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Old 09-04-2017   #1
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My all time favorite thing to shoot in a bridal portrait, about an hour before dusk. I love being outside, finding just the right location, arranging the session.
I do not use tons of equipment, just a single Metz 45CL-4 on a lightstand, camera on tripod. No modifier, no softbox....just the flash and the clip on diffuser.

I rarely ever show the sky in my portraiture. I want to keep the contrasty-ness to a minimum so I select wooded areas with differing layers of depth of field.
I try to create a triangle using body and veil position.

No PS other than a vignette. NOTHING. There is no retouching of skin.

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Old 09-04-2017   #2
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Excellent! I like your style, and your results speak for it's self!

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LOL. My style is UBER traditional.
I've never cared for the sunflare look or the "just do your thing and I'll shoot" approach.
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I hear ya... Every "freestyle" pose I ever shot looked like junk, if I pose them, then the picture is good. I hate posing because I am still pretty new to it.. and I hope my nervousness doesnt show. With time and more klicks, that will get better Im sure.

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Just as it should be. Very well done indeed and thanks for sharing!
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Nice work Mark!!!
I always use an umbrella outside in situations like this, but this photo may just inspire me to leave the umbrella home next time. I'm guessing you get enough fill from the open shade to keep the lighting soft.
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Old 09-05-2017   #7
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Nice work Mark!!!
I always use an umbrella outside in situations like this, but this photo may just inspire me to leave the umbrella home next time. I'm guessing you get enough fill from the open shade to keep the lighting soft.
I used to use an umbrella as well, but after years of shooting outdoors, I realized, I just didn't need it.
Ambient is main light, flash provided fill, about -2 stops under ambient, flash set at 90° from the camera angle.
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A superb bridal portrait, Mark. All that a bride could wish for.
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20-30 years from now there are going to be thousands of people wishing that there bridal/wedding photos looked like that instead of some faded, or over saturated comic book cover! WELL DONE!
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OK. Now, that's a superb image. I'm out of words to qualify it, but it inspires me, I've got to take one like that some day.


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