What technique is this guy using for these wedding shots?

Discussion in 'Wedding and Event' started by alexsmith66, Jul 17, 2020.

  1. I like this over-exposed look, but what is he doing? Is he using flash/umbrellas too?




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  2. Given where the sun is, he's certainly using some kind of diffuse fill. I don't see any shadows on her dress, arm, etc. so I think a very large diffuse source, maybe directly in front of her. The bouquet casts a shadow on her leg, so maybe the source is a little above mid-line??

    My $0.02 worth, I'm no expert and I'm sure someone will jump in and disagree with me quick enough.
  3. Thanks for that. And thanks for moving and sorting my thread Admin. I’ll get used to using this site one day))
  4. In all of them he seems to be letting the background blow out a little bit. I'm guessing +1 over compensation and a large fill light like someone else said, because of the lack of shadows. f2.8-f4 depending on the camera and lens...
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  5. SCL


    Or possibly an assistant with a large reflector. You might try contacting the photographer directly for a definitive answer.
  6. This look isn't hard to mimic whatever you use for fill light . . . Put the subject in shade with a brightly lit background and the background will blow out on it's own when you expose for the subject. You don't necessarily need to even use a fill.
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  7. William Michael

    William Michael Moderator Staff Member

    I agree. This is the primary ingredient in each of the photos.

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  8. Available light exposed for skin tones and lets the background blow out a bit. This technique has been done back in the film days. The other thing that's going on is the color grading during the processing. There are some desaturated plugins that create this color grade. I don't like the colors myself but many people do.
  9. Expose for the skin (in this case maybe +1 stop with a spot meter). Bring the subject to the edge of the shady area so light from the ground kicks up into the subject. No fill light or reflector needed. 20210514_Weis_1200.jpg

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