San Francisco City Hall Photography Lighting

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The grand staircase is a beautiful wedding photography location in the late afternoon especially if there aren’t too many people milling around. To add to the drama of this shot, we back-lit Laura and Robert with a remote speed light that is controlled by a radio trigger. Notice the natural golden highlights on the stairs themselves. The staircase at City Hall is probably one of the top indoor locations for wedding photography in San Francisco. The same couple is pictured below with Laura in front of city hall’s 3rd floor window illuminated by beautiful natural light. We also used an umbrella flash to fill in some of the shadows. There is no doubt that San Francisco city hall wedding photographers that employ professional lighting can obtain superior results here. Fantastic photos with purely natural light are also possible, but there are few locations in city hall where this does not work so well. If you were to place your couple at the base of he Grand Staircase, you will find that the lighting is mostly overhead. Professional wedding photographers understand that overhead lighting is not complimentary. It often results in "raccoon eyes" and ugly chin shadows in the final wedding images. Care should be taken when using Natural Light, because contrary to what you may hear, it is not always better. I am personally a big fan of natural light photography, but I also know when to use and when not to. We bring Professional off-camera lighting to every San Francisco city hall wedding to make sure our newlyweds receive the best possible results.