Fstoppers Tutorial: How To Light Wedding Reception Venues for Wedding Photography

Fstoppers Tutorial:  How To Light Wedding Reception Venues for Wedding Photography


Here is a short excerpt from our 14 hour digital tutorial on all things wedding photography


  1. OMG this happened to me this last Saturday. My FIRST wedding at that! It was the venue was this HUGE church with wooden ceilings AND walls and on top of this I was as well. Plus they the church rep said that we could only use flash up until the back half of the church. And that we could not take photos from any other part but the halfway part of the church. It was crazy!

  2. Extremely helpful, I struggled a bit in reception lighting in the last wedding I did but this tutorial has sparked back so many options I can go with to improve. Thank you.

  3. How do you capture the burst of flash in your photos? I can't seem to get that down just yet. Flash is usually blowing my photos up when I try this setup in lighting a reception room.

  4. What is the name of the blond photographer? Where I can find his photos? I wanna see the result. I think he's pretty talented.

  5. Would Profoto B2's not be acceptable lights to use if you only had two to start off with? If they would be ok, how many do you think would be efficient enough to light up a dark space with the proper light drop offs?

  6. Suggestion: … Great script, drop the word basically from every entry of explanation and your presentations will take an amazing turn to the better…

  7. Lee, do you still hang the pocket wizard off to the side, or has this changed? Or has this changed altogether and you dont actively shoot weddings as much?

  8. Nice video Fstoppers!
    kickers and rim lights are alot of fun and create a dynamic effect to the images, but as a heads up, when and if you choose to go with that system, practice and learn your lights and lens combos for use with it and always be aware of flare artifacts when shooting with backlighting on more spread out dance floors, or when lighting is set lower in the background and no bodies are in place as natural gobo's. In many cases, flare can be a nice added effect depending on your clients taste, but no bride, groom or wedding guest would welcome having their faces perfectly obscured by the green zombie floating camera right at 17:56 Happy strobing!

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