“Assist me– I\’m photographing my first Wedding event! … Assist me with some Wedding Photography Tips Please!”.
It\’s a question that\’s been asked a few times in our online forums over the last couple of months so while I\’m not a Pro Wedding event Photographer I thought it was time to share a few tips on the topic of Wedding Photography.
Wedding event Photography Tips.
1. Produce a \’Shot List\’.
Among the most handy tips I\’ve been offered about Wedding Photography is to obtain the couple to plan ahead about the shots that they \’d like you to capture on the day and compile a list so that you can examine them off. This is particularly practical in the family shots. There\’s absolutely nothing worse than getting the pictures back and recognizing you didn\’t photo the pleased couple with granny!
2. Wedding event Photography Household Image Organizer.
I find the household picture part of the day can be quite difficult. People are going everywhere, you\’re unaware of the different family dynamics at play and individuals are in a \’festive spirit\’ (and have frequently been drinking a few spirits) to the point where it can be quite chaotic. Get the couple to nominate a family member (or one for each side of the family) who can be the \’director\’ of the shoot. They can round everyone up, aid get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can return to the party.
3. Search the Place.
Check out the areas of the various locations that you\’ll be shooting before the wedding day. While I\’m sure most Pros don\’t do this– I discover it truly handy to know where we\’re going, have a concept of a couple of positions for shots and to understand how the light might enter play. On a couple of wedding events I even visited locations with the couples and took a few test shots (these made nice \’engagement pictures\’).
4. In Wedding Photography Preparation is Secret.
So much can fail on the day– so you need to be well prepared. Have a backup plan (in case of bad weather), have batteries charged, memory cards blank, think of paths and time to obtain to locations and get a travel plan of the full day so you understand what\’s taking place next. If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you\’ll gather a great deal of terrific information about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the event etc.
5. Set expectations with the Couple.
Show them your work/style. Discover what they are wanting to achieve, how many shots they desire, what key things they wish to be recorded, how the shots will be utilized (print etc). If you\’re charging them for the occasion, ensure you have the arrangement of rate in place up front.
6. Switch off the sound on your Electronic camera.
Beeps during speeches, the kiss and promises don\’t contribute to the occasion. Turn off sound prior to hand and keep it off.
7. Shoot the small information.
Picture rings, backs of gowns, shoes, flowers, table levels, menus etc– these help offer the end cd an extra measurement. Flick through a wedding event publication in a news represent a little inspiration.
8. Usage Two Cameras.
Beg, borrow, work with or take an extra video camera for the day– set it up with a various lens. I attempt to shoot with one large angle lens (excellent for candid shots and in tight areas (particularly prior to the ceremony in the preparation phase of the day) and one longer lens (it can be handy to have something as big as 200mm if you can get your hands on one– I utilize a 70-200mm).
9. Regard as a 2nd Wedding Professional photographer.
Having a second backup portraiture professional photographer can be a great strategy. It indicates less moving around throughout event and speeches, enables one to catch the official shots and the other to obtain candid shots. It likewise takes a little pressure off you being \’the one\’ to have to get every shot!
10. Be Vibrant but Not Noticeable.
Timidity will not get you \’the shot\’– often you have to be bold to catch a moment. However timing is everything and planning ahead to obtain in the ideal position for key minutes are important so as not to interrupt the occasion. In a ceremony I attempt to move around a minimum of 4-5 times but aim to time this to accompany tunes, preachings or longer readings. During the official shots be bold, understand exactly what you desire and ask for it from the couple and their celebration. You\’re driving the show at this moment of the day and have to keep things moving.
11. Learn the best ways to Make use of Diffused Light.
The capability to bounce a flash or to diffuse it is vital. You\’ll discover that in numerous churches that light is really low. If you\’re enabled to make use of a flash (and some churches don\’t allow it) think about whether bouncing the flash will work (keep in mind if you bounce off a colored surface it will include a colored cast to the picture) or whether you might wish to purchase a flash diffuser to soften the light. If you cannot use a flash you\’ll have to either use a quick lens at wide apertures and/or bump up the ISO. A lens with image stabilization may likewise help. Learn more about Using Flash Diffusers and Reflectors.
12. Shoot in RAW.
I understand that many readers feel that they don\’t have the time for shooting in RAW (due to extra processing) however a wedding event is one time that it can be especially beneficial as it provides a lot more flexibility to manipulate shots after taking them. Wedding events can present photographers with challenging lighting which result in the need to manipulate direct exposure and white balance after the fact– RAW will help with this significantly.