I had another wedding at the Holiday Cottage area in Brookgreen Gardens. I always love going there, you just can’t beat the background and lighting that you get with lots of trees and a garden. The weather had been so nice that a number of flowers were in bloom, this is always great in the background of a picture. This wedding was for the bride that I recently did the fun bridal portraits for, you can read about that a couple of blog posts down from here. I actually noticed at this wedding I didn’t take quite as many total pictures as I usually do, I think because they didn’t have as much dancing as they do at some weddings. But I think the quality of the pictures I did take was very good. I would be glad to show almost all the shots as examples of my work.
I like to give a photo tip with my blog posts. Something in particular I thought about with these pictures (I mentioned this briefly on Facebook) is the importance of really getting in close for a picture instead of trying to crop it later. I used to think it’s better to shoot wider than what you want in the final image, because you can always crop later. It is good to keep in mind when shooting that a 4×6 has a completely different aspect ratio from an 8×10, so you do have to try to leave enough room in the picture to allow for this. But if you want a close up of a face, you will get a much different look from shooting really close then shooting a wide shot and cropping into the face. This is due to things like the way the closer you get, the more the background is going to be out of focus. When you use a longer lens (more zoomed in like a 50mm or more) you also get a more flattering compression of features, a wide angle will make noses and ears look bigger etc. It also can make a subject look like it’s closer to a background. And there are probably other reasons as well, just know it looks a lot better to shoot close to what you want the final image to look like. Next time you take pictures try to get in really close to your subject by physically moving closer or using a longer lens and see what you think.
I tried to pick some of my favorite pictures to post below, if you like these pictures please let me know in the comments below, or click the Facebook like button above.
Bride walking down the cottage stairs - Brookgreen Gardens
Bride and father walking towards the ceremony area
Unless you are interested in website development, you might want to skip reading this post for my other photography related posts instead.
This time of the year I have more time for playing around with my website and making changes to it. I think one big advantage I have over a lot of photographers is I know how to work on my own website, I don’t have to hire someone every time I want to make a change. I think a lot of photographers don’t even realize the importance of a website. I notice my website has a higher Google pagerank (what Google uses to rank websites) than a big studio like Gene Ho photography.
One big problem with creating a website is designing for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Every other web browser, including anything you would be using on a Mac, support what is called HTML5. You have probably heard of this, it’s a buzzword now because it’s supported by many devices like the iPad, it enables much nicer looking websites that can do a lot of things previously not possible. Finally on March 14th, Microsoft is releasing Internet Explorer 9, which like every other browser, supports modern web standards. With this in mind, I decided to make some website changes I’ve been wanting to make for a while that require a visitor to have a modern web browser.
I’m not a real web developer, I just know some html and css, I mostly just know how to layout a website and make it look nice. So I’m using just some very limited features of HTML5 to make my website look better. If you visit my website on a previous version of Internet Explorer such as 7 or 8, with my latest changes, you will now see this…
I had another nice engagement session at the Myrtle Beach State Park for a young couple that are not getting married for a couple of years yet. They are getting married back home so I won’t be doing their wedding. It was a cloudy day with just a little bit of color from the sunset showing through the clouds. Actually, when the sky is cloudy, it can be one of the best times to get shots that look more like in a studio. In a photo studio they use these big boxes over their flashes or lights called a soft box. Basically it’s like putting a sheet in front of a light, it makes it soft and kind of disperses the light around. That is similar to what an overcast sky does, instead of strong direct light you get a more soft and dispersed light without as harsh of shadows.
However, an overcast day can make for a pretty boring flat look to the images with eyes that are kind of dark and lifeless. Everything is kind of a trade off trying to work outdoors, you do the best you can with what you have to work with. One thing that helps, you will notice there is a little sparkle in the clients eyes. This is because I’m using a some fill flash. Flash is very important even when shooting in plenty of light outdoors. In the future I’m actually going to experiment with more off camera wireless flashes to see if I can get a more unique look to the images.
I was really happy with the way the shots turned about, I ended up with about 150 shots that I liked, so that was a really good session. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures below. If you like this post, please try out my few Facebook comment system at the bottom of the post after the pictures.
Couple laying by the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park
Couple having fun on the oak trees - Myrtle Beach State Park