Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Technique Tuesday: Brides and Grooms Around London - Part 2 –Updated; My Webcast Tonight!

Good Morning Everybody,

Whew! These early morning wake up calls, (6:00am) come just a bit to early in the day for me. Heck, I'm a wedding photographer - 6 o'clock only comes once a day for me;~)

We had a great shoot yesterday and we wrap up today. We worked in complete portable fashion using up to three lights – two off camera strobes, and occasionally my on camera flash for additional fill.  I also slowed down the shutter (dragged the shutter) to pick up the ambient light. I used the 18-200mm IS lens for just about all the photographs.  We had to work quickly the range of focal length with this lens really helped the situation.

School Shoot 2-IMG_0495 We were able to shoot tethered into my Mac Book Pro which really worked well for the client. If we needed to adjust the scene at all, it was a quick fix saving lots of time on the shoot. Plus, it was fun for me to be trying out tethered capture. More on that later.

Maybe I'll do a breakdown on the shoot in a future post if you are interested.

And,don’t forget – my Peachpit Photo Club webcast happens this evening – 8:00 p.m. EDT!  Here is the link to for the info right here.  Hope to see you there.

We've got to be on the road early again this morning so why don't we get on with today's post. Here we go.

Brides and Grooms Around London - Part 2 -Updated

I mentioned last week that these two posts are a couple of my favorite Technique Tuesday’s I’ve posted out of the over 120 videos posted to DigitalProTalk.com. Why? Because both are really good exercises in learning to see, compositionally at least, when designing your images.

B and G - compostion Yes, I did say designing your images. Any kind of photography is more that just running and gunning to get the shot. It's more that just capturing peak photojournalistic action. Many times we need to survey the scene and determine how it best supports the the image we have in our mind's eye. Painters have been designing their images for years - putting all the elements exactly where they desire them to be placed. That's true from the Renaissance painters all the way through time to the modern painters of today.

Some of the wedding photography these days really has little regard for exacting design and reflects a static approach to the subject. I hope this week's tutorial and last week's both reposted in their newly reformulated Hi-Def glory really show you how to see differently.

Just give it a little practice and you just may find a completely new and exciting way to look at the locations you will find yourself shooting in. Maybe a better way to say it is that we are not finding the moment as much as defining the moment and the space in which that moment takes place.

Hey, that's what makes photography so much fun. Hope you enjoy. Hit the PLAY button below and see what I'm talking about.


Hey gang, that's it for me today. Like I said earlier, we are on the road very early today so we've got to get scooting. Everybody have a terrific rest of the day and I'll see you tomorrow for What's Up Wednesday: My Impressions of Sigma's 8-16mm super wide angle lens.

See ya' then, -David


  1. Just a quick note to let you know, yes, I'm interested in a breakdown of the shoot you talk about in this post. :-)

  2. I'm with John, I would also be interested in a breakdown.

  3. Please count me in as well.

  4. Yes, please count me in as well.

  5. Hi David,

    I'm a London wedding photographer, which is why I am commenting on this post :-)

    Just writing to say that I bought your Capturing the Light book and love reading it. After I bought the book, I found this site! And that was only a few days ago. Just want to thank you for all your knowledge, hard work and gracious sharing of your knowledge. I love all your videos and am inspired to make my wedding photography move forward and be that little bit more than the norm.

    Thanks again, love your work,

  6. Let me concur with the above suggestions. I had to do some headshots recently, and tried teathered shooting for the first time. Worked flawlessly courtesy LR3, and the clients loved seeing the images pop up on the laptop instead of viewing on the camera's LCD screen!

    I was a little hampered by the 6' cable that came with my dSLR, though. Notice you have a much longer cable. What's the practical length we can go before a USB repeater (powered extender) is required?

    Thanks - as always, one of the most relevant blogs around for digital photographers.