FAQ : Churches + Dark Ceremony Photos


Yesterday on the j* Facebook page, I was asked by Amy McFarland how I dealt with dark ceremonies and/or churches. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I don’t face that particular issue as–perhaps–other photographers around the United States. I’m lucky enough to live in a state where outdoor weddings are preferred, and I believe it plays to my strengths. Thankfully. Like most photographers, I prefer outdoor weddings, but I embrace the fact that it isn’t always the case. Happily.

I get asked a variation of Amy’s question quite often, so I decided to blog a few ceremony photos in dark locations and post my settings for today’s FAQ Post. Yes, I had to dig a little through the archives, but I hope they’ll show what I do…and please note…I do NOT think I’m doing things the right way. Quite the contrary. I’m merely showing my way. There are a few of you who might think I’m crazy and I’m okay with that. In fact, I’d be the first to welcome you to the club!

Most churches don’t allow flash during the ceremony, so this is where prime lenses come in extra handy. Using a wide aperture offers a unparalleled luxury and I’m hooked…
f/1.2 1/25 85mm, 1.2 1600iso

f/1.4 1/125 50mm,1.4 1000iso

f/3.5 1/50, 1.4 50mm 1600iso

Most churches won’t allow photographers past a certain point during the ceremony, so here’s where the 70-200, 2.8 comes in to save the day and capture candid moments from a distance…
f/2.8 1/50 70-200mm, 2.8 1600iso

Now here’s a random bit of info: The first three pictures were shot in the same church as the following two pictures. The difference? I used the Canon 5DMII in the following shots and lah-lah-lahved the higher iso capabilities. So amazing!
f/2.8 1/40 70-200, 2.8 2500iso

f/2.8 1/40 70-200, 2.8 1600iso

f/2.8 1/40 70-200, 2.8 1250iso

f/2.8 1/40 70-200, 2.8 1250iso

As I’ve stated before, I’m not the biggest fan of flash. Don’t get me wrong…I use it…I embrace it…it’s a great additive to low-light situations. But in the same vein, I also think it takes away the natural setting of the photograph. When possible, I try to shoot both with flash, and without. In the following photo, I was able to get a few photos of the bride and her dad walking down the aisle illuminated with flash. Once I knew I had the safe shot, I turned off my flash, and changed my settings. I prefer this photo to any of the flash photos…hands down.
f/1.2 1/100 50mm, 1.2 1600iso

I love using candle light for illumination when possible. This church was dark. So, so dark. There’s no way I could’ve shot this photo at f/2.8 (I wanted both subjects in focus as much as possible) had it not been for the candle compensation…
f/2.8 1/40 85mm, 1.2 1600iso

f/2.8 1/80 85mm, 1.2 1600iso

Hope this helps and, if not, I’ll try again soon! 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Melanie

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Jasmine, Thanks for your faq posts, they are so helpful! Were you handholding all these shots or on a tri-pod? I have a hard time getting sharp images when I shoot with anything lower than 1/50.

  2. gladys jem

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    ive shot a church ceremony with 2500 iso and I almost cried because it was so awesome. yay for high iso !!! 🙂

  3. Lynette Curtin

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    This is so helpful! Thank you for taking the time to post this. You’re awesome!

  4. Carissa

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Thank you SO much for this Jasmine!! Huuuuuge help! You answered like 3 questions I had in one post 🙂

  5. Laurie Bracewell

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you so much for posting these! Here in VA, we have mostly church/indoor weddings. Question: Do you know your camera and flash settings and then your non-flash camera settings before the ceremony even starts (when you said you turned the flash off after you got your safe shot)? Or do you do it all on the fly? Thanks Jas!

  6. Jeff

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    That’s where NR software, B&W or sometimes adding extra grain comes to the rescue, at least for me. Hi ISO gives pictures extra character because of the muted colors. You made the best of a difficult situation and it turned out great.

