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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:

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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.

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How many light I have used here?

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Indian Bride

 

 

The answer is  2! It was about cloudy with a bit or rain around 6 p.m. On light (Nikon sb900 in TTL with amber gel) on the right  and one was held by my assistant that hid himself behind the bride, also in TTL with orange gel.

I have dialed – 3/4 of a stop from in camera meter reading. Turned on my flashes and fired.

One interesting thing to mention here. I was 2 feet away from concrete wall. so the light that was bouncing of the bride comes back and fills the shadows a bit. It kind of softens the entire image so that the shadows don’t look too dark.

Post production was related to removing color cast and skin retouching.

Let me know if you have questions.

Michael

 

 

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Jc Velasco - Thanks I learn a lot, great image.

Gorsky - Beautiful image, as always !

You are saying that the main flash was held in your hand to the right of the image.
From the shadow of the nose, it was held a bit high and very slightly to the right.
How are you holding a camera in your right hand and a flash at the same time ?

Thanks for taking the time to help us understand and deconstruct your image, much appreciated !

Гель - Здравствуйте,Михаил!Янтарный гель это какая цветовая температура?

Michael Greenberg - esli chestno, ya voobshe ne smotru na tempiraturu.

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Photography by Phototerra Studio a Toronto based Wedding Photography Studio

Photographed at the Shaar ha Shomaim in Montreal this shot was taken during the Mezinka—a traditional dancing celebration that takes place when a family’s last child is married off to form a new Jewish home.

To get this shot I used a slow shutter about 1/15sec to add a sense of movement, therefore adding an emotional and celebratory touch to the overall frame.

If the whole frame was in focus then the image could be seen in a different manner and evoke another type of feeling.

My flash was affixed to a monopod on camera right and extended over the congratulating crowd and pointed towards the parents of the bride/groom; emphasizing their traditional role as parents to see their children get married.

f 5.6, 1/15sec, ISO 1000, Off camera TTL Flash

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Antonella Muscat - Wow! A beautiful image, very nicely framed… the wave like flow of movement really adds energy to the image!

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Flash Card Review by Fundy Software

In case you guys missed it, the guys at ‘Fundy Software’ put out a review of my educational flash cards.

Curious about your lighting? Want to improve your lighting skills?

Then please check out my ‘Wedding Anatomy Store’ for more details.

Watch Fundy’s video review below, and read their written review on their site here at –> Fundy Software.

Thanks guys!!!

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Editorial Shoot for Elegant Wedding

Finally I get to sit down for a bit!

So I’ve been meaning to get around to this, but since I’m travelling through rural terrain in Russsia, the internet has been a little spotty.

I just wanted to share some photos I shot for an Editorial piece I did for Elegant Wedding Magazine.

I was approached with the concept, and thought it would be fun to shoot at the stables. I do after all have some ‘horse experience’ and quite familiar with their behaviour in front of a camera.

Right off the bat, and based on a compositional aspect, I knew horses could easily overpower a scene. The challenge was not only the lighting but also the balance within the frame.

I had three strobes for most of the indoor shots with the horse–a key light on the model, a fill light for shadows, and a dedicated light for the horse–as you can see below.

Flat ambient light vs Strobe lighting


For the single shots of her, I had 4 lights going on–a key light from the side, a fill light, a hair light from behind, and another to light up the corridor behind her. I thought 4 lights was necessary to bring out a good balance between the environment and the subject.

Tricky enough for you? Maybe, but if you come before hand and do some pre-testing and develop what you want before you arrive on shooting day, then you will be better prepared. Got to stay professional folks, our industry needs it!

Flat ambient light vs Strobe lighting

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william - awesome shot,may i know what light did u use for the main light with the horse? flash gun with gel? or a light strobe? thanks

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