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3 Reception Lighting Tips Every Photographer Can’t go Without

3 Reception Lighting Tips Every Photographer Can’t go Without

“The most difficult part of shooting a reception is walking into the unknown.”  -Jody Gray No one likes being caught off-guard, and shooting wedding receptions can have many unknowns. We wanted to address a few of the problems wedding photographers can...
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“The most difficult part of shooting a reception is walking into the unknown.” 
-Jody Gray
No one likes being caught off-guard, and shooting wedding receptions can have many unknowns. We wanted to address a few of the problems wedding photographers can encounter.
Problem 1: 
When you walk into any reception, you need to quickly assess the situation, make a decision on HOW you are going to light it, and then set up your gear (oh yeah, and take amazing images!). It can be super fast-paced at that moment, and can cause some anxiety each time you shoot a wedding.
How to Solve this stress-inducing problem: 1. Send out a questionnaire before the wedding (ours has 56 questions on it!) and have part of that questionnaire ask what the bride and groom will be doing when they FIRST walk into the reception. Will they be introduced and go straight into first dances, or will dinner start? Once you know that, then you know what you need to be prepped for.

2. We also always ask the bride and groom to give us 10 minutes from the time we all arrive at the reception to when they come into the hall. This gives us the time to assess the room, set up our gear, and take a few test shots. That way we never miss a key shot that is happening with our clients!

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Problem 2: 
The other huge problem that you run into at wedding receptions is getting great quality light on your subject with off-camera flash.Sometimes we can simply bounce flash and that is awesome when we can do it. But other times the room just does not allow that, so we need to use off-camera flash AND make it look good.

How do we do that? 

1. Modify the light.

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We use the Rapid Box (26 inch version) from Westcott to do this. This modifer is SUPER simple to set up (pops open like an umbrella) and comes with the light stand mount that holds any speedlite on the back. It makes the light larger and softer, and makes your photos look stellar!2. Get that light onto your client at the right angle.

We try and 45 degree light or “short-light” our clients whenever possible. This is simply shooting the light in from the side, and then photographing the image from the shadow side to create that highlight and shadow on the face. When you couple a great light modifer, with a great lighting pattern, and then blend the ambient and flash power just right (which is easy to do) you get stunning images!

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Problem 3: 
The third problem we always ran into at receptions was when we were doing off-camera flash shots, we sometimes needed to shoot a quick shot somewhere else that was not set for our off-camera rig. We would then have to take our transmitter off of our camera, run and grab our speedlite and throw it back on the camera, and then try and get the shot.A Better Solution

We realized this was not a good way to shoot in a high-paced environment, so instead we ALWAYS keep a speedlite on our camera even when doing off-camera flash.

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We take the CyberSync Transmitter (which is SUPER tiny and inexpensive) and add velcro to our speedlite and to the transmitter, and then fasten it to the left side (for Canon) of the flash. We then take the 2.5mm to PC port cable (which comes with the transmitter) and plug that into the left side of the PC port on the camera.We can then turn off the flash on our camera and it will fire the off-camera lights hooked up this way. If we need the on-camera flash for any reason, it is right there ready to rock in the blink of an eye!


How To Learn More

Just a quick reminder: in just a few hours (at 11:59 p.m. Pacific), the early bird extended pricing for our brand-new Reception Lighting video workshop is expiring (increasing by $100).

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If you want to watch us shoot what we just talked about in this blog, save money, AND get a TON of exclusive bonuses, don’t miss it!Get it now.

And like everything we do, this comes with a money-back guarantee. If you buy the DVD (or one of our special launch packages), follow what we teach, and within 30 days don’t get better results than you’ve been getting, we’ll give you your money back!

Grab it right here.

