Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 8 of 49

Nailing the Shot with Exposure


Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 8 of 49

Nailing the Shot with Exposure


Lesson Info

Nailing the Shot with Exposure

now we're gonna give you some tips on how to make sure you do nail your exposure and your color as you're going so we want to talk about nailing the shot and getting your exposure dialed in from the get go joanie and I shoot jody and I shoots about ninety six percent of the entire day on manual mode on our camera and we talk about our five hour workflow that we have and by that we mean starting from the import process all the calling the picking of the images the editing and then exporting and picking images for albums with like all of that stuff we can get into five hours and the a big part of a big part of that is how we shoot and like I had mentioned earlier by shooting it right in cameron you save so much time on the back and so this is a big key of how we're able to go to get our workflow so low yeah so here's our process of jodi actually can see the camera that would be amazing so we mentioned this earlier uh expo disc this thing is amazing it's designed to be used to give you a ...

correct color for your camera this is just eighteen percent great card something to understand about digital photography is that the camera only understands one thing when it comes to color and exposure and that's eighteen percent gray that's why if you have your camera on auto mode like a v or tv or whatever which means you're telling the camera something that you wanted to do but it's thinking for the most part for you and you take a picture of a dark room in a dark truck tuxedo in a dark room and he snapped a picture on a v mode your picture comes out over exposed and then you take a picture of a fair bride in a white dress with a white background you take a picture and you're image comes out under exposed because what the cameras doing is going I'm not seeing eighteen percent gray it's too dark I need to shoot brighter or seeing a bunch of white and it's going that's not eighty percent grade get darker and it shoots dark so if you give it eighteen percent grade the camera goes oh I know what to do with my life I found my purpose right it literally gets starts thinking also the camera's not as smart as you think it is and all of those out those of you out there that get home and go that color is not correct and that color's not correcting your shooting on auto white balance of my exposure's off here my exposure is out there and I was shooting on a v have figured that out really easily so there's lots of ways to manipulate the camera so it shoots brighter on every time our sheets darker but if instead we shoot on manual when were inconsistent lighting that's when we do it which is most of the day and we give it eighteen percent gray it wakes up so here's our process we simply pick when we're so in a few minutes we're gonna walk through this as we do it as well when the bride comes in but what we want to do is ah three step process pick our aperture because we always say shoot your style shoot when you want to shoot don't shoot at f ate because you know that's the way to get the right exposure for some reason she's the way you want to shoot if you want to shoot a tuo shoot a tuo and then adjust everything else around that so pick it up pick your aperture shoot the way you want to shoot then you want to set your shutter speed to the one over focal length rule anybody know on the one over for going through anyone anyone anyone what yes what the one of the focal length rule is is whatever the longest millimeter that your lens goes to in this case seventy millimeters of the longest this lens goes to my shutter speed should at least be that one hundredth of a second so this is a seventy millimeter lens I should be at least one one seventieth of a second there is no one one seventy eight there's only one one eightieth so I need to be at least one one eightieth to prevent camera shake one eighty one eightieth of a second so I'm gonna put my shutter speed much faster than that because at the very end we're going fine tune our exposure with our shutter speed and we wanna have a little leeway room a little playroom so then we sent our shutter speed so in this case I would go you know instead of eightieth of a second I'd immediately go you no rightto one sixty year two fifty or something like that plenty plenty of spy next we're going to pick our s o and now at this point what we're trying to do is we're trying to get we're trying to get our in camera meter as you can see on the screen there to read zero because when you put this over the front of lens when the light coming through here read zero it's a perfect exposure guaranteed every time so all I have to do is if I was in this situation right now and we have this beautiful one window light behind me and the bride was going to be sitting right here wherever her face is going to be I simply have to point my expo disc on my camera directly towards that light source not towards the bride's face towards the light source and do all these adjustments I just said pick my aperture pick my shutter speed pick my s o and all I'm trying to do it that I also is get it within one stop zero once it's close I confined to know what the shutter speed until it clicks to zero and now I have a perfect exposure my settings on my camera are going to expose her face exactly right down the middle so what this is and when you have a camera like for cannon you can see it right here on top some of you have your cameras set up where you can see it right here on the back of your screen and you can also see this when you look through your viewfinder and so we're wanting that to be in the dead center when we're getting our exposure with this so that is what we're looking at as we're changing our aperture as we're changing our shutter speed and as we're changing our eyes so that is what we're looking at our camera does that make sense anybody any questions about that that seems pretty simple it's pretty simple we'll be walking and we're going to do this again later so then at that point the way the expo disc works is if you have a correct exposure and you're pointing that camera into the light source that's hitting your subject or pointing it back towards the camera which is most of the time was what you do where you were gonna be shooting from he simply take a picture at that point and now you have a picture of this great card and you can tell the camera hey camera this is gray