Wedding Photographer California, United States. Daniel Chin - Traverse Photography shares a wedding photography technique.

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I’m Daniel. I’m a guy. I’m a husband. I’m a dad. I used to be an aerospace engineer before turning to full time photography to fulfill my personal need for creativity and the freedom to express how I feel about humanity and love and all that deep stuff. It’s important to me to be able to grow and learn and embrace the fact that being alive is a resolution of seemingly contradictory things. On a whimsical level, I am a fitness and health nut who loves doughnuts. Go figure. My goal in photography is to always find that real and beautifully mismatched part of people and document it.

The concept of compositing is not new at all. David Hockney is really the one to perfect it, and I still study his work all the time to understand what makes it all tick, and am still constantly amazing by his work. In painting, it’s really similar to what Cezanne did in reconstructing perspective and the use of subtle abstraction. I had been looking for an opportunity to experiment with this at a wedding for several months

when this situation arose. Just the right couple at the right location with the right idea, I guess. This final composite is a selection of 169 images from 280 original. I wanted to shoot it with the 45mm lens so that each frame would be at the focal length that is most reminiscent of the human eye. Shot in a grid with mobile single flash that was positioned relative for each shot to order to have control over each frame and give the lighting variance, which gives the composite dimension.

I kept the couple in a pretty classic pose so that I could abstract the picture a little more without it becoming confusing. The painted garage walls with the cartoonish drawings and lines really helped pull the idea together. However, in the end, it was really a puzzle where I started with an idea, shot a lot of frames, and then had to sit down and figure out how to put it all together.

This composites was constructed in InDesign, which is more equipped at handling this quantity of images than Photoshop.

Location: Pasadena Museum of California Art in Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.
Camera: Nikon D300, Lens: Nikkor PC-E 45mm f/2.8D, ISO: 800,Aperture: f6, Shutter: 1/60
Flash: Nikon SB-800 with PocketWizard FlexTT1 wireless trigger and FlexTT5 transceiver
Lighting Assistant: Dexter Lo

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