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Wedding Photographer Cheshire. Pixies In The Cellar shares a wedding photography technique.
Ring shots are always a little contentious in wedding photography circles (no pun intended). Lots of photographers perceive them as being pretentious or â€˜cheesyâ€™. Personally, I think these shots represent an important, symbolic element to the day so photographing them is a must. But, to photograph this aspect in a fresh way brings on itâ€™s own challengesâ€¦ what to do with two rings and very limited time.
I discovered a long time ago that any form of movement within an image creates a new sense of depth, the image becomes almost unbalancing as if sensing this aspect of movement for a split second.
Iâ€™d just been photographing the bride before her ceremony when her brother walked passed carrying the rings. So, I asked him to place the rings in one hand and gently toss them in the air just a few inches.
The (diffused) light was pouring in through a large ornate window from camera rightâ€¦ perfect lighting. Nikon D4 set on motor drive (10 fps), pre-focused on the rings in his hand and this moment he went to toss the rings I started firing. Even at 10fps I only managed three shots at most in the air, it happens very fast.
I wanted to create separation between the rings and the dark suit, so I chose to shoot this on 85mm at f1.4 (brave or crazy, you decide). D4 set to 4000th sec, ISO 2200, f1.4 These settings were based on creating a dark background for the brighter and sharper rings to pop out of the frame. This exercise took about 4 ring tossings to get the final shot as f1.4 at this distance creates a very narrow DOF indeed, in fact the front of the rings are in focus, the back of the rings are out of focus. Insanely narrow DOF.
Post-processing was minimal, with just a little dodging and burning to highlight the rings a touch more.
The final shot was absolutely bang on, sparkly sharp rings with a dark background and hinting at the Autumnal colour theme of the wedding. This was exactly the image I set out to create ie rings with a little edginess, little pretense and a sense of style.
The wedding took place at the amazing and classical Mottram Hall at Prestbury in Cheshire UK