A few days ago I attended a workshop with world renowned American wedding photographer David Beckstead. The workshop was hosted by the Swedish photographer Benny Ottosson in Tanumshede. I’m so inspired now that I can’t wait to show you some of the pictures. There were a lot of pictures, so I’ll divide them up. This first batch is frcom Grebbestad church.
With my background in nature photography, I’m well aware of the rules and concepts of composition, but when photographing weddings, it’s easy to be lulled into a habit of taking the pictures that are expected–capturing the action and the emotion but perhaps not really thinking about composition. This workshop challenged us to think about composition in different ways, challenging what we know and getting outside of our comfort zones.
We also got to work with some unconventional posing. I somehow doubt that “dead bride” will become one of my standards, but it was fun to experiment with.
I love shooting with only existing light, so that part of the workshop was nothing new to me. It certainly does add drama to the shot.
One more aspect of the workshop was working with reflections. We did lots of that later in the day, but we also made use of the plastic cover to the sound system’s mixing board. I must admit I never would have thought of that, but the result was really cool!