Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 18 of 49

Location Lighting Examples


Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 18 of 49

Location Lighting Examples


Lesson Info

Location Lighting Examples

light is super important and we head on this a little bit yesterday but when you go to shoot a wedding regardless of what the weather's gonna be like regardless of all the circumstances the client is expecting you to get great images and you can't say well you know I couldn't really get great images at your wedding because it was raining all day and there is no late so sorry like you can't do that they're expecting the best out of you so it's great to be a natural a photographer and that's what you do but there are circumstances and especially you know not everyone lives in sunny for nya where you have beautiful weather all the time we get rain we get snow whatever and so as a photographer you need to be skilled in the area and so you know we liketo share the story where we were so excited issued it this vineyard and georgia and it was beautiful that it before we were so pumped and then the morning of wake up and it's pouring rain first time and it never rained on the wedding for us in...

to yeah that was kind of our stick it's like get us well ran any wedding and like never mind and the problem was it was so dark and so overcast that day that there was barely any ambient light coming in the windows and there was no way windows anywhere either we're been your great and so luckily with the soft box and with the light were actually able to create our own window and so in that circumstance you were able to create our own light and having that knowledge is super important and do you want to share when you first started learning about light and the system for weddings doing it fast yeah so you know obviously lighting a lot of people I think don't like it because it takes too long but once you learn a really great system of simplifying it making it an easy no brainer who wants to sit here new math all day and try to figure out ratios in their head I don't I'm not into math I don't like it but we're going to show you a very simple system that allows it to be done fast and efficiently people saw it yesterday live you know we set that up I walked out if nobody was talking to me and I was just doing it myself I can usually set up a litter shot intense seconds and once it's set up as long as we keep that working distance with the flash I could fire away for the next hour on the same settings and just shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot and create images just like you just saw and that's the thing with weddings is you don't have an hour to do one shot you have a minute to set up a shot so how could we do it fast at a wedding and get dining all right so we're going to get right into some before and afters for you guys this may be an image a lot of people have sort of seen this is the natural light of the shot that you've seen on the creative live sign up page call one of course of course they're so this is the course page image behind the scenes shot of how we actually accomplish that jodi took that image yeah wear actually out in this field and this is the this really showcases the power of light you notice if you look at the light on the bride it's beautiful she has this beauty this is like the sun had just dip behind the horizon it was golden hour and we had in nashville we have the most beautiful sunsets beautiful skies all the time because of the moisture this was like middle of summer I mean it was beautiful beautiful day says you can see but when we expose for the light on the bride's face the sky what always happens it gets blown out because it's a way darker where she's standing vs the sky the sky is three times brighter so we set up our one off camera flash put it at the right angle adjusted the ratios or we're going to talk about how to do coming up I fired off the flash and boom notice you can't even see that sky and once she framed it correctly and got rid of the houses in the tractor way get this incredible dynamic shot holy cow awesome and no editing because the light is so beautiful it looks like it paints on their faces people that have bad skin looks like they have good skin and people that have great skin it's like magic the images I showed you earlier of our couple from here that we shot outside yesterday I didn't do anything to those no retouching I click one button and turn it to a j peg and that's exactly what you just saw so these next two images this is the natural light we're shooting a post wedding session of this couple on the beach and uh post wedding session on beaches you can see the light is really bright again we exposed for their faces and if we turned them around and pointed them towards the light we had all this nastiness in the background so wanted to use the sun is a back late and so the background would be great but of course this guy's over balloon yeah so uh and you mentioned behind him was all these big buildings yeah so the big ugly buildings in the background this was the perspective we wanted but we couldn't shoot it without the flowers so we added are flash set the ratios up and boom got a better composition and all of a sudden we've got this great detail we can see the sky we can see this beautiful scenery out here in destin where we're shooting awesome joining our shooting another bridal session some people saw this on instagram on twitter they walked out because we wanted to shoot a shot out with the big beautiful sky but unfortunately the lighting wasn't that good um when we tried to express for faces you can see her flowers are getting a little blown out because of the way that the light was coming directly down on the top of her head and her eyes were dark so he got out the one ofthe light are off camera flash the exact same one we used yesterday and were able to capture this awesome like such a cool indifference and these air literally seconds apart you know these two images it's a very very powerful tool and not only is it fun to have a light when the lighting's horrible but it's fun to have a light at your beck and call even when the lighting's great just to get a different look and this is a great example of stephen and scarlets wedding beautiful light then we wanted to add some drama to so here's a behind the scenes image of kind of a setup that we had weather assistant instagram photo isn't holding our west got thirty twenty for my thirty two inch soft box we left then stevens guy that worked for the camera in van that's the shot we got just minutes after the previous shot and again zero editing there was nothing none of this image in another then turned it back into a gaping addison contrast I opened up the vibrance a little bit and export and this is what you see sometimes when we get really heavy with the ratios of the backgrounds that dark we may open up the shadows just a little bit with phil light and then applied every image we shot and it's literally takes me about three seconds to edit a photo like that question's coming hey let's do val mention l and then we could geo probably a lot of people are wondering um they don't have the equipment you have they don't have thousands of dollars on this is there any way to get something similar with the flash as opposed to yes yes that was not a wedding and then you take the time for we've taken time to do it right at weddings but that first shot that you saw what I was wearing jeans that was at a bridal session in the south they like to do a session anybody you get to the wedding of the drive going off she gets dressed up a couple weeks before the wedding in her dress and we go out a photograph for and then they wanna hang a big picture at the reception is like being in the sound so so but yeah we do that exact same thing I'm weddings which is where some of the shots but that one yes that was not my just for letting you alright online questions or chris how are you going like you have lots of natural light photos how do you mix it up like a thinking too much yes natural like how do you what's your style of love you have for restoration of this great question we probably shoot ten or fifteen percent of our poor critz maybe twenty percent lit clients like sort of know that we do it now so they want those kind of images in their shots they want us to come out like him but it's not like every shot is like let's go over here way have great natural light we use it and the great thing about natural light is that you can let moments kind of happened people can move around quite a bit in depending on where you are and moments going kind of unfold with a flash it can be much more stagnant because it's very dependent on the position they're in and when their standing so we tend to reserve that for more like these kind of rockstar portrait's stuff that we do and we'll talk through later today I kind of like how we bring out the strobe on how we actually incorporate that into our wedding these little help you know all right so now I think we have another question at the question woz and I lost it specifically but was around could you talk a little bit to the technical aspect when you're taking that photo are you exposing for the sky like what what's the process to get that it's coming that way we'll break it down down you could really bring something that do it yourself now we're gonna start with talking about our lighting rig yes and actually it's a great question too because you know we're big believers and figuring out what's the easiest way for people will learn a system and some people love looking at visual stuff and seeing diagrams and that helps them some people have to go do it themselves so that's why we do workshops where people come with us and for hours and hours and hours we watched them set it out it'll send it out shoot we you know problem solved together and figure out all the reasons why it is or isn't working well but then we're also going to teach a very simple system so you can go out and give it a try and it's going to work I promise you because it works every time there's no reason it won't work

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.