Hannah Beatrice | Documentary Wedding Photography | Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire | Castlefield Light Test
Artistic and soulful documentary wedding photographer based in Manchester, covering Liverpool, Leeds and North West. Photojournalist, natural and relaxed photography for portraits and events.
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Castlefield Light Test

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Castlefield Light Test

A few weeks ago, I joined North West photographers, Jonty, Anurag and Emma, to have a little play with some off-camera flash around Castlefield in Manchester.

Whilst my wedding photography is very much of a documentary style, meaning that I aim to be as unobtrustive (and therefore ‘un-flashey’!) as possible, I still wanted to learn some techniques that would be useful in other situations, like non-wedding portraits. When it’s not the biggest day of your life and you have specifically decided to have some photos taken, I think it’s perfectly appropriate to get some flashes out and spend some time creating the light the way you want it.

These images are captured with help of a speedlight and softbox, 45 deg to the side of the camera and a little above the eyeline.



Er, this one is captured with just the help of my big old friend, the sun – can’t get out of the documentary habit! But it’s useful to show you how bright the day was, at exactly the same time the other images were taken. The power of a flash is such that it can be used to allow you to dial back the exposure on a background, giving you a night time feel even in broad daylight.



These images below were taken with one flash 45 deg off to my right and a second flash positioned behind Anurag. Additionally, they use a coloured gel to give a blue cast to the background.



I do love the creative control you get with flash, so am excited to start incorporating more of this into my portrait work. (But fear not, I will continue to shoot your wedding day so it looks like the day!)


Model friends:
Jonty of JAY Photographic Images
Anurag of Shutterleaf Photography
Emma of Emma Dickinson Photography