Wedding Photography at Night

by Cheryl Houlden
(Brandon MB Canada)

Wedding Photography at Night<br>Photo by Aleksandr Neplokhov from Pexels

Wedding Photography at Night
Photo by Aleksandr Neplokhov from Pexels

I have a Nikon D3000 Camera, and have been experimenting with photo shoots but I have yet to take a decent night picture
What kind of aperture etc would I need to use.
I am doing a wedding in August and its in the evening so i would like to capture some beautiful sunset shots and low light shots
any suggestions would be very helpful
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Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for your question. Shooting weddings and doing night photography are both very in depth photographic situations and can't be answered in a simple blog post. There is so much online advice you can learn from, but experience is the best teacher of all.

Seriously, if you are shooting a wedding at night as the hired professional photographer for the wedding you should practice night photography of people in advance of the big day before trying it for a first time.

You can get some great ideas from Pinterest and try to duplicate those photos on your own with your Nikon D3000. It can be a challenging situation, but also an opportunity to get very creative with your wedding photographs when it's dark outside.

Having a "fast lens" with a large maximum aperture like f/2.8 or f/2.0 will be a big help in those low existing light shots.

If you are interested in night photography, I recommend this book: Night Photography: Finding your way in the dark

Wedding photography takes a lot of experience to master. I suggest you find a local photographer and ask to assist him or her for free on several weddings before you attempt one on your own.

In terms of what aperture to use, it depends on the situation, the Depth of Field you wish to achieve,the amount of light there is, and whether you are using flash or existing light.

In general for sunset and low light shots, you use a wide open aperture (a small f-stop number) to prevent motion blur from too slow of a shutter speed.

Here is a highly rated book on lighting and shooting weddings: Captured by the Light: The Essential Guide to Creating Extraordinary Wedding Photography

Best wishes,
lots to learn.

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