Maximize Image Impact With Off-Camera Light for Wedding Photography

Do you struggle when photographing small, intimate wedding ceremonies where natural lighting is inadequate or even non-existent? As a wedding photographer, you need to have the right tools to light a venue, and more importantly, you need to know how to use them to make amazing images.

Weddings can be the most rewarding, but also most challenging of all photography genres. When held outside during the golden hour, with beautiful weather and fabulous natural light, a wedding can be a photographer’s dream. However, if you’re like me, most of the weddings you are hired for are held indoors in intimate, dimly lit venues, where you are sure to need artificial lighting at some point.

Images by Susan Stripling

In this video, from B&H Photo’s 2018 Depth of Field Conference, renowned wedding photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Susan Stripling discusses the use and importance of using artificial, off-camera lighting for weddings. With a focus on creating images that look naturally lit, she touches on how the use of different types such as flash, video light, and studio strobe, and how the use of these in lighting for family formals, wedding portraits, and receptions can take your photos from average to outstanding. She explains the different camera settings she uses with her various lighting setups, and she describes the equipment that she prefers to use for each situation.

Do you have any special tricks or secrets to using artificial lighting for wedding photography? If so, drop them in the comments.

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Jenny Edwards is a portrait photographer based in Amarillo, TX. She specializes in family and generational portraiture, as well as fashion-inspired portraits for high school seniors.

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