Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Looking for the best light for your wedding photography by

Wedding Photography by

As a Atlanta wedding photographer the first thing I do when I get to a venue is a look for light.   That includes the church and venue where the reception is going to be.  This particular shot was in just a getting ready location where the bride was putting on her dress.  She went to a back room to put on her dress while she was there I saw these awesome windows.  I knew exactly where I was going to go with her photography.  When you see great light like like this you have to use.  So when she was getting ready I was cleaning up the room moving chairs and tables out of the shot.   When she had her dress on I brought her in to the room and positioned her in the the front of the window.  This window frames the grandness of this wonderful bride.

I hope that you enjoyed the photo as much as I did taking it.   If you want to see more Atlanta wedding photography please visit my site.

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Save the Date Photography by

Photography by
Wedding Photography by
I have been truly blessed with so many Atlanta Weddings in the last couple of years!  Recently a sister of a bride that I shot called me.  She wanted me to shoot her wedding also.  You can't believe how much of an honor it is!  She said that she wanted to do some of the save the date photos and wanted to include his dirt bike and asked if I was up for it.  I said oh yeah!  We meet at her parents house.  It was a just such a great setting out side of Atlanta.  They have a wonderful home with a natural field in back where the rides his motorcycle and they keep these beautiful strong horses.  They were such a great couple!  He is a talented biker and she trusted his skills.  We did a few practice runs and he knew exactly where to stop and do his front stand.  Here is one of the photos from the engagement session.  I hope you enjoy these fun photos as much as I did taking them you can see more at biker photography at Atlanta Artistic Weddings.

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Atlanta Wedding Exits Are So Fun! by

Atlanta Wedding Exit by

Wedding Exits are so fun!  As a Atlanta Wedding Photographer I get to see a lot of wedding exits.  I love the excitement of the guest and the excitement of the couple getting ready for their honeymoon. This wedding exit was so great!   The couple could not be nicer but the best part of this photo to me is the guests.  I don't know if you would call it a photo bomb but I love the guest to the left pointing at the couple kissing.   It is like the icing on the cake of a great photo!  The bottom line is have fun at your wedding!

As you visit my site I do hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I did taking them. It is such an honor being a wedding photographer in Atlanta.

Thanks so much for visting!

David Diener 
you can also email me at 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Map of Wedding Venues around Atlanta by

Wedding Locations around Atlanta photography by

There are so many wonderful wedding Venues around Atlanta.  As a wedding photographer in Atlanta I have had the honor of shooting a lot of them.  As service to the bride and grooms I have made a map of  some of my favorite wedding locations.   As you can see from the list there is a wedding location for every need.  There are intimate wedding venues and huge wedding venues for your all your guests.  For me I love the variety of Historic venues and lovely churches that are in our great city.   Here is a money saving tip for you also.  When booking a wedding and Saturday is not that important to you.  You can get a cheaper rate on a Friday or Sunday.  Also there are cheaper rates for off season weddings such as if you book during November or January. 

List of Wedding Locations around Atlanta
  • Historic Decatur Courthouse
  • Chastain Horse Park
  • Gleen Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Peachtree  Christian Church
  • Rhodes Hall
  • Peachtree Presbyterian Church
  • Five Fifty Trackside 
  • The Whitlock Inn
  • Druid Hills Golf Club
  • High Museum of Art
  • Catherdral of Chris the King
  • Inman Park Church
  • The Trolley Barn
  • Vinings Historic Pace Hosue
  • Gwinnett Historic Courthouse
  • Braselton Stover House
  • Payne_Corley Hosue
  • Solatium
  • Magnolia Hall
  • Victoria Belle Mansion
  • Primrose Cottage
  • Roswell Founders Hall
  • Trolley Barn
  • Naylor Hall
  • Roswell Mill Club
  • Olde Towne Athletic Club
  • Atlanta Marriott
  • Atlanta History center
  • Defoor Centre
  • The Westin Peachtree
  • The Fox Theatre
  • Omni Atlanta Hotel
  • The Georgian Terrace Hotel
  • Hazlehurst House
  • Emory Conference Center
  • Chatu Elan

Thank you so much for visiting! Please feel free to call me at:
(404) 578-6982
and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
David Diener 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentines is Engagement Time! Photo Locations Around town with map by Atlanta Artistic Weddings

This is the time of year when love is in the air!  Valentines Day is known to be engagement season.  There are many couples getting engaged this month!  I get so excited for all the couples I have meet!  They are so in love and looking forward to a life together!  As a Atlanta wedding photographer I am honored to document part of their journey.

