Macro Wedding Ring Scenario


Strategies for Shooting in Difficult Situations


Lesson Info

Macro Wedding Ring Scenario

How does all of this applied? A royal weddings? We've talked and it's, great conjecture and it's, it's all well and good and nice, but when you're actually going to a wedding like this, so a lot of these behind the scenes images, you're going to learn several things. First of all, I am a hot mess on a wedding day, I start off nice and clean and it just goes straight downhill from the start of the day, you make weird faces when I shoot and a lot of these behind the scenes images are taken with my assistance iphone, we don't compromise the wedding day to take behind the scenes images at this point in time during the day. She's not really doing anything she's hanging out, making sure the gear is safe, bringing the lenses if I need them, but if she sees me shooting and interesting scenario, she'll just pull out her phone, take a quick picture or maybe sometimes, if I'm shooting a setup all like, zoom out wider and take a quick shot of that. So I don't ever want clients to feel like I'm try...

ing to turn their wedding day until like an educational opportunity we would never stop the action to take a behind the scenes shot or anything like that so I am in a regular everyday hotel room. I think this is the union league in philadelphia. I could also be dead wrong. The important things here are that I found my light. I'm gonna be shooting a detail so you can literally see I don't have to explain to you where I'm sitting, you can see the light, you can see where I am and you can see my relationship toe where my subject iss my vantage point of this is this, I'm setting up these scenes. I've got all of these things in front of me. I have hearings in the front, I've got some bracelets in the background is the clutch that she is going to be carrying all of those things together. I ended up taking the ring, putting the ring on those earrings in the front using the clutch as the background, tossing some of the bracelets, kind of around in the background so that they're sparkly and you get this how do you get this? S right, you saw the window, you saw where my light source was coming from, you saw how far I was sitting from it and where my details were sitting. Now let's talk briefly about the settings, so d for and these images are all anywhere from three years old to current so if you see d for d for s don't think that I'm like carrying around nine camera bodies that I'm just switching around on on the day of the camera body is somewhat irrelevant all you need to know is that they're full frame right? One hundred five millimeter macro a sixty eighth of a second so let's talk about that very briefly hundred five millimeter if I were shooting moving subjects I would need a faster shutter speed I try to be very careful with the shutter speeds that I choose because I don't want motion blur our camera shake or anything like that however the ring is not going to get up and run away it's not going to do a first dance it's not going to process down an aisle so I'm comfortable holding it at a slower shutter speed usually it's a sixtieth to an eightieth of a second but sometimes to be perfectly honest if I start the day off and I'm shooting getting ready and I'm at one hundred sixty eighth of a second with my eighty five millimeter if I put one hundred five on issue to detail shot I don't always change that shutter speed now I have to explain a little bit what I mean about that I am an auto I s o shooter and the way auto esso on my nikon cameras work basically in a nutshell is this I held a camera hey, camera this is lowest shutter speed I am comfortable shooting this lens at this is the lowest so I want to shoot at and this is the highest I s so I want to shoot out so I'll say okay, I want you to stay between s o one hundred s o ten thousand and I don't want you to tea dipped below one hundred sixtieth of a second your camera continually is looking at every scenario that you're in if you have to dip below one hundred sixty eighth of a second it will bump your s o to the next level so that you can stay at that shutter spee see, I'm on aperture priority and all of those things are working together so when you look at my eyes so in all of these images when I'm on aperture priority, you'll see it bouncing around up and down and up and down and up and down it's because I'm using auto isso that's what's allowing me to keep my shutter speed at a sixteenth of a second an eightieth of a second hundred sixtieth of a second and not dipped below that I can change my eyes so myself just fine I can shoot manual just fine I'm not shooting auto eso an aperture priority because I can't it's just because this is the way my brain sees if I'm shooting with natural light ninety nine percent of the time I'm going to be on aperture priority when I put a flash on my camera, we go over to manual that is different and talk about that, too, but I generally do shoot aperture priority for details for getting ready for ceremonies for bridegroom walking around in beautiful light outside for grab shots at the reception when I'm using just natural light manual for any formal wherein I use a flash and anything at the reception where and I put on a flash or any scenario that I find myself in on a wedding day where the lighting is completely insane, almost a swear word, but I didn't. If I'm shooting a noon ceremony on the beach, I'm probably going to go over to manual because that's just straight up crazy, honestly, but all of these things together aperture priority my s o does its own thing based on the fact that I don't want to dip below its sixtieth of a second. So the starts to go up to allow me to stay above that shutter speed or on it directly. F nine that's crazy. The biggest problem that I see people having with macro photography is they'll get a macro lens, they'll shoot a ring at f three five. Or a four? And they were like, I don't understand something's wrong with my macro lens on ly one prawn is in focus, and everything else is out of focus. You have to consider when you're shooting a macro lens, you're shooting on a crazy magnification with that mac roland's. So therefore, when you couple the magnification of the macro lens with the f stop that you choose, you're talking about a sliver thin depth of field, so if you look at this at f nine, you can literally see if you not don't look at the ring, but look at the surface the ring is sitting on. If you go a quarter of an inch in front or behind it it's out of focus at f nine, so I often shoot my wing shots at f nine eleven sixteen f twenty two don't be afraid to really experiment with your f stop, and probably a lot of your macro problems will go away, so if you look again, we're not going to go crazy into the exits on everyone but some, I really do want to explain. We've talked about the lens talked about the importance of the shutter speed nine so the whole thing's in focus I s o sixty four hundred aperture priority and on aperture priority I will change the exposure compensation on my camera either up or down depending on the scene because everything is fairly even hear my cameras looked at the scene an aperture priority and gone okay, I want to give you a really good history ram out of this what should your settings b right and for this one because there's a nice even balance between highlights mid tones and shadows I pretty much shoot on aperture prior our exposure compensation pardon me zero and I'm going to get something really good you're going to see in a little bit what if I'm shooting where the ring is really bright in the background is really dark? Well what's gonna happen is your appetite priority camera meter isn't look at and go oh uh bright, bright, bright, dark, dark, dark, let's even it out so if you trust your camera, you're going to end up with a ring that is a sonic boom of light and a background it's just kind of gray, so you'll see me in a little bit start changing that exposure compensation up and down and I'm gonna tell you why for each scenario yes, take a step back please christina five and one other want to know are you shooting an aperture priority all the time, especially in dorks I am shooting operative priority almost all the time that flash is not on my camera

