Today you’re with me for a full wedding day. Using the Godox V1 and XPro controller. #weddingphotography #photography #photographer
Using the Nikon D850 as a main camera with the Tamron 85mm F1.8VC and the Nikon D750 with Nikon 24mm F1.4G.
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today you are on top of my camera for a full wedding day come with me see all the settings I take the images with as well as we use a little bit more off camera flash than usual welcome to another wedding day I am Taylor Jackson and I'm going to take you behind the scenes to this wedding night you're on my camera right now obviously and I'm using the Tamron 85 millimeter 1.8 lens because we're doing video coverage today Liam is actually coming we're doing full video coverage so usually what we do is kind of hybrid style coverage so it's myself and a second shooter and we'll just make a small highlight film like it's uniform in a highlight film but today they're doing full video which means that we're making a better highlight film that includes audio from the ceremony as well as capturing kind of all the speeches and all the ceremony audio and everything like that that about covers the the introduction segment of this video let's go take some pictures welcome to the narration of a full wedding day this is me doing video being a human slider it's kind of proof that you don't really need to bring a slider and a tripod to get shots that kind of look like this and on a wedding day I would way rather not have a lot of equipment with me and I can just do pretty much everything handheld on top of my camera you can see the godox v1 I eventually put that in kind of a corner I do my best to essentially reflect that small little flash bulb off of the most white or gray or at least kind of somewhat neutral tone thing possible in the room and fortunately the ceilings are white and I just need a little bit more light coming from this direction that I'm at here because this room that I'm in is very very bright but from kind of back left and direct back this is the edited image the straight of the camera image looks like this it also includes an orchid that I scrubbed out in post I I usually kind of take stock of everything that's in the room and move anything and I thought it fit the scene but grace wasn't really down with it and let me know that at the end so I'm gonna remove it from most of the kind of the key shots I think I might even say we'll try a few with the furniture in the way it is but I might even bring in the couch so we can around here I think it's like some work that I usually do my best to not move around too much furniture but in this case there's a lot that we can do within kind of this small space this is me setting up the X Pro controller for my godox v1 and this is me searching for the little hot shoe to make it stand up I think I found it found it alright gonna put on this table here that is white and reflective pointing at the ceiling which is white these gray walls around it also are basically just going to turn all that into kind of a softbox from that corner I don't officially need that light I wouldn't say but it will help out especially when more and more people get in here just to get a little bit more of kind of a catch light in people's eyes because the lighting from behind is really good and if I shot the opposite direction back into the room that I'm standing in it's just I guess not the most ideal look in that direction as far as just background goes I like the white and the pastels that are going on in this room so I'm just going to use it as much as possible and you can just be kind of looking down like you are alright so you can see that light working a little bit to make things look a little bit more three-dimensional Grayson her dad with a father-daughter portrait beautiful alright so we're gonna use this room as much as we can we have a lot of time today basically the way that I usually schedule it is that I take an hour of getting ready time and if I show up and everybody's a hundred percent ready to go we just kind of do portraits it can really kind of go either way and it completely depends on the couple as you saw in a previous video we actually only did candid coverage and it was the same wedding venue completely different couple I obviously have a lot more time right now to do basically everything that I would ever kind of want and you might have actually heard me talk about this in past videos that I am not scared and not unable to do my job but if I walk into a room and I have just like a white backdrop and that's it and I have to create like an hour worth of work in front of a white backdrop I really do run out of ideas so I'm relying a little bit more on the furniture in the room to create some different levels and some different dynamics that kind of take a little bit of the pressure off of me just posing everybody specifically that we can just kind of work with the elements that we have in there straight to the camera image you can see the the orchid is back to haunt me and if you ever do need to remove something like that content-aware fill in Photoshop is the way that I would say 90% of my more complex adjustments easy adjustments like removing the things on the ceiling there you can easily do in Lightroom but something that's more complex like removing that entire orchid is definitely a better content aware fill things so if you haven't explored that yet definitely worth it and definitely worth having the Lightroom Photoshop Adobe subscription as well that I feel like those are products that scale with you so if you do eventually get into video that you can't get the subscription that includes Premiere and After Effects and all kinds of other things and then completely devote your life and soil to Adobe alright now we're moving into the first look Jeff is on the other side of the glass doors there we thought it'd be a very cinematic opening since the video we're doing today is going to be a little bit more on kind of a cinematic end I would say when couples ask me like what's your style in a meeting I feel like it's the most difficult question because my style is literally whatever the day is like I work with those elements and I create the best possible product based on what the wedding actually is so when people ask me to describe my style I literally have no idea because it's just it's a weird question but today more cinematic a lot more posed than I would usually