Jiggie Alejandrino reveals his process behind capturing stunning wedding photos
The happiest day of a couple’s life can be the most stressful day for a photographer. After all, you often get only one day to make the most out of the nuptials.
Therefore, venturing into wedding photography is not something to take lightly. It is one area that covers a whole span of photography genres: Portraiture, landscapes, and close-ups, plus documentary-type visuals and family and group shots.
Here to provide some insight into this ambitious genre is Jiggie Alejandrino, a Philippines-born photographer who has more than a decade’s worth of photography experience.
Aside from his creative eye, the sharpshooter is celebrated as a lighting specialist in his craft. His prowess in manipulating ambient and artificial light has certainly proved advantageous in achieving clean and classic photographs, a kind that is sought after in portrait and wedding photography.
Read on to find out more about the gear and techniques Jiggie uses for some of his favorite wedding shots.
Alpha 7R III | FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS | 70mm | 1/250sec | F22 | ISO 100
You might hazard a guess that Jiggie’s preferred composition is shots that are underexposed artfully. In this photograph, he had taken advantage of the ambient light to capture an ethereal composition of the couple and nature’s spectacular beauty.
“You have to see beyond ambient light in order to see the magic hidden in a scene,” he shared. “I underexposed the scene to bring out the colors in the sky, popped a flash, and used Sony’s FE 70–200 mm F4 G OSS to bring the background closer to the subjects.”
Other functions of the G lens that may have contributed to this stunning shot are its mid-range zoom to reach more of the scenery, optimal corner-to-corner sharpness for vivid details, and image stabilization to minimize blur. The lens also boasts a compact, lightweight design for seamless destination shoots.
Alpha 7R III | FE 50 mm F1.4 ZA | 50 mm | 1/5 sec | F1.4 | ISO 1,600
Poorly lit conditions? Jiggie is unfazed when he uses Sony’s 50 mm F1.4 ZA prime lens that boasts a large aperture for low-light shooting. The photographer elaborated that the above shot was taken in a pitch-black venue.
“I used the ambient light from the candles, which I captured by handholding Sony’s Alpha 7R III at 1/5 of a second, thanks to its in-body stabilization,” he revealed. I also put a flash behind the subjects.”
Alpha 7R III | FE 16–35 mm F4 ZA OSS | 16 mm | 1/250 sec | F16 | ISO 100
A moment of true love is sometimes best captured against breathtaking scenery. Jiggie counts on Sony’s FE 16–35 mm F4 ZA OSS lens to achieve such shots, thanks to its wide-angle zoom range with refined optics that secure all the fantastic details and color. Alongside the lens, which he paired with Sony’s Alpha 7R III, the photographer used an external flash to enhance the light that resulted in an appealing rim, separating the couple from the background.
Alpha 7R III | FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM | 38mm | 1/200sec | F2.8 | ISO 100
Jiggie shared that when it comes to wedding photography, he falls back on the FE 24–70 mm F2.8 GM from Sony’s most advanced lens line. This is fitting as the G Master lens offers a generous zoom range for Sony’s camera bodies, where imaging is taken at extremely high resolution with crisp details and textures intact. With a creamy bokeh to boot, the above shot is a testament to the lens’ excellence.
He added: “The lens allowed me to get the proper composition—even in such a tight place—and at an aperture of F2.8, it achieves nice out-of-focus front elements to make the couple stand out in an otherwise busy scene.”
Alpha 7R III | FE 85mm F1.4 GM | 85mm | 1/640sec | F1.4 | ISO 100
For portraitures, Jiggie counts on the FE 85 mm F1.4 GM lens, also coined the ultimate portrait prime from Sony’s most elite lens series. With a wide F1.4 aperture setting, the lens boasts unbeatable resolution and built-in tech such as ED glass elements that suppress chromatic aberration and minimize artificial coloration. Its bokeh also extremely impressed Jiggie.
“The beautiful bokeh this lens creates was the perfect complement to the light I placed behind the subjects on camera left,” he said, referring to the above wedding shot taken outdoors. “This combination allowed me to use all the distracting elements as a frame for the couple.”
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