I will be shooting a wedding in April in Texas. The wedding takes place starting at 7:00pm. The wedding party be using christmas lights and (sparkles). They want to make sure these lights show up great. I have Ranger RX, Ranger Quadra, SB910s for lights to choose from. I shoot with D3S and D800E.
It should get dark about 7:30 so the lights should show up great.
I have softboxes, and Unbrellas for light modifiers.
The question is how cam I maxamize the picture and effects so the lights sparkle and pop. What do I use? Strobe or Flash.
What kind of settings, (A) (S) (ISO). ?
Thanks for helping....I need to do some test shots, I have time..
>I will be shooting a wedding in April in Texas. The wedding >takes place starting at 7:00pm. The wedding party be using >christmas lights and (sparkles). They want to make sure these >lights show up great. I have Ranger RX, Ranger Quadra, SB910s >for lights to choose from. I shoot with D3S and D800E. > >It should get dark about 7:30 so the lights should show up >great. > >I have softboxes, and Unbrellas for light modifiers. > >The question is how cam I maxamize the picture and effects so >the lights sparkle and pop. What do I use? Strobe or Flash. > >What kind of settings, (A) (S) (ISO). ? > > >Any help??? > >Thanks for helping....I need to do some test shots, I have >time.. > >Tom
Strobe is flash. I think you must mean studio strobe versus speedlight style flash units.
The short answer is it really doesn't matter; there are ways to accomplish the same with both, assuming you have enough speedlights! Some wedding photographers use speedlights only; others use more powerful flash units when necessary. It really depends on how much light you need!
I think this post should probably be moved to the wedding forum so you get better advice; any specific reason you posted it here instead? Was it because you feel it's more visible here?
btw, "sparkle and pop" (if that's really what you want, but I'm not so sure it really is) is often achieved by using a silver reflector (e.g. a silver umbrella).
I feel you are going to need a high ISO, and possibly a slow shutter speed (slower than 1/60th) to make the Christmas lights show up. Working at a high ISO might make it possible to get away with speedlights rather than studio strobes. You might want to bounce the flash units off of a wall.
Anyway, you have a good bit of time until April. That's good. I'm sure you will get good advice and be able to test and figure everything out before then.
>I have all of these Ranger RX, Ranger Quadra, SB910s. > >This will be outdoors, When you go with a 60 or below won't >it take a steady hand or tripod to shoot with? > >The Ranger RX is much bigger 1100w but heavey, the Ranger >Quadra only has about 400w but lighter. > >And of course the sb910....flash. > >They want to see the sparkle and lights outside.
Sparkle and good skin tones don't really go together. Specular highlights are achived by a direct, harsh, small light source. This will also cast shadows where you don't want them and make skin look bad.
It might be tough to bounce the flash outside. But you really want it off the camera, whether it's a studio unit or speedlight(s).
You could get blurred Christmas lights encroaching on the subject's face at slow shutter speeds, depending on where in the frame they are located relative to the subject.
I would probably shoot everything at ISO 12,800 on the D3s, and keep shutter speed as high as possible while still allowing the lights to register. You'll probably be shooting around f/3.5 or so in that case.
I'm not sure why you're so hung up what size flash unit(s) to use.
Again, I really feel this belongs in the wedding forum.
>The only reason I mention the flash size is how much power >the flash output might have to be. > >I really don't know if a SB910 mounted on a Mono pod with a >flash modifier would be enought. > >That is why I am asking becasue I have never done anything of >this type of shooting.
That's why I suggested this thread be moved to the wedding forum. If you wanted it moved, I'm sure a mod would do it right away.