Anyone shot a candle-lit wedding?

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  1. skiboarder72

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    I've been shooting weddings for a few years but I have never shot a candle lit wedding before. Just wondering if anyone else has and if they have any tips for me... I'm pretty sure they don't want flash during the ceremony
     
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    i havent, but, i would also assume they dont want a flash... it's gonna be tricky to get good shots through the whole thing, but a wide aperture will help
     
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    hmmmm...here's an idea..why not arrive early with the bride, groom and priest/minister or what have you..and take shots BEFORE the ceremony were to start and once the ceremony starts no need to take pictures since you already took some before it started :)...I'm sure you can also have some guests there beforehand to make it look more authentic.
     
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    I would ask the priest to light the church with the candles same as for the ceramony just long enough to take light readings so you can plan things out.

    Make a lil map type drawing of church then write the readings down at there location.

    You may be surprised to find out ISO 1600 at 1/25 still wont cut it in some areas. Then try to talk them into more candles.

    Because its for a client , I would go out and buy a bunch of candles and practice it . I have never try candle lit shots but read about it recently in " Master Lighting Guide for portrait photography " Its very tuff to get just right. They used a combination of cto gell over strobe and candle plus photoshop to get what there client wanted.

    As said before try a staged deal beforehand at the wedding rehearsal.

    Cheers Dan
     
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    this sounds like a tough one - if you can't use flash and lighting is candles only make sure you get some practice in. Also as you get getting paid for this and the couple will expect a certain quality of photo talk to them - see if you can do some staged shoots with candle light and some other lighting support.
    And if you think its not going to work tell them in advance - its not weak to admit that what they are requesting is beyond your skills/ability to produce a good photo - which is why planning beforehand is key - so you can give them a lot of notice.

    That leaves time for them to either consider some staged shots or for you to back down and them to find a photographer willing/able to shoot - might lose you one customer, but its better this way than losing them because their wedding photos area series of dark, underexposed horrors
     
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    Another is if you want auto focus then you will need a good IR emitter (focus assist beam) or manual .
     
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    Interesting project there!

    I would start by visiting the location with the candles lit. Set custom white balances using a grey card, take light readings in different positions. Use the fastest lens I have and work the ISO to find an acceptable shutter speed.

    I would also shoot RAW as to allow me to make slight changes later.
     
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    I have! But they didn't care if I used my flash. The building had no power at all so it had to lit with candles, 8 of them to be exact. The building was big enough to fit about 20 people, in the middle of the woods surrounded by 20ft trees and had 1 window that was shaped like a cross by the alter. I upped my ISO to 800 and had my camera on my monopod the whole time. I also was using 24-105mmL lens with IS. I would defanently talk to them about flash they may not care.
     
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    hmm sounds like a small venue - they might not care about you using flash till you start using it - atmosphere damaging ;)
    it might mean you have to shoot less and get more keepers - they might not complain openly, but you will notice as you edit as the faces get more and more displeased in the shots ;)
     
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    Sounds easy to me. Just diffused fill flash - perhaps multiple heads - amber gels.

    Sounds like fun too! :thumbup:
     
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    I shot one two weeks ago. It was tough. ISO1200 on the D300 and ISO3200 on the D700. Setup the formals after the wedding on the alter and used flash/strobes. Didn't stage the first kiss and exchanging of the rings but I was prepared to if the actuall shots didn't come out alright. A couple of things I can say, one: fast glass is a must, two: make sure the bride and groom are aware of the lighting situation, and Three: be as quick on your feet as possible. I have a wedding next summer where the entire reception will be lit by candles...
     

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