Wedding Photography: Stunning Off- Camera Flash Photography Techniques, with David Ziser

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

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

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction and Solving Problems (Duration 05:16)

Every wedding location is different and comes with its own set of challenges for photographers

Lesson 2: In Front of the Altar (Duration 04:41)

Here are some tips for using directional lighting and for posing your subject

Lesson 3: Setting Up Your Off-Camera Flash (Duration 08:06)

Diffusing your flash through an umbrella will soften the light on your subject

Lesson 4: Highlights Next to Shadows (Duration 05:17)

Using your off-camera flash to illuminate your subject's face and creating a nose shadow

Lesson 5: Correcting Exposure (Duration 02:42)

There's the blinky method for identifying and eliminating blown-out highlights

Lesson 6: Changing Composition (Duration 06:28)

Positioning your subject in the classic S curve, and reducing shutter speed to lighten the background

Lesson 7: Adjust the Pose (Duration 04:16)

Shooting the subject from different angles and using the subject to cover objects in the background

Lesson 8: Spice It Up (Duration 01:24)

Using a small, floor flash to illuminate the bride's veil

Lesson 9: Stained Glass Background (Duration 07:13)

Shooting the bride in front of a colored window

Lesson 10: Survey the Surroundings (Duration 02:56)

It's always good to walk around a new location and find the best angles for your shots

Lesson 11: Bouncing the Light (Duration 03:06)

One technique is to bounce the off-camera flash off of a white wall which will produce a large, diffused light source

Lesson 12: Beautiful Bridal Images (Duration 07:07)

Playing with the location, the pose, the light source, and the shutter speed in order to get an eye-catching set of images

Lesson 13: Looking For a Background (Duration 02:40)

Keep an eye out for interesting backgrounds that really fit your bridal portrait

Lesson 14: The Floof and Run (Duration 03:25)

You might need an extra pair of hands to accomplish this bridal shot setup

Lesson 15: Cheating the Shutter (Duration 03:53)

One more portrait technique and a summary of everything we covered in the course

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,…

5 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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