Wedding venue lighting

Started Sep 2, 2019 | Questions thread
Jacques Cornell
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Basic stage lighting

akkers5 wrote:

A friend of mine is setting up a wedding venue. There will be a central stage where bride, groom and family will sit. All videos and photos will be taken here.

Will there be any benefit if he gets a lighting system setup for the photographer? This so that the photographer can come in and hook up using a remote and off he goes, rather than him setting up his own gear.

If so, what kind of setup would you suggest?

Trying to provide flash lighting for photographers would be wasted effort, as photographers' approaches vary wildly and myriad incompatibilities between cameras, flashes and radio triggers pretty much doom a one-size-fits-all approach to failure.

OTOH, continuous stage lighting sufficient for, say, f2.8, 1/125 and ISO 1600 would allow many photographers to leave their flashes in their bags. More and more corporate event venues and AV production companies are providing this, and it's very liberating. I strongly advise against using LEDs for stage lighting, as these generally cause really ghastly issues with image quality. My experience with them has been awful. That said, it may be that there are full-spectrum LEDs that don't cause these issues, and this would require careful investigation before committing to purchase.

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