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Just one from Saturday's wedding

Discussion in 'Formal Portraits and Weddings' started by Electromen, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. The church lights were all on. I severely underexposed the background just enough to show the outline of the cross. I use a remote SB-800 with a snoot, controlled by an SU-800 to light the bride. All handheld.

  2. ShadowForce


    Mar 26, 2006
    Dayton, OH

    Very nice effect! I'll bet the bride loves it.

    Does Nikon make a snoot for the 800 or is this a 3rd party product?
  3. Lumaquest makes it.


    You can make one with some velcro and black paper
  4. leahp26


    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Greg - VERY dramatic! Great image.
  5. Thanks Leah, All I did was take several shots and kept increasing the f/stop until the church was dark but could still see the cross. Then I turned on the flash and adjusted it until the bride looked right. I wish I had more time, everyone was in a hurry to go party.
  6. jgmankos

    jgmankos Guest

    Is that a single image or a composite?

    Either way...very nice. I shoot the occasional wedding ... something to keep in the back of my mind :) 
  7. leahp26


    Apr 28, 2008
    Southern NH
    Greg - thanks for the info about how you did this - I love your work so am always interested to find out how you do things.

  8. This is one image. I kept increasing f/stop without flash until the church was dark but the cross was still visible. Then I brought in the bride and used the flash with snoot.
  9. artona


    Jul 9, 2008
    sorry guys but I don't. Its from a wedding not a photoshoot. You can't see the bride's eyes, she has a double chin, the low angle extenuates her slightly larger size and there is a cross growing out of her head

    There is always one so shoot me down lol

  10. Thanks Stew,
    I thought about moving the cross off to the side, I'll try to clone out the double chin. I appreciate your honesty.
  11. Is this better?

  12. artona


    Jul 9, 2008
    Hi Greg

    In my opinion much better, I reckon in the brides as well. I might also consider slimming th ebride down as well. No desrespect meant to her but brides always see themselves as a size 10 (UK size - slim)

    I often do this and never to this date has a bride complained. I have enclosed an example, this bride was pregnant


    ps don't really like how the groom is standing but this is a grabbed shot as they were leaving the church

  13. artona


    Jul 9, 2008
    ps I forgot to mention - the removal of the double chins was excellent
  14. I may slim her down. This is the only shot where she is straight on, all the other shots I made sure to turn her shoulders and hips. Both sides of the family are large people. Compared to them she's tiny.
  15. leifw


    Jul 25, 2007
    Bozeman, MT
    I love it. Nice photoshoppery, too.

  16. Thanks Leif,

    and now I know a new term "photoshoppery"
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