Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 22 of 49

The Lighting Process


Wedding Photography Weekend

Lesson 22 of 49

The Lighting Process


Lesson Info

The Lighting Process

so this is our actual step by step process that we do when we go out on weddings go so I just walked outside I love this background I want to shoot right here so I go great I'm gonna pick my lighting pattern my bride has a round face what should I do I should short light her so I have her turn her face this way to the camera a little bit I put my soft box over to the side and I'm gonna short lighter or I'm in a forty five degree light because it's a groom right I wanted to look cool zai automatically got a forty five degree lining I set up the stroke and why setting up the soup sorry I set up the stroke and by setting up the strong we picked the height remember just bottom of the south box below the chin we picked the distance we get it as close as we can without it being in my frame and we're ready to rock and roll and figure out what style you want do you want a glamour later do you want a forty five degree what kind of slating style right then we're going to set the meter on the so ...

set the meeting ece set the meter on the ice and set the on the meter so all we have to do it for outside almost any time of the day one hundred so we're gonna put that in the meter one hundred eyes so very simple to do the next thing we're gonna do is we're going to set the shutter speed on the meter toe one one hundredth of a second why because the camera has what's called an ex sink speed I'm sure a lot of people in creating what we talked about this for what it means is if your shutter is going too fast all the sun it will not see the flash we'll cut the flash or have you ever been linked you have your flashing your camera and you're taking a shot at reception all of a sudden you see a black bar at the top and bottom and you were like what the heck is going on that it was happening is your shooter is going so fast it's not able to catch however like that's coming after jody this is the shutter and I'm the flash coming at the shelter and ends up on oh she just saw way cia black line everywhere else we just see that one white spot so that's what the x ing speed is so what joanie and ideas we set the shutter speed to one one hundred which is half of the xing speed of most cameras most cameras max sink speed for the x is two hundred or two fiftieth we said it at half that speed and we'll talk about that coming at st speed is if you if you're shudder goes above that it's going to start cutting every camera's difference of check your manual but it's usually two hundred for cannon to fifty per night con you can push it a little bit sometimes with those air the safe guy so then at that point we put the meter can we grab a booth at this point we're going to go ahead and take a meter reading right away because we want to make sure everything's looking correct so let me show you how we do that thanks station so we have our meter right here this has a little dome that strolls in and out like that little dome that goes in and out like that make sure the dome is out because then it's going to read it about one hundred sixty degree angle which means if you're a little sloppy with your meat oring it's still going to read it accurately and you put it at your subjects chin position press the black button on the side or depressant and resets the meter it says give me a flash fire the flash off and hits this you look at the meter and you checked the percentage and if it says forty percent what would I do chris power up or down power up really simple oh I'm forty percent I mean more power if it says one hundred percent what what I do flash simply powers I don't joanie power the stroll down three clicks okay I take another reading seventy percent okay we're gonna have also photo so we simply like we mentioned power the strobe upper down until seventy percent has reached set our camera toe what it says on here question from right here eighty percent or ninety percent though isn't that what you want those dramatic and images that all depends on your style seventy percent of the great starting point and if you like that subtle flash go to seventy percent if your dramatic go ahead and crank it up go right to ninety percent if you like drama and then you can also do further adjustments after this what we're going to show you briefly so we simply set our camera toe what it says on here so this this is I saw one hundred one one hundredth of a second f ate goat in those settings you're gonna have a perfect exposure so that's giving you your aperture and you're uh flash power I just want my share I understand right that's giving you both of those numbers once you tell it your shutter speed what you're yeah tells you the aperture and then it's letting you know what your power how much power is in relation to the ambient light precisely we'll make even more sense when we got to do it okay so then this is the really cool thing at this point now said we take a shot like all this looks really cool but I wish the background has a little bit darker what now I got to go back take a meter reading power the strobe up so I could get more flash here and then I could get my apertures from f h eleven and in the back of them oh my gosh that's way too much work so the reason we set that xing speed at one one hundredth of a second is because remember remember uh the shutter speed does not affect how much flashes hitting her face and only affects the rest of the light so now because we're at one one hundredth of a second we can adjust the shutter speed and change the brightness or darkness in the background and we'll show you that in just a second yes coming up okay so there may be a couple of troubleshooting problems you run into you may take a meter reading and that says f stop point eight you know or something like that are below one or error that means you don't have enough power so what you're gonna have to do is raise your eyes so up next we'll take a drink and then one sometimes your reader will read this awesome goodness right here and you're like oh what the heck is that so you did it if you get an error it means I didn't see any flash compared to ambient there's no flash not enough so you gotta increase your flash sometimes people have taken a reading it doesn't say anything