Rooftop Bride & Groom with Cliff Mautner

Rooftop Bride & Groom with Cliff Mautner

Cliff Mautner is a wedding photographer and educator based in New York.

When shooting weddings, Cliff needs gear that is lightweight and versatile.  That's why he uses Rogue Light Modifiers.

"Balance. That’s one of the most important technical elements when using speedlights.

Generally, I only use one speedlight when I’m under the time constraints of wedding photography. I try to simply balance that light with the ambient, regardless of whether it’s daytime or nighttime. Here, on the roof of the Hudson Mercantile in Manhattan, I wanted to balance the flash on my subject with the warm, hazy, night skyline which included the Empire State building. By using a relatively show shutter speed, I maintained the glow and warmth of the sky. My assistant also reduced the angle of the SB flash unit by zooming the head out to about 135 mm, or so to avoid spilling the light where I didn’t need it.

The variable, of course, is always having a terrific couple who want to go on the rooftop on a miserable evening!"

Nikon D5, Nikkor 24-120mm F4G, 1/25th F4.0 @ ISO 800

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