3 Reception Lighting Tips Every Photographer Can’t Live Without

3 Reception Lighting Tips Every Photographer Can’t Live Without

“The most difficult part of shooting a reception is walking into the unknown.” -Jody Gray Problem 1:  When you walk into any reception, you need to quickly asses the situation, make a decision on HOW you are going to light it, and then set up your gear (oh...
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“The most difficult part of shooting a reception is walking into the unknown.”
-Jody Gray

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Problem 1: 

When you walk into any reception, you need to quickly asses the situation, make a decision on HOW you are going to light it, and then set up your gear (oh yeah, and take amazing images!). It can be super fast-paced at that moment, and can cause some anxiety each time you shoot a wedding.

How to Solve this stress inducing problem: 

1. Send out a questionnaire before the wedding (ours has 56 questions on it!) and have part of that questionnaire ask what the bride and groom will be doing when they walk into the reception. Will they be introduced and go straight into first dances, or will dinner start? Once you know that, then you know what you need to be prepped for walking in.

2. We always then ask the bride and groom to give us 10 minutes from the time we all arrive at the reception, to when they come into the hall. This gives us the time to asses the room, set up our gear, and take a few test shots. That way we never miss a key shot that is happening with our clients!

 

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Problem 2:

 

The second huge problem that you run into at wedding receptions is getting great quality light on your subject with off-camera flash.

Sometimes we can simply bounce flash and that is awesome when we can do it. But other times the room just does not allow that, so we need to use off-camera flash AND make it look good.

How do we do that? 

1. Modify the the light.

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We use the Rapid Box (26 inch version) from Westcott to do this. This modifer is SUPER simple to set up (pops open like an umbrella) and comes with the light stand mount that holds any speedlite on the back. It makes the light larger and therfore softer, and makes your photos look stellar!

2. Get that light onto your client at the right angle.

We try and 45 degree light or “short-light” our clients whenever possible. This is simply shooting the light in from the side, and then photographing the image from the shadow side to create that highlight and shadow on the face. When you couple a great light modifer, with a great lighting pattern, and then blend the ambient and flash power just right (which is easy to do) you get stunning images!

 

Problem 3:

The third problem we always ran into at receptions was when we were doing off-camera flash shots, we sometimes needed to shoot a quick shot somewhere else that was not set for our off-camera rig. We would then have to take our transmitter off of our camera, run and grab our speedlite and throw it back on the camera, and then try and get the shot.

A Better Solution

We realized this was not a good way to shoot in a high-paced environment, so instead we ALWAYS keep a speedlite on our camera even when doing off-camera flash.

 

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(image by RachelRuffer.com) 

We take the CyberSync Transmitter (which is SUPER tiny and inexpensive) and add velcro to our speddlite and to the transmitter, and then fasten it to the left side (for Canon) of the flash. We then take the 2.5mm to PC port cable (which comes with the transmitter) and plug that into the left side of the PC port on the camera.

We can then turn off the flash on our camera and it will fire the off-camera lights hooked up this way. If we need the on-camera flash for any reason, it is right there ready to rock in the blink of an eye!

How To Learn More

Just a quick reminder: in just a few hours (at 11:59 p.m. Pacific), the early bird extended pricing for our brand-new Reception Lighting video workshop is going up by $100.

 

 

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So if you want to watch us shoot what we just talked about in this email, and save money AND get a TON of exclusive bonuses, don’t miss it!

Get it now.

And like everything we do, this comes with a money-back guarantee. If you buy the DVD (or one of our special launch packages), follow what we teach, and within 30 days don’t get better results than you’ve been getting, we’ll give you your money back!

Grab it right here.

 

Blessings,

 

-Zach & Jody

 

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How to Master Reception Lighting Once & For All!

How to Master Reception Lighting Once & For All!

Can you answer “YES!” to any of the below questions? Do you ever feel anxious heading into a wedding reception about the lighting situation? Have you ever looked at your flash in your hand and wondered if it’s going to be able to do the job you want...
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Can you answer “YES!” to any of the below questions?

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  • Do you ever feel anxious heading into a wedding reception about the lighting situation?
  • Have you ever looked at your flash in your hand and wondered if it’s going to be able to do the job you want it to do?
  • Have you ever looked at your reception shots knowing they could be better but not quite sure how to get them there?

