Monday 22 December 2008

Wedding Photographer Kent

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Just had this question from a reader:

Hello David

Is there any chance you can tell me how you took and exposed the Deal Castle pics on the blog? They look superb!


First of all, thank you for the positive feedback Matthew - much appreciated.

These shots were taken at least 30 minutes after sunset when just the last vestiges of light were left in the sky. I put the camera in manual mode - 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 22mm (16-35mm f/2.8 L) - which came out at around 2 stops underexposed for the ambient light, which I knew would bring out the colour in the sky.

Flash exposure compensation was dialled to +1 because of the reflectivity of the bride's dress. The flash was mounted on a Custom flash bracket with a Lastolite micro Apollo attached. This acts as a light softener since it hugely increases the size of the light source, as opposed to a Stofen omnibounce which acts as a light diffuser and serves no purpose outside.

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Anonymous said...

David ,
which version of the Lastolite do you have ? I've seen 3 options..

Thank you!

David said...

Hi George,

I use the Micro Apollo XL on the principle of the bigger the softbox, the softer the light. It does not block the AF-assist beam from a 580EX II Speedlite. Bear in mind that I use it in conjunction with a Custom flash bracket.

A friend bought one recently and was unimpressed by the velcro attachment system. I had no issues with it though.