I spend time during my photography training workshops talking to students about the power of light. All professional photographers should know about light, composition and moment and its often the light that I have to work hardest for when we shoot in a truly candid fashion.
In this case, I was shooting in harsh mid-winter mid-day mid-London sun and I’d already spotted the bridesmaids waiting for the bridal car to arrive before I decided to get this shot.
Without getting technical, it involves changing some camera settings (notably the metering) and ensuring the shutter speed is fast enough to deal with the situation.
I really love looking at this wedding picture for a couple of reasons; of course, the light is lovely and the metering effect has allowed the bride to “pop” in the image whilst the secondary subjects are retreated somewhat into shadow.
I love the smile on the bride and of course the veil catches that sunshine so well. It would be a shame, I believe, to shoot this scene with lots of on camera flash. It would dilute the moment greatly but at the same time it would mitigate all that lovely light….which, in this case, is a powerful feature of the photograph.
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- Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
- Lens: XF23mm F1.4 R
- Focal Length: 23mm
- ISO: 200
- Exposure: 1/2,900th second at f/3.6
- Flash: Did not fire