Wedding Night Photos
Wedding Night Photos
Wedding night photography is something that every professional photographer will play around with at some point during their career. Many people (photographers and clients included) don't actually place much thought into the wedding night images, which is such a shame!
Night wedding photography holds the perfect opportunity to capture some non-traditional wedding night images for the quirkier and more modern style of newly-weds. But even for the folks who want traditional wedding photography at their wedding, we feel that the wedding night is a big deal and part of the couple’s celebrations as a married duo. So, it’s our job as the photographers to widen people’s perspectives on why it should be a focus of the day...
Wedding Night Images (Our Ideas) - Wedding night photos can be taken anywhere! There’s really no need to over think it. You could capture the Bride and Groom standing outside of the wedding venue, or perhaps outside the venue where their reception is being held. Obviously, the topic of lighting would ordinarily be restricted during the evening, but if you talk about this with the couple beforehand, you can plan ahead and ensure that there will be sufficient lighting for you to work with outside during your shoot.
If you’re looking for other ideas, you could even involve other guests of the wedding party to get involved with your images to capture some photos of a fun nature. It’s all about personal taste really and of course what the couple want to capture on their big day. Of course, the couple’s first dance falls under this part of the day and so do the partying guests at the wedding reception. So, it’s important that you’re ready to capture these moments on camera for the couple to enjoy after their wedding day is over. Trust us, night wedding photography is worth the thought!
Capturing Wedding Night Photos - You may find yourself asking the question “what’s the point of capturing wedding photographs at night time?” Well, it’s actually a great way to create a different mood throughout your images. Albeit, they are not traditional moods, but if they’re captured well, you could create some stunning images! Besides, some of the most outspoken, powerful and romantic wedding photographs are taken at night, so if you think you can do it, it’s worth a shot! But even if you’re not quite sure how to master imagery at night, you will be after reading a few blog posts such as this one, it all helps. If you’re serious about focusing on wedding night images, then do lots of research to do your images justice.
We’ll worn you now though, low light photography is often considered to be the most difficult for event photography (especially at a wedding). Without proper planning, equipment and knowledge (of your equipment and its capabilities) missing those “one chance” moments are not something that you’re going to want to be responsible for.
Low light photography is not exactly the most difficult, but it is the most technical and you will need a little knowledge to pull it off. Many factors go into low light photography and one of them is the colour of the light. If you’re curious about how to prepare yourself for low light/ night time photography, check out the article that we’ve linked!
Wedding Night Photos (Lighting) - The first noticeable thing you will see with night photography (low light photography) is that the colour spectrum will change. Think of how you see light with your eyes. In the daytime you see more colours and ranges of those colours. At night, you see less colours and the ranges of those colours. Well, it’s exactly the same for your camera's eye...
Wedding night photos will be affected by the different colours or light (temperatures) as we mentioned above, which will impact all of the pictures that you take (especially if the picture is in colour!). Light temperature generally changes throughout the day with sunlight but there are more contributing factors at night. These factors include the temperature of the artificial lighting and even the colour of the lighting. This is one of the reasons why many photographers default a lot of their night time images to black and white because all the different colours of light can be quite distracting (especially taking skin tones into account). It can actually end up looking a little crazy if there’s too much going on, so lighting is something that you should be aware of before you start shooting your night wedding photography images.
Low-Light Wedding Photography - Wedding night photographs are taken at a low-lit environment and as we have mentioned, this can cause the photographer a few issues that they’ll need to deal with in what’s known as the “post-processing” stage, but it’s not a hindrance, there are other things to consider...
While many consider the night time to be limiting in nature, there is actually a brilliant depth to certain wedding night photos. Taking pictures at night demands that you understand the lighting situation and create the light that you need to capture beautiful night wedding photography pictures.
Why not get a little practice in? Play around with your camera from dusk until dawn to work out how to maximize quality image results! Understanding the types of lighting, the amount of light, light angles e.c.t will help to make your images better! If you master this and gather a true understanding, then your images will be spectacular at night and it’ll be something that you can offer to your clients as part of your wedding photography business.
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