Photojournalism-style wedding shots have become increasingly popular. Although most wedding photographers use flash, it can intrude on candids. Here are a few tips for getting beautiful photos with available light:
• Arrive early to get scene-setting images and learn your way around. You’ll also be able to shoot the wedding party as they arrive with the dress. Set your white balance to Outdoor and use a low ISO for these shots, then switch when you move inside.
• If the wedding is in a church with a backlit altar, overexpose so that the couple doesn’t end up in silhouette. If the church allows, shoot from the sides of the altar for individual shots with better lighting, as well as photos of the family sitting in the front row.
ADAPTED FROM BETTER AVAILABLE LIGHT DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE FARACE and BARRY STAVER (FOCAL PRESS, 2009; $30)