July 11, 2019

Photographing @ f2.0 vs. f16 on Beach with Bride & Groom

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Can we get nerdy for a second?

Nifty 50mm lens has seriously been delivering some spectacular stuff lately. I’m dying over this perfect example of photographing at f2.0 versus f16.

Both images photographed with Profoto lights on the beach – it was so so very bright at 2:30 in the afternoon on Brant Beach in New Jersey. I stayed in the exact same location on the beach to snag this shot and quickly re-mathed the exposure in my head to create two different looks with the same exact crop and situation.

At f16 most things will be in focus and at f2.0 it’s very selective what will be in focus. Two scenarios – maybe the bride and groom are beach bums and those are their umbrellas with the bridal party back there. Believable, right? So I’d want it a bit in focus to tell the story. Or perhaps, I just want a pop of color on the desolate beach – a little team red and team blue coming together.

f16 on the beach with Bride and Groom

50mm | f16 | 1/250 | ISO 100 Lit with Profoto B1 and B1X

Huge shout out for Paige and Kevin with being able to hold the same pose while I attempt to do camera math in my head. #naileditguys

f2.0 on the beach with Bride and Groom

50mm | f2.0 | 1/6400 | ISO 100 Lit with Profoto B1 and B1X (hss)

Kinda neat, right? Most people prefer the f2.0 look to their images, it creates a bit more of a romantic feel – but I’m quite partial to the f16 shot as well!

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