The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos

 

Lesson Info

Be Creative With Video Light

So we do employ a Video Light most often for portraits. That's where you'll see us use it. There are exceptions. Most of the time, yep. Right now the Video Light that we're using it's called the Stella Pro and the reason why we like it is because it's fully dimmable, so you can really adjust the intensity. You can add different diffusers to it which work really great and also goes underwater up to 100 ft I think, which we haven't tried yet. It doesn't look like something that would go underwater, but apparently it does. Yeah. It's great. It's also very powerful which is why we chose to use it to buy that one. The cool thing about Video Light is that it allows you to see exactly what you are doing in comparison with off camera flash which does have its own benefits. We like Video Light because we are so visual and we like things to be simple and we want to see exactly what we're doing as we're doing it. So, in this case this is the scouting photo and it starts again with jus...

t curiosity. I've seen that the palm leaves are interesting and there is something to be done with it. We see that there's a staircase in the background, so we know that we can frame the bride and groom anywhere on those steps to create, by creating the right opening between the leaves and framing them in there. Second scouting photo is just underexposing those leaves, bringing out a lot more of the color, and realizing that we will need a light on them to keep this kind of exposure, these kinds of tones, while their posed in there as well. And then bring it all together, in the final photo. The way we like to use our Video Light, you know, backlight works super well, especially when there's still a bit of daylight in the foreground, because you can still see them and you can make them out, but it, creating that glow behind them really makes them stand out from the background. So, we will occasionally use the Video Lighting in candid situations also, first dance is really easy. It's a continuous light, so you know you just sit it on there like a, on the couple, like a spotlight, as if, you know they had that set already. Some weddings do have spotlights on the bride and groom. And then it allows us to match the exposure to, in this case, the twilight in the sky and the candles in the foreground, so with all those things being roughly in the same exposure, of course, some work is imposed afterwards. It just allows us to, you know, get them, get them lit up properly. This is a lot of anticipations here, cause they're rotating around, you want the light to be hitting them properly. You want the right moment and you want to be framed up, obviously, in the right spot between the candles, so. Here the lighting was inspired by the environment, so we had just finished portraits with the bride and groom. Basically, behind us where we're taking the photo from, there's this beautiful view of Antigua in Guatemala, so that's where we went and where we did a lot of their portraits and as we're walking back towards our taxi, there's other people just walking out of the viewpoint and their being lit up by these cab lights and we realize , "oh, we could silhouette them in a cloud of dust" with our own light instead of the cab lights. So, you know, we're just realizing that lighting them and having our Video Light would recreate the same effect. So, we just, you know, set up the scene, had them walk back and forth kicking up the dust to create this dust cloud. They literally walked in a five foot circle, just kicking the dust as much as possible, and letting the light create this, you know, beautiful halo behind them. Dust and backlight are your friend. (laughs) Yeah. I love in India we saw that all the time. You know at the end of the day, people were shuffling in the streets and you could see the dust and the lights from the cars, it's just so visually interesting. And this is a photo that came out of us being finished with the portrait session which is very typical for us. We're like, okay and "we're done, let's head back, oh wait, one more." (laughs) Yeah, that happens a lot. Now, we're really letting ourselves play around and create shadows and having that continuous video light really allows us to do that because we can see exactly what we're doing in real-time, so, you know, as Davina is taking this photo, she's guiding me and telling me "okay, I need you to move a little to the left, a little to the right", and there's we don't need to look around take a picture, look down, take a picture, look down, it's really in real-time. Yeah, so all we did here is, this was just inspired by like, the fact that their bed had sheers just all around it, like a four-poster bed with a curtain. So, I just pulled the curtain and okay let's see, you know, what happens if I cast a shadow on here, can I see through and it's just one step at a time. I'm building on this, you know, inspiration which just started from the idea of having them behind the sheer. And as Daniel mentioned being able to see the shadow in real-time really helped me to be able to focus properly on them through the shadow. Balancing it with ambient light, again, we're not going to try to do this in midday when you know, the light outside is too bright. Once the sun starts going down and you can still see the environment, but you need just that bit of pop to make them stand out from the background, the Video Light is really, really great. And it looks kind of natural, like I mean, we know that that's not the sun, but it kind of, it matches the warmth of the light, so it almost feels like it could be, so I like that about the Video Light as well and using off camera lighting to me, I like it when it can feel kind of natural, like it could be something, that just happened to be there. And then we do use it for candid moments as well sometimes, here it's during a speech, we really want to preserve the mood and the feel of the venue, we don't want to do anything that is going to take away from that, so we had our friend who is shooting with us, he's standing on the other side of the table and holding the light on the speaker. The exposure matches the ambient lighting background and we just, you know, juxtaposed those two in the same frame. This could be done also obviously with off camera flash, it's not specific to Video Light. But what I kind of like about Video Light in situations like this, people ask us "oh, isn't it distracting or isn't it really harsh for the people"? I think it's almost less distracting than a flash that's going on and off, cause at least it's continuous, and everybody who's watching or listening to the speech, they have a continuous light on the speaker, they can see them well. I mean if it was like maybe crazy, crazy bright it might be a little much, but its no different than if they had set up a spotlight, so I kind of like that it can kind of seamlessly make its way into a reception.

