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Sep 23, 2016 13:37 |  #16

Great effort!

So there were multiple challengers it seems. The amount of ambient light was decreasing. There was limited room to place stands. There was no really good surface to bounce from. The ambient light temperature was warm.

You did a great job considering all this!!

I've wondered if placing a strobe up high with a big umbrella pointing down might be a good solution for situations like this. Or maybe two, if space permits.




  
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Sep 23, 2016 14:02 as a reply to  @ post 18137484 |  #17

Now this makes me ask another question- is it that you only shoot in the direction your lights are set up in? Or do you keep a flash on camera, or handy so you can shoot stuff not happening where the lights are pointing?




  
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Sep 23, 2016 15:31 |  #18

trailblazer wrote in post #18137950 (external link)
Now this makes me ask another question- is it that you only shoot in the direction your lights are set up in? Or do you keep a flash on camera, or handy so you can shoot stuff not happening where the lights are pointing?

I'd like to know as well.

In my most recent wedding, I bounced against the ceiling. However, the ceiling was so low that I had to keep redirecting the light when the action moved from one side of the reception hall to the other.

When I can't bounce at all, I usually get in close to my subjects and light them with two speed lights - one on camera and one in my left hand. This works OK with the 24-70mm, but not so much with the 70-200mm (due to the size/weight and also because I can't get the key light flash off axis very much). An assistant holding the second flash is very useful here. I did this fairly successfully once. I was using manual flashes at the time and had to use pitcher/catcher-type hand signals to indicate how much to increase/decrease the power. Thank heavens for Canon's RT system!

I've always wanted to set up one light in each corner at a reception and use groups to fire off specific lights based on the direction I'm shooting. But so far, most rooms I've shot in aren't very conducive to this setup.




  
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Sep 23, 2016 17:05 |  #19

Amazing work man.


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Oct 09, 2016 11:42 |  #20

Glad you posted.

Your "nightmare" comment sounds about right. I only did one barn wedding for our son and his wife, and I thought the dark wood and height were rugged for photography.

I think your photos came out very nice, from what I see here.


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Oct 09, 2016 11:47 |  #21

frugivore wrote in post #18137929 (external link)
Great effort!

So there were multiple challengers it seems. The amount of ambient light was decreasing. There was limited room to place stands. There was no really good surface to bounce from. The ambient light temperature was warm.

You did a great job considering all this!!

I've wondered if placing a strobe up high with a big umbrella pointing down might be a good solution for situations like this. Or maybe two, if space permits.

I recall watching someone like the guy from Adorama on Youtube showing how Wescott's 7' parabolic tip removes and can mount something to hang it.

Were you thinking trying that, then using flash near the camera for fill light to contend with increased shadows?


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Nov 03, 2016 00:35 |  #22

Amazing stuff with eye catching elements. Lovely it is...




  
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Nov 03, 2016 01:02 |  #23

Cool venue! You did an excellent job.


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Nov 03, 2016 06:34 |  #24

mdvaden wrote in post #18152399 (external link)
I recall watching someone like the guy from Adorama on Youtube showing how Wescott's 7' parabolic tip removes and can mount something to hang it.

Were you thinking trying that, then using flash near the camera for fill light to contend with increased shadows?

No I wasn't, but that sounds like an interested idea!




  
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Nov 03, 2016 06:54 |  #25

trailblazer wrote in post #18137950 (external link)
Now this makes me ask another question- is it that you only shoot in the direction your lights are set up in? Or do you keep a flash on camera, or handy so you can shoot stuff not happening where the lights are pointing?

It's rare for me to ever put a flash on-camera, especially if I don't have a good bounce option. I concede that there are shots that I'm going to miss because I'll only be able to shoot in certain directions, for me it's a worthwhile trade-off.


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Nov 03, 2016 06:58 |  #26

frugivore wrote in post #18137929 (external link)
I've wondered if placing a strobe up high with a big umbrella pointing down might be a good solution for situations like this. Or maybe two, if space permits.

I'll use a 7' umbrella sometimes for family formals indoors, but definitely wouldn't want to leave one up for the whole reception.


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Nov 03, 2016 11:10 as a reply to  @ rebelsimon's post |  #27

I have used an umbrella on our strobes the whole time for a reception once or twice. the situation of where they were standing and the room configuration, made it work without standing out.

Same here though for the most part, would not want to leave it up the whole reception and that is more for just standing out like a sore thumb. I will use some type of larger (7 to 10 inch) reflector attached to my flash versus that little white card that I can pop up for some more light sometimes when in barns or brown ceilings. Looks kind of alien with this big thing sitting on my flash but they forget it when they see the final results.


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Nov 03, 2016 17:38 |  #28

Amazing set...
creazy good work with light


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Nov 20, 2016 17:34 |  #29

Nothing is more difficult than barn weddings. Good job


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Nov 21, 2016 15:19 |  #30

These are all beautiful!




  
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