Available light is very much the “in” thing in wedding photography. So it comes as a surprise to some people when I tell them that I routinely pack 6 flashguns for a wedding. Including some fairly powerful location flash. It possibly comes as even more of a surprise when and how I use it.
A dark church is probably the last place I’d use flash. There I get by on modern cameras, good technique and fast lenses. The place I’m most likely to use it is when I just need to move the light a little or focus it in one particular place. Like this behind the scenes shot from Tom and Georgina’s wedding. That’s Mike, my assistant, holding a 50 inch octabox and 600 w/s location flash system (both from Lencarta) to drift a little light onto the bride and groom. It’s not a huge amount – compare the light on Mike. But it’s just enough to lift the picture and gain control of the shadows.
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