Monday, January 17, 2011

Night Light

I need a little help...or maybe A LOT.

Last weekend, my sister got married in Miami Beach {}, and they're having a big reception in New York this Saturday.

The reception is going to be inside, at 5 o'clock in the evening, and there is only one problem:

I have no idea how to take pictures in the dark!

Well, I can take them...they just never turn out right. Either the subjects' faces are too blown out from the flash or they're too dark and grainy. I practiced for a little bit yesterday evening in Manual Mode and in Auto but I still feel completely clueless.

After doing some midget research tonight, I finally realized that what I need to get is an external flash. However...that's all I know.


Here is a fantastic photo with great use of an external flash, taken by my sister's Wedding Photographers.

How stinkin' cute are my little sister and her new nusband?!

Rachel's photographers were amazing {underline, highlight, bold, italicize AMAZING ~ yes, they were that good!}. Their names are Bryan and Natalie {coincidence? I think not} and they operate NB Photographix. Rach left choosing a photographer up to me because she knows how utterly obsessed I am with photography. After perusing their website {and several other photographers in the area}, it was clear that they were light-years ahead of the competition!

Bryan and Natalie were so nice. And down-to-earth. And ridiculously helpful. And holy moly were they ever talented! In the middle of the reception, they surprised the bride and groom with a slideshow they "threw together" of the wedding & reception. It made me cry. Yeah. They're that good. They're based out of South Florida and I don't care if you live in Alaska: Book them now!

Oh, and that is me in the background {wearing the Lorelei dress in "seaside" dress from J.Crew}, dancing and singing with my mom. I know...she is the coolest. :)

{You even get a glimpse of my hubs in this picture...but he is so tall that all you can see is his tie.}


Lindsay said...

You need an external flash indeed! And I have a light diffuser. The flash can make it or break it really. The best diffusers are by Gary Fong.

Shoot me an e-mail and I'm happy to tell you more about it all, as we are a photography-nut family.

Sherry @ Young House Love said...

Hey Natalie,

Hopefully this post comes in handy? Although the whole at-night thing is definitely a challenge.

And this one is full of reader tips in the comment section. Hopefully there are some external flash details in there somewhere!

Hope it helps! And goooood luck!


Stephanie Sabbe said...

super cute. I am still playing with our camera and we've had it for 2 years. I would LOVE an external flash, but I opted for a new lens this year instead. I will def. have to see what Sherry linked above.

gala dresses said...

maybe a light diffuser will be a great help.

Bethany said...

YEAH! Congratulations, Rachel!

Tori @ said...

GREAT pic!!!

simplyMae said...

don't know much about camera's, but that picture is so cute!!!

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