My friend is getting married this Saturday (impromtu) and I volunteered to do it. It's very "wintery" here in Northern Ontario, so we'll be kept indoors for all of the pictures. I wanted to provide some half decent on-location formals so I ordered a background system and white muslin fabric (10' wide).
I decided the look that would be best, and most universal for all of the formals (family/groups). This is the style I'll be using:
The groups will be small so my muslin should accomodate everyone space-wise.
Here's where my lack of experience has me second-guessing - light setup for my desired style. Here's my setup.
- huge room with huge ceiling (all white)
- (2) narrow windows on camera right, probable ambient/fill source
- (2) 8' lightstands, (2) 60" white umbrellas
- (2) 2 remote vivitar 285HV strobes (ungelled to match outdoor)
- (1) remote 580EXii and tripod
Goals: TRY to blow out background, evenly, as best as I can. (best position???????) and evenly light as much as 5 people wide with a good ambient/key ratio for modeling.
I'm thinking it might be more wise to overpower ambient and use a strobe as my base/"ambient"/fill. Would I put this camera top, umbrellad, to provide the most even-spread light across my group?
Key: camera left, 45 degrees, umbrellad = safe. Would I see light falloff for individuals positioned on the right. Maybe there's a bettery way?
This is pure theory based on a great deal of research. I've yet to put this into practice. If anybody with actual experience can butt in in the middle of my thought process and intervene with a greater suggestion that would help achieve these pictures.
You guys have come through for me in the past. I'm sure this puzzle is a cinch for most of you experienced photogs. Any pointers you can shoot my way would be of great benefit to the bride and groom on their special day. TIA