I tried a couple of different things on a recent engagement shoot in Loggerheads Country Park. You need to try different things to stay fresh, experimentation can lead you to new things and engagement shoots are a good time to play. This first shot is a reflection in a small area completely enclosed by stone walls. Now I look again I need to lose his thumb poking out, but this is the kind of thing to look for during post and avoid next time.
This one is a series of overlaid shots with only certain colour channels overlaid. It’s a touch more complicated than that and I’ll do a better example with a full explanation. This didn’t quite work as I expected, but it’s not bad.
Now just a few which weren’t so experimental. Get some decent ones in the bag, then experiment!
Hope you like them, shout me if you would like a shoot – engagement shoot, family shoot, post wedding or trash the dress. In fact anything along those lines!
Here’s how to create a type of double exposure photography effect, using multiflash strobing. This looks great in reception photos where you kill off the ambient light and expose the scene with two or more bursts of flash, creating multiple image captures on the same frame. It’s a little hit and miss, but you can get some great shots. Here’s how you do it!
My instructions are for Canon, but this works equally well with Nikon – you just have to pick out the correct terminology when you translate… 😉 I usually set my flash gun using the menus on the back of the camera, although you can also do this from the flash gun itself. First off find a combination of ISO and aperture that lets you have a slow-ish shutter speed while killing off the majority of the ambient light. In a dark reception something like ISO100, f5.6 and a 0.5 second shutter should be a good start point.
1. Go to External Speedlight Control.
2. Set the flash mode to the MULTI setting.
3. Set frequency in Hz (flashes per second). In this case I went for 4Hz as I wanted 2 flashes in a 0.5 second exposure.
4. Set flash Count to 2 – hopefully you maths geniuses can work out why…
5. Then adjust flash power to suit – maybe 1/16th will do, depending how close to the action you want to get.
When you fire off a frame, you’ll get two bursts of flash 0.5 seconds apart and a result something like this.
Here’s how it looks on the dancefloor.
What do you think? Give it a go and leave a comment to say how you get on or add a link!
Love weddings at the Grosvenor Pulford! Here’s one shot from last nights wedding in the chinese garden. It’s hard to do anything new in here, so as I also like a bit of light trickery this is a long exposure with a flash manually triggered pointing back at the camera. Took a few minutes to set up and then the B&G walked in to it, 3 shots to get the light as I wanted and hey presto. A quick tweak in Lightroom and this is it!
I quite like it and it’s straight out of camera – none of this Photoshop faking it! 🙂
A slightly different model shoot this time at Dinas Bran, high up above Llangollen. Man that is a drag climbing up that hill, especially with a chunk of camera gear and lighting equipment! I particularly like the first few shots of Jess at the Sun Trevor before we went up Dinas Bran – they were just a test, but as so often happens, they end up being some of the nicest. 🙂