As much as I try to just post sneak peeks from my most recent shoots, I also want to give back to the photography community or even just some moms at home who want to take better photos of their kids. All that to say, I'll show you pretty pictures in this post along with a few tips. If you've been to a wedding or event I photograph you'll usually notice that I work with a two speedlight set-up. It allows me to use lighting in so many more ways than just the average, normal on camera flash. Here is fun example of what I'll show you in this post, so keep reading. (Yes I know I drug the shutter so it's a little "blurry", and yes I meant to do it!)
BIG IMPORTANT TIPS ABOUT FLASHES:
Invest in good flashes. I shoot with 2- 580 EX II's. I've heard the 600 EX-rt's are fabulous, but for now my EX II's work incredibly for me.
Secondly, invest in good battery packs for those flashes. It is imperative to have a battery pack so that your flash will fire when you want it to every time (or almost every time!). If you don't have a battery pack on both flashes, you'll find that you'll catch one only good photo instead of 5 or 6.
For the for-fun photogs:
Find a good flash for about $100 and keep reading the upcoming blog posts about how to use it well! I promise I'll show you some tips on how to use it with portraits :)
Okay... now back to the actual point behind this post. When you're in a big dark room (aka a wedding reception) and you have subjects that you want to be evenly lit while being 10-15 feet from each other you have a dilemma. With an on-camera flash you can only really light the subject closest to you. That is when that second flash comes in handy!
I always stand within a few feet of the bride or groom with my Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 580 EX II and my Gary Fong diffuser and then have my off-camera flash set up about 10 feet to the right or left of where I'm standing. See the photo above, where at the very right of the picture you can see my flash firing and where it is positioned. Also notice that I have it on a light stand about 8 ft in the air, pointing straight towards the Bridesmaids. The flash is far enough away that it wasn't too harsh on the group of ladies :)
Also a quick tip I'll share that I learned from Melissa Jill (fabulous wedding photog in Phoenix), you should place the off-camera flash at 1/16 or 1/32 and then adjust your camera settings and on-camera flash settings for the environment you're in. It will allow you to have more control.
I hope that gives a little insight into a 2 light setup and how to better use it at a wedding!