May 2021 // The Wedding Edition

Dramatic Portraits Using Natural Light | Brett Florens

If you are fortunate enough to be shooting on a balcony, you have the luxury of beautiful, diffused light pouring onto the bride, as I did here in a colonial building in Zanzibar. It offers top-to-toe gorgeous silky light, and you can’t ask for more than that. Shooting as I did here with the couple in the shade, you will notice that the Eiffel Tower in the background is overexposed and therefore not very clear. I could have filled in with flash or a reflector to bring down the exposure on the background, but I liked the more subtle suggestion of the Eiffel Tower, rather than the expected Eiffel Tower shot.

settings: f1.4 @ 1/1250 iso 160

settings: f2.8 @ 1/2000 iso 400

Golden hour for photographers is absolute heaven. It’s a fleeting time of day, but it’s really ideal. I love how the golden light wraps around this couple and accentuates the feel of romance. For this image, I used the exposure compensation technique to ensure that I had the right exposure.

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