Thursday, November 13, 2008

Palm Beach wedding

Even though I’m used to shooting in low-light conditions (at concerts, mostly), taking pictures at a wedding this past weekend proved to be a daunting task.* Unless the reception is during the day and/or outdoors, the dance floor isn’t typically a very well-lit area. Add to that the fact that dancing isn’t exactly an immobile activity and you’ve got some seriously difficult shooting.

Leaving my flash at home, I banked on coupling a very fast lens (f1.4) with a very high film sensitivity (ISO 1600, for the most part). The results, as you can see in the full Flickr set, were quite varied.

*Which is why I’m glad I wasn’t the official photographer.


Meaghan November 13, 2008 at 2:14 PM  

Weddings really are a different type of photography. There isn't much time to solve lighting problems, so you were smart to bring your fast lens. You did a nice job, I really like DSC-0268 in your flickr set, it has very nice mood.

Try it out with the flash next time. If you find a good diffuser you can do some fun stuff and not make the flash look like a mug shot.

MJLphoto November 14, 2008 at 9:23 AM  

Thanks for the comment, Meaghan. I like that shot you pointed out, too -- even though it's super blurry, there's something about it that I think works well.

And yes, weddings are definitely a different beast. I'm shooting one for real in December, so this was at least a good way to figure out what works and what doesn't.