Why I love this wedding picture of the Bride and the Rings

July 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Beautiful Bride Praying with Priest Blessing the RingsMcCreadie Wedding shot by Lani Kai Photography I had to be quick because I knew right after this moment they were going to exchange the rings and then would would come the Kiss and trying to shoot the Kiss from the front of the altar was not an option. The priest would block the view of the Bride and Groom and I would be in the sight of onlookers ruining their moment, not to mention I would be in the pictures the guest take trying to capture that moment. Almost everyone had their heads bowed and eyes closed in prayer, so I knew I could get in close while the Priest was holding up the rings. I had to stand far enough back to zoom out to 200mm at f2.8 to get the most shallow depth of field possible, I wanted the guest completely out of focus. Switch to single point focus to prevent the camera from back focusing. You see, my camera uses contrast detection for it's to auto focus, meaning it would pick the greatest area of contrast which would have been the Bride. If I didn't switch the focus point camera would have focused on the Bride and left the rings out of focus. While locking to focus, check the exposure, if it's good lock it in, click the shot, recompose to get a different composition, shoot it, now get out the way because the prayer is over and everbody is about to look up now.

I wrote this just as an example of the mind of a professional photographer, how we think and what we see, also the importance of knowing our equipment and it's limitations.

Thank you for reading the story of this picture, and please feel free to comment or post a question.


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