10 Lighting Tips For Wedding Receptions

This video by photographer Michelle Ford and Shivani Reddy (from slrlounge) gives 10 useful tips for setting up lighting for a wedding reception.

Wedding receptions are complex to shoot – they are indoors (typically) and happen in many cases after nightfall which means that you are have to relay on artificial light – from the room itself and everything you bring with you.

Ford and Reddy talk from their own experience about some of the things they think might help you get the most out of this important but challenging shooting situation.

Here are the 10 tips:

  1. Assess the situation and place you lights.
  2. Match the color of the ambient light.
  3. Use light modifiers.
  4. Get the right camera settings.
  5. Use ceilings and walls to bounce light.
  6. Overpowering the DJ’s lights.
  7. Where do you stand in relation to your subject.
  8. Control your flashes.
  9. Use foreground lights for creative effects.
  10. Use direct flash.

You can find many more videos on LensVid’s wedding photography section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

1 comment

  1. I can’t shoot a wedding without bringing my Gary Fong flash diffusers. They’re very reliable for diffusing light during a wedding ceremony.

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