(Closed) making sure a photographer will be good w/out natural light

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would ask to see weddings they have shot that were predominantly after dark/needed flash. Knowing they have experience isn’t enough – make them show you a lot of examples – an entire wedding or two if possible – to prove it. Anyone can pull a few of their best or “lucky” shots. Make sure their flash skills are consistent.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 1993

You need to really look at their work, I know a lot of my competitors have some nice work but they can only do one thing well – take them away from those circumstances and there lost. Using artificial light is a whole skill unto itself, the lighting should not look harsh and the pictures should still be sharp. I talk about further in this article:

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Post # 5
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Newbee

I agree with asking to see photos shot without natural lighting. Many people have evening weddings and so it should hopefully not be too much to ask of any photographer.

It is important that a photographer know how to use an external flash and how to “bounce” the light. In a lot of cases this is needed for the reception anyway (since most of the time it is indoors at night). The flash needs to have enough “oomph” to provide enough light, and the photographer needs to know how to bounce it.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Definitely see samples of their work done with low light/external flash.  My photographer brought a couple of external flashes to use during the reception, and I loved how it turned out – so just discuss different lighting options with them beforehand.  The photographers will appreciate having all of the info they need to prepare as well!

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yup, I second all the suggestions to ask to see samples of low/no natural lighting photos. Seeing an entire low-lighting wedding will give you a good idea of whether or not they can capture all the necessary details with limited lighting. I would also ask specifically what kind of equipment they plan on using, especially for lighting.

I would suggest taking some pictures before the ceremony, too, that way you still get some natural light photos as well (which are still my favorite).

With your budget, I’m sure you should have no problem finding someone who knows what they’re doing and can handle the lighting situation.

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