5 TIPS FOR STUNNING WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
1GETTING THE SUNSET SHOT THAT WILL KNOCK THEIR SOCKS OFF.
Super wide angle or ﬁsheye lens gives the best affect to the sky and creates that twirly feel with the clouds. Expose for the sky and don't be afraid to shoot a little under exposed. Setup your trigger and off-camera ﬂash (I usually shoot with my ﬂashes on manual so I can decide the settings) in this shot I was at 1/4 power with a MagGrid on the ﬂash to isolate the bride and groom. This was shot at 8mm with the M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro on the Olympus OM-D, E-M1 at ISO 500 1/250th f/5.0. The electronic viewﬁnder offers the ability to see exactly what the sky’s exposure would look like in the image before ever actuating the shutter.
2GIVING YOUR DANCE FLOOR
IMAGES INTEREST AND
Using an on-camera speed light directly pointed at the subject you would like to freeze with light, slow your shutter down to 1/3rd of a sec. I chose the M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Pro because the focus ring spins without changing the focus of the lens allowing me to spin the camera after actuating the shutter and freezing my subject with light. 1/3rd of a second allows for a good enough rotation of the camera to create a nice circular feel and the angle of the lens creates an almost vinyl record look. Having 5 axis image stabilization in camera on the OM-D, EM-1 helps to create the smooth lines at such a slow shutter speed.
3MEANINGFUL MACROS FOR
When photographing rings, one of the greatest challenges is light reﬂection. Choosing a side-lighting situation helps to reduce glare seen by the lens. Using a macro lens allows you to get extremely close and capture stunning detail and leaves the background to fall off unnoticed. For this image I chose the M.Zuiko 60mm Macro f/2.8 as it allows for a 18.8 cm focusing distance and a 1:1 magniﬁcation ratio switch. Remember when you’re shooting close to stop down so that the portion of the subject that you want in focus is sharp. Conventional knowledge would say to use a tripod for your macro images and a shutter released delay to avoid shake. As an Olympus mirrorless photographer, the absence of a mirror eliminates the possibility of mirror-shake and the 5 axis image stabilization in the OM-D E-M1 allows hand holding without the loss of sharpness.
4PUSH YOUR SENSOR TO THE
LIMIT USING HIGHLIGHTS AND
SHADOW TO CREATE DYNAMIC
Shooting on the backlight is a trusted friend to any wedding photographer that wants to have subjects with open eyes. There is a danger when shooting in any amount of direct sunlight that the details of a white wedding dress will disappear under the intense light of the sun. It is imperative to retain the details of a bride’s exquisite gown. Using your histogram and a highlight shadow display on your EM-1’s electronic viewﬁnder, allows you to choose which parts of your image your willing to allow to peak in highlight or leave in the deeper shadow. Having all of this information in my viewﬁnder before the actuation of the shutter, is a foolproof way of quickly capturing the images that are dynamic and executed correctly. After choosing my exposure on the backlight, I triggered an off-camera ﬂash camera-left at 1/2 power. I chose the 12-40mm M.Zuiko f/2.8 Pro at f/2.8, ISO 250, 1/500 sec.
5GETTING LIGHT WITHOUT AN ASSISTANT
Shooting with natural light can be beautiful but comes with its challenges. Taking care to give at least a soft ﬁll in to the opposite side of the direction of incidence will decrease strong shadow and make way for beautiful portraits adding depth without harsh shadows on a beautiful bride. A speed light is valid option but color matching can become a time consuming issue. Using a reﬂector for ﬁlling in shadow is a great solution and can be held with one hand while shooting with the other. The weight of gear can be a limiting factor in this scenario. I choose to shoot all my weddings with an OM-D EM-1 to greatly reduce the weight in my bag and on my arms. Hand holding with just one hand and using a M.25mm f1.8 that weighs only 4.8 ounces eliminates the weight obstacle. Image shot at f/1.8, ISO 1000, 1/400th of a second.