Beautiful light is all around us and Jerry Ghionis is a master at finding the best light for making wedding photos look downright magical. Jerry believes that location means nothing without beautiful light, whether it is found out of doors, standing next to a window, or from artificial sources. Join Jerry on an action-packed, non-stop series of wedding shoots that range from indoor window light to candle-lit romantic tables to the nighttime lights of the city, as he shares an endless supply of professional tips and tricks on everything from posing your subjects to getting proper exposure in every form of light you can find.
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Jerry jumps right into the class by starting on location with a male model (as if shooting a groom on his wedding day) and shares his thoughts on light, posing, and exposure.
Continuing the shoot, Jerry varies the poses and techniques for shooting a groom getting dressed on his wedding day.
After a few more classic groom poses Jerry brings in the bride-to-be for a couples shoot.
Taking advantage of the awesome window light on hand, Jerry works through a series of poses with the bride.
A change in location and model brings new opportunities for learning how to work with the light.
Incorporating furniture into the shoot can open up new posing opportunities to work within the available light.
Using the light reflecting off of a surface provides a soft beautiful light on the face with lovely hair light coming from behind. This lesson is shown in black and white to help focus on the tonality of the reflective light.
Always choose where you shoot based on the light, not the location.
Creating subtle shadows on the face will add depth, mood, and dimension to the photos. This lesson is shown in black and white to help focus on the quality of the light.
When being guided by the light you can create amazing poses and compositions in all sorts of locations as long as the light is there.
Available daylight is wonderful and versatile, but you can have a lot of fun with other light sources too.
Of course the other most common source of light will be your own speedlights or the light from an LED video light.
Sometimes a wedding location will present a variety of opportunities for shooting with regular tungsten lamps, and maybe even a few mirrors. Have fun!
Staying alert to the available light sources around you can lead to incredibly creative opportunities that would have otherwise been missed. Do mind the traffic.
The light from ordinary store signs and Christmas lights can make for magical night time shots with your couples.
Widely regarded as one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world. Jerry Ghionis is based in both Melbourne, Australia and Beverly Hills, California. He travels frequently on…