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Digital Wedding Photography: Photo Workshop by Kenny Kim

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Chapter 6: Indoor Shooting

At some time during the wedding you will have to photograph indoors; even if the ceremony and reception are outdoors, the bride and groom have to get ready somewhere, usually indoors. When you think of shooting inside, the first thing that comes to mind is that there will likely be low light. While this is certainly true in a lot of cases and you need to address it, there are plenty of locations inside that have great light, usually streaming in through a window or door, as shown in Figure 6-1. When you are shooting indoors, there are many different things to consider: what lens to use, how to deal with ISO and noise, the color of light and the white balance, especially when it comes to mixed lighting, and, of course, using the flash.

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ABOUT THIS PHOTO The light coming through the window illuminates the bride as she checks on the wedding ceremony site. Taken at ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/320 second.

Exposure considerations

Shooting indoors challenges you with a wide variety of lighting situations. Exposure is a balancing act between the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. Each situation requires a different approach.

Window light

Ask wedding photographers what their favorite light is and many will tell you that it is the diffused sunlight streaming through ...

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