The above image was made at the reception of a Jewish wedding in Montreal before the ceremony. This is where the men in attendance meet, talk, and pray. This is also where the groom signs the Jewish marriage document known as the “Katubah.” The document is then taken to a separate room where the bride signs in the presence of all women who are in attendance, after which the two parties can join, and the ceremony commences.
In situations like this, where you are often jumping between two (or more) rooms, it is important not only to document the moment, but to do so very quickly.
Here the room was poorly lit, so to produce light that not only documents but also has some unique quality, I needed to use flash in a creative way. Had I shot this photograph without flash, the image would have been flat and dull.
This is how I did it:
Holding the flash in my hand, I set it to TTL and fired through the vodka bottle sitting on the table. The bottle refracts the light, dramatically lighting the subjects in the foreground and casting visually striking shadows.
Shot at F16 to get everything in focus, all that you see in the picture is illuminated by flash. A quick and unobtrusive solution requiring minimum post-production (only a little contrast and brightness).
If you’d like to learn more tips on how I use flash, please check out my educational cards in the store.