 An engagement session is included in all my wedding packages.  The reason I do that is so that the couple gets to know me and I get to know the couple.  I get to know how they met each other and other little things about them.   During the engagement session it is very casual.   I let the couple pick the location or locations that are important to them or if asked I can give them scenic engagement locations around Atlanta.  I have included a list of Atlanta engagement locations and a map of Atlanta Engagement Locations.

Great Engagement Photography Locations in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Westside Provisions District
  • Old Fourth Ward
  • Piedmont Park
  • Stone Mountain Park
  • Sope Creek Park 
  • Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Centennial Olympic Park
  • Krog St NE
 As you visit my site I do hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I did taking them. It is such an honor being a wedding photographer in Atlanta.

Thanks so much for visiting!

David Diener 
you can also email me at 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Looking for Light by Atlanta Artistic Weddings

You don't need a lot of lights for great lighting you just need the right light for your subject.  Recently I meet with a potential client and they asked me how many lights I carry.   It made me think about how I shoot.  When I get to a wedding venue I try to get there early so I can walk around and look for the best light and think about the time line.   That way I know where to shoot in the morning, evening and afternoon.  When you are aware of the natural light you can have some beautiful wedding photographs.  I like to shoot with a minimal amount of lighting equipment that way I can move quickly and capture the special moments of your wedding day. 

This photograph above is shot with natural light and no strobes and I love the lighting in this photograph.  I will now tell you why.  The lighting is even but has enough shadow to give the subject depth.  It was a bright beautiful day.  So I took the bride to the front porch of this historic mansion.  I wanted a bright background for her but I did not want the light on her to be blown out.   I moved her to behind one of the columns on the porch to shade her and then I knew I had the perfect lighting.  Even lighting on her face and a bright background to break her up from the background.  All of this was done with natural light!

As you visit my site I do hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I did taking them. It is such an honor being a wedding photographer in Atlanta.

Thanks so much for visting!

David Diener 
you can also email me at 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Classic Black and White Wedding Photography by

Classic Artistic Wedding Photography by

I just love classic wedding photography.  This black and white photo that I did could have been yesterday or 50 years ago.   The dress has a timeless feel and the black tux does also.  This was a great couple who got married at Chateau Elan outside of Atlanta.  We went outside and took advantage of the vinyard they have there.  When you look at the photo it looks like it could have been taken in the Napa Valley or in Champagne, France.  That is why I chose to give the wedding photograph the black and white feel.

When I edit a photo I try not to over edit.  There is a tendacy today with all the editing software to over edit.  I don't want my wedding photography to be trendy but a classic that you will be proud to share for years to come.

As you visit my site I do hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I did taking them. It is such an honor being a wedding photographer in Atlanta.

Thanks so much for visting!

David Diener 
you can also email me at 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Classic Black and White Wedding Photography is Timeless | by

Classic Wedding Photography by

As some of you may know I started out in the films days and develped my on black and white film.  Now I use the most advanced digital camera on the market but I still love a good black and white photograph.  They are timeless works of art.  They bring back the memories of the old classic movies.

This is one of my most favorite brides.  She was so thoughtful and had so much fun at her wedding.  She had a beautiful A-line dress with a lovely train.  As you can tell from the photo she also wore a wonderful bird cage veil.   Which gives it that classic movie feel.

When I am shooting a wedding I am always looking for light.  When I saw her go to the make up mirror I had to move into position.  The mirrior was one those with the lights all around it.  It gave the perfect light for this classic wedding photograph.  The light drapes over her and is not harsh or hard.  I shot it with a prime lens with no flash wich is key for two reasons.  One it would have been distracting to everyone there.  Second it would be to harsh and take away the subtleness of the wedding photography.

As you visit my site I do hope you enjoy the photographs as much as I did taking them. It is such an honor being a wedding photographer in Atlanta.

Thanks so much for visting!

David Diener 
you can also email me at 

Monday, February 2, 2015

So Proud of my Students in the Emory Digital Photography Class

Students for the Emory Digital Photography Certificate Program
 As some of you know I am instructor at the Emory Continuing Education Campus.  Last year I taught one the best groups ever!!!!  Together we went through a very intensive course.  I have included a description of the courses Below.  We covered many photography assignments and editing projects.  At the end of the program we started to put their portfolio together.  There is so much talent in this group!  Emory has added their work to their website at

Please take the time and visit the site.  You will be amazed at the depth of their talent.  Also take the time to read the artists statement.  It is my favorite part.  There you will learn about their diverse approach on their photography. It was my honor to be part of such a talented group!

