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Shooting Tips

Natural Light Bridal Portrait – How We Shot It

By Matthew Saville on April 19th 2013

The Photo


The Equipment and Settings

The Shooting Conditions

This is a spot I often use for bridal portraits, and usually I shoot from the other direction because there is such gentle, soft light falling on the subjects’ face thanks to all of that open shade you can see.  This time, the bride was gathering up her dress to continue on with the wedding day, and I snapped a frame from the opposite direction.

I am a fan of the high-key look, even to the point of clipping highlights. (as long as they are blurry in the background!) In print, as long as the transition from near-white to “clipped” is smooth, the image will look beautiful.

Sometimes I find that a high-key background is preferable to any alternative, such as using flash to illuminate the subject.  This is juts one of many different ways to help your subject stand out from a background, so that the viewer’s eye is guided in the right direction.

The Post-Processing

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The only other adjustments made were to fix a little bit of the green hue to the white balance, which was caused of course by all the surrounding greenery.  ;-)

Here is a before/after image:



Take care, and happy clicking!
=Matthew Saville=

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Matthew Saville is a full-time wedding photographer at Lin & Jirsa Photography, and a senior editor & writer at SLR Lounge.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing.

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