The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos

Lesson 22/56 - Take Advantage of Natural Light


The Wedding Story: Capture Creative and Authentic Photos


Lesson Info

Take Advantage of Natural Light

Alright so let's move to a more technical topic. Definitely less abstract than mood. We're gonna talk a little bit about lighting. So as we've mentioned a few times we are pretty minimalist. We like to keep things simple. We don't like to overthink things and lighting is no exception. So our favorite kind of lighting is natural light. It's very easy it's there. You don't really have to do much. Yeah. It does come down to taking control though. Yes. And making sure that your subject is in the right place and maximizing your opportunity with natural light. Let's go back to Mexico four Sarah and Erin. So we made sure that she would get ready in this exact spot because she has good light and then we let everything else happen around it. So just from this one spot you'll see how different photos really come about. So here it's really playing with the multiple subjects. Bride getting her makeup done but also her friend getting makeup done in the foreground. Including people in the in...

ner circle and just try to do creative images out of that. Here the friend thinks that she's in the way so she ducks down and. And I'm like no don't move! Davina reminds her that it's not necessary. Final photo that comes out of that situation this one here. Then well yeah. Same. From the other side keep documenting and try to play with multiple subjects. You can see there's someone else getting ready in the bathroom in the bag there's another girl by the wedding dress. So do you see in this situation how many ways the story could be told? Like the story could be just about the girl doing her makeup with the dress next to it. It could be about the girl in the bathroom it could be just about the bride. There are so many different ways of doing it but it's a matter again of just like committing to the one story that you're trying to tell. So in this case I thought this is a good opportunity for me to use the layers a little bit. So you know focusing on the bride and then you can kind of see her bridesmaid there and the other elements that come together. Yeah. And then eventually the best photo from that whole setup happens. It's not the best angle just 'cause the GoPro ends up being a little bit higher. Here you can see the bride reflected in that piece of furniture with the two people in the foreground. So the final photo is this one here. This is an example of the curve going like peak and down. Because I think you probably notice the bridesmaid in the foreground here, she like gets out of the way almost immediately. Despite me telling her don't go anywhere! They think that they're ruining your shot and then they ruin it by leaving. That often happens. So the natural light is just so easy to work with. Yeah. Like there's good light on her. We know what the exposure looks like. We're not fiddling around with anything too technical. And it allows us to walk around the room and really play and you know come up with different photos all within the same situation. So you see how just like me moving changes the way the light looks on her too. You know can be very direct on her and can be from here a bit more rim light a little bit more abstract. So just by me moving to different sides of her I can just use the light in so many different ways. So I get variety just from that light. We like natural light also for mixing it with you know artificial light. Especially when the exposures are just right it allows you to go and get a lot of that color out of the you know most often tungsten lighting so bring out those warm tones get a lot of yellows into the image all while getting good color on the subject themselves. So here are the hands. Remember when I mentioned that I let the bride struggle? You know this is I felt really bad here because the guys were all on the outside of the door like okay let us know when her dress is on so I was the only one in there with her. She had no one helping her and I'm just, she's like trying to shimmy into her dress. I was like sorry! The photo's gonna be good though! Photographer first friend second. (laughing) And then for portraits what's important here is that the light on the bride is against a dark background. If you have that same highlight against another highlight behind her she doesn't stand out as much. That's just universal lighting. So this is our scouting photo. Davina you know a couple days before the actual photo was taken. We just look around for interesting light. Interesting architecture and make sure that we revisit it on another day with the bride and groom. So final photo. Light is so simple like it you know. It's the way that it reads against its foreground or background is really what makes it more interesting. Same idea. So taking control making sure that the groom is in front of the window light. Closing the shade so that you get a very narrow path of light and making sure that the highlight on his face is against a dark background. You do that same photo against a white background like a blown out window he doesn't read the same way at all. So light against dark is really the way to go. I really love this kind of light just because it could be anywhere. You know you could be in a messy living room, you could be in a ugly motel room. You could be in a beautiful space but you know you really get to simplify what you're working on and simplicity sometimes can be very helpful for refocusing which is something we are also gonna talk about. You know and when you can play with the shades you have so much control over your light. Is it gonna be very broad and obvious or are you gonna have you know that smaller little sliver and as Daniel mentioned taking control, we know this has to happen. He's gonna get his turban on. It's just a matter of saying this is where I want you to sit while this happens.

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


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a Creativelive Student

Davina and Daniel are fantastic presenters as well as an exceptional photo team (plus they are super nice people, too!). I love their approach and methods and felt like there is so much value in this course. Even though I've been photographing for a long time, I took away a lot of great value gems from their course and look forward to applying several to my own business!