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Wedding Photographer Germany, Peru. Maik Dobiey shares a wedding photography technique.

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After some time as a commercial photographer working for very different clients with different needs in different environments I discovered that Wedding photography is what I enjoyed most. I have complete creative freedom and the best clients I can hope for. During northern summer I am based in Germany working all over Europe and the rest of the year I am based in Lima, Peru. Weddings are very different between both locations and I love the diversity in my work as well as the different challenges I am facing. Usually it is the challenges and the things that work against me that force me to be most creative.

I am a fan of using a back light in my photos. Usually it is the sun, but it can also be a flash to create a halo effect, a rim light or just a little kicker sometimes. I like how it can light dust, smoke, fumes etc against a dark background. So I often use back light in one way or another to highlight the hairspray when the bride is getting ready. This time at a hair and make up studio in Lima, Peru, I was balancing ambient light with a flash from behind but the background was very distracting with people running around in most photos. So I decided to get rid of it completely by underexposing until the photo was pitch black and then only light with a flash from behind to get a silhouette. I had to take several photos to have bride and hair dresser in a position where the light was not blocked and I got a clear silhouette as I don't like to pose or repeat moments unless it is during the portrait session

The equipment used was a Nikon D3s with a Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 and a Nikon SB800 which was triggered with a Radio Popper JrX. This system allows me to quickly adjust the flash power manually from the Camera.
In Lightroom I increased contrast, lowered the blacks even a little more, sharpened and slightly cropped it. As there was almost no color left anyway, I converted the photo to black & white.

For comparison I would have loved to include lips and chin in a second shot but the flash was at an angle where it did not hit the lips and left a black whole in the silhouette. There was no time to move the light as they were doing the final retouching with hairspray already. I am happy with the shot as it is and it turned out to be one of the favourite images of the bride and groom.





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