Wedding venue lighting

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akkers5 Regular Member • Posts: 284
Wedding venue lighting

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?

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Sailor Blue
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Re: Wedding venue lighting

How much money is too much?

Without a lot more details about the venue your question is impossible to answer fully.

It might be that nothing but an on-camera hot-shoe flash is all that is needed.

It might be that thousands of watt seconds of strobe power are needed.

Fill in details about venue size, wall type and colors, windows, ceiling height and color,  stage height, background, and ambient lighting. Can light stands be used? Can lights be clamped to beams?

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Re: Wedding venue lighting
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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?

This sounds like you're dealing with someone who is possibly very confused.  A lighting system for photographers would likely be strobes - not stage lights.  The triggering system would be manufacturer specific - sometimes even model specific to the camera.  And the use of said triggers requires knowledge - even mastery by the photographer to use properly.

In sum - the photographer should be talking with the friend - the internet can't help.  

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tugwilson Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: Wedding venue lighting
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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?

I would suggest your friend leaved the lighting and the type and location of the photographs to the photographer.

BAK Forum Pro • Posts: 25,464
Re: Wedding venue lighting

Two 8 x 8 foot scrims lit with 5600 K floods, with lots of bulbs, to satisfy stills and videos.

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MindInRewind Senior Member • Posts: 1,229
Re: Wedding venue 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?

Waste of money to supply lighting.  Couples pay big bucks for wedding photographers, they supply their own lighting - and if they don't then they shouldn't be in the business.

~MIR

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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