One friend gave me a very interesting book as birthday gift about wedding photography by Neal Urban, an American photographer who won several prestigious awards. Well, I’ll share a little summary in several articles in this blog. Enjoy…
Take Your Time
One nice thing about engagement shoots is that you have control of the time and place you’d like to shoot. When shooting a wedding you are totally locked in to the time the couple want to shoot, which is most often the worst time of the day (in terms of the available lighting). But for pre wedding, you can mix it up and shoot at night or whenever you like.
For best results, plan your night shoot in a place where there is a lot of ambient light to make the background look interesting.
Add Some Light
One approach to shooting at night is to add light on the subjects to balance them in relation to the ambient light in the background. Flash works well for this purpose, allowing you to freeze the subjects with the short of burst of light. Then, leaving the shutter open past the flash sync speed allows the ambient light to continue to register to whatever level you choose.
Use Ambient Light Only
Another approach is to shoot using only the ambient light. Identifying light sources and positioning your subjects relative to them can create beautiful results. As seen in the photo below:
The photo was created using ambient light only; the subjects were positioned in the beam of the tree’s lamp to make them stand out in the composition. With some simple ‘highlight & shadow’ and temperature adjustment in lightroom then the photo will looks perfect.
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