As many of you know, the founders of SLR Lounge are also full time wedding photographers.

As we’re in the middle of wedding season, we’re coming back to the studio each week with images that have some sort of educational value to our readers. So we decided to start a series of posts called “How We Took It.” Rather than comprehensive tutorials like you might see elsewhere on our site, think of these as quick inspiration for your weekend shoots. Let us know what you think in the comments. Do you want more of these types of posts? Is this enough info for each post?

Basic Info:

1) Location: Oahu, Hawaii
2) Time: Sunset
3) Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
4) Lens: Canon 24-70mm
5) Flash: Nikon SB-700

How We Took It

We noticed the dramatic clouds behind our couple. For this composition, we had to shoot from just below the rocks. We used the sunlight as our rim light and used a Nikon SB-700 Flash (triggered with Pocket Wizards) at 1/1 power for our main light about 5-8 feet from the couple. We had our lighting assistant toss the veil up in the air for a dramatic effect. Our settings are 1/200 Shutter Speed at F/7.1 and ISO 100. we are underexposing somewhere between 1 and 2 stops to bring out the background. Since we are shooting from below, a look into the camera would not have been the best pose. So we chose a kissing shot (along with a few other dramatic poses) for the scene. In our composition, we found the spot between the clouds, the trees, and the rock where there would be no distracting objects in the area immediately surrounding our couple. We hope you enjoy!

For more images from Lin and Jirsa, please check out the following:
Main Site: Lin and jirsa, Wedding Photographers in Los Angeles
Blog: Lin and Jirsa, Los Angeles Wedding Photography blog
Facebook: Lin and Jirsa, Facebook Page