What Wedding Photographers Need To Know About Lighting

Diffusion in light is something that can be initiated.

Sussex based wedding photographerWhat most of the newbie wedding photographers will probably think is that diffused lighting is only possible if natural light is at play. The most common and the easiest way for wedding photographers to get their hands on diffused lighting, after all, is through natural light coming in through the glass windows of the cathedral or of the venue that they are shooting the wedding in. Although the natural light passing through a glass window thing is actually quite true and you should not pass up any chance of getting beautiful shots in this way if the circumstances will allow you, this is not the only way for wedding photographers to get the diffused lighting effect. Even on a fairly challenging lighting situation such as having to rely on narrow, harsh and artificial light sources, diffusion can still be achieved with a little technique and resourcefulness when it all comes down to it. Bounce a light source off of a white matte surface such as a wall or a piece of cardboard and you instantly get diffused lighting. A light source that is positioned from the back of the subject also results to instantly diffused light. There are a lot of other tricks in the book to help you get checked out so try to do some research.

Front light minimizes texture.

You should try not to position a light source directly in front of the subject that you are working with because the effects can be quite unflattering. Front light tends to drown out facial features and other interesting lines and details that might have helped in bringing the most out of a photo to begin with. It can make circles under the eyes look bigger and darker than they actually are. It can make the skin look ghastly and overly pale. Those are the kind of things that a Sussex based wedding photographer like you tend to avoid like a plague at all times and you should go out of your way to make sure that you will also be able to do the same by the end of the wedding photo shoot that you are facilitating. If you have no means of changing the front light’s position, angle it sideways so that the light does not fall directly and harshly on the subject’s face

Shadows incorporate volume.

Shadows are not always a bad thing for as long as you know how to go ahead and use them in all of the right contexts. They can actually work really well in adding dimensionality and depth into the photos that you are trying to compose. Just make sure that you get to use everything in moderation. Too much of something will always turn out to be a bad thing and that is something that you should go ahead and watch out for at the end of the day. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the usage of shadows. Practice as much as you can. You will never be good at it if you don’t even try.