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Lighting Tips For Wedding Photography
But what if that moment comes out as a washed out picture or one where all the people appear like ghosts peeking out of some dimly lit dungeon? What is the reason for such blunders? It is lighting. And it is not for any unjust reason that the professional wedding photographers charge so much.
But how to tackle the lighting situation during a wedding, especially when the celebrations are taking place indoors? For that we actually need to know a little bit about the lighting options that are available during a wedding.
1. Built In Flash
Most of the compact cameras have a small flash at one of the corners of the camera. Some of the costlier cameras have a pop-up flash. Both of these are termed built-in-flash. So there is a wide range to choose from if you want to get wedding pictures using only this type of lighting.
These days the cameras are intelligent enough to give the right burst of light for any situation if you keep it any of the auto modes. So photography with built-in-flash is not that much difficult these days and everybody can try it.
2. Dedicated Flash
This is the flash that is often flashed by those having a big DSLR camera. It is the one that stands upright on the camera and gives out big flashes when taking photographs. The result is well lighted photographs which hardly show any red eye.
But again the beginners should let the camera auto option handle the situation. Moreover they must buy a flash gun that is compatible with the camera for the auto mode to function properly or else the result can be disastrous. So if you are using a dedicated flash, make sure you have had enough practice with the camera to make sure you take great wedding photographs.
3. Flash Diffuser And Bounce Flash
These works with the dedicated flash and these can be used after getting a little used to with the dedicated flash. The diffuser spreads the light from the flash over wide areas and the result is often very soothing with hardly any harsh shadows.
But it often makes the picture flat. So the option is to use a bounce flash. The light of the flash is bounced off some surface to avoid hitting it straight onto the subject’s face. The lighting is more dramatic but it is a more difficult trick to learn. But once you have mastered it, you will hardly stop using it.
4. Off Camera Lighting
This type of lighting is hardly used by the amateurs. Here separate flash lights, tripods, remote triggers, special diffusers, and many other equipment are used to get the perfect lighting condition. No compromise is made with the availability and placement of light.
But the technique takes time and talent to master. Most of the times the professional wedding photographer comes armed with these and uses them especially at the formal shots and shots of the reception. These shots usually form the contents of the main wedding album.
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