Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Cover Girl"

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"Cover Girl"
©David A. Ziser

I posted several landscapes last week so I thought I better get back to wedding photographs again this week ;~)  This is one of my favorite images from my Master Class a few weeks ago. I was trying out my new really portable radio slaves I picked up about a month ago at CameraDoJo.com  and was having a good time adding even more lights on my wedding portraits. This wedding portrait is one such example.

The main light is coming from camera right, a Canon 580 EXII through my Zumbrella, a believe at about 1/4 power. The accent light, just a little unit I picked up at B&H [link] is directly behind the bride and was positioned there to illuminate her veil. The third unit, a 580 EX at 1/8 power, was being held by one of the class members camera left and slightly behind the bride.  This third flash really adds a nice separation of the subject from the background. It just adds a bit more dimension to the image. Think of this light as a second accent light on the scene.

The wide angle lens really emphasizes the beautiful architecture of the church with the lens’ super wide field of view. When composing for this kind of image, always try to visualize where the lines are leading, then place your subject at that point as I’ve done in this image.  Underexposing the ambient light 1 stop emphasized the subject even more in the finished composition.

CAmera specs:  Canon 7D fitted with 8-16mm Sigma lens at 10mm, F 6.3 @ 1/30 second, ISO 400.  Enjoy!  -David


  1. Love how she stands out, also the scenery is really beautiful.

  2. amazing shot David--love the lighting. Just picked up the accent light thanks to the post!