A drift of light

A drift of light

April 6, 2010  |  Photoblog
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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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