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Create Dramatic Bridal Prep Portraits By Controlling The Quality of Light | Cliff Mautner

By Hanssie on December 5th 2014

Bridal prep portraits can be tricky. You rarely know what you’re walking into. I’ve been in church bathrooms with its flowery motif from 1968 lit by truly awful florescent lights to wall-to-wall windows overlooking the breathtaking Pacific Ocean, and everything in between. Perhaps my very favorite is when hotels have yellowish wallpaper, reddish curtains and lamps that give the entire room a nice orange-ish feel. The pain is real, folks.

Nikon Ambassador and wedding photographer, Cliff Mautner has recently released a series of basic wedding photography video clips that gives quick tips on wedding day portraiture. The snippets are only a few minutes long and shows how Cliff photographs various parts of the wedding day, how he uses the light and the scene to his advantage to create beautiful images. The videos contain all the little things I learned when I first started out shooting weddings with my mentor and all in bite-sized chunks for the YouTube ADHD crowd. The 3 minute or so videos are offers some solid tips for someone who is going to be shooting their first weddings or is looking to get into shooting weddings.

[REWIND: A SIMPLE TIP TO TURNING ‘BAD’ LIGHT INTO ‘GOOD’ LIGHT | CLIFF MAUTNER]

In this new Nikon behind-the-scenes video, Cliff shows us how to transform a bridal prep room with available light to create some dramatic getting ready portraits. Cliff begins by saying that it’s not about the quantity of light, but what you do with the light you have at your disposal. “More light is not better light.” Instead, he uses directional light to make shadows and create drama for an image such as this one: Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 9.42.29 PM

Cliff also talks about composition and how he will move the furniture around to physically transform the room. Since it is a Nikon-sponsored video, he takes a break in the middle of the clip to list the equipment used, but then briefly covers the modes he uses and how he exposes properly.

There are many little tips and tricks to pick up in this brief video. Enjoy!

Watch ‘Nikon Behind the Scenes: Transform a Space with Beautiful Light’

Speaking of light, Pye and the team are hard at work filming Lighting 101, our next DVD Workshop. He’s  been sharing some behind the scenes goodies over on our Community Page on Facebook. Join now so you don’t miss out! Here’s a cheat sheet that will be used for the Lighting 101 DVD that was shared over in the group that talks about key light:

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And make sure you check out the brand new Photography 101 Workshop DVD; hours of content for all types of photographers, not just beginners.

[Via NikonUSA YouTube/Image via screencap]

About

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at www.hanssie.com and www.fittedmagazine.com. Follow her on Instagram. Email her at:
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4 Comments

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  1. Basit Zargar

    Nice !!

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  2. Clare Havill

    great ideas.

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  3. Joshua Deston

    How is that a typical hotel room??? that room is huge! but nice shots

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    Great Tips!

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