Class Description

Wedding photographers can’t wait for perfect conditions before they work – when the clock is ticking and people are waiting you have to shoot, even in less-than-ideal locations.

In Strategies for Shooting in Difficult Situations, Susan Stripling will show you how to troubleshoot common calamities like; a wedding party getting ready in a room with no light or family portraits slated to be shot in a terrible location. You’ll see how Susan has handled difficult shoots and crazy lighting challenges and get insights and inspiration for overcoming your own difficult situations.  


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Wow! Fabulous course! Ditto with the above reviews! Thank you, Susan, for giving us such helpful information for shooting weddings in such challenging situations. You have such a brilliant and quick mind for making the magic happen! The camera settings by each photograph was so very helpful. Since I didn't write anything down I shall be in search of your books. Susan's class is a must for anyone considering a career in Wedding Photography. Thank you Suan and Creative Live!

Kat Penniman

As the description says: MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING! Spot on! Thank you Susan for sharing what you know and helping me become a more creative photographer despite less-than-perfect scenarios. As photographers, oftentimes, we find ourselves placed in a position where we are expected to create beautiful photos in the midst of difficult situations like low light scenes or crappy background. Her explanations are very clear and she definitely knows her craft. She cares about her clients and she's determined to give them great pictures despite what's thrown at her. If you are a strobist or use flash in most of your work, this course is not for you. But if you a natural light photographer and sometimes struggles to take photos indoor where light source is very challenging, take this course! You won't regret it!

Jessica Lindsay-Sonkin

Susan is amazing. This class is a pile of case studies, with behind the scenes and camera settings, to help you find the light. There are parts that can be repetitive, but that is because Susan is passionate about helping photographers memorize this message and put it into practice. A worthwhile watch!