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Stars in wedding photos- need help!

 
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Mar 27, 2013 16:17 |  #1

I absolutely ADORE this star wedding photo from Sam Hurd
http://www.samhurdphot​ography.com …e-and-groom-csta-rica.jpg (external link)

I tried e-mailing him but no luck :( I think it's a composite but need help with the settings, does anyone know how to take a photo like this? Do I flash the couple first then take the 30 second or longer exposure? Do I bring a video light? Do I just take 2 photos and put them together? Anyone know? bw!




  
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Mar 27, 2013 16:22 |  #2

Do a Google search for the phrase "dragging the shutter"


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Mar 27, 2013 16:24 |  #3

Long exposure combined with flash.




  
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Mar 27, 2013 16:48 |  #4

do you guys know what settings for the flash and for the camera?




  
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Mar 27, 2013 16:49 |  #5

I drag the shutter at weddings a lot but can't figure the night time with stars photo bc the couple can't stay still like that




  
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Mar 27, 2013 16:51 |  #6

Missykay wrote in post #15762706 (external link)
do you guys know what settings for the flash and for the camera?

It depends, and is something you have to figure out when you get there. The problem with star shots is that you need a clear sky in an area with very little light pollution, coupled with a fast, wide lens. The wider the lens the longer you can leave the shutter open before the movement starts to show in the image. You'll still need a highish iso (800 or so) and a flash strong enough to light the subjects while being well out of frame.


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Mar 27, 2013 16:52 |  #7

Missykay wrote in post #15762710 (external link)
I drag the shutter at weddings a lot but can't figure the night time with stars photo bc the couple can't stay still like that

People can stay still for 30 seconds just fine. You just need to use rear curtain sync.


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Mar 27, 2013 19:53 |  #8

My guess.

1600 ISO F/8 15-30 second. 2nd curtain sync. Gridded strobe (maybe a e640) camera right.

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Mar 27, 2013 19:55 |  #9

Missykay wrote in post #15762710 (external link)
I drag the shutter at weddings a lot but can't figure the night time with stars photo bc the couple can't stay still like that

The strobe freezes them in the image. If it really is a 15-30 second exposure, the couple could walk into the frame and stand still for 1 second.

Actually, I want to change my answer. Since there are not star trails, I am going to change m guess to 3200 ISO, 4 seconds, f/5.6. gridded strobe camera right.


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Mar 27, 2013 20:00 |  #10

Heath wrote in post #15763362 (external link)
The strobe freezes them in the image. If it really is a 15-30 second exposure, the couple could walk into the frame and stand still for 1 second.

Actually, I want to change my answer. Since there are not star trails, I am going to change m guess to 3200 ISO, 4 seconds, f/5.6. gridded strobe camera right.

You need a wide lens and fast aperture to capture stars without motion.....

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I would recommend the OP send a PM to Todd Lambert, this sort of thing is his specialty.

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Mar 28, 2013 08:45 |  #11

Thanks so much everyone! Now I have to figure out how to do rear sync lol :)




  
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Mar 28, 2013 08:46 |  #12

There is a lot of ambient light at the place I'm going to try this, is that bad?




  
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Mar 28, 2013 09:13 |  #13

Missykay wrote in post #15764845 (external link)
There is a lot of ambient light at the place I'm going to try this, is that bad?

Yes. Its nearly impossible to get that sort of shot in an populated area because of light pollution from nearby residences.




  
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Mar 29, 2013 14:49 |  #14

Ambient light can help a lot if you do a test shot and look at what you see. Light that spills into the shot can also help to light up the foreground. The problem is the balance between all the light sources. At 16mm with a crop body you need about 20 sec of stars at ISO 800 to see some stars. The bride and groom in that shot was lit additionally. The beach doesn't have the classic well lit sand from where a flash will start. It was a well planned directed light.

I will try a big reflector to stop light from spilling to the ground if I use a flash. An alternative can be a flash light to paint in the bride and groom, but then the temperature of the light can be an issue.


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