what else is in your camera bag?

non-photography goodies in my camera bag / roller case

Work as a wedding photographer isn't just about taking photographs of key moments, or about the photo gear. Often enough it is up to you as the wedding photographer to help guide the day's time-line and flow, and also just to help.  For me, wedding photography isn't just a passively observed event where I take  Read more inside...

wedding photography: dealing with the DJ’s lights

wedding photography: dealing with the DJ's lights

As wedding reception venues and DJs are becoming more sophisticated in their lighting, there's now the added challenge of spotlights and lasers and other lighting effects that compete with the simplicity of just using flash. So how do you deal with this? You just deal with this. One way or another. You can either  Read more inside...

photographing the wedding processional with extreme bounce flash

when you need extreme bounce flash to photograph the wedding processional

As mentioned in the article on photographing the wedding processional, in my opinion, the wedding processional in the church is likely the most challenging part of the day in terms of our technique. People are moving towards you - admittedly at slow pace, unless the bridesmaids are nervous. Then  Read more inside...

bouncing on-camera flash in manual mode

manual on-camera bounce flash

With the response to the article on bounce flash photography at wedding receptions, it might be good to continue the topic. While I prefer TTL flash when I use bounce flash, there are times when I do use my on-camera flash in manual exposure mode when I bounce it. Julie & Kenny's wedding, at the Laurita Winery, NJ, proved to be a  Read more inside...

bounce flash photography at wedding receptions

bounce flash photography / lighting at wedding receptions

This photograph from a recent wedding got a few comments and questions in the album on Facebook. The questions really hinged around "where did all that light come from?" or whether I had used off-camera flash. The purple and blue light in the back-ground is from the up-lighting from the entertainment / DJ  Read more inside...

wedding photography: using high ISO and flash at the reception

wedding photography: using high ISO and flash to retain ambience at the reception

Chatting with other photographers at the recent WPS convention in Chapel Hill, NC, I was again struck by how there are so many different ways of approaching lighting. In this case, lighting at the wedding reception. The one photographer I was chatting to, set up multiple speedlights  Read more inside...

a simple lighting setup for photographing the wedding formals

a simple lighting setup for photographing the wedding formals

Photographing a wedding can be pretty hectic at times, especially as it so often becomes the photographer's de facto responsibility to keep everything on track. The formal photo session specifically is a part of the day that many photographers find challenging. The other challenging part of the wedding day  Read more inside...

Sydney & Paul – their wedding day – fusion clip

Sydney & Paul - their wedding day - photo & video fusion clip

This idea of blending photographs and video snippets from a wedding, into a fusion clip, still fascinates me. In a 5 to 6 minute clip you're able to give a nicely condensed view of the wedding day. Combining the photos and video in a sensible way that visually makes sense, takes time however.  And  Read more inside...

wedding photography: how do you light large groups? … evenly!

wedding photography - lighting large groups

Weddings are one of those occasions when families and friends come together from far and wide. An opportunity to see people they might rarely see otherwise. So it is an important task of any wedding photographer to record this - to get photographs of the various family groups. This photo is the pull-back shot from one of  Read more inside...

wedding photography – a photo-journalistic style, or more posed?

wedding photography - a photo-journalistic style ... or more posed?

A photographer who attended the recent flash photography workshop here in New York, asked me an interesting question regarding my wedding photography style. His observation was about how I seemed to consistently get such well-timed un-posed and natural looking images with my wedding photography. Since  Read more inside...