Here’s pretty much the last picture from the last wedding of 2012 (From Saturday)
A few short years ago, we’d have not had the confidence to shoot a picture like this. Setting up one off camera flash is often a time consuming task and rarely do couples allow the luxury of set-up time.
These days though, I routinely set up two or even three off camera flashes, as in this case, in a couple of minutes.
You’ll notice the original scene, at the side of the bar area in the Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate.
Great potential with two lovely lights but it needs a little drama to really come to life.
I added a Nikon SB900 behind he couple to accent Rebecca’s hair and make her pop from the dark wood door behind.
Then I added a light to their faces taking care to avoid any shadows across the eyes and nose.
Finally, a third SB900 was added to create the wild shadows of the receding rails to really add some high drama to the shot.
All flashes were set to manual output and independently controlled via Pocket Wizards.
A few years ago the shot would have been nice but rather two dimensional since off camera flash wasn’t a practical option. Now since this technology is so much easier and quicker to set up, we can create something far greater than what we see with the eye.