  7. dawn beirnes

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    BINGO!!!! I loved this post. I just started Bob Davis’ book on lighting, so I’m ALL INTO LIGHT! This just post helped out even more!

  8. Ash Henderson

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Like you, I’m in an area where outdoor weddings are preferred, so I still haven’t shot a church wedding, though I have one coming up in April.

    I’m sure I’ll be relying on my 24-70 & 70-200 f2.8’s to get me through, but an 85mm f1.2 would be a lifesaver! Shame Nikon doesn’t make anything like that!

  9. Cairith

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I would have to side with you on the flash…not a fan, but this last winter i had the "joy" of doing a candlelight wedding…UGH. That was the biggest challenge to date. Winter=Dark, Candle-light=DARK
    I had to use flas, I had NO choice in the matter. My only saving Grace was that I got to go in the night before and see what I was working with…….Good thing. I actually was very proud of how I handled it. End result, only a few pics with shadowing, glare and noise. I am so glad I am not the only one who finds this a challenge.

  10. Romonia Isaac

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Stunning shots and thank you for the insight! Lovely church ceremony images! Your way works pretty darn good if you ask me! But I’m no J* either! 😉 Thank you for the FAQ post!

  11. sandy

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    thats it.
    im going today to buy the 5d mark ii..

    anyone care to donate to my "5d" Fund?? lol

    amazing shots. period. you are the bombdiggity!

  12. Mark

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Thank YOU, I was second shooter at my "1st wedding" this weekend and was a little disturbed that I had to go to 1600iso, 1/50 f2.8 on a 5d with my 70-200. How do you deal with noise? I was worried about blur, anything under 1/60. Whats your slowest you would hand hold?

  13. Shelley Jensen

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    what about white balance? Do you change your white balance to compensate for tungsten or flourescent lighting? I set my Nikon D700 to the same setting but if I use auto white balance, they turn out VERY yellow… any suggestions? And, I’m from Kansas… MOST weddings are in churches.

  14. Bre Thurston

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Great post! I see that you slow your shutter quite a bit instead of cranking the ISO. I usually opt for a higher ISO and faster shutter so it’s interesting to see how you do it 🙂

  15. Kelly Lane Lusk

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    This is great! Thank you so much!

  16. emma

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Awesome to see the exif data next to the pictures, you have some serious skill lady!

  17. Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    GREAT post! I noticed for some of the photos that you shot with very slow shutterspeeds, 1/40 for example…how to you keep your shots so sharp at such low shutterspeeds? Or maybe it’s just me….hahahah

  18. Renee

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    WOW! This is great and your pictures are just AMAZING! I have a question though…are you using a tripod – i see that your shutter speed is low, unless i’m reading it wrong. Would love to know how you were able to get these in perfect focus! 🙂

  19. CAllMeNina

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    HUGE help! Thanks so much. This is an area where I’ve really been struggling. You’re always so kid and thoughtful to the rest of us photogs:)

  20. jess grant

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    fabulous! great work!

  21. Sarah Danaher

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Great post. Great examples. Thanks, Jas!

  22. feuza

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    this does help, love it cause many churches don’t allow flash and it is challenging, I also love the post on how you set up at receptions with the off camera flash and stand,

  23. April Kitchin

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Awesome photos Jasmine! With your shutter speed so low in some of the photos (1/25) are you using a tripod?

  24. Debbie Hendren

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Jasmine thanks so much for posting the sample pics and info. I noticed that you shutter speed was very low. Did you have your camera on a tripod? I know I couldn’t hand hold the camera a lens at that SS.

    Thanks, Debbie

  25. Danielle Aquiline

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Awesome tips, Jasmine (as always). Thanks for being so generous. Love reading your FAQ posts!

