Shoot: Jana & Jeff. Married
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Monday, February 13, 2012


An excellent start to the wedding season with Jana and Jeff, with a wonderfully intimate wedding at Hotel Metro... the collection of family and friends were mercifully much warmer than the biting winds which bite much harder on the Milwaukee rooftops...something Jana & Jeff won't have to worry about as they head to Tahiti shortly...

Jana & Jeff. Married. from Steve Bowman on Vimeo.

So this was a perfect way to get back into the swing of things. It had most of the elements I enjoy in a wedding, and it was nice and short too. There were two elements that were challenging for this one. The first was the fact that I had only spoken with Jana and Jeff through email before we showed up...

...thankfully they turned out to be super laid back and a great couple, and we sailed through the day very painlessly indeed. It's definitely not something I would like to roll the dice on on a weekly basis however. Of course my public face via the website works as an excellent filter to quickly get rid of people with zero sense of humour or who would otherwise make things difficult, but it definitely served to remind me of that fact.

Secondly, it was a reminder that it's not just churches that force me to shoot in bad light. Hotel Metro is a lot of things, but photographer friendly, for me at least it isn't. The problem as always is to balance the ambiance of the venue with getting good shots. Mostly I balanced some flash with a view to converting to black and white (where the ambient tones wouldn't matter) with shooting at higher ISO's, mostly at 3200 or 1600 if I could get away with it.

I don't care who says differently, when a room is lit solely by candles and low wattage tungsten, any time you pop that flash, even going TTL or trying to balance the ambient and the bounced flash, you're going to blow the true feel of the place to pieces, so you take your lumps with the WB and higher ISOs. Ultimately I'm used to shooting like this, but even with so much experience under my belt, you still go through the motions of trying various things.

The bottom line is that a great many people wouldn't even consider shooting at 3200, and I think that's a shame. Too many people are a slave to sharpness, and as such will just nuke the hell out of a room, even if it means the images people have to remember the day by look absolutely nothing like they did...