Friday 23 April 2010

Weddings in Lenham

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A selection of images with EXIF data from Carole and Alan's wedding, photographed recently at their home near Sevenoaks and the Chilston Park Hotel, Lenham. Please check out their wedding gallery.

HDR (-2, 0, +2), f/8, ISO 400, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

A handheld HDR shot - great for capturing a dramatic, overcast sky.

1/250, f/1.2, ISO 200, 0 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

Their lounge had almost white walls so there was a lot of beautifully soft reflected light in the room.

1/160, f/2, ISO 800, ²⁄₃ EV, 35mm f/1.4L

Notice the positive exposure compensation (EC) to account for the bright background.

1/250, f/2.2, ISO 800, 0 EV, 35mm f/1.4L

Carole was very smiley and charismatic - a pleasure to photograph.

HDR (-2, 0, +2), f/8, ISO 200, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

1/640, f/2.8, ISO 50, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, 70mm, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

A dramatic entrance for the boys. Notice the negative EC due to the dark tones. This prevents highlights being overexposed.

1/500, f/2.8, ISO 200, 0 EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

Shooting at 16mm will give you perspective distortion at the edges of the frame but it allows you to see the subject's surroundings - particularly in cramped conditions.

1/250, f/3.5, ISO 250, ‒ ⅓ EV, 35mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

1/4000, f/2.5, ISO 100, ‒ 1 EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

Allowing the camera to meter here would have lost all details in his shirt.

1/1000, f/2.2, ISO 50, ‒ ⅓ EV, 35mm f/1.4L

Overcast days give you a lot of freedom with regards to placing subjects - no harsh light to have to avoid.

1/5000, f/1.2, ISO 50, ‒ ²⁄₃ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

I did a couple of shots here at a range of apertures. At f/1.2 this lens is pretty sharp.

1/60, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 0 EV, 0 FEC, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

I put a PocketWizard miniTT1 on the camera and a flexTT5 on a 580EX II, which I then held in my left hand. I bounced the flash off the wall behind me which compensated perfectly for the top light coming in through the glass ceiling.

1/250, f/1.4, ISO 400, 0 EV, 0 FEC, 35mm f/1.4L

Same set-up as previously but the flash was bounced off a wall to the left.

1/1000, f/4, ISO 200, ‒ ⅓ EV, 16mm, 16-35mm f/2.8L II

1/320, f/4, ISO 500, ‒ ⅓ EV, 85mm f/1.2L II

A picture speaks a thousand words!

Comments or queries are most welcome.


Shahid said...

Hi David, I'm learning to be a wedding photographer and wonder if you can help with this situation.

If I place my subject in front of a window with full sunshine blasting through, even with +2 compensation in AV mode I still get them massively underexposed. I'm assuming I might run into this situation during a ceremony where I am unable to use flash. What do you do?


David said...

Hi Shahid,

I find the exposure compensation limit of +/- 2 stops a limitation when I shoot HDR. I regularly shoot subjects in front of windows and around +2 exposure compensation normally works well.

If your window really is ultra-bright, however, the easiest way to get round this is to switch to manual mode. Enter in the aperture, shutter and ISO speeds that you were using in Av mode. You can then either open up the aperture, or increase the shutter and ISO speeds, to get an acceptable exposure. It only takes a moment.

Does that sound reasonable?

All the best,