  26. Evie Perez

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you so much for this post Jasmine!!! This is so helpful and at least it give me an idea. I wanted to ask you about your settings ever since you posted the LA Athletic club engagement session, but felt ridiculous. Were the first top pictures taken with the Old Canon 5D? Thanks again 🙂

  27. Regina White

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    These are all fantastic and if I weren’t a photographer I would have never known these were shot without a flash. You have to be good with shooting wide open. I struggle with it. But will alway try to improve. Thanks for the post J. HOLLA! =)

  28. Michelle Collis

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Wow…awesome to see your settings! I’m wondering if these shots were done with a tripod or handheld? Some of the shutter speeds are pretty slow !

  29. Natalie Tuggle

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I’m with you on flashes. There handy, but not nearly as beautiful as natural lighting. Thanks so much for the tips!!

  30. Kelly Green

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    J* this helps A LOT!!
    I am wedding photographer from the UK & most of our weddings are indoors in dimly lit churches. I seem to think the same way – you can beat prime lenses ; )

  31. Chelsea Patricia

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Wow, wow, wee.

    So…on that note…white balance. Auto white balance in church’s just comes out all orange-y for me…
    what do you do, Jas?

  32. sarah

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    J* You are truly amazing at what you do. I had the hardest time doing photography in the dark extremely tall ceiling cathedrals found in DC. You read my mind, which has been constantly beggin for a FAQ post on this subject…or a relocation to the beautiful and sunny CA. Touche and a many many thanks. You are my homepage for a reason! XO

  33. Gina

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Oh, if only my camera performed well with high ISO’s.

  34. Angie

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    thank you for sharing this w/the rest of us! I LOVE how you point out that this is how YOU do it & its not "by the book".Thanks! 🙂

  35. Tammie

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Dang it J* you’re taking my questions and answering them!! (I’m putting together my thoughts and questions to ask for my 60 sec video 😉 But thanks for answering them anyways – and love the comparison between the two camera bodies used…if the one pics were taken with the 5dmii what were the other one’s taken with? (I shoot with a 50d and can’t wait to upgrade to a 5dmii myself 🙂

  36. trang

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    this is great information jasmine! thanks!

  37. christa

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    helps a lot 🙂 thanks!

  38. Bernadette Chase

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these Jasmine! I can’t believe the clarity on these pics with some of the shutter speeds being so slow. All handheld? Thanks again for all the sharing you do! 🙂

  39. Maga

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    GREAT info and GREAT POST!
    (am I really the first to comment today?)

  40. Lynn

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    How in the world are you shooting at 1/40th and below without shake?? Those are the shots with flash??

  41. Jenna

    July 20th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Great GREAT post. Now I need to go out and get the 5D, haha!

  42. Jasmine*

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Hi friends! For those who asked all my photos are handheld as I don’t use a tripod. And I use auto WB and tweak it later if it’s too orange. Hope this helps! 🙂

  43. Anda

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    SOOOO helpful, Jasmine. So so helpful. I am scared to death of going above 400 iso EVER. And I shoot with the original 5D. Maybe I need to upgrade just for the iso capabilities, but I am so attached to the original! I never use flash during ceremonies … I usually shoot with the 70-200L at 400 iso and about 1/60th shutter speed for indoor ceremonies … works most the time (not always…). and man, the churches here are waaaaaaay uglier than the churches out there!! i’m happy we have barns at least … or i’d so be moving 🙂

  44. Wil

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Wow you have super steady hand or what?? ..1/40 with 70-200 without tripod? 🙂

  45. emily scott

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    here here for high ISO!

  46. Pixeur Media

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    *J – Bravo!! After reading this blog, I will test this out and try to recreate what you did!! St.Patricks Church here in New York would be perfect for this shot!! Thank you thank you!!

    Rico – one of your newest fan from New York!!

  47. Deb Peluso

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is my biggest struggle! I just started second shooting and I dread dark churches!

  48. Noelia Kline

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Jasmine, thank you so much for posting this. This is something that I have fought with and always doubted myself many times. I really appreciate your honesty and helpful insight. Thank you again! You rock!

