Chapter 5: Outdoor Shooting

Shooting outdoor weddings can seem easier than shooting indoor weddings. That isn’t to say that you don’t have challenges when shooting outdoors; you do, from the different exposure considerations to the constantly changing lighting conditions. As a wedding photographer working outdoors, you need to be constantly monitoring and adjusting your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings to get the best exposure. You also need to plan ahead for where the light will be, not just where it is. But as you can see in Figure 5-1, even in direct sunlight, you can get some stunning photographs.



ABOUT THIS PHOTO The bride and groom posed with the sun striking them at an angle, creating a backlight. Taken at ISO 1000, f/3.5, 1/1600 second.

Outdoor light can vary from harsh light at midday to softer light in the shadows to golden light at sunset and low light after the sun has set. Each of these situations presents a different challenge to you, but with a little planning and practice, you can overcome the toughest lighting situations.

Exposure considerations

This section is all about how to control the light with your exposure controls. Be it the harsh, bright sun or the deep shadows, or a combination of the two, you have to learn how to get the proper exposure ...

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