Fixed Pinned OCF

Once again, fixed pinned OCF is ideal for covering toasts and speeches. Here’s why and what it requires:

  1. Setup time: 1-3 minutes
  2. Can be used in any scene/location
  3. 1-3 lights and stands

If placed correctly, a single light can be used to highlight the speaker and the couple (see “B” in the diagram above). It is crucial that the light be place far enough away to spread enough light but not so far that the light does not reach the subjects. Also, the light should not be overly zoomed/pinned in this instance.

Here are some key tips:

  1. Single flash, zoom for coverage/spill
  2. For subjects that move, open up spill
  3. Watch shadows (especially if the subjects are standing/seated near walls)

You may be able to lower your shutter speed if necessary as the flash should freeze the action. While risk of capturing movement (or blurry movement) is present, it’s minimal because of the flash, and the rewards for doing so include opening up the ambient light to reveal more of the scene, which is great when the location is beautiful, such as at the beach, etc.

Tip: Move. Shoot through. Interesting images can be had with alternative angles.
Tip: Don’t freak out. You have time.
Tip: When the subject changes, adjust and continue. You only need one camera to capture every angle.

Adding a rim light allows photographers to capture dynamic images.

Here’s a “safer” two-light setup. The lighting is less dynamic, but the angles will be consistently flattering (as there is less chance of split lighting falling on the bride).

Here’s an even more dramatic two-light setup.

Key tips for these setups include the following:

  1. Balance shadow depth, not too deep
  2. Frame out stands with people/centerpieces
  3. Move around!

NOTE: When shooting through guests, essentially using them as foreground objects, be sure to capture multiple guests to fill the scene; otherwise, having a single guest in the foreground creates too much negative space and can look awkward.