  49. Jackie Beale

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    oh wow! you shoot awesome with the 5d, but I can clearly see the difference with the 5dmkII. It’s so much creamier and smooth, even with the high ISO. That’s the main reason I went from my 40d to my 5d, I needed my images to look better at 1600, withouth all the grain. Thank u so much for sharing your knowledge and experience 🙂

  50. Lydia

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve been blessed to shoot only outdoor weddings as of late, but this is something I’ve definitely had problems with in the past! The worst church had a bright orange spot light on just the b&g. Horrible!

  51. Brandy Frank

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Jasmine, thank you so much for this post! I also agree LOVE LOVE LOVE 5DM2 and it’s high ISO capability. xoxo Brandy

  52. Jenna Davis

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for this post! Us mid-westerners unfortunately have to deal with low-light situations quite frequently, so this was some great info. 🙂

  53. Tanya

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    What an awesome post! Thank you so much for sharing.

  54. jamie

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Tks Jasmine! for sure it helps.. next I know you’re not a fan of flash, but if you can give us a few pointers on how to set your camera and flash…meaning, how do you set your camera settings in a low light situation with your flash? Tks! and keep it up… i’m soaking it in!!!

  55. Bunn Salarzon

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing your settings once again. This really does help and make me feel better when I may come across situations when flash is not allowed. Q. How often do you use the aisle during a ceremony? I have this weirdness about having guests see me up and down the aisle or even up front near the immediate family, but there were times that was the case and I had to move in or miss important shots the couples wanted. I usually try to stay on the sideline or back, but then all I’d get is everyone’s backside (B&G and entire bridal party). Eeks!

  56. Jodi

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Very helpful! Thank-you for sharing. I shoot allot of church weddings in my little Pacific NW community. 🙂

  57. Kristi

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I can’t get over the amazing depth on the 2nd and 3rd shots! How in the heck do you do that??

  58. kim weiss

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Wow, super impressed you can get an in focus shot, especially with the beast 70-200 lens, at such slow shutter speeds! I feel like I’m living on the edge if I take it to 1/200!

  59. ashleigh

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Jasmine!! AWESOME post!! But like the others I can’t believe you can get in focus shots (no camera shake) at 1/40. Oh, wait. Yes I can. I’ve seen your arms, you are BUFF! Time to start doing my push ups I guess. 😉

  60. Jennifer Weiss

    July 20th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks for the helpful post! This has got to be one of the biggest stressors of mine. Constantly worrying about lighting in churches. Thanks again for shedding some light on it! Haha! =)

  61. Matt Rosman

    July 20th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Great pictures. Just shot my first wedding last week. What a rush!
    Do you use noise reduction software?
    Keep it up!

  62. Lisa Ceaser

    July 20th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you for this info. It couldn’t be timelier. I am shooting my brother’s wedding (only my second ever) and I am concerned about light for the reception. Do you ever have noise issues with the higher ISO? Or is it a given that the better camera eliminates that concern?

  63. James

    July 20th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    These images are just truly fantastic. Love your work.

  64. Pamela Topping

    July 20th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Love this post! Thank you for sharing this great info.

  65. Jasmine*

    July 20th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Hi friends! Here are a few follow-up answers to your questions: @MattRosman: No, I don’t use a noise reduction softare. 🙂 @BunnSalarzon: I try to use the aisle only once during the ceremony…I feel so awkward if I keep on using it…makes me feel like a distraction! 🙂 @Jamie: I don’t have a permanently set flash setting. There are so many factors playing into my settings (ceiling height, color of the walls, distance to the couple, etc), but I definitely suggest practicing in your house when you can and in different rooms to see how this changes things. @Wil: No, I don’t think I have a steady hand…I’ve just trained myself how to shoot in this manner. I usually hold my breath and then fire off a few frames…or I lean against a wall when it’s available. It’s just a matter of focus and determination! 🙂 @Tammie: The comparison is between the 5D and the 5DMII. @EviePerez: Yes, the first four pictures were taken with the original 5D. @Mark: The slowest I’ll handhold is 1/30. I’ve done it before and it’s quite common for me to shoot handheld at 1/40 in a dark church without a problem. 🙂 @LaurieBracewell: Yes. Yes I know my settings for both flash and natural lighting before they’re walking down the aisle. Before the processional, I’ll practice with people sitting in the pews to get an idea of where I need to be, then I memorize those settings. Everything moves so fast that I realized I needed to work this way in order to achieve both looks.

