Here is another shot I took while filming the Kelby Training video sessions a few weeks ago in Florida. I had to giggle about one of the comments posted last Friday concerning how the bride looked too beautiful to be a regular bride. Megan was indeed a lovely girl and because of her professionalism and demeanor will bring a lot of wonderful qualities to the training videos.
Anyway let's get right to this image. I thought the double doors would supply a really nice framing element around my bride. When I asked Megan to stand between each of the two doors, I noticed that the background was extremely dark. I had LaDawn use my Z-Ray flash and illuminate the painting behind the bride. Since I was balanced to daylight for the camera, I thought the tungsten back-light would give me some additional added warmth. This technique also allowed me to separate the bride from the background.
The next challenge was to get the light on the bride without flooding or blowing out the double doors with too much light. I handled the situation by removing the reflector from my Quantum flash, rolling up a magazine, and placing the rolled up magazine over the flash tube. I asked my assistant to target the very narrow cone of light right onto our bride's face. This kept the main illumination on the subject and reduced the "over-flash" substantially from falling on the double doors. I really like how the straight lines of the doors complement the S-curve of the bride standing between them. I was really happy with the finished result. Camera specs; Canon 40D fitted with 24-105 IS lens at 40mm, F5.6 @ 1/20 second, ISO 800. Enjoy! -David