Internationally recognized wedding photographer, Cliff Mautner walks you through challenging wedding photo scenarios and explains how to use a single speedlight for impressive effect. Working with, rather than trying to overpower ambient light, allows Cliff to capture critical wedding elements in less than traditional fashion. And by moving the flash off camera, his need to constantly reset his camera as he moves from one position to another, is kept to a minimum. Even if you’ve been shooting for years, you’re sure to gain some new insights that will save you time and make your wedding photography even better.
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Cliff walks you through the gear he takes with him on wedding shoots and why.
Cliff starts with a little lighting theory and moves to camera and speedlight settings that compensate for various lighting situations where the camera might read the scene incorrectly. He also explains that sometimes Exposure Compensation is really Flash Compensation.
Cliff uses speedlights at very specific times during wedding shoots, and there's solid logic behind his decisions.
Unlike some shooters, Cliff doesn't try to overpower ambient light with his speedlights just to get a good picture. He explains how he sets his speedlights to compliment ambient light.
Looking at ambient light, Cliff explains how he will work to make his flash contribute to the exposure without overpowering it, and mentions compensating for videographer lights too.
Cliff's insights start with getting the flash off the camera, then consider using a longer lens than you might think. He moves through camera and flash settings and even insights on working with an assistant.
Cliff has a great setup suggestion for toasts that might involve talking with the DJ a bit, but there's a great payoff.
Again with the 70-200 lens and a single off camera flash, Cliff explains his strategy for quick exposure accuracy for formals.
The single speedlight approach allows for fast moving versatility.
Recognized by WPPI as "one of the top photographers and educators in the world," Cliff Mautner's 28-year career in photography includes 15 years and 6000 assignments as a photojournalist with…