Wedding Portraits – Classical Lighting and Posing Techniques, with David Ziser

In this video series, wedding photographer David Ziser goes over the standard poses and lighting setups for wedding portrait photography.

In this video series, wedding photographer David Ziser goes over the standard poses and lighting setups for wedding portrait photography.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 03:09)

David goes over what he will cover and explains the basic full-face view

Lesson 2: Two-Thirds View (Duration 06:20)

The general specs of the standard two-thirds setup and some pointers on what to avoid when taking this shot

Lesson 3: Two-Thirds to Profile (Duration 02:59)

Correcting the two-thirds view and setting up the profile

Lesson 4: Profile View (Duration 05:11)

How to set up the profile view and what not to do

Lesson 5: Posing the Body (Duration 03:28)

David shares some of his tricks for posing the subject such as placing the front foot forward, hiding the hands behind the bouquet, and more

Lesson 6: Butterfly Lighting Pattern (Duration 02:16)

The first of five classical lighting patterns for the face of the subject

Lesson 7: Loop Lighting Pattern (Duration 02:17)

Moving the light around the subject to the far side of the nose to achieve this pattern

Lesson 8: Rembrandt Lighting Pattern (Duration 01:59)

The nose shadow and the cheek shadow combine to form this pattern

Lesson 9: Split Lighting Pattern (Duration 00:44)

Illuminating one half of the face

Lesson 10: Rim Lighting Pattern (Duration 02:05)

An accent light that adds some extra light to an image

Lesson 11: Review of the Lighting Patterns (Duration 02:00)

Using a video light, David recreates all of the lighting patterns he previously covered

Lesson 12: Broad Lighting (Duration 01:40)

This is an extra technique that covers the face in a broad light pattern

Lesson 13: Putting It Together (Duration 04:38)

Using the lighting patterns along with the profile views to create great photographs

Lesson 14: Window Lighting (Duration 03:15)

When working with a window light source, remember to pose the subject to the light

Lesson 15: Loop Lighting with Profile View (Duration 01:55)

Shooting a profile shot with the window lighting from a distance using a longer lens

Lesson 16: Shooting the Groom (Duration 02:11)

Looking for the loop lighting pattern and moving the groom around for some different shots

Lesson 17: Vantage Point (Duration 01:01)

Positioning at an elevated view to open up the location behind the bride and groom

Lesson 18: Posing the Bride and Groom (Duration 04:30)

Going through the setup and pose of a standard bride and groom shot

Lesson 19: Home Location (Duration 10:52)

Some ideas for photos taken at the home of the bride

Lesson 20: The Groom (Duration 05:52)

Shooting the groom at the home location

Lesson 21: Explore the Pose (Duration 03:33)

After a new setup, make sure to explore different variations within that setup

Lesson 22: Using the Surroundings (Duration 05:21)

Looking for elements on the walls that can enhance the picture

Lesson 23: Lines, Lines, Lines (Duration 05:30)

Posing the groom in well-defined positions

Lesson 24: Hollywood Lighting Technique (Duration 04:11)

Creating a small cone of light to isolate one area of the subject

Lesson 25: Light Settings (Duration 03:01)

Choosing the right light settings in order to pick up the colors of an interior shoot

Lesson 26: Three-Quarter Portrait (Duration 03:19)

Shooting a three-quarter portrait in the bedroom

Lesson 27: Moving Back Outside (Duration 02:39)

Moving the bride and groom to the back pool area of the house

Lesson 28: Archways (Duration 04:56)

Using the archway of the architecture to frame the bride in the shot

Lesson 29: Flash Outside (Duration 02:10)

Working with the ISO and Flash when shooting outside

Lesson 30: Summary (Duration 03:46)

David shares some final thoughts about the setups that he covered in this series

Meet Your Instructor: David Ziser

David Ziser, an internationally-renowned wedding photographer, has shared his knowledge with tens of thousand's of photographers in five languages and in 14 countries worldwide. Studio Photography acclaimed "Award winning photographer,…

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