Last week I attended a workshop by the fabulous Morag MacDonald at the stunning Ramada Elcot Park between Newbury and Hungerford. Part of the day was dedicated to trying out a different techniques for lighting bridal portraits, aiming for a natural, beautiful look without fuss or taking up too much time.
This was taken with a continuous light source. I love the warm colour of the light just on the face, it really warms up the skin tones.
I love the light on this shot – just using a slightly open curtain to light the face and lose the background.
Bouncing a flash from a nearby wall or corner creates a lovely soft look and makes the image really three-dimensional.
This one was just for fun. The giant chess set lent itself so beautifully to a slightly mad Alice in Wonderland inspired shot. Of course the lighting technique is the same as for a more standard bridal or couple evening portrait (although this was shot just before lunch!)
The course was, as ever, well organised by the lovely people at The Societies. Morag was a delight to listen to and was refreshingly honest in her tales of her life as a photographer. Ramada Elcot Park is a fantastic venue and thanks also to Lynn and Jeff of Albums of Australia for supplying much needed coffee!