We know many of you are answered YES to these questions, because we have been hearing your pain for years. We have sat down one-on-one with many photographers and heard them voice the above worries.  Thousands of wedding photographers have these exact same concerns. You are not alone.

We’ve heard you.

This is exactly why we have this brand new project that we are beyond excited about. We have spent 5 months creating this.

This is the solution.

This is the answer.

This will solve your reception lighting problems.

It’s Finally Here!

IN-CAMERA Lighting: Low-Light Receptions Made Easy 

You’ve asked….

You’ve waited…

And now, it’s here!!!!

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The IN-CAMERA: Low-Light Receptions Made Easy video workshop will: 
  • Equip you to use your speedlite for incredible results
  • Show you easy to use off-camera flash techniques for killer results when you can’t bounce flash
  • Boost your confidence in any low-lit situation
  • Teach you our time-tested and simple to understand Reception Lighting System
  • Show you how to nail exit shots even in pitch black environments
  • Give you complete confidence shooting receptions and low-lit events!

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The IN-CAMERA: Low-Light Receptions Made Easy video workshop includes: 
  • 2+ hours of training as you join Zach & Jody at a mock reception to see exactly how they produce their signature beautifully-lit images.
  • 17 different shooting scenarios while you follow along with Zach & Jody and watch how it’s actually done in a mock reception so you never wonder what to do, or HOW to do it.
  • 6 bonus shooting demonstrations on how to best capture the cake cutting, bouquet toss, grabbing spur-of-the-moment shots, and capture great, candid dancing shots of wedding guests.
  • Stop guessing and wasting money on unnecessary gear – learn exactly what you need to have (and it is less than you think)!
  • No more confusing equipment and tricky set-ups. We teach you how to simplify and get the shots you know you can take and do it with ease.
  • Become equipped to shoot in any low-lit situation as you learn Zach & Jody’s step-by-step process. No more crossing your fingers hoping for the best.
  • Know exactly what kind of lighting you need to use and how to use it for different lighting situations – from on-camera flash that wows, to off-camera flash techniques that are super simple.
  • Much, much more!

 

There are just 36 hours left to…

Grab the video workshop and get the $100’s of dollars worth of AMAZING bonuses!

$150 worth of Bonuses included in “The Hobbyist” package are:

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  • Comprehensive Gear List: $49 Value – Every peice of gear you will need to shoot incredible photos is all right here.
  • Companion Guide: $99 Value - The mobile shortcut to take with you on a shoot.

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$750 worth of Bonuses included in “The Professional” package are:

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  • Comprehensive Gear List: $49 Value - Every peice of gear you will need to shoot incredible photos is all right here.
  • Companion Guide: $99 Value - The mobile shortcut to take with you on a shoot.
  • IN-CAMERA: The Lightning-Fast Post Production System video download – $249 value
  • Post-production Workflow Folder System – $20 value
  • Post-production Presets and Video for presents - $50 value
  • Post-production Workflow Checklist – $20 value
  • Post-production Workflow Folder System - $20 value
  • Post-production Presets and Video for presets - $50 value
  • Post-production Workflow Checklist – $20 value
  • Post-production Workflow Poster – $15 value
  • Post-production Workflow Workbook – $50 value
  • Exclusive access to Zach & Jody’s private IN-CAMERA Facebook Group - $100 value
  • 1 hour Q&A Webinar with Zach & Jody - ($100)

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$1,750 worth of Bonuses included in “The Master” package are:

