It's a concern that's been asked a few times in our forums over the last few months so while I'm not a Pro Wedding event Photographer I believed it was time to share a few pointers on the topic of Wedding Photography.
I'll leave the technical suggestions of photographing a wedding event to the pros-- however as someone who has actually been asked to picture numerous family and friends wedding events-- here are a couple of recommendations.
Wedding Photography Tips.
1. Produce a Shot List&.
Among the most valuable tips I've been offered about Wedding Photography is to obtain the couple to think ahead about the shots that they'd like you to catch on the day and compile a list so that you can inspect them off. This is especially useful in the family shots. There's absolutely nothing even worse than getting the images back and realizing you didn't photograph the pleased couple with grandmother!
2. Wedding Photography Family Image Organizer.
I discover the family photo part of the day can be quite demanding. People are going all over, you're unaware of the various family characteristics at play and people remain in a festive spirit (and have commonly been consuming a couple of spirits) to the point where it can be quite disorderly. Get the couple to choose a member of the family (or one for each side of the household) who can be the director of the shoot. They can round everyone up, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can get back to the celebration.
3. Search the Location.
Check out the locations of the various places that you'll be shooting before the wedding day. While I make certain most Pros do not do this-- I discover it actually useful to understand where we're going, have a concept of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might enter into play. On one or two weddings I even checked out locations with the couples and took a few test shots (these made good engagement photos).
4. In Wedding event Photography Preparation is Secret.
So much can go wrong on the day-- so you have to be well prepared. Have a backup strategy (in case of bad weather), have batteries charged, sd card blank, think about routes and time to obtain to places and get an itinerary of the complete day so you understand what's taking place next. If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you'll gather a lot of fantastic information about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the ceremony and so on
5. Set expectations with the Couple.
Program them your work/style. Discover what they are wanting to attain, how many shots they desire, what key things they want to be tape-recorded, how the shots will be made use of (print etc). If you're charging them for the event, see to it you have the arrangement of cost in place in advance.
6. Shut off the sound on your Camera.
Beeps throughout 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.
Photo rings, backs of gowns, shoes, flowers, table settings, menus etc-- these aid provide the end cd an additional dimension. Flick through a wedding publication in a news mean a little inspiration.
8. Usage Two Cameras.
Beg, borrow, employ or take an additional electronic camera for the day-- set it up with a various lens. I try to shoot with one wide angle lens (great for honest shots and in tight areas (especially before the ceremony in the preparation phase of the day) and one longer lens (it can be convenient to have something as huge as 200mm if you can get your hands on one-- I utilize a 70-200mm).
9. