Help! Wedding Backlighting photography issue

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Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2021

If you want perfect lighting for your ceremony area (don’t worry about the reception), you will have to have your photographer light it.  He does not have to light the whole room, just the area where the ceremony is.  My Fiance says a “3-key” lighting set is required to balance (one to the left, one to the right and perhaps one above (are you having a backdrop?  a bulb could be attached to center).  He should also have a light on the camera and know how to set an “aperture” which allows more or less light to affect the shot.  It’s a really hard call until a hour before the event because the day constantly changes as it get later in the day.  With that being said, you should tell your photographer and videgrapher to visit the venue before your day about the same time as your wedding ceremony so they can determine the lighting.  If you can’t swing the cost for extra lighting, they can set their cameras to the best of their ability and as well correct lighting in photoshop and editing software.  Unless you light the area, they cannot guarantee perfect lighting.  

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

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mariaasks :  Like 
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misslee3232 stated, they’ll need studio lighting. You don’t want to blow out the gorgeous sunset when compensating for the exposure of you and your guests. Send those pics to your photographer with your concerns. They can absolutely prepare for what you want, and shouldn’t have any issues. 

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a wedding photographer, and yes, everyone is correct. To properly expose the interior and exterior your photograph would need to use several off-camera lights. So at this point you’re going to need to decide how you’d like to proceed with your ceremony plans. Do you prefer they do whatever it takes to light the sunset for each shot? That will require lights flashing throughout your ceremony. Do you prefer they just shoot it with minimal lighting or natural light? 

While I feel the *couple* rarely if ever notices the flash going off during a ceremony (because obviously they’re focused on their vows), the guests most definitely DO notice it….and for them it can be distracting. That being said, you’re likely spending a lot of money on your photography and as such you should have the images you want. 

For me personally, I generally set up at least 3-4 off-camera lights during a reception. When needed I will set them up for an indoor ceremony if it’s an extreme case like this. However, I tend to be a 70/30 shooter when it comes to using the lights during the ceremony if I need to expose for the outside sky while inside. By that I mean I shoot 70% of the time natural light, and turn my triggers on for about 30% (on/off throughout the ceremony to use the lights at various times) to capture the sky/sunset outside. I feel like this still gives the couple the view of the outdoors they want for some shots while not having my lights be a distraction throughout their entire ceremony. Also, I am a more bright/airy/clean photographer (as opposed to someone who edits dark/moody) so while I aboslutely use my lighting for outdoor sunset photos and receptions, natural light is far more flattering on skintones and fits my editing style. 

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Worker bee

I’m afraid I can’t help re. photography but just wanted to say.. What a beautiful venue! Honestly one of the prettiest I’ve seen!

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Honey bee

Do you have a photographer yet?

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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mariaasks :  Having gone back and re-read your inital post, and seen the update with the shades down. My suggestion would be to just let them shoot it natural light, blowing out (aka: overexposing) the background so that you’re properly exposed. Without knowing the location/time of year it’s just hard to say what the lighting will be like. At 3pm I’d assume it’s still pretty bright mid-day sky. I’m also assuming based on the sunset photo that the building will face the sun as it sets – and in that case it’s going to be a white-out anyway. You really don’t get that golden light until those last 45 minutes or so as the sun goes down. If you’re planning on being outside for sunset photos I’d just let them shoot the ceremony how they noramlly would and focus on getting those beautiful sunset photos outside!

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