Shooting wide open in natural light with Jessica Notelo
I always try to shoot natural light – in order to do this use the lens to its full potential by having it wide open. For me this is usually at F1.4. I only usually adjust ISO and Shutter Speed and keep the aperture at F1.4 to give images a sharp, yet creamy look.
In this first reception image, I used 100% natural light to compliment the intimate mood of the moment the bride and groom were sharing. I could have brightened it up, but I like the mood that the slightly lower key image created for that moment. You can see this area was quite dark and in the second image, below, I used an on camera flash to light the groom during his speech. This was bounced off the wall/glass ceiling quite far away. You can see that I still shoot at F1.4 by the ambience of the background and bokeh seen in the fairy lights. Because of this I never use my flash at full power. Usually at the lowest power.
I do a fair amount of editing on my phone. During the reception I take 10 minutes to quickly edit several sneak peeks for the couple so that when they return to their honeymoon suite they have some professional pics to go through. Whether I snap some pics from the day on my phone, or import them to my phone using the camera WiFi, it’s always handy to have some ready-to-use presets that are waiting for me on Lightroom Mobile.
Jessica Notelo, Sigma Ambassador