Weddings at night are all about the beautiful fairy lights and the romantic candles. A lot of photographers love how they can play with these lights in their photographs to create beautiful effects. However, sometimes, the same lights are not sufficient to click even basic pictures. So here is a guide for all photographers – beginners and professionals alike – to capture the best of photographs for weddings at night.
1. Opt for fast lenses
If you are going for really lively Indian style weddings, then you are bound to find plenty of light there to help you take pictures. Also, sometimes, people don’t mind if you ask them to move a little here and there to get the light correctly falling on them. So your regular settings on regular lenses might work. However, for low-lit situations on more silent church weddings, or on beaches where only small sections of the area are lit, you might need faster lenses to do the trick for you.
2. Take additional lights
It could mean that you take something like an umbrella, or maybe an external flash. However, it totally depends on whether you have an assistant or not, and whether you’ll be allowed to use flash during the wedding ceremony or not. Flashes can be extremely distracting, so not many people support that in some cultures.
3. Higher ISO
Needless to say, this is your only savior when the conventional aperture and shutter speed combinations are not helping you much. Yes, as you must be rightly thinking, higher ISO does tend to make pictures noisy, but this is where your choice of cameras and lenses will play a very important role. Moreover, when you are aiming for candid pictures, you can’t really ask people to move closer to the light, so you must solely depend on your technical and creative skills.
4. Play with available light
Sometimes, pictures are better when you have light trails or bokeh in them. So don’t necessarily always opt for making your lights look clear in the pictures. As long as your subject looks clear, everything else can be considered as an extra aesthetic touch to the picture. Play with shutter speeds to get these interesting effects.
5. Be active and alert
Just like there is no magic setting for a situation to help you get pictures, there is also no magic exposure setting for one area of the wedding venue. Lights will be there all over, and people will be spread all over too. You just need to be active and alert to spot the right moments, run there, and quickly change your settings to get the right shots. If you keep standing at one place with one setting on the camera, it won’t help you to cover anything in the wedding.
Also, when using extra lights indoors, make sure that you bounce them off walls or ceilings to avoid making them fall directly on the subject. That helps to ensure that the pictures don’t look unnatural, and have a nice feel to them.
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Article by Georgia Perry
This article is written by Georgia Perry, a successful Bristol wedding photographer. She enjoys photography and blogging. She shares photography tips and tricks through her articles.