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Jun 17, 2018 18:33 |  #1

I normally don't do weddings but I shot this one for a friend of mine. Nothing spectacular but I did enjoy myself. On camera flash because I was pushed for time.


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Jun 18, 2018 07:12 |  #2

Great shots. You need to watch those shadows. Caused by flash and proximity to a wall. Happens more in portrait orientation. The solution is to put flash head pointing up to the ceiling.


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Jun 18, 2018 09:26 as a reply to  @ Colin Glover's post |  #3

I tried bouncing on a black ceiling and it didn't go well. Thanks though. I think if I was to do another one in the same situation I'd definitely do it differently.




  
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Jun 19, 2018 12:35 |  #4

If you ever do another wedding, consider shooting at iso 6400 and ditching the flash for the ceremony shots.


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Jun 19, 2018 15:24 as a reply to  @ jcolman's post |  #5

I might just do that. thanks.

Here's a couple of the family pictures after the ceremony. The guys were having a bit of fun with it. Used an umbrella straight overhead for these.


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Jul 04, 2018 17:29 |  #6

There are several ways around the shadows problems.

First is to elevate your flash over the axis of your lens, both when you are in the horizontal and vertical camera positions.... This is best done with a grip such as the relatively inexpensive (under $20 in most cases) Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket... This bracket will allow you to switch positions without having to adjust the flash.

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I like a camera flip bracket better than a flash flip bracket since I don't need to readjust the flash after flipping the camera. Having the flash positioned over the axis of your lens will tend to keep shadows behind and below the subject or subjects. That way the shadows do not seem intrusive...

Second is when shooting in areas without anything to bounce the flash off, using a Joe Demb Flash Diffuser Professional with the Flip It Portion angled at about 45 degrees towards your subjects will, in most cases provide a decent and soft light. I like to use it in conjunction with an over-the-lens flash bracket...

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Here is a shot that I did outdoors in the falling light of the evening using the Flash Diffuser Professional in that manner. Obviously, being outdoors, there was nothing off which I could bounce the flash, I still achieved a relatively nice lighting using the single flash...

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This one was done indoors using the Flash Diffuser Pro...

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One thing, using the flash on a bracket, you either need to trigger the flash with an off camera cord or with a radio trigger. I have tried the Canon optical trigger system and it was not fault proof enough to trust at a wedding.

However my Godox radio controlled flashes work great. But, using a battery grip and a Godox trigger, I needed to modify my flash bracket to make it larger than the original Stroboframe Camera Flip Bracket. The camera is equipped with a battery grip and the flash is triggered with a radio trigger.

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This is the result of that modification built around the Camera Flip mechanism allopwing me to flip from horizonytal to vertical configuration...

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On the other hand, using a lens with a tripod collar simplifies everything. Here is a Custom Digital T Bracket that I slightly customized for use when I am shooting with the tripod collared lens...

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Jul 04, 2018 21:00 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #7

Thanks. If I ever do another one I'll keep that in mind.




  
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Jul 27, 2018 00:57 |  #8

Wow this is just amazing! Especially the second click the couple's romance was beautifully portrayed and the lightning is also perfect. I too love to capture wedding photographs and I have been doing this for 25 years. Check out my recent wedding shots and let me know your thoughts.


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Jul 27, 2018 05:43 |  #9

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The on-camera flash in the first photo there really bothers me. However, in the rest of the photos you posted it isn't as distracting. In fact, I really like the 2nd one posted above and the family photos are really fun.

Overall, I'd say nice job. Hopefully the bride and groom were happy with the results.


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Jul 27, 2018 07:03 as a reply to  @ s1a1om's post |  #10

Thanks, the family photos were with a reflective umbrella into a flashpoint 360. We had very little time for that because the venue was in that room just to my right setting up buffet line.




  
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Jul 31, 2018 05:03 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #11

That's one serious rig! I'm impressed!!




  
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