I shot Emily and Jeff’s wedding last summer in Denver at the Parkside Mansion near downtown Denver, and I’m just now getting around to blogging it (I know, I know). I actually spoke to Emily today, and we had a really good chat after several months of playing phone tag. It was great to reconnect, and I’m proud to have been a part of their wedding. Emily and Jeff, I wish you the very best in everything you do!
Last week Jaime & Jaime’s wedding was published on the Luxe Mountain Weddings blog. Congrats to you two! And again, a shout-out to everyone involved, especially Heather at Calluna Events.
A few months back, I posted a tip on creating a great shot no matter where you are, or what equipment you have, the safe shot. This tip takes a bit more skill and know-how. But with a little patience and practice, you will have a great deal of success. Not only can it help you in rough lighting conditions, it will become something you look for to create atmosphere and mood in your shots. It can add a great deal of warmth and emotion to your images!
A lot of times, especially as a wedding photographer, you’re stuck with the lighting conditions that are given to you, with no time to move people into better light. It can be very challenging and stressful to get the shots your clients expect when you’re faced with mid-day, harsh sunlight and no shade in sight. Backlighting your subject is a great way to get the shot, and avoid ugly shadows and overly contrasty images (side note: stop messing with the contrast in your images during post-production. It’s outdated–not that it was ever in–and makes skin tones look awful).
Here are my tips for getting great backlit images:
As with any new skill, do not try this for the first time if you’re getting paid. Take your partner or kid out. Or, even a stuffed animal. Practice, practice, practice. When you’re confident in your ability, then you can utilize it on the job.
Here’s another shot of my little turkey–and a great example of backlighting. Right now, she’s sitting next to me watching scary kitty videos on YouTube. I do not like cats…especially scary kitties.
Hope this helps all of you. Please feel free to email me with questions!