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Sep 27, 2009 18:21 |  #1

Well i am trying to improve especially in my Group Bridal Party Formal shots Guys and Girls.So i was wondering if others would consider posting some of their best shots and maybe some suggestions as to what helps you with these.I will start with a few of mine.But keep in mind i am trying to improve so these are just ok.
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Sep 27, 2009 19:32 |  #2

Bridal party shots can be either one of the funnest or most irritating shots for a wedding photographer! I personally love doing them and I hope that you had fun doing these! I would say first that you need to make sure that everyone is in the same kind of lighting if you are outside when you take the shot. I would also suggest using a flash bounced at the group, prefferably off camera.

Having said that, I think that both posing styles are good, it's basically what matches the personality of the wedding party. I would probably mix them around a little more though. All in all, besides the lighting, I think you did a good job.

Here is one that I shot recently...

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Sep 27, 2009 19:49 |  #3

I LOVE group shots!!! It really lets me push my creative limits :)
Here's one from a wedding I shot last weekend. Still have to edit all of the photos, but I managed to get this one out :)

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Sep 27, 2009 19:57 |  #4

FamilyJules wrote in post #8720633 (external link)
I LOVE group shots!!! It really lets me push my creative limits :)
Here's one from a wedding I shot last weekend. Still have to edit all of the photos, but I managed to get this one out :)

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I really like this. Would you mind sharing how you lit it?

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Sep 27, 2009 20:41 |  #5

nik.hisham wrote in post #8720684 (external link)
I really like this. Would you mind sharing how you lit it?

Thanks.

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It was also a great time of day, so I didn't have to battle harsh shadows or anything.
Not to mention my bridal party was beautiful, so it helped with the photo :)


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Sep 27, 2009 20:45 |  #6

FamilyJules wrote in post #8720633 (external link)
I LOVE group shots!!! It really lets me push my creative limits :)
Here's one from a wedding I shot last weekend. Still have to edit all of the photos, but I managed to get this one out :)

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very good shot!


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Sep 27, 2009 21:04 |  #7

FamilyJules wrote in post #8720911 (external link)
Thanks!
On camera 580ex II Diffused and a off camera 580 ex diffused.
It was also a great time of day, so I didn't have to battle harsh shadows or anything.
Not to mention my bridal party was beautiful, so it helped with the photo :)

Thanks for sharing.


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Sep 27, 2009 21:53 |  #8

Really awesome shots.




  
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Sep 28, 2009 00:31 |  #9

FamilyJules wrote in post #8720911 (external link)
Thanks!
On camera 580ex II Diffused and a off camera 580 ex diffused.
It was also a great time of day, so I didn't have to battle harsh shadows or anything.
Not to mention my bridal party was beautiful, so it helped with the photo :)

for your off cam, where was it placed? did you just use an umbrella or softbox? really nice.


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Sep 28, 2009 00:42 |  #10

perfeng702 wrote in post #8720937 (external link)
very good shot!

Thanks!

jeromego wrote in post #8721965 (external link)
for your off cam, where was it placed? did you just use an umbrella or softbox? really nice.

Just camera right with a Gary Fong Diffuser....LOL, I know right? I didn't have time to set up my soft box that day....so I compromised, and it worked out nicely. Actually considering doing it more often, as the result (for this kind of image) didn't vary much from the others with more equipment.... but like I said, it was the RIGHT time of day for formals, so I had that advantage in my corner :)


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Sep 28, 2009 01:25 |  #11

FamilyJules wrote in post #8722000 (external link)
Thanks!

Just camera right with a Gary Fong Diffuser....LOL, I know right? I didn't have time to set up my soft box that day....so I compromised, and it worked out nicely. Actually considering doing it more often, as the result (for this kind of image) didn't vary much from the others with more equipment.... but like I said, it was the RIGHT time of day for formals, so I had that advantage in my corner :)

you did a pretty good job just with that setup. :)


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Sep 28, 2009 20:07 |  #12

This is from a wedding that I had earlier this month (I've got some serious catching up to do).... I didn't have a lot of space at this venue for such a large group, but I was pretty happy with the result :)

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Sep 29, 2009 06:33 |  #13

^^^^ wow. This one is even better.


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Sep 29, 2009 08:56 |  #14

Jim,

The first shot is a nice 'fun' shot to me, everyone is doing something fun or goofy, it makes me smile. The second is okay but I would have moved the couple more to the center and a little back if you were going to go for the symetry. Also, both images are considerably under exposed.

Here's a recent fave:

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Though, granted.. that is more of a focus on the couple, as you can't make out any of the bridal party :)

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