be doing but definitely like 100 percent like I don't know everything looks great there's a shot at trying to the doors first for some reason I don't know why I put that in there but now I've commented about it so now I can't take it out Liam's here to help he is off to the right and he's pretty much doing entirely video today so usually when I do hybrid coverage I try to do everything myself and myself today I am doing kind of a base level highlight video I guess so I'm shooting enough coverage that if Liam wasn't there that I could make like a three-minute highlight film but with Liam's assistance and specifically Sony because the footage is arguably I guess better than my Nikon footage just because everything's in focus and looks great all the time and that footage is going to mix with my footage very very well and create hopefully an amazing product I think that it's also important if you are shooting video and you're not happy with the videos you're shooting is to shoot it pretty much the exact same way that to photos so if you do shoot in 85 prime shoot that 85 prime and make sure it's stabilized the Tamron products are great because they actually have VC built in them Nikon doesn't have an 85 with stabilization Canon does so if you're Canada true you can get that or if you're stunning shooter then everything just has stabilization because it's just in the body I like the look kind of the shallow depth of field that when I'm shooting video if I'm able to really kind of bloat that background I feel like it adds a whole new level of variety or I guess quality to the project overall the other thing that it does is it creates I guess something that in a wedding day atmosphere you don't have control over every single thing that's kind of going on in the background specifically here kind of do but most of the time when you're in the field if you have very shallow depth of field you can kind of eliminate things that you would need to remove in post-production and content-aware does actually kind of function it's actually pretty good in for video as well but for the most part like I don't want to be doing any small Photoshop adjustments like that or premiere or final cut adjustments in post-production because it really does add a lot of time I guess to the back end process my strategy with video is if I'm there to shoot a highlight I'm gonna shoot a highlight film I'm not gonna take like 14 hours of video footage and try to compress it down into five minutes because that's going to be really challenging I'm gonna pull the pieces basically that I would put together in a blog post if I was doing like a 50 image blog post and I'm gonna make all of those video clips into the actual highlight film I don't actually how many video clips I use and a highlight but I should look that up you can look at each other I think that looks the best sitting poses with guys always very difficult but I think we did a good job here and you guys can keep looking at each other and just I'm always looking for interesting ways to use the environment I obviously don't want to overuse this and deliver them like half of the images from this session just like all artistic but I think to sprinkle in one or two every now and then is really really cool and I prefer to use the environment in a way like that rather than like bringing in anything extra or creating reflections off of my fellow in our prisms or whatever it does create some cool things but I think the more environmental you can make portraits and the more environmental you can make the entire wedding day I feel like it just has a better feel overall to it and I've noticed that there's a little hook on the on the background there you have to remove that too I feel like somebody must have put that up to hang a dress and then just never took that down so unfortunate that it's probably gonna be in a lot of these photos but I'll remove it or I guess crop in and get tighter the the difference is you're noticing I'm actually shooting auto white balance or at least I was because the shade of the light coming through the room is like kind of weirdly greeny and I didn't want to have to like make a full custom profile because based on if they're near the windows are and different lighting then closer to where I'm at over here so there's a lot of different variations of light within this room I usually don't shoot auto white balance but it was the easiest way I think to to take the pictures today rather than constantly like shuffling people to be in the exact same spot and you get a little bit more variation that way – all right let's leave this room forever we spent a long time here but I did get pretty much everything that I needed done from both in couples portraits as well as like the the wedding party as well that like going into the actual photo session quote-unquote that we're in now that was all just getting ready stuff so now it's the photo session and I'm pretty much entirely done as far as all of the things that I would typically get on a wedding day would go I do have kind of an internal list whenever couples ask me like hey like do you want me to give you a shot list and usually the answer is that like that I know I know most of the combinations that they're going to want but I will ask them if they want some like family photos or some different family photos or a lot of them or if there's just like separated families and some complexities there I'll ask them for a list and then I'll always ask them to get somebody else who knows who the people are to at least help me get the next group of folks on deck you might notice it this is from the Tamron 85 you might notice that I also shoot the Nikon 85 as well when I'm doing photo only coverage and it is simply because I like to shoot at 1/4 and that lens I guess has like a strange and beautiful smoothness and vignette into it whereas the Tama on one is a little more I would almost say technically correct which is kind of funny but I think the Nikon has a little bit more character I don't think that it has the the equivalent value of extra character I don't think that you should buy a more expensive lens just because it's more expensive I think this one is is totally great but that's kind of why I use the different lenses and all you always pretty much use my Nikon 85 for the engagement session as well here we are down at the river straight to the camera image as you can see I don't really do a whole lot I pretty much