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Wedding Portraits - Getting the Perfect Shot at Tricky Locations
David Ziser
with David Ziser
Wedding photographer David Ziser takes viewers along with him to three location shoots as he sets up wedding portraits at a park, church, and a beach READ MORE
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Wedding Portraits - Getting the Perfect Shot at Tricky Locations
lessons: 25 Course Lessons
duration: 2hr, 18min
published: 2009
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Wedding Portraits - Getting the Perfect Shot at Tricky Locations
with David Ziser
Wedding photographer David Ziser takes viewers along with him to three location shoots as he sets up wedding portraits at a park, church, and a beach BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Welcome (free course preview)

David talks about the location shoots that are included in this course and gets started with a daylight shoot at the park

11min, 46sec
lesson 2: Background Clouds Behind the Groom

From the park location, David directs an off-camera flash setup with large white clouds in the background

2min, 5sec
lesson 3: Camera and Flash Adjustments

Get the light on the subject and fill that light with the off-camera flash

4min, 0sec
lesson 4: High Key Bridal Shot

Light colored background with the bride popping forward

5min, 53sec
lesson 5: Direction of Light

No flashes. Just studying the light and placing the subject in camera in the best place

5min, 26sec
lesson 6: Under a Canopy

This new setup positions the bride and groom under a heavy canopy of trees

6min, 21sec
lesson 7: Stone Steps

Great leading lines make a nice background for a casual shot of the groom

6min, 11sec
lesson 8: New Park Location

Walking through a scene and deciding what will work best for quality pictures

12min, 45sec
lesson 9: Twirls and Swirls

Quick portrait and creating a composition on the fly

49 sec
lesson 10: Natural Light

No flashes. Just using the loop lighting pattern to make a pretty photograph

8min, 33sec
lesson 11: Bride and Groom on the Bridge

The lighting really comes together in this final shoot at the park location

3min, 27sec
lesson 12: Sacred Heart Church

This magnificent old Florida church is a beautiful location that David has shot in before

6min, 36sec
lesson 13: Bride Near the Back Pews

Starting from the back of the church and moving to set locations around the church

7min, 7sec
lesson 14: Groom at Second Location

Working from the back of the church and shooting towards the altar

4min, 26sec
lesson 15: Repeat of the Pews

The rows of pews creates a compositional line bringing focus to the subjects

4min, 56sec
lesson 16: Low Angles

Getting low to shoot up into dramatic backgrounds

6min, 13sec
lesson 17: Stained Glass Window

Positioning and patience will allow the sun beams to come down beautifully onto the bride

1min, 57sec
lesson 18: Rays and Pillars

Positioning the bride and groom near the stained glass window with pillars in the background

2min, 55sec
lesson 19: Repeating Arches

Utilizing the looping light pattern and repeating background

2min, 18sec
lesson 20: Bride at the Front of the Church

This setup brings the bride towards the front of the church

4min, 26sec
lesson 21: Spiral Staircase

Using fisheye lens in a tight location to get an interesting shot

3min, 44sec
lesson 22: Above the Head

Using a fisheye lens and the monopod to position the camera well above the subjects

2min, 6sec
lesson 23: Outside the Front of the Church

Adjusting to the light outside the church and shooting the couple in front of the church

9min, 25sec
lesson 24: Sunset at the Beach

Time is very important as the sun drops from behind the subjects on the beach

8min, 53sec
lesson 25: Backlighting as the Sun Fades

Making the most of the fading sunlight with some backlight shots mixed in

5min, 51sec
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