FAQ : Off Camera Lighting at Wedding Receptions

Photography

This past week I was contacted by Nate at Photoflex inquiring about a link I posted on my blog a while ago. At first I had no clue what his email referred to, but after a little research, I realized I posted a blog entry back in 2007 about my off-camera light set up for receptions. When I went back to this post, it brought back so many warm memories…the photos were from my first year as a wedding photographer and experimenting with off-camera flash for receptions. I learned so much about myself and the type of light I prefer, so I thought I’d update my previous post a bit…

I’m still using the same light setup, so here’s what it looks like:

It’s comprised of:
*A Photoflex Small LiteDome soft box (16″x22″)
*A light stand
***You can find a my entire set up on this page of Photoflex.com
*Pocket Wizards (with one attached on the lightstand itself, and one mounted on my camera)
*Sunpak Auto 383 Super Flash

I also use a Canon 580EX Speedlight on my camera, so I love when I can capture a subject backlight or with a little rim lighting…. Here are a few recent photos using off-camera flash during wedding receptions to illustrate its affect on my photos…

In the following two photos, the light was set to camera left, behind one of the band’s speakers…

The off camera light was placed to camera left about 15-feet from the subjects, and pointed toward the guests, and I used on-camera flash to illuminate the the bride and groom…

Off-camera light was placed to camera right and my on-camera flash was bounced from the ceiling….

Off-camera light was placed behind a pillar to camera right, about 15-feet from the bride and groom…

Off-camera light was placed behind a pillar, and in this photo, the light is directly behind the bride…

The off-camera light wasn’t moved from its location (behind the pillar) for the ceremony and reception, so you can see how it can achieve two very different looks…

Off-camera light was placed adjacent to the DJ’s speaker to camera right

Off-camera light was placed behind the camera, and no on-camera flash was used…

Off-camera light was placed 15-feet away from subjects (and guests) to camera right, and on-camera flash was bounced using a white bounce card…

I know this post might have been repetitive, but seeing how the other post is two years old, I thought it’d be cool to revisit the topic….if it bored you, please forgive me. Tomorrow I have something else in store, but thanks for stopping by anyway! 😉