LIGHTING FOR COUPLE TIME
Couple time is pretty self explanatory, right? This is the time reserved for you and your (possibly very-soon-to-be) spouse. Light is the most important element when figuring out where you will have your couple/wedding party shorts taken. Most wedding cinematographers (videographers) and photographers will scope out the ‘lay of the land’ before any shots are taken. So, you shouldn't need to worry too much about this. But, before you put in your requests of where you would like for us to film/photograph you - keep these suggestions in the back of your mind.
First off, the same guidelines that apply to an outdoor ceremony also apply to outdoor couple time as well. If you haven’t already read through the post on lighting for your ceremony be sure to check that out here.
In a perfect world all of the photos and footage would be taken in the best light, with beautiful backdrops, and a gorgeous sunset. And, these are very possible when shot at the right time ofday. But, what do we do when we can’t shoot in ‘perfect’ conditions? Here are a few reasons why your cinematographer (videographer) and photographer might choose a certain location.
Good light is more important than a beautiful backdrop. Now that I’ve said this don’t start freaking out and think that we will put you, your spouse, and possibly bridal party in an ugly location just because it has beautiful light - that won’t look very good. So, why does great lighting trump the landscape?
-You are the most important part of any frame or photo. Our job is to make you look great - and great lighting is the best way to do so! Trust us, if we tell you that a specific location will make you look great, it will!
-What you see with your eyes won’t always be exactly what is captured in footage or photos. If the landscape has poor lighting the background can become ‘blown out or overexposed’ or you can be very ‘under exposed.’ I don’t want to bore you with the technical jargon of what this means or why this is (unless you want to know then you can ask:)), but if this can be avoided we all try. Now, sometimes it can’t be avoided, and much of the footage that we capture is still very high quality and very usable, it is just a preference not to shoot in these situations if possible. side note: if a photographer has a big flash these guidelines really don’t apply to them
Most cinematographers (videographers) and photographers are very deliberate when choosing a location for couple/bridal party shots. Remember, we have you mind when we suggest a location! We want to give you the best finished product that we can!