Often at weddings I like to finesse the photograph further, by adding lighting effects. My flash is often on my camera, but will never be pointed directly at the subject. Indoors the flash is pointed at a wall or ceiling, and can create a natural looking lighting. With outdoor wedding photography it’s often fun to play with the position of the sun, backlighting, side lighting etc, or catching a moment when the sun falls in a certain place. If there’s very flat light on the day (Through very heavy cloud, or in fading light in winter) then I’m loathed to use what would be referred to as ‘fill-flash’. Instead I like to use a ‘strobist’ setup of flash guns on lighting stands, with umbrellas as you may see in a photographic studio.

This image, of the bride & groom in front of lovely textured doors at Leez Priory, could be warmed perhaps in post-processing, but the effect a remote flash can give to it creates a much more vibrant photo.

Natural Lighting, nothing perfectly nice, but lacking depth

Natural Lighting, nothing perfectly nice, but lacking depth

With remote lighting this photo really come to life

With remote lighting this photo really come to life

Remote flash setup lighting this image from the right  hand side

Remote flash setup lighting this image from the right hand side

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Two remote lights, high angle from the front left, one highlighting the side of the groom's shoulder

Two remote lights, high angle from the front left, one highlighting the side of the groom’s shoulder

Bride & groom, evening sun behind, A shot that would , traditionally, have needed a 'fill-flash', lit with a remote flash on stand with umbrella

A shot that would , traditionally, have needed a ‘fill-flash’, lit with a remote flash on stand with umbrella

Wedding Photo with bride & groom, Remote lighting really bringing out depth in the photo

Remote lighting really bringing out depth in the photo

Wedding photo of Bride & groom, Remote lighting really bringing out depth in the photo

Remote lighting really bringing out depth in the photo

Wedding photo with Bride & groom, warm evening backlighting, natural light only

Warm evening backlighting, natural light only

Bride & groom with warm evening backlighting, natural light only

Warm evening backlighting, natural light only. See how much ‘flatter’ the subjects are compared to the side-lit versions above.

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Warm evening backlighting, natural light only
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Warm evening backlighting, natural light only
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Remote lighting really bringing out depth in the photo
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Remote lighting really bringing out depth in the photo
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A shot that would , traditionally, have needed a 'fill-flash', lit with a remote flash on stand with umbrella
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Two remote lights, high angle from the front left, one highlighting the side of the groom's shoulder
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Remote flash setup lighting this image from the right hand side
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Natural Lighting, this photo straight off camera
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Lighting from the front left adds depth plus warmth to the photo, fabric textures, especially the fur, really come to life
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With remote lighting this photo really come to life
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With remote lighting this photo really come to life
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Natural Lighting, nothing perfectly nice, but lacking depth