Today I want to talk to you about using bounce flash in a
wedding reception. It’s very important your photographer knows how to do this because in a wedding reception you want consistent shots. Get your flash, put it on top of your camera and then rotate the flash gun to a 45 degree angle which will ensure you get the best reflection off the ceiling. This method
relates to the theory that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection.
The next stage is to turn your flash’s settings to ‘ettl’, which means through the lens. Your camera will automatically ‘talk’ to your flash and let it know how much light to put out. Also, when you are shooting ceremonies, you want the ambient line to come through. When you have set all the flash settings, you need to ramp up your ISO to 1600/3200 or however high your camera can go. Ensure that your shutter speed is slow; between 1/100th to 1/200th of a second should be fine.
When it comes to taking the shot make sure that the subject’s face is covered by the reflective flash. Turn the flash gun to the appropriate position so that when the light bounces off the ceiling, it highlights the subjects’ features. Also ensure that if your flash has any filters attached, they are removed prior to taking the shot as you want to utilise the full light from the flash. Do not forget that it can be quite dark especially within a church and you want to use the full flash.
One other tip to remember is that when you are taking a vertical shot, ie the flash gun is to the side of the camera, ensure that the flash is facing upwards and not down wards towards the floor.
To get professional looking shots, simple point and shoot
does not cut it. What you need is the ability to capture higher resolution images and stunning photos in low light situations. Use the appropriate lens for the shot, wide angle lenses for capturing an entire group or scene or a zoom lens for getting in close to your subject without invading their space.
Play around with depth of field which allows you to defocus the background, thus keeping your focus on the subject. If your camera has the function for shooting continuously, use it often as this always ensures you get the perfect shot. These tips were brought to you by Tricity Solution Wedding Photographer.