As I was finishing up on my last wedding album of 2010 I came across a series of images with a story to them that I wanted to share. And since the full wedding posts will probably only show up on the blog next month, I thought: lets do a quickie!
It’s always easier with natural light, but with late summer weddings that light tends to fade out early, or sometimes you will just find yourself in a darker wedding venue….
This I what I got when shooting wide open at iso1600 without flash. Yes, the picture tells a story but it lacks sharpness and it lacks punch. I knew I was gonna find myself in trouble when the friends were going to do a special act, even more so when the opening dance came.
The contingency plan:
A while ago I purchased a couple of PockedWizard Flex TT5’s and a TT1 and this would prove to be as good a time as any to break em in. So I went to my car and fetched myself 2 lightstands from the trunk and placed them in opposite corners of the room. Left everything in ETTL (auto) mode. This is was that gave me, I even got to play with the projector light a bit.
The consistency was not always up to par compared to when shooting in manual but now I had time to focus on the action instead of running towards my stands all the time.
When the opening dance came the DJ decided to royally mess up my plan: first he added the lovely presence of magenta light!