of my photography style during the reception is to capture the guests while they are having a great time.
Games such as this one certainly had brought joy and laughter to the fun crowd.
For those who have a sweet tooth...The mouthwatering desserts at this amazing wedding venue.
Just have to love the lights... They create a romantic ambience, just perfect for a wedding venue.
Adrian + Nina | Adelaide Wedding Ayers House
**Update: 2015: We are proud to be the preferred wedding photographers of Ayers House. Please visit our Ayers house preferred wedding venue page for more information about the fantastic venue. The page contains links to other Ayers house wedding blogs.
Here is a list of the suppliers used for this wedding. Ceremony and Reception are both held in Ayers house in Adelaide.
Dress by Le Chateau Blanc Couture
Flowers by Wedding Bunches & Blooms
Cake by Sams Cakes
Hair by Kelly from Elska Studios
Make up by Hayley Manhire from Kiss N Makeup
Jewellery by Shiels
Rings by Grahams
Invites/programs by Catherine
Decors by Distinguished Events
DJ/MC Steve Russell
Venue in Ayers House
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Blessings to the couple.
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(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.
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".
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.