just kind of make the greens a slightly better color all of these presets are available on patreon if you remember there or you could buy them straight out will be a link in the description below I have some bad news they have changed the my favorite room in this entire place where they built the beautiful window softbox – do you see me use this room many times and now they have put some paintings up here cane tables fine I don't want the candy table 5200 if you want either of these paintings call today only take a 10% commission I don't I can't tell you those paintings they don't belong to me but if you if you contact the venue maybe they will as you can see in that last shop my GoPro is set up or Liam's GoPro I guess is set up as kind of a backup camera we have backups and backups of backups whenever we're doing anything specifically with audio that what we have like the main audio that is hopefully coming from the mic in this case we couldn't actually get that feed for whatever reason it's incredibly challenging sometimes with venues specifically newer venues that have everything controlled on an iPad that nobody can point you to the panel where you can get an audio in or I guess I can out from or you can put something into it so here we're kind of unfortunately to use I guess like the tascam dr-05 but ideally I'd want to go through the room mic but because we can't we have to kind of go to level two which is the lab back up and then level three is actually the shotgun microphone that will be on Liam's camera throughout the entire ceremony and then the fourth level of backup is is actually the GoPro that's kind of in the corner that's the the wide room shot to cut to you have to use GoPro you can set up another camera with wide-angle lens if you want but I feel that the GoPro is just it's small enough that you can put it on a light stand it's not too obtrusive whereas if you're setting up a full second tripod or you're setting up like a broad shot in a group shot there's like there's a lot that can start to distract I have also I guess noticed as far as just my packages go and I saw my couples what they actually want is for the most part if they're looking for a full ceremony video they just want kind of that one shot full ceremony so everybody's walking down to Liam's camera right now and he's getting in that shot and then as soon as everybody is up at the front we're gonna go back to the 85 millimeter lens kind of at the back and I feel like at least for my couples that's all they're looking for they don't need a full like hour-and-a-half feature film of the ceremony and speeches and everything that they just kind of want something to look back on and watch on their anniversary or whatever they want to watch it as always I'm attempting to kind of isolate people against the away from the elements I don't want like the door and the exit sign so the best spot is kind of right about there I'm also super conscious of the people that are looking and making sure that I'm only including people if they're actually looking at the scene otherwise if they're looking away from the scene as they're looking at the next bridesmaid it really does kind of pull people out of that photo I feel so I always do my best to make sure that everybody's kind of looking and paying attention and and I will get closer or I will in some cases I guess just like crop out in post-production if somebody is ringing that shot I find that that happens a lot for first dances whenever there's a big audience behind and somebody's phone or whatever that I want to do my best to isolate the couple or isolate the person I'm trying to take the photo up I feel like it's just generally good practice as well to isolate your subject the 70-200 helps out a lot with that if you don't have a 70-200 and you're shooting a wedding just rent one they are something that's easily easily rentable some camera bodies are a little more challenging but if you don't have a 7200 I would 100% say rent the 2.8 version rather than trying to get by with gear that you have if you have not yet rented there's lots of websites it'll do with low shipping rates your house or if you live kind of at a bigger market there might even be a local shop you can also contact there's a few photographers around here and video creators I guess more on the video creator side that will literally like rent you their own gear as well so if you can't find anybody that could be an option to but I would say it's like it makes me go into a wedding day feeling a little bit more relaxed and a little bit less stressed knowing that regardless of what happens that even if like I'm stuck at the back and I walk into a church and like by the way you can only take photos on the back pew that I can actually get the photos that I need or at least do the the best I possibly can with in that situation if I had like a 70 to 300 like the advanced kit lens zoom in this situation I think it f-stops like the f-stop is five six or maybe even like six three once you get down to the 300 end of things and I feel like by that point you're not really creating a super pleasing image in the background that even if you are getting some blur it tends to be distracting blur so I think it's important to kind of rent the best gear especially for your couples and as well as just for you for building your portfolio if it's your first couple of weddings you really want to do the best job you possibly can and that 50 or 60 or 80 dollar rental or whatever it is for the weekend and then stack some other shoots on there too so that if you're doing that and you have like five other shoots on the Sunday and you can get as much use out of it as you possibly can because it is a lens that will really change things I feel like the 85 is another description of that as well that the first time I shot my 85 I was like wow this is just great like everything every image is just beautiful as long as you're in good lighting obviously you have to be aware of it but it really is kind of one of those like oh wow you must have a nice camera it's like yeah like literally I can put this on aperture priority mode and give it to anyone here and they can probably take a pretty nice image so 85 millimeter lens that's why I love it and then also at 7200 is something that just allows you to be a little less obtrusive to the wedding day obtrusive in intrusive whatever it is here we are the front taking pictures take a lot of photos so you probably