Find Flattering Ambient Light


The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Find Flattering Ambient Light

To balance out our continuous flash on the dance floor, what we like to shoot a lot of ambient light photos. And those really help with preserving the mood in the images. So something like this, shot with a flash, is really gonna take away from the feel of that image. Mood and ambient light really go together for us, and that's actually in our section on mood. I think every single one of those photos were ambient light. Exactly. If it means pushing our settings, that's fine, that's what high ISOs and slow shutter speeds are for. Really wanna not take away from the way that this moment felt. This is one of my favorite mood photos. This is in Miami, it's warm, it's a summer evening, just before the reception. You feel the wind because of the slow motion in her hair, the slow shutter on her hair. The warmth of the light, contrasted with the blue of the twilight. Yeah. Do you want to talk about it though? I didn't talk about it. Sorry. Yeah so the idea here was really to showca...

se the warmth of the warm summer night in Miami and we just had the bride come out on the balcony, look towards the inside of the room which was emitting a lot of artificial light and slowing down the shutter, again, just helps preserve that mood of the wind and the warmth and balancing it out with the light in the background. Super, super simple, but even with ugly indoor lighting, there's always opportunities to create something a little bit more interesting. Just gotta use it in the right way. This is almost like the reverse of window light. In this case the light was coming from inside and she's outside, so it still has that narrow direction to it, yeah, basically, the opposite. Yup, and then on the dance floor, we just love to turn off our flash and really focus on the tiny bit of light that there is, be it color, or white light, or even here just the light from the ring on her finger. It just conveys so much more in terms of feeling rather than lighting up the whole scene and showing a little bit too much. This is also great for variety, because you'll go from flash dance floor photos to ambient dance floor photos, it has a different vibe to it, so they're really gonna complement each other and allow us to have that variety. We might not start shooting the dance floor this way, but an hour in, we have a lot of photos of everybody having a good time and dancing and it's time to take a little bit more risks and really experiment and turn off our flash and the success rate on these types of photos, especially when the lighting is moving around the dance floor, it goes from one out of ten photos to one out of 100 photos. You gotta photograph so many. That's part of why we end up with so many photos at the end of the night. You know, again, ambient light just preserves the mood of that room. I really love this moment, it's just totally sideline action, and in between. They're waiting for the family to come for the cake cutting, it was so hot, July with no air conditioning in Los Angeles, and they're just waiting for their cake, and they're fanning themselves, and so in this case, I think the ambient light really preserves the mood and also allows for this artwork and the ostrich taxidermy to kind of show up as well. The good thing is, weddings never happen in pitch darkness, there's always some kind of light, because humans need to see and if humans can see, our cameras can see also. And so it's just a matter of finding good quality of light and using that, if you have to push your settings, don't be afraid, technology has come far enough for us to be able to shoot in extremely dark situations, often darker than what the human eye can see. Push your settings, go and get that mood in the images.

Class Description

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.


1Class Introduction
2What Are "Epic" Images?
3The Slideshow Formula
4First Client Meeting
5Establish Client Relationship
6Expectation vs Preparation
7Pre-Wedding Checklist
8Gear for Photographing Weddings
9Capture The Subtleties
10Show The Connection
11Importance of Capturing Transitions
12Sidelines & Story Telling Details
13Anticipation & Patience
14Let The Scene Develop
15Sequencing in Numbers
16Successful "Anticipatience"
17Examples of Poor Reaction Time
18HTCG in 10
19Giving Direction
20Have Variety With Light & Composition
21Capture The Mood
22Take Advantage of Natural Light
23Be Creative With Video Light
24On-camera Flash For The Dance Floor
25Find Flattering Ambient Light
26Don't be Afraid of Tough Light
27Composition & Framing
28Lens Choice
29Keep it Simple
30Purpose of the Creative Portrait
31Scouting for the Creative Portrait
32Maximize a Location
33Unique Posing for a Creative Portrait
34Experiment with Your Photography
35Make The Image Personal
36Post Production Overview
37Stay Organized in Post Production
38Full Gallery Edits
39Lightroom Workflow Overview
40Bring Out Detail in Lightroom
41Black & White in Lightroom
42Landscape Images in Lightroom
43Bold Images in Lightroom
44Slideshow Edits
45Importance of The Slideshow
46Selecting Slideshow Images For a Large Wedding
47Culling Slideshow Images for a Large Wedding
48Complete Slideshow Example for a Large Wedding
49Slideshow Images for a Small Wedding
50Complete Slideshow Example for a Small Wedding
51Build a Business Around Storytelling
52Portfolio for Clients
53Importance of The Inquiry Reply
54Price List Best Practices
55How to Price Your Work
56Final Thoughts