and when you tell the camera his gray which is done through custom white balancing it the camera goes oh if that's grey I know what every other color supposed to look like so it makes reds perfectly reds read whites perfectly white purple the company comes perfectly purple and everything looks freaking amazing that's how we do all of our color so this is a one foul swoop process so we would literally go click like that we would get our right just all those camera settings just like we said take a picture and we would have this great card right here perfectly exposed now we want to double check we always say double check your exposures just to be sure jodi and I all day long we shoot on the info mode so that our history graham is on our screens on the back of our screen we don't shoot what the image full screen we make sure that history graham is showing question question a quick question is from nikon rick uh do you prefer the warm expo disc or the coolant for wedding good question yeah there's there's two versions there's the portrait and then the neutral we use the neutral all the portrait one is is an ads point three three percent to the red channel so if you want the cheeks a little redder which is the skin tone it just warms up the skin tone a little you can get that one but we just like in neutral and if you want to add red to all your pictures with an action do it later this is just going to give you completely neutral down the middle exposures and down the middle color a lot of photographers like bright pictures and oversaturated or warm white balance pictures so you can do that later but this gives you that neutral to start from so you don't have to do all these crazy adjustments later and we don't do any crazy warming or any crazy over brightness or saturation anything like that so then when you take a picture of that great card and you look at your history graham notice I have and let me put it on the same road that's on that screen you notice I have that same line just like that right down the middle c there's just one line when you have a line down the middle that means the exposure is perfect guaranteed hester graham never lies if you put a great card in front of it and it says there's a line down the middle it means your exposure is right down the middle what you want to avoid as you want boy the spike hitting either side if it's this way for a candid camera then that means it's too dark of its this way then that means it's too bright nikon and depending on how your camera set that it's what so this is your bright side and that's your dark side so in the case of shooting the brian getting ready in front of window she's sitting there for fifteen minutes getting her makeup on she's sitting in front of indirect window light the lights probably not changing the whole time you do this process once and now you can just photograph photograph photograph photograph photograph every image looks awesome and the color is perfect so you want to show your bride an image her skin looks the color is supposed to be instead of like blue or something and oftentimes people would be like well I've tried the extradition it doesn't work you need to have your exposure correct first because remember you need to give it that eighteen percent grade up specific shade of grey so that's why we do the exposure first and then we give that great yeah we're not gonna talk about how the white balance your camera because every camera is complete different even can and changes from model to model just refer to your manual on how to take the picture that you took of the great card and apply it to your camera you can also apply in post production as well so just like we talked about there's the expo disk we you've said it to custom white balance and we shoot on that almost the entire day and that's how we get a lot of people go how do you get that color it's all from the expo desk the explode is great for ninety nine bucks like this change my life and it made me happy and it's so much less yes and I just want to give a shout out to expert it's what we're talking about that for this weekend they're actually giving us giving all of you twenty percent off exported purchased through being h and that information will be dropping in the charity but also you could find on our block so explode risk is amazing I mean that's probably one of the products that we have talk about the most that we absolutely love because it's saved us so much editing time I don't have to go in and go is that fifty six point you know twenty two calvin and then minus nine tent like who wants to sit there and figure that out on every scenario of images and you know time winning yeah once you kind of get it down to a science this probably takes me about three to five seconds to get my color and exposure set and then I could just start shooting okay so now here's so question from the crowds and vivian photo is wondering if you go through that process something exposure with expo gis every time the bride moves into a new light source yes and I'm the light changes anytime the light changes we grab another one absolutely well not really quick yeah do you have to have different sizes for your different lens size is seventy seven great question every lands obviously has bigger you know dich dimensions in diameter by the one for your biggest lens and then just hold it over the rest of the ones that's that's what we do thank you so here you can see some before and after this is otto white metal it's on the right custom white balance on the left holy cow expo desk way better right same thing here uh the camera thinking for itself on that bottom right an expo disk on the left because that's great and this shot here like this is a shot that we actually shot at a beach and things that must have put the time and we had about ten minutes to shoot the bridegroom before the sun set so we were going fast and so what's so great about the expo disses you can capture your white balance and if you don't have time to applied in your camera for some reason which takes like two seconds if you don't have time and you're just going later in post you can appeal why that color if you're shooting on ross so that's what we did for this wedding we just grabbed our white balance what we could and then we applied it later so now the sand looks warmer they look warmer instead of colder tones

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.

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

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  • Review your images and find the best shots.