Wedding Photography

Shutter x Lightning: How to Light Up the Reception

wedding photography LeicesterAmong the so many sections and activities in a wedding, reception is probably one of the most troublesome part in it. It probably took no more than 0.5 seconds for you to realize why. Receptions are usually done in rooms where lightning is keep at minimum like 99.95% of the time.


The first thing that you might learn from your mentor or site about shooting a wedding is to do it in the most natural way. That means as less artificial lightning as possible; use reflector if you need to. You can also play with exposure, aperture and shutter depending on the type of pictures and amount of natural light shining.

However, when you are faced with dark ‘romantic’ rooms, like it or not, you may have to start taking out your flash and light the room a bit.

On-camera flash

Although you might be eager to jump into the pro lightning techniques, the first thing that you need to learn is on-camera flash. This is the foundation of exploring a wide range of possibilities that allow you to be confused in choosing from among so many reception pictures for portfolio.

  • Never ever point the flash directly to your subjects to avoid black hole effect (dim background which is already dark enough)
  • Never ever point the flash down unless you want to make a horror theme wedding (which is very rarely the case), you know, like flashing your face upward to make that ghastly effect
  • Point it upward for better overall coverage of light

Your camera settings will show you the amount of light your flash needs to give according to its calculation. You can let your camera do its thing, or set it manually if you believe you need it to be brighter or softer for your wedding photography Leicester coverage.

Shutter speed

Shutter, the length of time your eye is open, affect deeply how your images will appear. Don’t be surprised to know that shutter plays a bigger role here!

In rooms of minimum visibility, the longer you set your shutter, the more details you can capture. Long shutters are usually used to gain motion blur or ghosting. However, in this condition, long shutter increases the details, such as small lights or sparkles on the background.

  • 1/15 – 1/30 seconds of shutter speed provides more time for the lens to capture more details and background visibility
  • Shutter does not affect light exposure of main subject in any kind; no matter how long the shutter opens, light that falls on your subject will stay the same so long as no additional lightning comes into frame
  • Adjust the shutter speed accordingly; when the room gets brighter, remember to set it shorter

Practice a lot!

The worst thing you can do after shooting flash at your subject is experimenting on your job. Remember that your wedding photography Leicester work is to be taken seriously and you should not risk practicing methods you are not sure of.

If you need training, make some time off by taking pictures of friends’ wedding, in dark rooms with a statue as subject and other occasions that do not risk your job.