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Available Light Photography After Sundown – Don’t Fear The Dark

December 10, 2012 | By | No Comments

I saw additional photos from this wedding that were done at night of the bride and groom and some of the outdoor areas of [******* ********].  I would absolutely love to be able to get a few of those shots to use as they were fantastic and so many brides are scared of doing photos in the dark. This would definitely show how it can be done when a professional photographer is hired!
CATERING MANAGER, WEDDING VENUE

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

When a wedding photographer you’re interviewing proudly says that s/he’s an “available light” photographer, that’s usually code for “I don’t know how to use off-camera lights and I really don’t own any.”

Which is fine for day-time weddings.

However, the final 1/3 of most traditional weddings takes place after the sun goes down. And many reception halls are very dim even during the day.

A professional wedding photographer has to know how to elegantly light up the dark.

Just today the catering manager of a major Las Vegas wedding venue told me that many brides are “scared of doing photos in the dark”. Could it be because the “available light” photographer they’re considering is scared, too?

When interviewing photographers, it’s probably wise of you to ask them questions like:

  1. How do you handle formal portraits in the dark?
  2. How do you shoot a dark reception room?

We love available light. But when the sun goes down and there isn’t any, we make beautiful light for you with our discreet professional off-camera lighting gear.

Why “off-camera” lighting? Because on-camera direct flash looks flat and amateur, like it was taken with a disposable camera. Off-camera light gives depth and pop and magazine-quality to the most important photos in your life.

If your available light photographer shows few or no night-time photos on their website, you should be concerned.

We’re not afraid of the dark 🙂 and when you hire the right photographer, you shouldn’t be, either 🙂

The above photo shows how dark a typical wedding reception hall is. The photos above & below were taken seconds apart – one when my lights didn’t pop, the other with four Speedlites popping all over the reception hall to catch your beautiful moments.The photo above and below were taken seconds apart – the above with the available light typical of many hotel reception rooms, the photo below with my pro lights throughout the room popping.

 

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