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The upper picture was taken using straight flash. The lower shot, however, used the gazebo's lighting for warmth and a four-point star filter for added sparkle.
The upper picture was taken using straight flash. The lower shot, however, used the gazebo's lighting for warmth and a four-point star filter for added sparkle.

A tip from photographer Mike Bauldry in his own words:

How to add extra pizzazz to an ordinary shot.

The situation:
The bride and groom, outside at night in a lit-up gazebo.

Your choices:
1) Take a flash picture, and this is what you get - blah and flat, a picture with no depth.
2) Ask the subjects to not move for eight seconds, and use flash at the start of a time-exposure shot. Now you have added softness and depth for an image that makes that bride and groom feel it was worth the mosquito bites.

Technical data:
1) ISO 100 film photographed at 1/60 sec at ƒ/5.6 using electronic flash.
2) ISO 100 film photographed at 8 seconds at ƒ/5.6, with electronic flash at the start of the exposure, and with a four-point star filter attached to the lens.

You can see two more of Mike's beautiful wedding images by clicking here.