Someone asked me about the lighting I used at the reception of a wedding I recently photographed.
Here are two of the images I blogged there ..
I often vary how I set up additional lighting at reception venues. In this instance, I had a 580EX flashgun that I held up high in my left hand, that was triggered by an on-camera ST-E2 transmitter. I also had a second 580EX that was wirelessly slaved via the ST-E2. I would therefore try and control my viewpoint and perspective, to have the second 580EX light up the background and give some sense of depth. This would also avoid that dreaded black-hole background.
I haven’t really been happy with using the 580 as the on-camera master, since the results aren’t predictable. I’m getting more consistent results using an ST-E2 transmitter. The second 580EX was fastened on top of a CP-E3 battery pack that I placed on top of one of the DJ’s speakers.
In these images there was no wall behind me that I bounced off. Just the rest of the reception room.
The strobe on the DJ’s speakers was angled up, and not direct.
Because the ceiling is low, the light isn’t as spread out as I would’ve liked.
The way the light in the background is concentrated, is a result of the flash being bounced off a low-ish ceiling, and not because it was direct flash.
The flash in my hand – I don’t use it directly.
In this instance I had a Stofen on top of it, with the top cut off.
This way I can still direct my light to a large extent, instead of turning it into a barebulb type omni-directional light source.
With my hand I can also cover part of the front of the omni-bounce and have less direct light if I want.
I adapt my technique from wedding to wedding, dependent on the venue, the ambient light sources, and the results I want.
In this instance, the light levels were very dim, and I had to use flash.
But the ceilings were too low to use my Q-flashes that I most often use as additional light sources,
eg here: finding the light
Techie info for the first image:
Canon 1D mk2N / Canon 24-70mm f2.8 / 1/125th @ f2.8 @ 1600 iso
Techie info for the second image:
Canon 1D mk2N / Canon 16-35 mm f2.8 mk2 / 1/20th @ 4 @ 800 iso