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Tips & Tricks

Ryan Brenizer’s Top 5 Tips to Improve Your Lighting for Wedding Photography

By Hanssie on May 12th 2015

NewYork based wedding photographer, Ryan Brenizer is well known for creating the ‘Brenizer Method,’ a photography technique where you create a shallow depth of field with a wide angle of view.  By incorporating photo stitching, you can mimic the look of a large format camera but with your DSLR or even your camera phone.


In the following video by B&H Photo, Ryan offers five tips to improve lighting for your wedding photography. His tips are simple and perfect for someone starting out in wedding photography or beginning to experiment with light. In the 10 minute video, he talks about bouncing light, using backlight well, turning a flash into a light grenade, moving light closer (and the inverse square law), and continuous light. Giving examples using his beautiful imagery, the video is easy to understand and as always, his photographs are inspiring.

To see more of Ryan Brenizer’s work and learn more about his Brenizer Method, check out his website here.


Watch Lighting for Weddings with Ryan Brenizer: Wedding Photography Tips

If you are just starting out with lighting, be sure to check out our Lighting 101 Workshop DVD, where we teach you a foundation to help you begin to shape light.

For a simple explanation of the Inverse Square Law (from tip #4 in the video above), check out this clip from Lighting 101:

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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 Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Nolan Akin

    Makes sense to me now. Thanks

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  2. John Johnson

    Wedding photography can be an interesting hobby and career whenever practiced properly will give you an abundance of images for your home and others. Wedding photography is an art that requires strategies and practice. Lighting in wedding photography is paramount in creating fantastic images. Natural light can bring plenty of shadows and take them away according to period. Understanding the most effective time for taking a photograph depends upon the sun’s position.

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  3. Jill Schindel

    That was a very informative video! Love when people have some mastery of a craft and can still keep explanations simple and accessible for the informed amateur.

    Having been very frustrated with the time it takes to adjust a speedlite flash head while trying to capture spontaneous moments, I’m a little embarrassed to admit how useful the tip was of just changing the camera orientation rather than the flash direction to catch those shots…

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  4. Benn Raistrick

    It was interesting to know he uses continuous light, not something I would have considered, mainly due to portability. This year I will be using the Profoto B1’s for the first time which has a great modeling light so, good tips to consider.

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  5. Robert T

    Top tips! :)

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  6. Rafael Steffen

    He really knows how to teach. I love to watch his videos!

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  7. Matt Owen

    Excellent tips. :)

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  8. Ed Rhodes

    great tips! bryan is an awesome photographer

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  9. Thomas Horton

    Nice tips

    (just to continue the pattern) :)

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  10. Tosh Cuellar

    good tips

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  11. Brandon Dewey

    great tips

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