One of the most fun weddings I have shot was Matt and Lucy’s. Such wonderful people, a great fun bride and groom, a relaxed atmosphere, an ultra-friendly crowd: this is how a wedding should be!
The reception was last Saturday, and at the end, we set up some group shots. Here’s one of them being set up, and me preparing to press the shutter:
I used two Bowens strobes powered by a battery. That was enough light to get me f/10, which gave me a nice dark background at 1/300th second (thank you Canon for making the 1D MkIV shutter nice and fast). Camera on manual, flash set manually. The flashes were driven by two pocketwizards.
For a shot like this you need to look down, or you will never see the second and third rows. A chair is what I used: that gave me enough height.
All that gives me this:
Much better than the simple available light shot on a bright day like this – remember: flash can make your backgrounds darker.