Night Wedding Photography Tips And Tricks

When I first got in to wedding photography, shooting at night used to, well, give me nightmares. There are a whole load of variables when it comes to shooting weddings. This one can appear a bit daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it you can get some wonderful shots, and shots that a large proportion of the competition aren't getting. Here are a few night photography tips to get you started.

1. Bounce Flash Inside

This is the technique I use for indoor photography when there's insufficient natural light from windows and doors. I use it in the day too incidentally. Basically, you must have a flashgun with a rotating head for this, and to be honest, this is an essential piece of kit for any wedding photographer really. Point it at the ceiling half way between you and the object, or bounce the light off a wall if you prefer.

You can even point it up behind you and bounce the light of the angle of a wall and ceiling that way. The result is to spread the light much more evenly. The walls and ceiling in effect are acting like a reflector, diffusing the light. You don't get any nasty shadows behind the people you are photographing this way.

2. Ambient Light Outside

If I spot a well placed spot light outside, I might position my bride and groom between me and the light source. You can get a really nice rim lighting effect that way, with the light just picking out the profile of the couple.

I prefer to get a shot of them almost kissing rather than actually kissing. The profile doesn't look as pleasing to the eye when there is actual contact. They can still kiss of course - don't stop them! - but get the shot just before or after.

3. Video Light Outside

I love this option, especially because video light is a permanent light source so you can see the results before actually taking the shot and make revisions if necessary. I've used classic video lights with bulbs but the newer LEDs are lighter and just as effective. You can attach barn doors to the front of the light to make it more directional if you wish, or shoot through a gate or railings to get some beautiful shadows cast across the bride and groom.

One classic position is to have the light slightly above camera and to the side of the photographer. Another that works well is with the light up high and to the side, pointing in to the bride's face as she hugs the groom (often with shut eyes). This sculpts her features wonderfully well and can look breathtaking.

The video method works inside under low light conditions as well. Set the ISO high enough to pick up some ambient light, such as a chandelier above the couple.

If you want to check out some other wedding photography hints and tips, please have a look at my site Photography Gems. Thanks for reading and happy shooting.

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