The first of several posts I created for photographers starts with one on how I use off camera flash (OCF) at wedding receptions.
If you’ve been in the business for any time at all, you know that OCF at wedding receptions is nothing new. Some might argue it’s not needed as it could get distracting in shots or cumbersome to setup, especially for a single shooter or a small intimate venue that doesn’t warrant it. For me and my business, I use it almost every wedding, even destinations abroad. It has become a part of the look of my photos produce and what my clients expect. In my opinion it gives you that extra oomph that will set you apart from the competition.
I often shoot with at least one but sometimes two second photographers at a wedding. Each photographer has their own OCF solution as not to interfere with each other. In the beginning we were using two or three light stands that just started to get clumsy, took long to setup and turned into an eye sore if not well hidden. Each photographer uses two flashes, one for each side of the dance floor. The flashes are placed 180 degrees apart from each other and on different channels, this allows us to work the entire room and adjust individual flash settings independently.
Here’s the reception equipment breakdown…
On the camera…
Here’s the reception setup…
The on camera setup (Thanks for being my model Justin)
Some examples of what this all looks like
I’ll post soon about my other OCF creative lighting solution for wedding and engagement portraits soon.
If you have any questions I look forward to hearing from you.