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Jul 29, 2013 09:45 |  #1

I've just started reading about wedding photography a few days ago.
I'm honestly trying to learn more until I feel confident enough with a skill set to qualify me to offer wedding photography.

I keep reading "documentary style photography" of a wedding..

What does that mean? and what are the "other styles" of wedding photography, or photography in general?


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Jul 29, 2013 09:56 |  #2

Documentary style is just another way to say you are telling a story through your photographs. When digital cameras hit the market, wedding photography evolved from the traditional, formal-portrait approach into more of a candid... lets makes as many frames as possible approach. The idea behind this is that photographers are documenting the day, so it can be remembered as it happened, instead of how the photographer set it up. The unfortunate thing about this evolution is that it has led to some sloppy habits among professional wedding photographers.


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Jul 29, 2013 10:28 |  #3

Trent is right. "Documentary style" can also mean "available light" photographer. Which is another way of saying "I don't know how to use lights properly".


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Jul 29, 2013 10:38 |  #4

Trent Gillespie wrote in post #16163300 (external link)
Documentary style is just another way to say you are telling a story through your photographs....

Uhaa! Thanks for the info man! :-D

jcolman wrote in post #16163394 (external link)
Trent is right. "Documentary style" can also mean "available light" photographer. Which is another way of saying "I don't know how to use lights properly".

Speaking of lighting..

What kind of lighting is frequently used? Especially during the reception?


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Jul 29, 2013 11:07 |  #5

Sens0r wrote in post #16163424 (external link)
Uhaa! Thanks for the info man! :-D

Speaking of lighting..

What kind of lighting is frequently used? Especially during the reception?

Many of us use two, three or four speedlights or mono lights to light the reception. Others may use a single on camera flash bounced off the wall or ceiling. Obviously the more lights you use, the more difficult it becomes, but the results can be worthwhile.

Each reception venue has it's own challenges. Some venues require little to none in the way of lighting, but those are rare, especially at night or when the DJ turns down the lights.


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Jul 29, 2013 13:15 |  #6

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Many of us use two, three or four speedlights or mono lights to light the reception.

I can imagine a monolight used for the "cutting the cake" shot :D

Can you give me some examples of how these lights are set-up? Do you use umbrellas/softboxes placed in different parts of the hall? Do you move them around?

Is there any article/youtube video that shows exactly how this might be done?

Most of the articles I've found are merely tips, obvious tips, but I need something technical to learn how this is done..

I think I'll be contacting some photographers in the area and offering to help to get accustomed to everything :confused:


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Jul 29, 2013 13:21 |  #7

Sens0r wrote in post #16163814 (external link)
I can imagine a monolight used for the "cutting the cake" shot :D

Can you give me some examples of how these lights are set-up? Do you use umbrellas/softboxes placed in different parts of the hall? Do you move them around?

Is there any article/youtube video that shows exactly how this might be done?

Most of the articles I've found are merely tips, obvious tips, but I need something technical to learn how this is done..

I think I'll be contacting some photographers in the area and offering to help to get accustomed to everything :confused:

Here's a two posts about this very subject. Perhaps it will help a bit. But you do need training and practice to be able to confidently light any reception hall.

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1315936

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1316521


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Jul 30, 2013 08:58 |  #8

jcolman wrote in post #16163394 (external link)
Trent is right. "Documentary style" can also mean "available light" photographer. Which is another way of saying "I don't know how to use lights properly".

Eh. I shoot documentary style, but use strobes/speedlights. I don't think most documentary/reportage photographers use the term to mean natural light.


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Jul 31, 2013 08:22 |  #9

Thomas Campbell wrote in post #16166211 (external link)
Eh. I shoot documentary style, but use strobes/speedlights. I don't think most documentary/reportage photographers use the term to mean natural light.

Thomas, I certainly don't mean that "all" documentary/reportage" photographers don't know how to use lights. However I have a number of photographers in my area, who are self described "documentary" photographers, come to me to teach them how to use light.


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Jul 31, 2013 11:14 |  #10

Available light is any light that is available - flash or natural or candle or electric light bulb or car headlights or moonlight or sunlight - just to give you some examples of available light.


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