This was an image taken as the bride walked from the wedding car to the church for the wedding ceremony. It started to rain just as she arrived, and quickly the umbrellas came out.
Wedding Photographer Cornwall. Alan Law Photography shares a wedding photography technique.
For this particular image, which is the lovely Vicky's arrival at Trevenna in Cornwall, I'd already 'seen the shot' in my mind; I saw the shaft of light from the skylight would make for a dramatic image, and that the glass would also create a reflection. So, although of course I got shots just before and after this moment, I knew this would be 'the shot', so to speak.
So much of wedding photography is about seeing moments; capturing them with speed and creativity, but this is an example of another element: Where you almost pre-see the moment, wait for it, and then capture it. Speed; patience, they're opposites, perhaps, but both are so important.
Techy wise, this is shot with a Canon 5D Mark III – which I love (silent shutter all the way, guys!), with the 24 – 70 f/2.8 II (there's so much 'prime-snobbery' in the photography world, but the best equipment is what does the best job for you; I use a combo of primes and zooms, and, you know what? For some instances, the zooms are better. Yep, I said it). 1/125, at f/2.8, ISO 250. Editing-wise, I've brought it down a bit in LR, vignette, and gradiented (is that a word? Should be!) a bit to remove some distractions at the edge of the frame. Oh yeah, and converted to black and white, but you probably noticed that!