This blog post goes into more features about using accessible light and the kind of lighting gear that works in various situations at an Indian wedding.
- Create drama using accessible light
When trying to work with existing light at a wedding, look for any source of light that can make drama – a shaft of light coming from the window, spot-like covered ceiling lighting in a ballroom, landscape spot-lighting focussed on a tree or wall, filigree or cut-work lamps as part of the decor. The coolest way is to take the subject where these sources of light hit straight. Then ad a meter for the face and take your high-contrast dramatic shot.
- Static constant LED panels
LED pieces are great to add brightness and achieve the exposure desired in dimly lit areas and circumstances at a wedding. The benefit is that they’re battery-operated chargeable panels, portable and easy to mount on light stands. So, you can place them wherever you need to add fill light. But also remember to place them at a 45-degree angle to the subject so the light is directional and flattering.
One other benefit of LED panels is that, unlike flashes and speedlights, it’s not blinding or astonishing to one’s eyes. But they could be a mood killer. If the occasion is dimly lit and has mood lighting, setting up an LED panel could ruin the feel. So be judicious about their use. You don’t want to disturb the vision of the couple. But the good thing is that most good worth LED panels will give you the option of regulating the brightness levels as well as let you mix warm and cool light. So, you can easily adjust the light accordingly and get the exposure you need without disrupting the ambience.
- Make the most of the available light
As we said before, it’s significant to see light, know its direction and intensity and the effect it has on the shadow and highlight of an act or subject. By available light, we mean any light source available at the location that helps expose the shot – sunshine, bulbs or tube lights in a room, candles, LEDs, bonfires, neon lights, etc. It doesn’t matter what kind of light it is or its source, you should remember that diffused directional illumination always produces the most attractive results for human subjects. And the challenge in marriages is attaining this exact effect using accessible bright.
Even though many photographers acclaim the benefits of natural light, it certainly has its own challenges. In a flawless world, we would only shoot in the golden hour. But the reality is that even while shooting in the usual light, we have to diffuse harsh sunlight, fill shadows and illuminate open shaded areas.
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- On-camera flash
Even though most wedding photographers would prefer off-camera light, an on-camera flash is a good reserve option for when you don’t have an assistant or a radio trigger handy. As we said, it’s better to get a shot that you could salvage in post-processing than miss a moment. So, if you have to use an on-camera flash, we suggest taking manual control of the flash settings as it will help in creating softer and more flattering light.
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