When the lights go down and the dancing starts, there is not enough shoot photographs of the wedding guests celebrating the wedding with dance – movement is almost impossible to freeze without light. The movement of the wedding guests on the dance floor calls for faster shutter speeds in the camera, and that means even less light for the camera to process.
The wedding photographer is faced with a couple of major challenges:
- How to obtain nice even light spread across the dance floor
- How to focus the camera in the dark (cameras cannot focus quickly enough in the dark)
To address the first problem, I use several strobes positioned around the dance floor on tripods with wireless controllers. On the camera, I have a wireless controller which talks to each off the three strobes postponed around the dance floor. The wireless controller allows me to adjust the power (brightness) of each light strobe. Each strobe is labeled with the letters A, B, or C, which correspond to the settings on the remote control. By using this method and technology, I produce the types of images that you see above. This technique also works well in tented weddings.
I have learned, the hard way, to use less expensive strobes in this situation because occasionally, under the influence of too much party juice, that a tripod can be knocked over – I do use sandbags to actor them, but they cannot combat a 200lb man, as he falls over.
To address the second problem of focusing in the dark, I use a small LED video light mounted to my camera. It is a focusing light. It projects light on my subject, my camera focuses very quickly, and then I can press the shutter which activates the three remote strobes.
Together, this technique and supporting technology allows the fun of a wedding reception to be fully documented.