"Looking Down Bridal Alley"
©David A. Ziser
That's what I think about every time I see a row of columns at a church. Hey, it's a gimme’ you can always capture a magnificent image every time you place a bride in front of pillars. This is a simple straight forward full length bridal portrait that should be made on every wedding, assuming you have the pillars, of course. My composition is straight forward too - I just framed up the bride with the pillars and arches favoring her positioning in the right side of the frame - pretty simple. My chosen focal length was 50mm or just slightly telephoto on my Canon 7D. That made the opening between the pillars appear just a bit larger with respect to the bride. A longer focal length and the opening would have appeared larger still. I thought the 50mm setting worked just fine. Lighting is from camera left - Quantum T5d through my Zumbrella 10 feet away at about 1/4 power. The only minor challenge was the fact that the lighting down "bridal alley" was quite a bit darker than the rest of the church. A quick Lightroom "fill light" adjustment and a quick "luminosity" increase in the yellow channel easily took care of the lighting issue and evened out the tonalities of the photograph. Camera specs: Canon 7D filled with 18-200mm IS lens at 50mm, F7.1 @ 1/30 second, ISO 1600. Enjoy! David