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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

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WEDDING by KRISS on 13 september 2015

How do you shoot in a church or other crowded dark rooms where silence and discretion is required.
There are two ways to go about this.


I remember a few years back, attending a wedding as a guest and watching the photographer shoot with his big SB-800 flash on top of which he had some Gary Fong (funny name) ball equipment.
Not only was he more on the front of the scene than the bride and groom but he kept bursting flashes of atrocious harsh light everywhere, shooting at close apertures (I knew once I saw the photos).


The results were catastrophic over detailed photos with wrong, shadows, wrong colors, wrong framing, wrong everything.
With all the effort put into it they looked like iPhone snapshots.

To me the only ways to get beautiful photos in a church is either to have an ISO monster such as the D4s or/and any very opened lens in which case you have to bear in mind that you are not there to take group photos, even when the cousin of the cousin gather together with half a dozen family members in front of the crypt and ask you for a picture.

Getting beautiful results in a church is about focusing on one face at a time, one set of eyes, one hand gesture, one detail.
You can also get very interesting results playing with light when the bride and groom go out or with a wide angle when the architecture and setting allow.
If you're lucky enough you can have the sun passing through a window and then there is no better light than church light.

But in most cases, assume church light will be a crappy light that will make skin tones green and barely get below ISO 2000 even opened at f1.6.

I usually go to church with my Sigma 85mm f1.4 because I love it so much and the Nikkor 105mm macro VRII because of the rings.
Ideally, I would love to shoot in church with a 200mm f1.4 but they still haven't made that one for me (and should they make it, not within my price range).

Kate gets the D4s with the 70-200 and any wide angle on another body.

You may have other ways to shoot in a church and I am not saying that proper use of a flash light cannot make amazing results (I have a whole mode set to prove that) but usually you want to be discreet and the repetitive clanks of your shutter are more than enough, you don't need any extra attention.

By the way, quiet mode sucks.

#lowlightphotography #highiso #nikond4s #sigma85mm14 #sigma85mm #sigma35mm14art #sigma35mm #weddingphotography

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN A CHURCH

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