Several weeks ago, I participated in a live webcast training session on wedding photography hosted by Zach and Jody Gray. The class lasted for three days and I learned more into those three days than I have in the last 3 years. One of the first things they spoke about was using an expo disc to set your white balance in your camera. I wanted to try that out in a real photoshoot and what a difference it makes. Everytime I changed the spot I was shooting at, I reset the white balance for the next few set of images. With the exception of one set, the white balance is nearly spot on. Next tip was setting the exposure properly. Following their directions, I’ve had to do almost no changes to the exposure. A little dodging and burning to open up some shadow areas, but beyond that very little.
We were shooting at a place in Gahanna, a suburb of Columbus, called Creekside. Fantastic place to get some really nice images. There is a central plaza and around it are walkways, bridges, and across the “creek” is a green area. We chose to shoot late in the afternoon to get that golden hour of sunshine to light the shots and it paid off.
My models were great to work with. A couple had never posed before, but they were naturals and did a good job.