  66. Esvy Photography

    July 20th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hey Jasmine! Thanks for the examples in low light. Being a fan of natural light as well, I understand how a lack of it can be our weakest enemy. Looks like wide open primes are the best tool for the job. And oh my, that 5DII high ISO noise handling is smooth like butter! You may have just pushed me over the 5DII fence. Anyways, hope to see you live on your creativeLIVE session next month. Till then.. or till your next awesome blog post!

  67. Mike @ Esvy Photography

    July 20th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Oh by the way, do you handle low lit wedding receptions in the same fashion? Shooting conditions would seem totally different, considering everyone’s dancing the electric slide/chicken dance/macarena/. I’m not sure a 1/25s exposure speed would cut it. Perhaps this deserves another blog post?

  68. Sarah Lauren

    July 20th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Jasmine, thanks so much for posting this, it has come at a really key time for me and I’m thrilled to see what you do. Equally loving the 5dmk2..

  69. Shaun Ward

    July 20th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Jasmine

    Nice post. You can be thankful that you are blessed with such good weather. I live in Scotland where I had a November wedding last year in Pitlochry where it was overcast and rained for most of the day. Spent most of the day on ISO 800+ outside and in the church. It calls for a steady hand at low shutterspeeds.
    Here is some of the images from a Highland wedding


  70. Kristin Hartness

    July 20th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Great post! Very helpful! Thanks for sharing Jasmine!

  71. rachel d

    July 20th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Very helpful post, J*! You’re a share-aholic, and I hope you know how much we love you for it!

  72. Brian Davis

    July 20th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Jasmine, Thank you so much for posting this. I love FAQ posts to get a greater insight on you handle certain situations and how you shoot. I’m just starting to do wedding photography so I find these invaluable! I’d love to see many more!

  73. Desiree

    July 20th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    You are amazing! I’ve been reading for over a year, and I don’t think I’ve ever commented on your blog posts (not sure why, because you have helped immensely!) Almost half of the weddings I photograph indoor ceremonies. I appreciate your posts so so much!!!

  74. Patty

    July 20th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    This is post is very, very helpful!
    Hey, did you photographed Ala Cortez wedding? Anyway, awesome post.

  75. Brittany Hagensen

    July 20th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Love this post & SO needed it as I have run into this problem many times:) Thank you for shedding some light 😉 on the issue!ha

  76. Alicia

    July 20th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Such a helpful post! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge adn experiences!

  77. enrico

    July 20th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Very useful info, thank you Jasmine. I admire your steady hand, at such low shutter speeds you managed to get very sharp images. I’m going to try your tecnique in my next wedding, we have lots of churces here in Italy. Bye

  78. Kathy Ray

    July 20th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing….Kathy

  79. Pol

    July 20th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Beautiful! Just one question. How do you get them sharp at those low shutter speeds? I find the people seem to move just that tiny bit and the image then doesn’t come out sharp.

  80. Victoria de Martigny

    July 20th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Jasmine, first let me say that you are truly an inspiration, not just for your wonderful photography, but for your willingness to share so openly with the community. It is so refreshing to find a great photographer who is secure enough to share and educate those of us who are up-and-comers. Thank-you, thank-you, THANK-YOU for that!!

    Secondly, your low-light photos are wonderful. You capture the emotions and the atmosphere in a way that I’m sure keeps your clients coming back for more. Bravo!!

