Wedding Photography Lighting Tips: Part 1

By on 2013-06-07

Westcott Top Pro Jim Schmelzer teaches us a few things about setting up as well as wedding photography lighting tips during the posed photos at the front of a church. After the setup, Jim will bring in his bride and groom to start shooting beautiful images. Jim was using the Westcott 7′ Parabolic Umbrella in this lighting setup. Along with using an umbrella for the main source of light, Jim also uses a Pocket Box on camera to fill in some of the shadows.

The 7′ Parabolic Umbrella comes in three different versions.  The Silver interior is featured in this video, along with a white interior, and a shoot through version.  This large light modifier is great for shooting groups or setting where you need a large coverage of light.  The 7′ Parabolic Umbrella features fiberglass ribs for extreme durability.

The Pocket Box used in this video is one of the simplest light modifiers that photographers can use. Simply mount the Pocket Box to a standard speedlite flash and cut down on harsh lighting.  The Pocket Box comes in three different sizes.  The circular option provides nice round catch lights in the eyes of your subject, while there are two different different sized square options.  The larger one provides a softer look while the smaller one is more edgy.

Make sure to watch Part 2 to see how the images turn out!

Westcott Lighting Gear in Action

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Jim Schmelzer

Westcott Top Pro Elite Photographer
Jim Schmelzer is an award-winning photographer, lecturer and trainer focusing in high school senior portraits and weddings. He is a Master Craftsman Photographer and holds a Master's Degree with Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. He has also been a technical representative and lighting adviser for F.J. Westcott for over 25 years.

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