Wedding Photography is a hard and sometimes exhausting business. Finding ways to stay creative while continuing to capture timeless and classic imagery is important. Drawing from their own life experiences, Davina and Daniel Kudish capture the subtle nuances of their client's life stories at every wedding. In this course, they’ll discuss techniques to personalize each individual wedding to capture the stories and moments that make each couple unique.

They’ll discuss the formula to capturing stories and teach:

  • Pre-Wedding Conversation techniques with clients to help build your shot list
  • Utilize what you know about each couple to help approach capturing the day
  • Research and location scouting techniques
  • Capture the details that matter most
  • How to work with various lighting situations
  • Preserve the mood and capture natural moments
  • Composition and Framing
  • Shooting with variety
  • Create personal and creative portraits
  • Edit a slideshow and how to create an album

Davina and Daniel are known for capturing creative portraits and important moments that tell every unique love story. Join them to learn how to implement their formula to find and capture the creative story with every client.

Lessons

Class Introduction
What Are "Epic" Images?
The Slideshow Formula
First Client Meeting
Establish Client Relationship
Expectation vs Preparation
Pre-Wedding Checklist
Gear for Photographing Weddings
Capture The Subtleties
Show The Connection
Importance of Capturing Transitions
Sidelines & Story Telling Details
Anticipation & Patience
Let The Scene Develop
Sequencing in Numbers
Successful "Anticipatience"
Examples of Poor Reaction Time
HTCG in 10
Giving Direction
Have Variety With Light & Composition
Capture The Mood
Take Advantage of Natural Light
Be Creative With Video Light
On-camera Flash For The Dance Floor
Find Flattering Ambient Light
Don't be Afraid of Tough Light
Composition & Framing
Lens Choice
Keep it Simple
Purpose of the Creative Portrait
Scouting for the Creative Portrait
Maximize a Location
Unique Posing for a Creative Portrait
Experiment with Your Photography
Make The Image Personal
Post Production Overview
Stay Organized in Post Production
Full Gallery Edits
Lightroom Workflow Overview
Bring Out Detail in Lightroom
Black & White in Lightroom
Landscape Images in Lightroom
Bold Images in Lightroom
Slideshow Edits
Importance of The Slideshow
Selecting Slideshow Images For a Large Wedding
Culling Slideshow Images for a Large Wedding
Complete Slideshow Example for a Large Wedding
Slideshow Images for a Small Wedding
Complete Slideshow Example for a Small Wedding
Build a Business Around Storytelling
Portfolio for Clients
Importance of The Inquiry Reply
Price List Best Practices
How to Price Your Work
Final Thoughts
 
 
 
 

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