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Fake or Real?

Keela was walking down the hall towards the steps in the photo on her way to see her soon-to-be groom for the first time and as soon as I saw those steps I visualized the shot I wanted to take.  This moment was going to happen and I wanted to capture it.  I asked Keela to take her time walking up the steps.  During this brief discussion I was adjusting my settings to capture the moment.  She actually walked up the steps fairly quickly (which she realized and verbalized to me) but just having that brief moment of discussion allowed me to adjust my camera settings and capture what I believe to be a beautiful moment.

What’s the point?

There is a balance between capturing the day exactly as it unfolds and playing an active role as an artist to tell that story.  This moment was going to happen whether I was involved or not.  I realized the potential photograph about to happen and gave myself a few extra seconds to get ready for it.

Amy - I love how sharp it is! Can you tell me what speed you usually shoot at for shots like these, involving movement?

justin - It depends on the situation, but usually as fast as possible.

How To Take this Photo

I received a few messages about how I took this photo so I thought that I would let you know.

I snapped this photo at Hunter + Brandon’s amazing wedding.  They had the Ceremony at Scarritt Bennet but wanted to take some photos at Cenntennial Park.  I love Cenntennial and think it is an awesome place to shoot.  The only downside is that I shoot there all the time because couples like to go there since it is awesome and in the heart of downtown.  All that to say…I wanted to try something a little different since I shoot there often so I added a little flash.

I had them walk down to the end so I could create a silhouette in the empty space at the end of the corridor.  The next step was to have my assistant put a flash behind them on the ground at full power.  I started at full power because it was really bright that day and we were shooting around 1pm….aka I needed as much light as possible coming from the flash to balance the light coming from the sun.  Also, remember that light from the flash matches the sunlight so there are no white balance issues and you don’t need to put a gel on it.

When taking silhouette shots and using flash I always crank my ISO down to ISO 200, start my shutter speed at 1/250 of a second (the fastest speed possible to still capture the light coming from the flash), and then adjust my aperture based on my meter.  If I want more of the ambient light I slow my shutter speed down.  If I want less light from the flash I can power it down or go to a higher f/stop number.

Gear = Nikon D3s, SB-800 speedlite, Nikon 35mm f/1.4, and 2 Yongnuo triggers.

Camera Settings = ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/160



Jill Hartline - And all of that happens within like ten seconds of them standing there and watching you fiddle with your camera.

Mind blown.

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