Wednesday, November 03, 2010

"Standing Tall"

Standing Tall and Handsome

"Standing Tall"
©David A. Ziser

I’ve been giving the bride top billing in most of the posts lately.  Today, I thought instead of a bridal, I’d post a “groomal” for you. Good portraits of the groom are pretty hard to come by these days. I’ve always said, half the church is full of the groom’s family and friends and we need to keep that in mind during our wedding day coverage.

For me, a groom’s portrait is pretty much an “executive portrait”. Heck, he is the CEO of the day.  Some of my favorite portraits of the groom are within the surrounds of the church.  When you’re photographing in a church as spectacular as this one, it’s hard not to capture a great shot.

Notice the composition; – he is in the middle of the frame.  Why?  Because I was using a very wide angle lens and the best place to position your subject when shooting with a wide angle optic is in the center of the frame.  That’s the easiest way to eliminate most of the distortion a wide angle optic can add to the image.

To complete the composition, I framed the groom in some of the interior frames of the architecture you see in the background of the image. A final adjustment with the lens correction sliders in Lightroom 3 completed the image.

Lighting from the Quantum at 1/4 power, camera right about 10 feet away, shooting through my Zumbrella.

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm lens at 24mm, F 5.6 @ 1/20 second, ISO 800. BTW- The 24x36 inch print of this image looks great.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. David, Using your zumbrella at 10feet away, how do you keep from lighting the pews and other parts of his body. Or do you lightroom these areas. Seems as if only his face is lit by the Q-flash zumbrella combo.
    Really need to know.

  2. Gary, Always add a little Lightroom for good measure. David