Right Exposure for Bride and Groom?

Discussion in 'Wedding and Event' started by aaron_m_baxter, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. I have been shooting quite a few weddings recently, and I am
    encountering a slight problem in certain instances. When
    shooting the bride and groom next to each other, I often times
    have to decide between over-exposing her dress or
    under-exposing his tux because of the GIANT difference in the
    color: black vs. white.

    Although average metering helps, Is there any way particular
    work-around for this problem?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. What film are you using? (You ARE using film, aren't you?) Films like Portra and Fuji NPH are designed for this and should render good blacks and whites. Also, don't dismiss your printing.
  3. Yes, I'm using film. I usually go with Kodak 800 because I often
    times like to produce a slightly over-exposed look in pictures. I
    do, however shoot with 400 speed film at times, but fast speeds
    have become my preference.

    As far as Portra is concerned, I did not at all like the way it
    rendered colors. I felt there was an strange blue-green cast on
    the film.

    I will look into the other film you suggested.
  4. I'd meter off of their faces and let the dress and the tux fall where they may.

    Try NPH or NPZ
  5. ...As far as Portra is concerned, I did not at all like the way it rendered colors. I felt there was an strange blue-green cast on the film.
    It's gotta be your printing. Humor me. Try it again, Portra NC in any speed you desire. (160, 400, 800) This time have it printed by a lab that knows how to print Portra preferably on Portra paper. Most labs don't know how to print it and the results are usually what you describe. I recommend Pro Photo in Lakeland FL. They are a good "wedding lab" and will also do NPH.
  6. I just might give it another try. I have another roll of Portra that I
    haven't used for fear that the results would be indesireable. I'll
    shoot it and see what a different lab can do with it.
  7. How about using a gray card.

  8. Are you using a flash? Or shooting available light? What camera and/or
    meter are you using? Are you flashing direct or using a soft box on the
    flash? Is the flash off-camera, like on a flip bracket for example?

    Generally, it is far more important to capture detail in the dress. Neg film
    has a wider latitude for overexposure than under exposure, so I tend to
    rate my films a bit lower ( like 400ISO at 320). When closer to the
    subjects I also tend to compensate the flash -.3 or -.7 depending on the
  9. I usually shoot with available outside light, sometimes with a
    diffuser or reflector or both. For shots like this I sometimes use
    400 film since you can't seem to find 100 film anymore. I wonder
    why that is. ???
  10. Listen to Hal! Use a professional film because it is designed to solve the problem you have! If you got bad color from Portra films, you need to change to a Pro Lab. One that actually is a Pro Lab. They deal with these films almost exclusively and print on papers that give best detail and saturation for professional work. I never got anything but rich warm flesh tones from Portra by using CPQ or any other pro lab like Burrell, Millers, etc. If you are going to do pro work use another pro to process and print your film.

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