Pro Tips on Reception Lighting [PS 34]

Darin sits down with Erica & Nick to give our best tips for dynamic reception lighting. Nick & Erica answer questions from listeners ranging from lighting gear to technique.  Erica, Nick, & Darin give you insight into three items they find help their wedding workflow.

What's in this episode:

  • Favorite gear to use when lighting up a wedding reception.
  • Speedlights or Strobes? – Tune in to find our favorites.
  • Best setups for the 3-Light Triangle.
  • Keeping lights safe with unique & creative placement.
  • TTL or Manual Flash. – Which is the best for this type of lighting for these occasions?
  • Adjusting the zoom on the flash.
  • Shooting bare or using modifiers?
  • Bouncing flash off of more than just walls & ceilings. – Watch out wedding guests!
  • Suggestions for shooting important moments such as the grand entrance, cake cutting, etc.
  • Nick shares some tips on how to create really cool portraits using long exposures and flash.

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