CAMERA: Nikon D600 LENS: Sigma 35mm Art
EXPOSURE: f/14 at 1/160 of a second
LIGHTING: Profoto B2 with 2-foot OCF Octa Softbox
Striking a Match
This groom mentioned he was doing something special
with his groomsmen in between the wedding and the
reception. When he told me his groomsmen gift was
cigars, I immediately thought of this kind of photo. I wanted to
convey the idea and feel of a 1930’s film noir scene. I wasn’t sure
where on the property they were going to do this, but they wound
up doing it out on the sidewalk, in the afternoon.
In order to overpower the daylight and achieve soft-looking
light on the faces, I brought my Profoto 2-foot OCF Octa Softbox
in close, boomed high overhead and to the camera left at 45
degrees. I’m not a personal fan of high-speed sync on flashes
and strobes because you can lose some of the light efficiency. I
set my base exposure at f/14 and 1/160, and after taking a quick
snap, I loved how dark the scene looked. Originally I hadn’t even
conceived of having a lighter in the shot—it was a happy accident
when he lit the cigar.
Mike Allebach is a wedding and portrait photographer based in
Philadelphia, PA, who specializes in offbeat, tattooed and LGBT
weddings as well as “boudoir badassery” sessions.
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