Reception Lighting : Using Multiple Off-Camera Flashes

When it comes to off-camera flash, the thought alone can be daunting – how do you start?  What modifiers do you use?  What if it’s sunny?  Is off-camera flash meant for portraits?  When do you use it?  When do you not use it?

Now multiply that, go inside, and light a reception room.  Terrifying, right?  If you want to create reception lighting using multiple off-camera flashes, where do you even start?  How many flashes do you need?  What kind?  What power do you set them on?  Where do you put them?  How do use use them? What if you’re at a reception and the room is a weird shape?  What if?  How?  Don’t worry, Emily Pogozelski is here to help!

In our brand new course, Reception Lighting : Using Multiple Off-Camera Flashes, Emily will completely demystify the reception lighting process.  If you’ve ever wanted to use two, three, or even four flashes to cover an entire reception, this will absolutely be the class for you.

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The benefits of the system that Emily uses are easy to see:

  • The system is simple and flexible.
  • It can easily be taught to your team (assistant, associate photographers, second photographers).
  • It can be used solo– no assistant required!
off camera flash for wedding receptions
Using Emily’s simple four-light setup, creating images like this will be a breeze!

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to set up four flashes to “cross light” a reception space.
  • How to use simple radio transmitters/receivers for rapid switching and easy communication between your cameras and flashes.
  • The gear essentials for a multi-light reception setup (it’s less than you’d think!)
  • Precisely where to place your lights and why – complete with diagrams!
  • What your basic camera and flash settings should be, and how to experiment to find the right settings for you.
  • What modifiers to use – and not use!
  • What to do if you have no room for a light stand.
  • How to add even more flashes for a more specialized look : when, where, how, and why you’d do this.
  • What parts of the reception to use which lights for and how to easily switch.
off camera flash wedding reception tutorial
A simple four-light setup will allow you to use any combination of the lights – or all of them at once! – to great effect

At the end of this tutorial, setting up your reception lights will no longer be something you fear – it will be something you love!  Want to talk about it?  Join our Facebook group today!

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