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Wedding Portraits – Classical Lighting and Posing Techniques
David Ziser
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Wedding Portraits – Classical Lighting and Posing Techniques
lessons: 30 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 46min
published: 2008
watched: 984 Member Views
Wedding Portraits – Classical Lighting and Posing Techniques
with David Ziser
In this video series, wedding photographer David Ziser goes over the standard poses and lighting setups for wedding portrait photography. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)

David goes over what he will cover and explains the basic full-face view

3min, 9sec
lesson 2: Two-Thirds View

The general specs of the standard two-thirds setup and some pointers on what to avoid when taking this shot

6min, 20sec
lesson 3: Two-Thirds to Profile

Correcting the two-thirds view and setting up the profile

2min, 59sec
lesson 4: Profile View

How to set up the profile view and what not to do

5min, 11sec
lesson 5: Posing the Body

David shares some of his tricks for posing the subject such as placing the front foot forward, hiding the hands behind the bouquet, and more

3min, 28sec
lesson 6: Butterfly Lighting Pattern

The first of five classical lighting patterns for the face of the subject

2min, 16sec
lesson 7: Loop Lighting Pattern

Moving the light around the subject to the far side of the nose to achieve this pattern

2min, 17sec
lesson 8: Rembrandt Lighting Pattern

The nose shadow and the cheek shadow combine to form this pattern

1min, 59sec
lesson 9: Split Lighting Pattern

Illuminating one half of the face

44 sec
lesson 10: Rim Lighting Pattern

An accent light that adds some extra light to an image

2min, 5sec
lesson 11: Review of the Lighting Patterns

Using a video light, David recreates all of the lighting patterns he previously covered

2min, 0sec
lesson 12: Broad Lighting

This is an extra technique that covers the face in a broad light pattern

1min, 40sec
lesson 13: Putting It Together

Using the lighting patterns along with the profile views to create great photographs

4min, 38sec
lesson 14: Window Lighting

When working with a window light source, remember to pose the subject to the light

3min, 15sec
lesson 15: Loop Lighting with Profile View

Shooting a profile shot with the window lighting from a distance using a longer lens

1min, 55sec
lesson 16: Shooting the Groom

Looking for the loop lighting pattern and moving the groom around for some different shots

2min, 11sec
lesson 17: Vantage Point

Positioning at an elevated view to open up the location behind the bride and groom

1min, 1sec
lesson 18: Posing the Bride and Groom

Going through the setup and pose of a standard bride and groom shot

4min, 30sec
lesson 19: Home Location

Some ideas for photos taken at the home of the bride

10min, 52sec
lesson 20: The Groom

Shooting the groom at the home location

5min, 52sec
lesson 21: Explore the Pose

After a new setup, make sure to explore different variations within that setup

3min, 33sec
lesson 22: Using the Surroundings

Looking for elements on the walls that can enhance the picture

5min, 21sec
lesson 23: Lines, Lines, Lines

Posing the groom in well-defined positions

5min, 30sec
lesson 24: Hollywood Lighting Technique

Creating a small cone of light to isolate one area of the subject

4min, 11sec
lesson 25: Light Settings

Choosing the right light settings in order to pick up the colors of an interior shoot

3min, 1sec
lesson 26: Three-Quarter Portrait

Shooting a three-quarter portrait in the bedroom

3min, 19sec
lesson 27: Moving Back Outside

Moving the bride and groom to the back pool area of the house

2min, 39sec
lesson 28: Archways

Using the archway of the architecture to frame the bride in the shot

4min, 56sec
lesson 29: Flash Outside

Working with the ISO and Flash when shooting outside

2min, 10sec
lesson 30: Summary

David shares some final thoughts about the setups that he covered in this series

3min, 46sec
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