(Regarding Flash Photography)
As you may have noticed by now, I am often in low light scenarios. I’ve tried push-processing film — I have pushed it to the limits. In most situations, I am willing to gamble on available light. Weddings, however, are (50% of the time) a one time affair. When the sun goes down and there are still moments to capture, you can’t gamble. The only solution: Flash. Generally, I am not a fan of flash photography. Yet, there are occasions when you should pack one in your bag, just in case. As I have said time and again: I don’t really know what I am doing; I am just learning and need all the help I can get.
Before bruv’s big event, I definitely read up and even ran tests to make certain I had some bases covered. Flash photography can get tricky. You can easily ruin those “one time moments” by blasting the shit of your subject with light. That said, I was (thank heaven) not the “wedding photographer” by a long shot. A pro came in for that while I was just hangin/fumblin around with my camera. Most of the day, I took snaps around “magic hour” and I wasn’t needing any sort of fill-flash stuff.
My actual brother was once a shutterbug and “loaned” me his pentax flash. This thing bends up an down and can be positioned away from your subject. It is incredibly handy. You can reflect the light above and create something rather than bukkake people square in the face. So when the sun went down completely, it was time bust it out.
Most of the snaps I took at that point were of some serious white man’s overbites and general embarrassing getting down on the dance floor. It was really fucking fun and I was really happy and honored to be a part of it.
Above: Benvie and Stephanie, flashed, soft focused — married. God bless’em.
Pentax MX, Takumar 55/f1.8, Kentmere 400, pentax flash, HC 110 B, 5mins