Wedding Photography: Stunning Off- Camera Flash Photography Techniques By David Ziser

1 hr 8 min

Professional wedding photographer David Ziser takes us through his processes during a bridal shoot while utilizing an off-camera flash

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Every wedding location is different and comes with its own set of challenges for photographers
Here are some tips for using directional lighting and for posing your subject
Diffusing your flash through an umbrella will soften the light on your subject
Using your off-camera flash to illuminate your subject's face and creating a nose shadow
There's the blinky method for identifying and eliminating blown-out highlights
Positioning your subject in the classic S curve, and reducing shutter speed to lighten the background
Shooting the subject from different angles and using the subject to cover objects in the background
Using a small, floor flash to illuminate the bride's veil
Shooting the bride in front of a colored window
It's always good to walk around a new location and find the best angles for your shots
One technique is to bounce the off-camera flash off of a white wall which will produce a large, diffused light source
Playing with the location, the pose, the light source, and the shutter speed in order to get an eye-catching set of images
Keep an eye out for interesting backgrounds that really fit your bridal portrait
You might need an extra pair of hands to accomplish this bridal shot setup
One more portrait technique and a summary of everything we covered in the course
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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, David Ziser, is showing the world how to take wedding pictures." The Dallas Morning News extolled Ziser ...

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  1. Profile photo of Sandy Hansen Sandy Hansen

    David can you tell us the name of that little flash you got at B&H? you said cost about $20.00?

    I can’t find it on their web site

  2. Profile photo of Sandy Hansen Sandy Hansen

    David gives you so much info but never tells us what metering mode he uses

  3. Profile photo of pedrojschmitt pedrojschmitt

    Always a pleasure to learn from David Ziser. I’m about to buy a translucent umbrella to my off-camera flash thanks to their invaluable classes – like this one – that show the right way and great results to soften the light in portraits with this modifier. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of ricpix ricpix

    I have learned so much with David Ziser in just one class than anything else.

    Thanks a lot. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of tandlh tandlh

    Another very informative tutorial. I know that I probably sound like a fan of David Ziser, and I am. But I’m also an honest critic. In this case I have nothing negative to say. This is a very useful video, especially if your starting out and want to have your assistant watch him walk them through the proper lighting location.

    Great work, and sure to be a great confidence boost to any new Wedding Photographer. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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