10 Ways to Use a MagGrid in Wedding Photography

Speedlight Grids like the MagGrid are essential tools for wedding photographers seeking precise control over lighting. They allow photographers to shape and direct light without the light spilling everywhere in the scene. In the context of wedding photography, Speedlight Grids offer numerous creative opportunities to capture impactful, dramatic, and interesting imagery. Let's explore some of the ways photographers can utilize Speedlight Grids to elevate their wedding photography game.


The following images are provided by the wedding photographers at Wedding Maps and used with permission.


Using the MagGrid as Main Light For Couples


The most common application of Speedlight Grids like the MagGrid in wedding photography is as the main light source for couples. By using a flash grid, photographers gain full control over the light's direction, preventing unwanted spill onto the background. This technique maintains the desired mood and ensures the subjects are beautifully lit.  See some examples below:


Photo by Laurentiu Nica (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Craiova's downtown in Dolj, Romania


Photo by Sarah Goff Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Tapestry House in Laporte, Colorado, USA 


Photo by Dan Sauer (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Rome in Rome, Italy 


Photo by Green Apple Weddings (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Beckley Creek Park in Louisville, Kentucky, USA


Using Speedlight Grids to Backlight a Couple


Employing a backlight with the MagGrid can help create an interesting and captivating effect, making the couple stand out from the background. The grids prevent light from spilling all over the scene, resulting in a more focused and dramatic image.


Photo by 1836 Photographie (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Morgan Creek Barn in Dripping Springs, TX, USA


Photo by Angie Nelson (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)


Photo by Jared Gant (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)



Using Speedlight Grids to Highlight an Individual Among a Group


Speedlight Grids enable photographers to highlight specific individuals within a group of people. This technique works wonders for capturing creative groomsmen photos, where one person can take the spotlight while others remain slightly in the shadows.


 Photo by Zack Bradley (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Hi-Wire Brewing in Asheville, NC, United States


Photo by Lin and Jirsa (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)


Photo by JCM Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Longleaf Vineyard in Marshall, NC, United States



Using Speedlight Grids to Highlight an Individual for Toasts


During wedding toasts, using Grids on your Speedlight allows photographers to accentuate the speaker without dispersing light all around. This way, the photographer can ensure the spotlight remains on the speaker, capturing heartfelt moments with precision.


 Photo by Andy Madea Photo (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Sugarbush Resort in Warren, VT, United States


 Photo by Jared Gant (Website | Wedding Maps Profile)



Using Speedlight Grids to Highlight an Individual on the Dance Floor


On the dance floor, Grids on Speedlights come in handy for illuminating a specific subject while keeping the rest of the scene relatively dim. This technique gives photographers control over the light, enabling them to capture dynamic and energetic images without overwhelming the entire scene.


Photo by 4 Eyes Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Sheraton hotel in Calgary in Calgary, Canada



Using Speedlight Grids to Cross-light a Couple


For a unique and visually interesting effect, photographers can use two flashes with Speedlight Grids placed behind the subjects. By aiming the flashes across, each individual is highlighted separately from the back, adding depth and dimension to the image.


Photo by Jessie and Dallin (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden, UT, USA


Photo by Kivus and Camera (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Belt Line Station in Durham, North Carolina, United States



Using Speedlight Grids to Highlight the Couple for a Sparkler Exit


During a sparkler exit, Speedlight Grids provide photographers with the control needed to highlight the couple while avoiding excessive illumination of the surrounding area. This technique helps create stunning images that focus on the couple and the magical moment.  Without the light control, the light from the sparklers may not be visible and the color can get washed out.


Photo by Holding and Co (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Serendipity Garden Weddings in Oak Glen, CA, USA



Using Speedlight Grids in a Composite


In composite photography, Speedlight Grids offer precise lighting control, allowing photographers to light up each individual without compromising the overall mood. This technique is particularly useful when combining multiple images to create a cohesive final result.  See the example below.


Photo by Irina Duane (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Boyne Hill House Estate in Co. Meath, Ireland



Using Speedlight Grids to Highlight a Bride or Groom Portrait


When photographing individual portraits of the bride or groom, Speedlight Grids can produce striking effects that accentuate the subject's features while preserving the ambiance of the scene. This technique can also be used to chisel out the shape of the subject.


Photo by Andy Sidders Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Fredrick's Hotel in Maidenhead, England


Photo by SMJ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) Photo at Linwood Estate in Carlisle, PA, USA


 Photo by Andreas Pollok (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Villa Raab in Hessen, Germany


Photo by Courtland Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Barcelo, Aruba in Aruba, Caribbean, Aruba



Using Speedlight Grids in Combination with Colored Gels


Combining Maggrid with colored gels opens up new creative opportunities. By adding gels to the Speedlight Grids, photographers can create captivating and artistic effects, playing with color theory to enhance their imagery.


Photo by Kivus and Camera (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Ridge Asheville in Asheville, North Carolina, United States 



More Examples of Speedlight Grids


Below are a few more example of using grids in wedding photography.


 Photo by BridgetQ Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Hampton Manor in Hampton in Arden, Solihull, England


Photo by Luzye Photography (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Vellano Estate by Wedgewood Weddings in Chino Hills, California, United States


 Photo by Ladman Studios (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Old Mystic Village Chapel in Mystic CT, United States


 Photo by Belinda Philleo (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at The Orchard in Menifee, CA, USA


 Photo by Piper Brown (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Glen Manor House in Middleton, RI, United States


 Photo by Lets Make a Memory (Website | Wedding Maps Profile) at Hangar 21 South in Fullerton, CA, USA





Incorporating Speedlight Grids like the MagGrid into wedding photography allows photographers to exercise precise control over lighting, resulting in visually stunning images. Whether it's highlighting individuals, capturing intimate moments, or creating captivating effects, Speedlight Grids are versatile tools that enhance the photographer's creativity and technical prowess. Experimenting with these techniques will undoubtedly elevate your wedding photography to new heights.

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