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Wedding Photographer United States. Jeff Tisman shares a wedding photography technique.

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Basically it came about because one of the main reasons couples choose this venue is it's location. The venue is called The Liberty House. It is located in Jersey City, NJ It is located directly across the water from one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City. So right away I knew I wanted to include the city as a backdrop. We did earlier shots that were equally as nice. But there's just something about the skyline at night.

A trend I see a lot in photos these days is the "All mighty and powerful back lit shot".

If you need to "wow" your couple put a light behind them and bam! You get the "wow" from your client and they love you. But I also noticed in a lot of images I see from fellow photographers is the front of the couple is almost always dark. So I thought about it a bit and decided to just add a kicker of video light to the front of them along with the back light and the image to me becomes so much more powerful. And now with the video light the image is so much easier to focus and much sharper.

I have the flash behind the couple about 10 feet and my assistant holding a video light on a mono pod to be as much out of the photo as possible. This will save time in post production later to remove a small monopod as opposed to a human!

My gear is a Nikon D4 with my 70-200 shot at 200mm to bring the city into the image. My flash was a quantum set at 1/4 or 1/8 power and the video light is set according to the desired amount I need to light the couple. I did have the camera on a tri-pod. It was set on a two second delay to help with any blur that would happen when the camera was depressed for the image.

There was very minor processing in PS. I am a believer in getting it right in camera as much as possible. I removed a little of the video light that was in the frame, saturated and sharpened the image. That's about it.

I love it. I'm always looking to get a few "wow" shots along with the safe shots. The couple absolutely flipped when they saw it and received so many compliments on it. At the end of the day it's about the couple. Even after all this time capturing weddings I never stop looking for something different. I still come home form a wedding and look for that shot. Even back in the day when I shot film. I would come home and develop my B&W film no matter how late just to look at the negatives to see what I got. It's the same today. I have no formulas. Every wedding is a new day to capture something amazing between two people, their family and friends. I love the challenge of finding the shots. Even after 25 years.





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