Photo of the Day: Big Sky (and Flash Composite comparison)

The threatening rain was worrying for a bit at Karen and Aaron’s wedding, but the timing worked out perfectly, cooling the day down and giving us a great sky.

We had about five minutes to do group photos at Brooklyn Bridge Park, so I did a quick, three-shot flash composite of the wedding party and then a very quick flash-free shot with the kids in it. I talked a lot about flash composites and the possibilities it opens up at my Adorama lecture yesterday, so I thought I’d show a quick comparison from two sorts of shots in the same place and conditions:

Scott Beattie - Ryan -> Thanks for posting this comparison. It really brings together what you were speaking about last night. BTW, Great job! I really enjoyed learning about your techniques. I’m hoping you do another full day workshop in the near future. I’d love to learn more.

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Scott Beattie - Ryan – Thanks for posting these shots. It really brings together what you were talking about last night at the Adorama lecture. BTW, great job. I really enjoyed learning about your techniques. I’m hoping you are going to be doing a full day workshop in the near future. I want to learn more!

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Matilda "Tilly" Beezley - Wow, Ryan. There is such a difference between something thought out and “created” and something just shot quickly. Your brides and grooms are very lucky that you take the time to create beautiful masterpieces for them. Just gorgeous!!

Scott Beattie - Ryan- thanks for posting this. It really helps to bring together what you were speaking about last night. BTW, your lecture was great. I’m hoping you are planning a full day workshop in the near future. I’m looking forward to learning more.

Keith Hammond - Ryan just wondering when you shoot a flash composite of a wedding party do have an assistant with the flash on a pole or are you hand holding the flash yourself. Regards Keith

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Stephanie - I’m loving the swimmers in the background!

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Keith Hammond - Ryan i’m just wondering when you shoot your flash composite of the bridal party do you have an assistant with flash on a pole or do you hand hold the flash. Regards Keith

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Mike Sheehan - This really illustrates the advantage of using the technique, makes the point beautifully.

Mathias - Wow, that’s quite a difference. Could you say something about why having the flash on makes such a huge difference on how the sky looks?

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks! It’s pretty simply the difference between f/4 and f/14. I could have taken a shot with the sky looking like that without flash, but the people would have been dark.

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