iamchanel wrote in post #12515619
I am new to flash photography and I was wondering whether off camera lighting typically ruins the scene set by the bride and groom. I'm trying to imagine bright lights going off with each click of the shutter and it seems a bit intrusive and attention grabbing. Does any have an issue with off camera lighting at a wedding reception or is it pretty much unnoticeable?
The duration of the flash itself is so short its mostly unnoticeable unless you're aware of it and looking for it, especially when the strobes are aimed to light the room as a whole. Off to the sides and to the back, the audience focused on the bride and groom will hardly notice the amount of light coming from a strobe for the most part. Think about large indoor sporting events, those are lit by many super high powered strobes, but most of the fans are completely unaware. If you watch carefully, you can see them go off on TV broadcasts, but until I knew they were they, I never noticed. Now I feel like I'm getting blinded at times during events, but that's only because I know it's happening so it's mostly in my head. The people around me are blissfully unaware.
So for the most part, off camera lighting is less intrusive than on camera flash in my opinion, and ultimately the more pleasing light created by off camera flash is well worth it.