Reception Lighting, Part I

It’s Tuesday!! Time to share some more goodness!

Some of the biggest challenges in shooting a wedding is the dreaded RECEPTION! With low lit reception halls, or outdoor receptions with no walls or ceilings to bounce light off of, lighting can most definitely be not for the faint at heart… Today, we are going to tackle one part of reception lighting – how we shoot the details and get fantastic shots consistently and with some style.

Pull up a chair, sit back and relax and watch us tackle Part I of Tuesday Tips & Tricks | Reception Lighting.

Gear we referenced:

42″ 6-in-1 Reflector Kit

Pocket Wizard Transceiver

Westcott Lightweight Stand

Westcott Adjustable Shoe Mount

Canon 580EX Speedlights

Micro Apollo 8″

**Make sure to come back next week for Part II, and don’t forget that once a month we are releasing exclusive Tuesday Tips & Tricks via our newsletter! Make sure you are subscribed to our photographer updates!

  • Patrick

    Once again great stuff. Thanks for all the tips and tricks you guys share. You guys rock.

  • Rich Park

    thank you for the tips! these are so so so helpful!

  • Joe O’Daniels

    This was so helpful! I have been struggling with reception lighting a lot lately and this will definitely help me to gear up properly and knock these shots out! Can’t wait for more!

  • Robert Perez

    As usual, you guys ROCK!! Thanks for the tip!!

  • Dana Goodson

    You two are the best. I always look forward to Tuesdays! :o)

  • kate bentley

    Awesome tips! Thanks for making my Tuesdays extra awesome! <3

  • Tina Harden

    Zach… these Rock! Seriously I love them. Thanks guys for simply being the great people you are!

  • Lisa Cour

    Ah! Very nice. So simple, easy, no fuss. I don’t have an off camera flash (yet?) so I’ll be going the reflector route at my wedding this weekend. Just wondering how to stay inconspicuous while getting the shots. :)

  • Diana Peters

    Thanks guys, I look forward to seeing the rest!

  • Tampa Wedding Photographer

    Awesome! Thanks for this. I’ve been looking for some great lighting methods for our receptions.

  • Meat Slicers

    Just wondering if you took any writing or editorial classes? You write so well! Maybe you should consider some payed writing pieces. Just a thought! – Kim

  • TJ McDowell

    Receptions are definitely one of the hardest to get the right lighting. For a while, I was completely natural light for all my shots, but the reception shots weren’t coming out good enough. I found, like you guys, did that you pretty much have to add another light source to get decent stuff at receptions.

  • Keenen Brown

    Guys this is what I’ve been looking for – a video explanation of how to solve the lighting problem without anything to bounce it off to. Thank you for posting this and I look fwd to the Part 2 video.
    One question and this may be off topic, but I’ve seen wedding photographers tilt their flash head backwards when shooting people. Is that any better compared to tilting it up and fwd with a diffuser dome on?
    Thanks again.

  • Bethany

    Thanks for this! I loved it! :) Can’t wait for the next one!

  • chuck kovach

    Excellent tips! Thanks for sharing! Its really appreciated the way you give back,and take time to share with your readers, followers, etc.

  • Jimmy Moncrief

    Thanks so much for these tips!

  • Jenn

    I just found you two from another photographer friend of mine. You two rock! This blog was uber helpful as I’ve been struggling with our dark MN winters to find ANY natural light and flash always seems so harsh. Thanks for the tips!

  • Jessica

    I am wondering if you have any tips for when you are walking around a reception getting photos of people, and the events that are happening. Would I carry the stand around or any secrets about when wanting to get images in a dark reception of people and finding focus?

    Thank you so much for your post!

  • Kristy

    Thanks so much for the tutorials! LOVE THEM!!!

  • Susan

    You guys are awesome ;)

  • Lenka

    Awesome, thank you guys for all your teaching stuff! You rock!

  • Kev Rayner

    Loved watching the video…Thanks for the tips.

    Cant wait to check back for some more !!!