    Lastly, I am super impressed at how sharp your photos look even at 1/40th. Do you use a tripod or monopod or is everything hand held?? I can’t seem to get anything sharp below 1/60th 🙁

  81. Hilary Argentieri

    July 20th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    You are so wonderful Jasmin! This post is awesome! So great to see these images, such helpful information and beautiful imagery – you are a true blessing to photographers everywhere – THANK YOU!!!!

  82. Christy Tyler

    July 20th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! It is amazing how giving you are with your knowledge Jasmine – not all people are like that – so thank you! I look forward to hearing your reception w/on camera flash tips – those are the situations I struggle with the most – big, windowless reception halls!!

  83. Ashley

    July 20th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Awesome post Jasmine! And I never even considered holding my breath instead of using a tripod. It sounds like it’s a heck of a lot less bulky (:

  84. amory

    July 21st, 2010 at 12:08 am

    thank you for this! beautiful.

  85. Eileen

    July 21st, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Awesome post. That 3rd shot down of the church is just gorgeous!

  86. lrntn

    July 21st, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I’m sure that another comment and your site might crash ! But just want to say, like everyone has, that it’s really so nice of you to spend the time on a post such as this. I rarely ever shoot in dark places (plus not a wedding photographer anyway), but this is all great info. Thanks!

  87. ShannonPD

    July 21st, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Living in CT, I deal with indoor ceremonies and dark reception halls ALL the time. THANKS so much for posting this Jas!! I always wondered what your church shots looked like. (they’re amazing) I was with Mike@Esvy on wondering how you handle dark reception halls. I saw the waay earlier posts about your off camera lighting, but is there anything-else like what if you’re at F2.8 1/8th of a second? Do you just use rear curtain sync and freeze them with the flash?

  88. Linda Sherrill

    July 21st, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Wonderful comparisons…thanks so much for sharing like you do…

  89. Lukas Siewior

    July 21st, 2010 at 2:44 am

    I can never understand the no-flash rule in the churches. In this picture you just posted: http://www.jasminestarblog.com/images/content/BlogDarkCeremonies0006.jpg there are at least 5 ppl with cameras which will fire flash. And that’s not a problem for officiant/priest ?

  90. Nathan

    July 21st, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Jasmine, thank you so much for your tips! I’m shooting my first on-my-own wedding coming up shortly, and I’m nervous. This helped me a ton!

  91. THN

    July 21st, 2010 at 9:26 am

    For someone who doesn’t like to use flash, you certainly use one very well. Beautiful images as always J.
    Emma – THN

  92. Evonne Wong

    July 21st, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Great post, Jasmine… very helpful. How do you keep your hand from shaking when the shutter speed was 1/40 or 1/25 of a second? Do you use a tripod?

  93. Anouschka

    July 21st, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Always love your faq posts Jasmine. This is another great one 🙂

  94. Jessica

    July 21st, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Are you hand holding at those low shutter speeds??? Amazing, thank you for the wonderful information!

  95. Vicki

    July 21st, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you so much for this post and all the great FAQs that have come before it. I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been hooked! It is a wealth of information and you are such an inspiration to me!

  96. Ryan C

    July 21st, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Jasmine, first time commenter, long time follower.

    Do you use a tripod with the 70-200 or are you utilizing the IS feature of the lens to shoot at the slow shutter speeds?

  97. dontsmilenow

    July 21st, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you for being so honest and open with all your info- your FAQ are my wedding photography school – thanks!

  98. Cathy

    July 21st, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Excellent info Jasmine. Thank you for sharing your settings. There is a historic church where I live that does not allow flash, and you must stay behind the third row of seats.

  99. john p.

    July 21st, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    This is dope yo. thx.

  100. Angela

    July 21st, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    SO great to read this! I LOVE my 5DMII and will trying out these settings as soon as possible for practice!

  101. a little bit of whimsy photography

    July 21st, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    you talked about holding your breath some time ago (on your blog). i tried it and
    viola… it works great.. use it all the time!!
    just have to remember to grab a quick breath in between all the action. (smile)

  102. anne

    July 21st, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I notice that your images don’t have noise in them. What software do you use to get the noise out?
    Thank you! 🙂

  103. Lindsey

    July 21st, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    when you shoot with such a high ISO, do you not get a grainy print?

