Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 27 of 49

Clam Shell Lighting


Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 27 of 49

Clam Shell Lighting


Lesson Info

Clam Shell Lighting

let's just bring out the booth for lying in this freezing cold weather address below forty s so what we're gonna do if I could get plugged back in to the uh trigger what we're going to do for all of you guys is kind of an added bonus shot here where we're going to do my tape is jake okay we're going to do something like a lot of photographers out there that are watching they sheet maybe like senior portrait and you have like cool young hip girls and they want a really glamorous shot or something that looks more high fashion or you happen to have a bride who's soup you got great skin and she's thin and pretty and you want to do something a little more fashion so we're going to do what's called clamshell lighting just using our soft box and a reflector really quick to do a really cool head shot so the way that we do this and I'm trying to debate if we should do it with sky's our backdrop or with the greenery is our backdrop it I'm almost thinking the sky might be better just because it d...

oesn't get any cooler than the sky so what we're gonna do is all we're gonna do is we're gonna do it what's called clamshell lighting and what clamshell lighting is yet let me get that for when your foot my man perfect what clamshell lighting is is when you have to light sources coming like this and you guys ever look it like revlon commercials or makeup commercials and they're like kind of shadow this lighting on their face and their face just looks like whoa it's like let big time so we're going to do that for our amazing amazing bride and kind of re mimic that right here live in front of everybody so we're gonna have her come right over here and this is a great backdrop because we've got a nice neutral sky which is gonna look great so you're gonna stand right here my dear but I mean facing this way and then we're gonna bring our strobe in and instead of putting it to the side or forty five degrees earning that we're gonna put it straight on and light her super close super straight on in the closer the better it just has to be far enough away to where we can bounce some light back with our reflector to get under her chin so we're gonna have stacy do is basically get our light just like this shooting and you can probably stand just to the side just like that and see how the bottom is even are perpendicular to the ground just like that boom so that's awesome and we won't need as much power here either because the light is going to be so damn close so I'm just going to double check that sky exposure really quick let me get my camera back talking here to the computers which always takes about eight or ten seconds of awkward news just getting a patient you want to say something I'm waiting for something amazing amazing nothing you guys have any questions at all while we are waiting there is a weird accent again on this matter go yes there are a couple of questions right now right now it's really cold outside and we just came from a really nice warm indoor area oh how do you deal with lens fogging from hot to cold sometimes we just have to wait it out wait till like cameras adjust you know we do the wedding in miami beach and um indoors it was nice and a seed and as soon as we stepped out everything just fogged up because the humidity was just so we have them a little bit yesterday when we when zac came out to do the stroke shot at the very end and then the fog created a cool look but you don't until they want that all the time so we kind of waited out and you know you can open your gear and it depends where you are you know if you're on it beach with sand blowing is not necessarily something that you want to do but that isn't the only mind for because you can freak out really quick too for not paying attention like oh my gosh what's going on why do I shot look like this is like oh so just allow a few minutes to let your gear just yeah okay what we also do is we leave if you don't have a uv filter on there you won't really have to deal with that quite as much because moisture usually gets trapped between you sometimes even the top of the lenses we'll just box you can you just you know wipe it off with a soft backup thank you another question is um we talked about this yesterday but from greg mack is why don't you use uh lens hood went outside to get in my way personally I know they're really good teo flare tto help prevent flare and then also when you drop your lenses um it helps protect the body but oftentimes I take it off because it just gets in my way especially when we use the expo disc were pulling that bad boy out and then if we have the lens hood on were like putting it inside the lens hood and then we're blocking the light but hitting it anyways that's often easier for me just to take him off if I'm really trying to get a shot and flares a serious problem um I'll put that one sit on it for the most part they keep rough okay so we're ready to rock you're ready to share what you're doing is talking yeah so we just got the background set again I double checked the exposure I pointed my camera the sky made sure it was one stop underexposed just like it was a really weird pretty much the same settings because the sky has not really changed we just have the uh flash a little bit lower power because it's so close to our amazing bride who's getting rained on right now so now we're going to simply lean r flash and kind of like this really close we're gonna we're gonna do one shot without the reflector and then we're gonna add it to show you the difference we're gonna have you looking right here bring this more this way so we're gonna have you standing right there yeah looks amazing looking right here at me perfect so as you can see right off the top looks really really cool we've got this great super beautiful soft light on her face now we're going to fill in those shadows under her cheeks and on her eyes with the reflector so back up just a tiny bit perfect and we're gonna basically make the lights look like a clam is eating her face so we're taking the light bound coming out of the soft box we're taking the light coming out of the soft box and we're bouncing it back in with this reflector right here we're using the silver gold side because it bounces a lot of light so you had to bring it up you can't even see it's even reflecting the natural life just like that perfect and looking right here nice serious one that looks amazing awesomeness so now check out the difference between those two shots is this next one comes up it looks amazing let's just do a couple more so we get a really saw it also give me just a few different looks my dear perfect every time we hear a beep will be ready for another one yes no that's gorgeous it's alright again can we have ah ah hand on the side maybe you have not looked amazing and move this way a little stacy yeah perfect just like that a couple more let's also my dear supercool lovett who that's gorgeous chin up just a touch just like that perfect what hold it no move supercool to steal another one maybe one kind of grabbing your coat pulling it together yeah oh someone's do one more just like that the pretend you're freezing super cool one more we should be good dan you're awesome take naturally and you guys seeing those coming through they just look like absolutely amazing those air straight out of the camera we haven't edited any of these here let's take one with the natural light and even throw a reflector and they're like we could add a reflector for a little bit added light but if you have a senior or a bride that is cool and anyway and you shoot them images like that she's going to feel like and we've done this for a number of different brides that have been really pretty or really into fashion or that kind of stuff and they have really freaked out you know seeing those kind of awesome images so we're gonna snap on really quick of our ride before she freezes your butt off take our little neutral density filter off the same thing perfect nine diffuse that late you look so good so let's go ahead and pop some light now don't defuse it don't worry about that just pops in line underneath yep one more so we can make it look a little better and you'll see that last one but it's not going to be quite anything like those earlier images as you can see so that's what the reflector added obviously helps fill in the shadows quite a bit but if they want to scroll back to the last one we shot with lights you can really see the difference between what we just did with that soft box and how stinking amazing that was

Class Description

Being a successful wedding photographer isn’t just about taking gorgeous shots, it’s about creating an incredible experience for your clients. If a bride feels great about the services you provide—from your first meeting to your wedding day demeanor to the final delivery of the album—then she’ll be a happy customer for life and recommend you to her vast network of friends and family.

Zach and Jody Gray not only produce beautiful photos, they take great pains to ensure that every aspect of the wedding day is well planned and executed. In this weekend course that includes actual shoots of a bride and groom, Zach and Jody cover all the components of wedding photography, everything from marketing your business to finding the perfect lighting sources to posing your subjects to picking the best shots.

By describing their humble beginnings and explaining how their modest start-up grew into a thriving business with clients across the country, Zach and Jody will inspire you to pursue your own wedding photography dreams.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish a strong connection with your clients.

  • Identify the essential gear you’ll need for your shoots.

  • Use light rigs when natural light is unavailable.

  • Understand lighting ratios, strobe lighting, clamshell lighting and more.

  • Figure out which lenses to use for each part of the day.

  • Build up your network and attract more clients.

  • Market your business with your website, sales calls and word of mouth.

  • Review your images and find the best shots.