January 18, 2015 at 2:00PM

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Light Kit + Wedding =????

Whats the rule on bringing a light kit to a wedding shoot, I have the lowel creator 44+ light kit and I haven't used it once on a wedding shoot but I have read that people have brought their own light kits to a wedding. What are the tips and tricks about bringing a light kit to a wedding and making sure that you not being in the way.

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I dont recommend use light if is not necessary. Better a low light camera. For indoors, is complicate. Make sure that the lights are "hide". All hide that you can.

January 20, 2015 at 5:11AM

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Rag├╝el Cremades
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Ok, complex question. My answer is just going to scratch the surface.

In the olden days, aka about five years ago, videographers had to carry light, because 3CCD cams suck in low light. You had no choice. Then DSLRs came along, and then the a7s came along, which is ridiculous.

Lights are intrusive. Lights spoil candid moments, especially if they're on-camera frontal lights. But is there still a place for them?

Firstly, I shoot on 5D3 cameras, and I always carry lights. There are plenty of times when it's too dark to see, even at f/1.2. Plus, do you really want to be shooting moving objects at f/1.2 anyway? Receptions that are outside or on boats can be very dark; and even function centres like to simply turn off their room lights during the dancing part of the evening (leaving just the laser lights).

Can you get by with something like an a7s? Yes. But then other considerations come up. Firstly, low light ability won't help with high contrast situations, for instance when the ceremony is against a window. Secondly, for the dark parts of the day, you can get an acceptable exposure with a high ISO, but are you sure you want to crank it up that high? You might or might not think that the noise is acceptable, but what everyone agrees on is that the images look a lot better at lower ISOs, and all this stuff is even more true in the case of slow motion, if you want to increase your shutter to match the frame rate.

So, it depends what quality of images you want to put out as well. But now also consider this: what is the purpose of light? Is it just to get a watchable exposure? No. You're creating mood. You're creating depth. You're creating interesting light flares and beautiful bokeh. At a minimum, for first dance, speeches, introduction of bridal party at reception I'm going to add a backlight. For macro shots, I'm going to add light so I can increase my depth of field as much as possible. For general inanimate object shots, like details during bride and groom prep or at venue, I'm going to use light creatively.

Just a few more thoughts: what sorts of lights? And what are the limitations of the environment? If it's a crowded space, do you want to risk using hot lights that might be knocked over by dancing guests, or using cables that might trip people? Do you have time to run the cabling? Videographers vary in what sorts of lights they use: battery-powered LEDs, dedolights, Lowell lights with umbrellas or soft boxes or bounced off ceiling. Definitely the hot lights give you the better quality light, but definitely LEDs are more flexible and convenient. For instance, what if you need to follow B and G as they're walking out of the venue to their getaway car? How will you light that with a cabled light? Maybe you have the time to run cables and prelight the area, maybe you don't.

Lots of variables. But one more way to think about this: would you want a photographer to shoot the wedding without a flash? They're definitely able to. They can pull more shadow and highlight detail out of their raw files. They can crank up to higher ISOs than video. They can noise reduce and content fill more effectively in post. They can use monopods and tripods to shoot at lower shutter speeds. But what I would suggest to you is that no professional photographer worth their salt is going into a wedding without a flash.

December 25, 2016 at 8:41AM, Edited December 25, 9:08AM

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Adrian Tan
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