LOW LIGHT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS AND TRICKS
Capturing great moments in low light conditions during the wedding is hard. You need preparation and experience to handle it properly. Get to know your camera and lenses in great details, check the wedding venue before the wedding if possible, get the lenses which can make it easier to shoot if the place is dark. There are many things to consider, so we have summarized a few tips to be a better wedding photographer:
1. USE LENS WITH LOWER F STOP NUMBER
The lower the F stop number you can have on your lens, the better they will handle low light conditions. This will give you more light gathered, so you do not have to increase the ISO that much and at the end the picture will have less noise. You need to be aware lenses with really low f stop number like 1.4/f and 1.2/f are much more expensive.
2. INCREASE THE ISO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN
Increasing the ISO of the camera will give you brighter images, but be careful. The higher the ISO number is, the noisier the picture will be. More expensive cameras like Canon 5D Mark IV can dial a really high ISO number and still get a pretty decent photo.
3. IF POSSIBLE USE A TRIPOD
The most important rule when shooting weddings in dark conditions is to have a stable camera. Your best friend in those situations is tripods and monopods if you have to move quickly. Buy a sturdy good quality build tripod, so you don`t find your broken camera on the floor. A quality tripod will give you more options to tilt your camera and to have quick detach options if you have to move without the tripod outside.
4. BRING A LIGHT SOURCE AND LEARN HOW TO USE IT
Don`t be scared of using flash or continuous light sources like portable photography lights. By using flashlights you can create amazing wedding images in any conditions.
To have a good long exposure wedding image, you will need a tripod. Without a stable camera, it will be almost impossible to get good images. Set the camera on a tripod and use a long shutter speed – try starting at 30 s and go up and down from there. For more blur lower the speed, for less, increase it.