Five Steps to Get the Best Wedding Photography Lighting Setup

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A wedding is a lifetime event, so capturing each and every moment of this occasion is not only essential but an activity that requires utmost care and professionalism. One of the most vital elements of a perfectly set wedding is the photography and no doubt lighting plays a significant role for delivering the best photos taken ever!

Wedding Photography Lighting Setup

The lighting determines the mood of the photography that is whether it will be of dramatic mood or playful or that of serious ideas and thoughts. Following are some basic wedding photography lighting tips meant to preserve the wonderful memories of your wedding:

1. Set your Subject as per your Preferred Location

The camera must be set directly and right in front of your selected subject.

2. Set the Prime Light Directly on your Subject

The prime light must be at an angle of 45 degree from that person whom you chose to be the subject and then light up one partial side of his face. Mostly, the key light power varies from 500 to 1000 watts. There are numerous types of lights like soft key light that diffuses, hard key light that creates sharp shadows and others. Lights with high key on the other hand are more radiant, whereas low key lights are for dim and dark moments. You must ensure the use of appropriate type of light to bring the exact effect that you intend to create. For example, for glamour photography, soft key lighting is the best.

3. Use Filler Lights on your Subject

The filler light must be lighter and less intense and mellower than that of the key light. The general thumb rule is using a fill light that is half as bright as the key light. You must place your fill light on the opposite side of the subject.

4. Get a Back Light Behind your Subject

The back light must be placed just immediately behind your subject and in such a position that it is little elevated than that of the camera. The goal here is to create a halo of light surrounding the subject’s hair as that helps him to stand out perfectly against the background.

5. It must be noted that some places of marriage like churches have restrictions regarding the movement of the camera during the ceremony. Some also strictly prohibits flash photography. In that case, a telephoto lens is needed to be used. Here the couple should be aware of the fact that there will not be much variety of angles available. In the other case, you can use a slower speeded shutter keeping in mind that there is a great need of holding the camera and also prevent it from shaking. This helps to bring light in the picture at the highest possible amount. If both restrictions are present, then a tripod would be perfect.

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