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Table of Contents
                            Dedication
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Foreword
1. Introduction
	Portraitist vs. Journalist
	Previsualization
	Learning Every Day
	Consistent Methods
2. Metering the Exposure
	Film Tests
	Metering
	Metering for Consistency
	Film Speed
	Transparency vs. Negative Film
	Eliminating Subjective Judgments
	Film Test
	The Planes of Exposure
3. The Bridal Study
	Benefits of a Studio Session
	Location Portraits
	Scheduling
	Preparation
	Wedding Day Portraits
	Color vs. Black and White
	Bridal Study Suggestion Sheet
4. Studio Lighting
	Lights Between the Subject and the Camera
	Lights Between the Subject and the Background
	Lighting Ratios
Portrait Sessions
	5. Studio Sessions
	6. Location Sessions
	7. Showing Support
	8. Special Lighting Effects
9. Corrective Techniques
Glossary
Index
                        
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Page 1

The Art of Bridal Portrait Photography: Techniques for Lighting and Posing


Bridal Portrait
Photography

Techniques for
Lighting and
Posing

MARTY SEEFER

THE ART OF

Bridal Portrait
Photography

Amherst Media
PUBLISHER OF PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS

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The Art of Bridal Portrait Photography: Techniques for Lighting and Posing

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The Art of Bridal Portrait Photography: Techniques for Lighting and Posing


LOCATION SESSIONS: TECHNIQUES AND IMAGES 65

LO CAT I O N S E S S I O N 2
BLENDED LIGHTING CONDITIONS

This image illustrates the

use of combined light

sources, in this case ambi-

ent light with strobe light.

The reading of the ambient

light was f/5.6.5 at 1/4 sec-

ond, and this reading was

used for the shutter speed,

ensuring the exposure on

the room would be 1.5

stops less than on the sub-

ject. The background light

was set to f/8, which creat-

ed bright highlights on the

walls, since the glossy

paint was not taken into

consideration. A better set-

ting for this light would

have been f/5.6.5.

L IGHTING RELATIONSHIPS

f/5.6.5— ambient light
(-1.5 stop)

f/8.0— background
light (-1 stop)

f/11.0— main light

SUBJECT

CAMERA: Hasselblad 500CM
with 50mm lens. APERTURE: f/11.
SHUTTER SPEED: 1/4 second. FILM:
Kodak PRN ISO 100.

BACKGROUND: Lumedyne
bare bulb placed vertically
to illuminate back wall
and show depth and tex-
ture. This light could also
have been placed closer to
the bride to act more as a
separation light.

MAIN LIGHT:White
Lightning 1200 in
recessed Apollo 24"
x 24" soft box.
Incident reading:
f/11. Note that the
main light is aimed
at the plane in
front of the bride,
not directly at her.
The edge of the
light should always
be used to illumi-
nate your subjects.

WALLS:
White walls
act as reflec-
tors, bounc-
ing light
into the
scene.

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Amherst Media
PUBLISHER OF PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS

PO Box 586
Buffalo, NY 14226

www.AmherstMedia.com

$29.95 USA
$44.95 Canada

Learn the skills you need to
create stunning bridal portraits
in the studio or on location.

FEATURES:

Understanding the effect of light ratios and
how to control them

Selecting effective backdrops and props

Techniques for pre-wedding and wedding
shoots—and the benefits of each

Preparing the bride for her portraits

Lighting techniques to make every bride
look her very best

Controlling and modifying existing light
for flawless results

ALSO INCLUDES:

Dozens of lighting diagrams

Step-by-step techniques for consistent,
predictable results

Photographing the bride alone, with her
husband or in a group

MARTY SEEFER, Master Photog. Cr., is a profession-
al photographer and successful studio owner. He is
the winner of numerous awards, including the
Kodak Gallery Award and the Fuji Masterpiece
Award.

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