  104. Kristin Nicole Photography

    July 22nd, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Very informative as always J*

  105. Molly Kate

    July 22nd, 2010 at 4:21 am

    I’ve been afraid to put my ISO that high but now that I know what you can get with it I’m definitely trying it the next time I’m in a dark church or event. Thanks for the post!

  106. Andi Diamond

    July 22nd, 2010 at 4:38 am

    THANK YOU so much for sharing! I love that you are so open with the photog community!!

  107. Denise Saucedo

    July 22nd, 2010 at 6:13 am

    I truly adore you!!!!!! I just shot an engagement session. 8 o’clock at night. Talk about horrible lighting. Or shall I say no lighting. Grrr! I need a Marky Mark to make my day!!! So ready to get a camera with higher ISO settings. Thanks for the info babe. You are a keeper!

  108. johnna brynn

    July 22nd, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    thanks, Jasmine. I noticed most of your shutters were slow (1/40). Do you use a monopod? or just hold your breath? Thanks. 😉

  109. John Cruz

    July 25th, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Great post, and great examples. Slow shutter speeds are a lot about breathing technique, and you definitely have that down as your photos show!

  110. Bobbie Brown

    July 27th, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Girl you rock any kind of lighing situation… and your FAQ posts rock too! 🙂

  111. Pazi

    July 30th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Great post!!! I love your images; My only question is what is your reasoning for using high iso outside in bright sun with high shutter and wide open aperture? Is it for the depth of field? Thanks!!!

  112. Carissa

    August 3rd, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Thank you for posting all the specs of the photos! This helps tremendously.

  113. Truc

    August 3rd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I love your FAQ posts! Thanks for sharing!

  114. Apple

    August 6th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    thanks jasmine! this totally helped! especially since i’m thinking of getting a new lens.. note to self: must totally consider max aperture!!! still undecided though. wish me luck!:)

  115. lori

    August 9th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    you’re such an amazing gem for taking the time to post your secrets for how you work. you’re a very inspiring woman, professionally and as a person. i hope you know that!

  116. michele dyson

    August 17th, 2010 at 7:53 am

    You are such a doll Jasmine. You keep so many of us inspired and are so very appreciated 🙂 thank you heaps!

  117. S.J.

    May 12th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    @APPLE Get the 50mm 1.2 it is seriously my favorite lens all around, it is the only lens I use for portraits, I only use my other lenses for weddings… it is expensive but TOTALLY worth it… I’ve never looked back haha!

  118. Abby Grace Photography

    May 12th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    This is really helpful. Sometimes I forget what a difference the aperture makes in terms of lighting- I only ever pay attention to teh difference it makes in my DOF. Thanks for this!

  119. Haley Johnston

    November 22nd, 2011 at 5:27 am

    You posted this a while ago, but I found it so helpful! Thanks so much Jasmine! 🙂

  120. Jenn Satinsky

    March 13th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Jasmine! This post is super old but still super helpful. As a new photographer looking for tips now, these come in handy. Thanks so much!

  121. Shelly Spithoff

    June 13th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    You’re awesome for posting your camera settings. It solves mysteries. 🙂

  122. Kayla Baldwin

    February 18th, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Jasmine. This is some great information that you provided. I was very interested in the fact of all the details you displayed. I am curious… Does it come with time or do you "personally" or as a photographer write down the settings you use for each shot or do you try to remember after the day is done. I am so curious when I see people post all these details which in my head isn’t rememberable at all. Is this a practice of yours?

  123. Veronica

    March 24th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Jasmine, you are always an inspiration and thanks for this post. I was looking at your camera settings and understood all except the 1.2 just before the ISO. (f/1.2 1/25 85mm, 1.2 1600iso) What setting does it represent?

  124. Tatyana

    February 16th, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Your FAQs are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