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Amateur Bridal Portraits (Outdoors)
Old 01-25-2011, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This was a chance to take pictures of my daughters friend getting married. I mainly did it for a chance to learn on the spot about lighting with minimal flash, i.e. one flash. They are going to be rough, but I think I was fortunate on some photos. Feel free to CC and would like some pointers if possible.


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Re: Amateur Bridal Portraits (Outdoors)
Old 01-25-2011, 11:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Over all I would say it looks like you did a good job on these. Only one small thing that I noticed could be better is the third photo, the brides face is in the shade while the rest of her is well lit. A minor thing but still looking good.
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Re: Amateur Bridal Portraits (Outdoors)
Old 01-26-2011, 08:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think the photos are nice. You captured that moment in time well. The subject will be able to look back and reminisce on a period of time you captured.
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Re: Amateur Bridal Portraits (Outdoors)
Old 01-26-2011, 07:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the photos are nice. You captured that moment in time well. The subject will be able to look back and reminisce on a period of time you captured.
Thanks for the comment. I read your post a couple days ago and was motivated to post my own content for review. I don't get chances to shoot many people anymore now that I have a large family, so when my daughter's friend needed some shots, I gladly agreed to give it a shot.
Again, thanks for looking and the nice comment.
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Re: Amateur Bridal Portraits (Outdoors)
Old 01-27-2011, 10:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I like five and six the best with six being the one that rings the bell for me. It does look a little dark. I know you said you used minimal flash but you could have increased the power on the flash about half to one stop for that one.

One and two are good but they have the tree growing out of her head and shoulders so it is distracting.

All in all good efforts and please keep working at it and posting.
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Re: Amateur Bridal Portraits (Outdoors)
Old 01-28-2011, 08:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Lighting wise I think #3 had the most potential. You see great detail in the dress. I think you had sunlight coming from the rear an skimming across the dress, which is a great way to bring out detail. Unfortunately your flash was a little too bright and overexposed her face. Also you have too much space above her head. Composition wise in most of these I think the background is competing with the bride for attention. This was a beautiful location and you certainly need shots to document that, but for the bridal shots you generally want the attention on the bride and the dress. And you need to be sure to light the dress to show the detail. Most of these girls spend up in the thousands for the dress these days and they want to see it. Not just a blown out white piece of material. On portraits of a single person like this you can usually isolate the subject from the background a little better just by using a larger aperature. These look like they were shot around f16 or smaller, you may want to open up to f4 or larger if you lens allows it. But use caution if doing multiple subjects, it's hard to keep everybody in focus as such large apertures.
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