Emory Course Descriptions 

Digital Photography I
If you feel that you are not taking full advantage of the features offered by your digital camera, this is the course for you. Composition, selective focus, saturated colors and proper exposure all combine to produce images which make the best use of digital photography's tools. Digital technology has changed the field of photography more rapidly and dramatically than any previous technical advance. Ideal for the enthusiastic hobbyist or a serious amateur, we will focus on how the operation of digital cameras differs from their film counterparts through a combination of class lecture and photographic assignments. Learning how the camera capabilities apply to actual photo-taking and the impact of megapixel, file compression, and print versus email output will greatly enhance your success in photography. We'll also begin exploring the more complex aspects of photography, such as lighting, composition, use of flash, color and depth of field. You will share your work in class to enhance the class discussion. You are encouraged to delay the purchase of supplementary equipment until after class discussions. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.
Digital Photography II
A continuation of Digital Photography I, we'll practice using more advanced techniques for lighting, composition, moving subjects, nighttime photography, and shooting landscape, architectural, and nature subjects as well as closeup and macro photography. Students will explore using lighting, filters, angles, depth control, and zoom lenses creatively to capture mood and emotion in their photography. Feel free to share your work in class to enhance the class discussion. Textbook is not included. Prerequisite: Digital Photography I. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.
Digital Darkroom I
Digital cameras and digital software work in tandem to allow for the maximum creative effort in photography. This course explores both technical and aesthetic considerations in the medium combining lectures, discussions, demonstrations and self-guided practice to allow the student to explore their own personal aesthetic and to discover the skills needed for success in the digital darkroom. Photoshop is the primary software and this course covers the appropriate use of all tools and palettes, the importance of resolution, layers, selections and the Photoshop Bridge. Textbook is not included. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.
Digital Darkroom II
This course continues the exploration of electronic photography but shifts the focus to creative exploration of the medium. It encourages the student to use critical thinking skills to conceptualize and explore their ideas. This course covers image enhancements, media ethics, and communication and encourages the student to explore more creative explorations through photographic manipulations and montage. How are messages relayed and how can the artist communicate his or her idea effectively to the viewing audience? Class discussions are important and most assignments utilize lab time and hands on exploration, which encourages an atmosphere of community as students assist one another with problem solving. This course does not restrict the student to the Photoshop format. Students may use another software just so long as the file can be opened in Photoshop. Textbook is not included. Prerequisite: Digital Darkroom I. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.
Legal Issues in Photography
This course will introduce both amateur and professional photographers to legal issues they are likely to encounter. The focus is on underlying legal concepts and practical applications. We will answer three basic questions: How do you protect your work? How do you exploit your work? How do you avoid trouble? Topics covered include copyrights, various photography-specific contracts and the rights of privacy (including street photography) and publicity. The course is taught by an experienced attorney. Textbooks not included. Textbook: The Law (in Plain English) for Photographers (Third Edition) and Business and Legal Forms for Photographers, 4th Edition. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.
Take Control of Color and Composition
Understand how your camera sees color differently than your eye. Learn to utilize color control as a creative tool. Learn guidelines for composition within the frame to make your images more effective & memorable. Superb photography requires more than just a basic understanding of the technical capabilities of your camera. Translating an image captured from a three dimensional world into a two-dimensional plane requires attention to elements outside of content. Practice looking beyond the subject matter of your photographs to see the formal elements that actually construct the picture. Begin seeing photographs as an art form that communicates emotion, mood, and interpretation rather than a passive reflection of objects or people. Class will utilize discussion, traditional lectures with PowerPoint, and critiques of student work. Computer usage will be outside of class. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.
Let There Be Light - Working with Portable Strobes
Learn to make use of small, portable electronic strobes on location to control lighting for your digital photography. Advance beyond the built-in flash on your camera to add light from various directions and to shape the light. Compare methods of triggering strobes: Optical, radio & infrared slaves. Explore such techniques as blending strobes light with ambient, rear-curtain effects and high-speed flash. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.
Digital Photography Certificate Capstone
Throughout the Emory Digital Photography Certificate program students are building a portfolio which demonstrates their experience in a variety of photographic practices and a refinement of personal vision. Each student will present a portfolio of 20-30 photographs representing their skill and expertise in execution of methods learned and practiced throughout the photography classes. Prerequisite: This course is available only to students completing the Digital Photography Certificate. Please contact advisor for more information. Click HERE to view upcoming sections.

Thanks so much for visting!

David Diener 
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