Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Technique Tuesday: Love Lines - A Lesson From A Live Wedding Shoot

Good Morning Everybody,

First city, leg two of our tour – what a great crowd!!  I love the Michigan photographers – a warm welcoming group every time we come north.

Shriners2 Last night I presented the program at the Shriner's Silver Gardens Event Center.  Turns out is was a very eclectic location for the program.  I called my buddy, Detroit photog, Michael Jonas, on the way up yesterday.  He tells me he looks at the the address and says, “That’s Temple Beth David.”

Shriners3 Yep, turns out our location last evening was a former synagogue in a past life. I had to smile. I photograph many, many  Jewish weddings and Bar Mitzvahs in Cincinnati – I felt right at home;~)  It was a cool location, everyone had a good view of the stage, and we had a fun, exciting, as well as informative, program to share. THANK YOU, Detroit!

It's a busy day for us today. LaDawn has to fly back to Cincinnati, Ohio for a family matter and will be rejoining me in Minneapolis on Thursday. I've got two of my team members, Damien and Sharon, driving to the Chicago area to help out with this evenings program. We're planning for everything to go smoothly as usual.

We have over 250 folks joining us in Chicago for this evening's program and I'm looking forward to catching up with a few friends along the way. Why don't you plan to stop by and say HI.

Love Lines - A Lesson From A Live Wedding Shoot

Hey everybody, it wasn’t exactly an R&R weekend for LaDawn and I. We arrive home late Friday, had clients all day Saturday, and were repacking for this 6-city leg of the tour on Sunday.

I was trying to get ahead on the blog for this week's posts, but that just didn't happen. Soooo.... I’m digging into the archives for today's Technique Tuesday. Hey, it's till one of my favorites. What I like about this lesson is that you get to see exactly how we work at a wedding.

The reception location is one of the favorites in Cincinnati because of the grandeur of the beautiful staircase. We found a little time after dinner to have the bride and groom break away for a few additional photographs. My assistant captured the additional shoot on video.

We run the gamut on this tutorial in lighting technique. You'll see me shoot through my Zumbrella, bounce light off of the back wall, and use the flash pointing directly at my bride. Each method was used in order to obtain the desired proper lighting characteristics on my subject.

This tutorial also touches on composition as well. Watch how I use the framing elements and the leading lines to lead the viewer's eye directly to my subject. Anyway, it's time to sit down, relax, and enjoy the show. Hit the PLAY button below for the rest of the story.


Hey gang, that's it for me today. I promise you a brand new video  next week. By the way, how do you like the fact that my recent video tutorials have the capability to be played on the iPad? I think - pretty cool.

I've got to head out and drop LaDawn off at the airport and then I make the lonely drive to Chicago. We have a slightly expanded mini- trade show - my good friend Mark Zucker and his team will be on hand to show you their wide range of beautiful bound books and maybe a surprise or two as well.

Plan to come on by and say HI. See ya' in CHI-Town tonight!



  1. David, Thanks to you, LaDawn and the crew for a great seminar last night. It was packed with useful information that we will be able to put into use immediately. You continue to inspire.

  2. Hi David,
    I'm so updet at myself! you were right in my backyard and I totally missed it. Rats!
    Anyway, just some minor corrections:
    1) The place is now called Shriners, not Shiners.
    2) it used to be Cong. Bnai David.

    You took beautiful photos of it!
    I'll have to catch you next time.

  3. David,
    As usual your presentation in Detroit was rapid fire and very informative. Your workbook is excellent with plenty of room to take notes. It was very easy to follow the slideshow.
    Keep up the excellent work you do in your shows as well as on DPT which I have been a long and faithful reader.
    Take care.

  4. Hi David,

    Just wanted to shoot you a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the presentation at your Detroit seminar. What a great speaker you are! Everything was straignt to the point and very well presented. It was a pleasure to finally meet you and get my photo taken with you as you have always set the standards in how weddings and portraits should be done. Got some nice shots of you speaking during the presentation as well.
    Good luck with the rest of the tour and hope to see you next year.

  5. David, Very nice indeed...but school of thought is that the assistant holding the second light is for my taste a little low...as you can see in the background of the bride the shadows show the direction of light is from the upper rather than from coming down from the height of the bride...now I do understand that to achieve the desired angel of light he would have use a pretty big ladder which is almost impossible to do in a wedding candid shot...but for your demonstration and technique it does get the point across, hope you’re not offended...just my point of view.