Rainy or cold weather should never discourage photographers from leaving the house.
Some of the more unusual and interesting pictures happen when the sun is not dominant in the heavens.
Landscapes have a different feel when clouds appear in the sky.
Compare the picture that Wendy took with what the scene was like in the picture on the left. Her models brought a change of outfits which made her pictures even better.
As with my previous field trips, weather threatened the field trip for my Digital Wedding Photography class.
Thankfully, I didn’t have to tell 8 students, 2 couples and 1 model about Plan B.
I told everyone I would make a decision in the morning and I’m glad I waited.
Working with ambient light
On any sunny day, once the sun comes out, over-powering the bright sun with just one Speedlight is next to impossible even with High Shutter Speed Sync mode unless you’re placing it inches away from your subject’s face.
When we met at the park, we had periods of bright sunshine followed by cloudiness all morning.
Perfect for our purposes.
Our setup for off-camera Speedlight triggering:
One Speedlight on a lightstand fitted with radio slave receiver without any light modifier.
Even though there is a circular socket with a way to attach an umbrella, we didn’t bother using an umbrella.
The Speedlight does not put out enough light, that’s why.
Working with our models, 3 couples and Danielle, my students quickly got a good feel for what works.
Rather than give them specific directions, I showed them how the radio slaves worked and allowed them to explore on their own.
At the end of the day, I hope they would come to realize that having too much light in any scene which you can’t control is terrible.
And that is why it’s always preferable to learn to light so that you can work around a situation when what’s there is just not giving you what you want.
Not all the pictures that worked utilized flash.
The point of the exercise was to assess the ambient light.
Then practice with the couples as if it were an Engagement photo session.
Wedding Photography class field trip
Peter Phun Photography
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