Ryan Brenizer Talks Lighting Tips For Wedding Photographers

Ryan Brenizer is famous for his shallow depth of field panoramas known as the Brenizer method. In addition to this, he has photographed presidents, singers, athletes, and has more than 350 weddings under his belt. He was named one of the "10 most sought-after wedding photographers in the world” by Rangefinder Magazine, so when he talks, you should listen. In this video, Brenizer goes through five lighting tips that can help you throughout the day of shooting a wedding.

1.) Bouncing The Light

This is using on-camera flash and bouncing off the walls to light a subject while indoors. Brenizer goes through some setup tips for quickly changing the direction your flash is firing without actually having to touch your flash.

2.) Backlight

Using backlight is important for dimension and subject separation. Backlighting is a great way to get dramatic silhouettes, but when using this technique you need to be careful of what is in the scene since walls and objects can bounce light back into your subject. Backlight is also great for lighting up hairspray during the getting ready shots.

3.) Light Grenade

Similar to backlighting but instead of lighting the subject, the light is used to light the area behind the subject. This is useful for hiding ugly walls or details behind a subject by turning them into a bright glow.

4.) Move Light Closer

Here's the inverse square law at work. The closer the light, the more powerful the light is. Brenizer talks about how to use this to overpower the sun with small hot shoe flashes while also getting softer light and faster light falloff.

5.) Continuous Light

When ambient light gets low, it makes it possible to use continuous lighting. From video lights to maybe just a lamp in the room, continuous lights give you the ability to see exactly what you are going to get without having to take any test shots or meter any lights.

[via B&H Photo Video]

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3 Comments

Ryan is the man. Great stuff.

Excellent tips.

Jan Iveta's picture

This is a great read! ( and watch :)