Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Dancing In The Aisles"

DAncing In Aisles

"Dancing In The Aisles"
©David A. Ziser

This image has an interesting story about it. I was teaching at Photoshop World a few years ago and this young lady attended several of my sessions. She approached me during the Tech Expo and said that she had already signed up for my Digital Master Class.

I was flattered and continued to listen. She asked if we had booked any models for the class yet and I said that I didn't think so. She proceeded to tell me how much she enjoyed my images and had nothing like I showed from the person who photographed her recent wedding.

She then offered to be my model for the class if only I could get photographs like what I showed in my presentations - this time I was extremely flattered and gladly obliged her offer. The rest is history - she was a beautiful model and I was pleased to get some great images of her from our sessions. This is one of those images.

It was made in the side aisle of the church. I wanted to capture the large painting behind her as part of my composition. Take a close look at this image. I have her positioned so that the pew camera left lead right to her. The pillars to the right also lead the eye directly to our bride. She is positioned near Quadrant #4 within the scene nicely counterbalancing the wall painting which is in Quadrant #2.

She's in an easy, comfortable pose - notice the feminine S-curve in her body. I brought the light in from camera left shooting through my translucent umbrella. I think it all comes together for a very nice portrait of our bride - she loved it too, BTW.

Camera specs; Canon 20D fitted with 17-85mm IS lens at 17mm, F5.6 @ 1/20 second (handheld), ISO 800. Enjoy! -David


  1. It's a beautiful portrait, David, but I'm trying to figure out how the off-camera flash is coming from camera left. Did you mean camera right?

  2. You have one heck of a steady hand. I can't believe the sharpness of that shot at 1/20th of a second!!