Monday, April 05, 2010

"Dancing In The Sunlight"

Dancing In The Sunlight

"Dancing In The Sunlight"
©David A. Ziser

So what do you do when you are working in the worst of conditions on your wedding shoot. I'm defining "worst conditions" as bright afternoon sun, no clouds, and shooting by the side of the road as pretty nasty shooting conditions. How do you still pull off a fairly dramatic shot of the bride? I used my tungsten gelled Quantum off-camera flash on full power, pushed it into the shot because of the small aperture I was using.  That gave me the correct exposure on the bride's face.  With the camera on 2800K. the bride was properly color balanced but the rest of the scene went BLUE since it was unaffected by the flash exposure.  The fast shutter speed gave me a built in Vignette at the bottom of the frame too. I wish the light was slightly lower so it would have opened up the eye sockets a bit more.  I was staring into the sun and missed it – yep, it happens sometimes.  Some quick work in Photoshop removed the "urban problems".  Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 10-22mm lens at 12mm, F22 @ 1/320 second, ISO 200.  Enjoy!  -David

p.s.  Hit the "Read More..." link below for the before shot. 

Here’s what the setting looked like before Photoshop. Sure wish I could have used CS5’s “content aware fill” feature.  Hey, just having fun.  -David

Dancing In The Sunlight - Before


  1. How were you able to use your flash and the shuuter speed of 1/2320. Thanks.

  2. I think there's a typo in the speed you shot the image 1/2320?

    maybe 1/320? that seems the best I can squeeze even with the new pocketwizards

  3. Finally,

    Give us the New York Strip today with a side a a gravy!

    Good information David this is more practical for the average photographer tryig to get better.

    Sorry missed you at the WPPI would have liked to chat no worries, I did meet my idol photographer in person:)Getting fired up about this wedding season looking to refinfing my style of photography.

    Photography is just like golf, the only thing that seperates the little dogs from the big dogs is a million practice golf balls. The same rings true in photography.

    I really enjoyed your master class spring it was just what I needed.
    Thanks again for the WPPI passes.

    Take Care:))

    I send you some shots titled what I learned from David Ziser.

  4. Hi Guys, Thanks for the heads up on the typo - weird shutter speed, wasn't it? -David