Wedding photographers are generally a cursed lot. We never had enough time with our subjects. Delays, traffic jams, bad weather, last minute changes and very often, make-up artists (there I’ve said it), can take away previous time we allocated for photography. By the time everyone is ready, the golden hour is gone. What can we do?
Azzidyn was getting ready for his wedding at Bunga Raya Resort’s TreeHouse. While the TreeHouse is beautifully tucked inside a rainforest with an amazing view to boot, it also meant it had very little daylight during the day, and absolutely zero light by 6pm.
It was 6:40pm when Azzidyn suit up and there was no daylight. The weak tungsten light inside the room was too flat and poor for photography. So I drew the sheer curtain and place a strobe outside the room to put light through the window. This turned a small light source into a much larger one. At ISO 400, f/1.6, 1/30, I could get reasonable amount of ambient light of the room, so we could see the background and the context at which the photograph was created.
A few weeks later, I did the same thing at Emma & Carl’s wedding reception at a different hotel. This series of pictures were taken around 6-6:30pm on a rainy and cloudy day. Again, we pump the light from the outside, into the room.
This is a simple solution that provides a good quality of light, with some directionality, into the scene. Movie makers do that all the time. I am just happy to take a leaf from their playbook.