see me zooming around on the ring so I'm getting lots of different kind of individual faces as well as kind of wider shots depending on what's happening so I like to kind of maximize the time when things are happening and get as many photos as I can especially in that environment where it is I guess more acceptable to take a lot of photos like that and then during the ceremony usually not a whole lot happens they'll do like the basic things but for the most part they're not like you're not gonna get that range of emotions at any other point really throughout the ceremony even if you were rolling like three cameras on everything I like to just set up a center shot at the back of the room since it's just the two of us it's very easy to be able to also get a centered shot and I'm also again still shooting my video clips that I need to be building my my own personal highlight and then I'm gonna add Liam shots to it and it's really gonna like elevate the quality of it quite significantly as far as my packages go if they get the package that comes with full video I will also include a little bit of the audio from either the vows or from a speech or something to just make the I guess the soundtrack to the to the video a little more personal and there's always little sentences you can pull out and even if the entire speech doesn't really make it into the video usually they drop a few little one-liners that are really to kind of include sent me 200 here again coming in really handy and I'm kind of bouncing in a crop mode so in video mode that I can punch into 300 and still be getting my 60 frames per second 1080 HD frame I don't do a whole lot of 4k I don't feel like you really need to do 4k yet maybe as a wedding shooter I prefer to have 60 frames a second rather than having like 30 frames a second at 4k and then also I guess they'll work around – that would be if you want to shoot 60 frames a second at 4k you can use the panasonic gh1 suit my I guess wedding photography coverage style as well as just the general look that I look for with it Micro Four Thirds like great camera system great travel camera great video camera specifically but for my stills I just kind of like a different look they gave everybody flower petals to throw so I'm putting on a wide-angle lens because I don't know how many flower petals are actually gonna be thrown and I would kind of want to get it all especially if there's a lot kind of going on and I'm also putting my flash on my camera here and I'm just bouncing it straight off the ceiling above me because I know that as they walk down the aisle they're gonna be walking beside people that are kind of blocking all the light and I'm doing the best I can I wish I would have stayed on my 85 I think but this worked really well as well and this was a better contingency in case everything just went completely wild that I would have been able to capture that photo but I would say like in general that I prefer the look of my 85 especially five space and then I forgot to roll video through the entire family session so this is the first one with no no family photo session sorry about that it really was just kind of the same settings different combinations of people and then I did the fastest ever just details section you've probably actually seen this room in another on camera wedding day so nothing new there same situation go through the 85 and then go through with the 24 all right it looks really good and even if you guys want to get really close together and just and amazing and I'm just gonna keep you walking cuz I'm just hot trying to hide those planters this is so good yeah I might even make you guys I think so you know what do you want to walk take exactly what you just did dude go the other way just liking it an amazing shot of the back you dress hey forget it that alright what's up all right that's great and if you guys want to turn it around there grace and Jeff you can turn around come back towards me all right looks good and you guys just look at each other just be really happy with each other looks good and come this way just a little bit I was gonna keep you walking towards me oh yeah I know what even if you want to stop right there and you can just kind of like face into each other there it looks really incredible hey man I got some videos already good she wants to do a thing let it do a thing and if you guys won't look at each other yeah ready went over you guys are for intros it's actually pretty challenging in this room the light coming through the windows there is very daylight balanced everything else is very warm so I'm doing what I can to throw a bunch of light at the ceiling directly above me which is only spot that the ceiling is white I could have easily put knocking flash there but it's just as easy for me to kind of stand there since I was a shot it was going to be taking anyways and it worked out pretty well there is a bit of a weird color balance it would probably work better in black and white and now I'm setting my off-camera flash up liam is actually holding it and pointing at the wall that's beside us there that's the easiest way to make a bunch of big softbox from a small flash head so he is pointing it at the building and I'm shooting at 1/4 power so quarter power and that's more than enough in blue hour the GoPros a little bit deceiving it's making it look a little bit brighter than it should but overall it is pretty dark ambient blue hour right now in real life and 1/4 power is just kind of creating the perfect amount of light to really make them stand out and separate and I'll show you what that looks like in a second grace if you want to look out exactly what you're doing you're kind of looking this way you're almost like leaning in exactly like that that was another case where my couple was doing something that I actually wanted them to do and I just had to be able to identify that and tell them to get back in that position I feel like if they naturally do something it's gonna be a lot more just real life to them and they're going to make a better use of that moment I guess and be able to do it more authentically than if I just came up with some random poses and try to put them in it alright that is all for today's video if you want the presets that you see here you can either get them straight out or you can join patreon and get a lot of other stuff like my initial inquiry scripts and all kinds of things so that is it blue hour see you next time