GETTING IT TO ALL HAPPEN TOGETHER
The number one rule in my humble opinion, when using any introduced light source, be it flash, led light etc is to... EXPOSE FOR THE AMBIENCE FIRST THEN ADD YOUR LIGHT
By doing this and then dialling in your light source to correctly illuminate your subject will normally always give you the best result and show off the beautiful colours of your scene unless you’re going for lighting that is really creative or out of the ordinary.
Just remember your camera has its limitations and what you see in your mind may not always be possible in camera, but if you get it as close as possible to your vision then Photoshop is your next amazing tool to really polish and enhance your photo.
When I am looking for a shot I see light, shadow, color, contrast and my background and when I am thinking about what to do with all those elements I am thinking about creativity, visual impact and the relationship between the subject and the scene, ie: I need to give them a reason to be there.
CREATING THE SCENE
I like to think of my ambient exposure and my introduced light exposure as two separate things that I adjust in two steps. First I will set my scene by finding the ambient exposure and composition, once I have worked out the ambient exposure and decided on my composition. I will bring the subject in and work out the introduced light exposure.
This allows for two things, first I can better manage complicated shots by simply adjusting two settings, therefore simplifying the process, and second I can set up my shot, figure everything out and then bring the subject into the frame to save time and not have them getting bored standing around waiting for me to get my settings right.
Remember pre-visualising your shots or storyboarding is a really great way to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed on the day and run out of ideas. Nobody likes a stressed and flustered photographer at their wedding, that doesn’t install confidence at all so be prepared