I spent several weeks before my first wedding visiting other photographers’ web sites. Having a second photographer can be a great strategy. It was on a yacht. If the light shows up in the bottom of the frame, on the grass, it is completely trivial to remove in Lightroom with the click of a mouse. As I discussed in my last post, a macro lens is a must-have lens for wedding photographers because photographing small details like the rings requires a macro lens. Don’t always wait until its super dark dark outside. Actual setups as well differ wildly. With it completely dark, there can be difficulty achieving consistent focus with your camera. Or change the width of the beam coming from your flash? If you're shooting a wide-angle lens which you likely are at this point, your two fingers sort of approximate two human bodies, our bride and groom one is even taller and shorter. There are a number of reasons, why I do this, and have done for some years. At this point, your picture still probably looks brutal, because there's nothing blocking the flash. Image by SDE Wedding Pro Chris Arson Photography. That gets me started, but I will also bring a second or third lens if I have the time. I use the Canon 100mm f/2.8 , which is the perfect lens for me when I need to shoot the details of small objects like the rings. If you can still get a tiny bit of colour in the sky, it can be stunning. A lift up shot, can also look super impressive. Try reaching out to a professional wedding photographer before you start your own wedding photography business. I dial in all my settings, and I know I'm going to be good to go with the bride and groom, and won't have to take too much of their time. At some point during the evening, or even earlier in the day I will just seek their permission, and say hey at some point tonight right at the tail end of the evening, I was thinking I would set up a couple flashes or a light outside and we can do a quick night shot, does that sound good? Rejoice, a job well done. A lot of times I find myself using live view here, and single focus. It all depends on the amount of available light, and the effect you’re going for. Night sky photography might call for a longer shutter speed of 10 seconds or more, while for urban night photography you can probably use a 2-10-second shutter speed. So I will tell them as close as you can but knows what he for heads touching. Set up the light and imagine where the couple will be standing. If the flash is maxed out, try just boosting up that film speed a little bit. Are things lighting up nicely? Sort of a lien over dip, which oftentimes you have to move the groom backward a step, so that when he dips her your couple is still centered, and blocking the flash. The Stratford Country Club, a common location for me, put up a new ceremony site. Rain is your friend. Just be mindful, that the umbrella you choose is really going to show up. Probably one of the fewest scenarios, where rain is truly your friend on the wedding day. A desolate wasteland is all you need. Like other parts of the wedding day, the reception also provides issues, especially when it happens outdoors at night. A funny moment is happening, you cracked an awesome joke and your couple have thrown their heads back with glee, and your camera won't take the picture because it is waiting on the flash to recycle. If it's been raining all day, and it's finally stopped just at the wrong time don't forget to look for puddles. Failing that, the middle of a field will work just fine. From there I can bump up the flash power if it's wireless. So I cannot disappoint them! The second thing I will sometimes do,  is grab a couple wedding guests, or members of the wedding party.