it just says error like what do I do raise up the power is probably the problem or if the f's office too low like maybe it says shoot at one point oh you know I have a two eight lemons like I can you just boost your s o and the cool thing is when you change anything like if he already took the reading and you start chain making adjustments on the meter it will automatically make the other adjustments for you so if you raise your eyes so little automatically changer of stop and tell you what to shoot at you you don't have to you know re meter just really cool okay so like zach and talked earlier it's someone's little harder up your mind around it but your shutter speed does not effect you're strobe exposure so think about when you're shooting with the camera and natural daily the slower you slow your shutter speed down the more light comes in and the brighter your subject gets right the thing about a strobe is a stroll wasn't just unlike constant light like we have these two big strobes here and it's constant light the light just comes out and that's it you want to show the example in the studio yeah if you're in a studio and you took a flash shot um at one hundredth of a second and all the meter readings were set correctly took a picture really quick in the city is pitch black took a photo it would look correct right then if you didn't do anything except change your shutter speed to ten minutes and took another photo went click then you wait ten minutes stoves off the shutters open for ten minutes and then finally the shutter closes when you look at the images side by side they look identical because there was no ambient light to affect it the shutter speed is not affected by the flash unless you go too fast and it can't see the flash which is that x thinks so we have some example images what all of these shots were taken at I s so two hundred f for nothing changed except the shutter speed so this one that one sixteenth of a second one one sixty one sixty if this one is that one one hundredth notice that the backgrounds getting brighter her face is getting a little bit brighter it's not because of the flash because the existing light is starting to fill in the shadows and then one one sixtieth of the second you can see now her face looks a lot brighter but it's not because the flash got brighter it's because the ambient light is creeping around and frightening her face up and the pillars were getting bright so you can see how much of a difference in the look you can create just by changing the shutter speed go back and re meter jody now will go outside I'll take a shot at seventy percent of all this is almost perfect I wish the background is darker speed my shutter speed from one hundred two hundred the background just got twice as dark and now I have drama and I don't have to go back and make adjustments so it's very very fast toe work that way or the backgrounds to dark slow down fiftieth of a second and it just got twenties right and yes you can shoot a fiftieth of a second on flash because flash freezes people in place okay now we're gonna talk really quick how to get a custom sky because sometimes guys there lived a little tricky like I mentioned if I walked outside right now it was a sunny day but we were standing in the shade and I meet her for even ninety percent of my face the sky in the background my shot maybe way way way brighter because the sky is the sun is hitting the sky right so in order to get a perfect sky every time we have a little trick to get those cool blue sky shops I know personally that anybody ever heard of a sunny sixteen okay couple people nodding as a sunny sixteen rule is if it's from an hour after sunup to an hour before sundown the sun that the sky that the sun is hitting up the sun itself but what the sun is lighting up the blue sky over here is that f sixteen I s a one hundred one one hundredth of a second all day so if I simply matched that power with my flash on my subject I'm going to get a blue sky every time does that make sense so if that's outside is sky f sixteen I can simply set my flash no one one hundredth of a second one hundred eyes so empowered up until it says f sixteen when I take a picture the sky will be blue but the sky's not have sixteen all all the time and sometimes it's cloudy out like it is today so what we can do is this simple set up right here so check this out on my camera not a maestro on outta my meter but on my camera set my shutter speed toe one one hundredth of a second just like we do on the meter I'm gonna set my eyes on a one hundred I'm gonna point my camera into the sky because especially even let skye the meter can read that pretty well it's not like a crazy thing for the media to read and the sky's usually kind of down the middle in camera meter in camera meter can read that it's usually blue or like today it's great so that's an easy reflective source for the camera meter to read it's not very difficult like it's white or black or something point the camera to the sky and now I just adjust my f stop until my in camera meter looks how I wanted to and for me it's usually one stop underexposed so say now I set my do all those settings and I'm adjusting my f stop and I'm watching the camera meter and it gets down to minus one and I'm at four or f ate now all I have to do is make sure when I take a meter reading everything matches what camera just did does that make sense so I'm not gonna power the strobe up to match the cameras stop so we're gonna power this strobe and we're gonna meet her and if it said on the meter it's gonna be one one hundred one hundred and it's not going to give me an f stop yet because I haven't power you know hit the flash at it yet so I'm gonna power that flash up until the f stop is exactly the same as what's on my camera my camera says that fate I keep powering up or down until it says that fate and what it does that means the exposure on my subject because that f ate that means the background is going to be nice and moody and dark just like I wanted it and I just take a shot and I got perfect skies every time it works every time maybe this guy's a little bright when you take the shot what do you do speed up shutter speed maybe you think it's too moody slow down your shutter speed you still have those options that's why we goto one one hundredth of a second

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.