A Beach Wedding

We love working with creatives – one day after a fashion shoot in Leeds we discussed what we could do for our next project. I wanted to do it over in Liverpool for a change and to help Denise with travel, and it grew from there into a wedding.

So the team on the day were:-

  • Me – photographer, lighting, gofer and taxi driver
  • Andy – Groom and gofer
  • Andi – Vicar, lighting and gofer
  • Denise – bride and gofer
  • Rick – film maker and yes gofer!

(gofer – someone who carries stuff around on a shoot/stage)

Lighting Kit Used

It was windy as hell, so we couldn’t use any diffusers – so the flashes just had reflectors on them.

  • Godox AD600BM * 2
  • Godox AD200 * 1

So most of the images use 3-point lighting, 2 behind ar roughly 45 degrees, and one at the front usually at 30 degrees to Denise’s face.

We had the AD600’s in bags with cables to the flash head so they didn’t smash if they blew over – and 5KG weights as well! Can’t be too careful

Camera Kit Used

With it being wet, sandy, windy and pretty cold, I wanted to keep the lens changes to a minimum, so in the bag had :-

  • Canon 5D mark 4
  • Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS
  • Canon 16-35 F4L IS
  • Canon 24-70 F4L IS

The vast majority of the shots were with the 16-35 so I could put the flashes close to the models (it was a brightish day) to get a lot of flash without needing full flash power.

There was a 3-Stop ND Grad filter on most of the wide shots – no grad on the long shots.

Rick was there shooting away on his massive film camera, so hopefully get some moving footage to share as well

So here’s a gallery of the shots!

A LIGHTROOM Dream Come True

HDR used to be painful in LIGHTROOM

If you’d shot 300 shots of a house, you’d need to merge them down to 100 photos – that’d have you anchored to the computer manually selecting and merging photos for AGES. In fact, if I’d done more than 10 shots, I’d use something like PHOTOMATIX to blend instead, it was just too ineffieient in Lightoom to do when time is money.

My Wish Came TRUE!

This has all changed with the latest release of CC- something they just snook in without any fanfare, as I bet most users don’t even do HDR.

You can now stack and merge photos, on mass, like Batch processing in many other programs – it’s changed my life completely! I hope you see the benefit of this.

So to share my joy, I’ve done a little video to show you exactly how to do it.

Love to hear what you think

How to create a Panoramic in Lightroom

1 Shot from 2 parts

This is one of the many beautiful waterfalls in Iceland – not often seen as it’s on a 4×4 route and well-hidden. It’s called Fagrifoss – they’re all fosses!

In this tutorial I show you how I took the shot with the 24mm TSe lens, taking 2 photos ready to blend

This is the top half

This is the bottom half

These are the 2 merged and edited

In the video I show the following:-

How to use

  • Panoramic merge and its options
  • Dehaze
  • Clarity
  • Basic settings – highlights, shadows etc.
  • Black and white clipping
  • Square cropping
  • Colour temperature (White balance)
  • Sharpening
  • Vignetting

It’s really just a workflow video I hope you find useful 🙂