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  • Comprehensive Gear List: $49 Value - Every peice of gear you will need to shoot incredible photos is all right here.
  • Companion Guide: $99 Value - The mobile shortcut to take with you on a shoot.
  • IN-CAMERA: The Lightning-Fast Post Production System video download – $249 value
  • Post-production Workflow Folder System – $20 value
  • Post-production Presets and Video for presents - $50 value
  • Post-production Workflow Checklist – $20 value
  • Post-production Workflow Folder System - $20 value
  • Post-production Presets and Video for presets - $50 value
  • Post-production Workflow Checklist – $20 value
  • Post-production Workflow Poster – $15 value
  • Post-production Workflow Workbook – $50 value
  • Exclusive access to Zach & Jody’s private IN-CAMERA Facebook Group - $100 value
  • 1 hour Q&A Webinar with Zach & Jody - ($100)
  • Off-Camera Portrait Lighting System DVD - $249 value
  • Off-Camera Light Companion Guide - $60 value
  • Off-Camera Light Image Gallery - $50
  • 4+ hour Business Growth online class with Zach & Jody and Friends - $650 value

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30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee
As with all of our trusted products that we produce, we firmly believe that this is THE solution to your reception & event photography problems. So much so that we will give you a refund no questions asked if your images don’t improve within 30 days. 
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3 Options with Something for Everyone!

"The Hobbyist" bundle includes the Reception Lighting Video Workshop which will solve your low-light flash problems forever, our Comprehensive Gear list, and our Quick Start Companion Guide!

“The Hobbyist” bundle includes the Reception Lighting Video Workshop which will solve your low-light flash problems forever, our Comprehensive Gear list, and our Quick Start Companion Guide!

Early Bird Only $249!

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Or 3 easy payments of only $83

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“The Professional” bundle not only has the reception DVD and the bonus included in “The Hobbyist,” but also has our Lighting Fast Editing Video Workshop, an exclusive 1 hour Q & A webinar with us, and access our invite-only Facebook group.

This one is for MOST photographers as it is the best value for the money.

Early Bird Only $397!

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Or 3 easy payments of only $132.25

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“The Master” bundle not only has the reception DVD, but also has two other bonus IN-CAMERA video workshops, and it also has a brand new online Business Growth Course from 4 of the top industry leaders!

This one is for the serious photographer who wants to shoot great images, and make tons of money!

Early Bird Only $887

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Or 3 easy payments of only $295.50

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this workshop for me?
If you shoot weddings, events or any type of indoor candid imagery then this is for you!

What skill level is this for?
Beginner to intermediate photographers or for anyone who is looking to simplify the way they shoot receptions. It doesn’t matter if you have been shooting for 1 month, or 15 years because our system is simple, to the point and will make your images look incredible!

Is this only in DVD format?
Absolutely not! For your convenience, you get immediate download access to the video files and all the bonuses. For those who would like to add the physical DVD, that option is available as well on our storefront.

I don’t shoot weddings, is this for me?
If you shoot candid photos indoors for any of your work, then this is for you!

What if I don’t learn anything and my photos don’t look better after watching this?
We guarantee they will. If they don’t, we will refund you within 30 days. We believe this is the answer for shooting great images at receptions so much that we offer full-refunds if it doesn’t do the job for you!

I am a hands-on type learner. Will this be a good purchase for me?
Yes! We have taught thousands of photographers in-person and know what it takes to translate that content into a powerful video workshop that helps you learn the content clearly, concisely, and do it for much cheaper than one of our expensive in-person workshops.

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Still have questions?

We don’t normally have time to answer every email, but for the next 24 hours, we will respond to ANY email you send us with any questions you may have about this new video workshop! Just email store@zachandjody.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

5 Days of Giveaways Winners Announced!

5 Days of Giveaways Winners Announced!

Our 5 Days of Giveaways was a big success! Congratulations to all of our winners!   Monday – Courtney Liske Tuesday – Michelle Lacson Wednesday – Tim Girton Thursday – Heather Kittle Friday – Sarah...
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Our 5 Days of Giveaways was a big success! Congratulations to all of our winners!

 

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Monday – Courtney Liske

Tuesday – Michelle Lacson

Wednesday – Tim Girton

Thursday – Heather Kittle

Friday – Sarah Houston

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