©David A. Ziser
When we headed out to shoot on Tuesday, the hotel lobby seemed like the logical choice for photographs. The setting, the attractive chandelier all looked to make a good background for this photograph.
The challenge was, once again, the lighting. In a wider view I noticed my Quantum flash thru my Zumbrella from camera right was lighting up the ceiling. It was quite distracting. We grabbed a USA Today, removed the reflector from the strobe, wrapped the newspaper around the flashtube of my Quantum flash, set the power to 1/4 power, focused the light carefully on our bride, and shot away.
Once the light was what I wanted, I ran a series of images at differing focal lengths. This close perspective was one of my favorites. The USA lighting technique created a cone of light that gave me a Hollywood spotlight effect on the bride – I thought it looked great.
The pose was easy, natural and relaxed, the background complimented the image nicely and Jennifer’s warm smile engages the viewer. All in all, a nice, very elegant bridal portrait for the bride.
Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm IS lens at 100mm, f5.6 @ 1/25 second, ISO 800. Enjoy! -David