From time to time I get asked about uplighting, and if uplighting will have an effect on the couple’s wedding video. For those of you who are reading this and have no idea what “uplighting,” is….. here is a photo from the Bridgeview Yacht Club on Long Island. The uplighting is the green lights illuminating up the windows and around the ceiling of the room.
In this particular situation, at this venue (The Bridgeview Yacht Club), the uplighting is positioned far enough away from the dance floor to have a negative effect on the skin tones of the bride and groom on the dance floor. The bride and groom’s skin tone look great, and the uplighting does it’s job by lighting the outside of the room, without bleeding over onto the dance floor. The reception room at the Bridgeview Yacht Club is also large, and the surrounding walls are far away from the dance floor. This is an example of when uplighting works and looks good.
Below is an example of bad uplighting. Notice the bride and her father’s skin tone. They look purple, their guests look purple, even the photographer looks purple! There are so many venues in the Long Island/NY area that provide… or should I say… charge extra for this crap. Save your money. If you are considering using uplighting… go to your venue… ask them to show you what the uplighting looks like… and stand on the dance floor with your fiancé while the uplighting is on. If your fiance looks like a Smurf, or something out of an animated disney movie…. chances are…. that is how you will appear on your wedding day, and in your wedding video.
Here is another thing to look out for when considering adding on a lighting package from the venue, band or DJ. Find out what the lighting package is before you purchase it. Below is a photo of the “lighting package,” that one of my couples purchased… that’s right… they spent extra money on this. Their “lighting package” shot tiny specs of green, red and orange lights all over the dance floor, which translated into tiny dots of light all over everyone’s face, clothes, etc… Looks really good in your photos and video.
In conclusion… there are DJ’s who have amazing lighting upgrades, and some venues that have amazing lights built into their venue… but there are a lot that don’t…. and if you don’t do a little research, you won’t know what you’re getting until the night of your wedding, and then it’s too late.