Rich in beautiful outdoor locations like Great fall of Paterson, Sandy Hook/Fort Hancock, Cape May and many more, the Essex County, New Jersey, is witnessing a rising craze for outdoor wedding photo shoot among the residents.
The trend not only has changed the face of photography by bringing a major contrast in the pictures that finally appear in the wedding album but also added to the challenges a wedding photographer faces in achieving the best.
The demands of an outdoor photo shoot vary widely with that of indoor wedding photography. As a wedding photographer, hence, you need to widen your horizon in terms of practice, homework and equipment base.
In fact, a whole extended team is required for making outdoor photography a success for the wedding photographers. It is imperative for every wedding photographer to follow the guide for achieving excellence. For an outdoor wedding photoshoot, you need to have a whole set of equipment that enhance and diffuse the light to reflect the objects bright and perfect for the picture. (Read: How to Control Outdoor Lighting for Wedding Shoots)
While an on-camera flash is a key denominator for a wedding photographer, especially while shooting outdoors, there is a lot more you need to carry for the perfect shots. Despite all the brightness present in the natural outdoor light, a camera will always have limitations to cover the shadows. A flash light mounting over your camera is the solution to light up those shadows.
These flashlights also termed as speed lights can help you when going off the venue for special portraits and adjusts the lights as per needs of the best shot.
Light modifiers will be your next requirement for shooting outdoors. These light modifiers constitute bouncers, softboxes, shell-like scoops, domes and others. The softboxes work by softening and evenly spreading the light. They compliment the facial tones and capture the details in the dress worn by the objects in the picture.
Understanding the basics of natural light is also a requirement for a wedding photographer. Not every wedding photographer, each time would be fortunate enough to get to shoot with the best of natural light. On a bright sunny day even, it’s common that colours of outfits appear different in picture. For instance, white colour, in natural light, will appear more like blue. These can only be controlled using reflectors.
The next requirement is a bracket. A flash bracket is the tool used for dropping the shadows over the objects. It brings down the risks of the eye appearing red when shot in low light. This bracket and its flash are unaffected with the changing directions of the camera—whether horizontal or vertical.
Additional lights, even on a bright sunny day, may sometimes be required to light up darker background or to strike a balance. The facial features can sometimes be shadowed and it is important to delineate those using extra lights. These lights are often called fill lights.
Sun bounces are the latest addition to the proper equipment of outdoor photography. The product works by diffusing the extra light of the sun and controls the objects from appearing extra ordinarily whiter due to the light. It retains the original skin colour in the picture and brings the perfect contrast with the white dress of the bride.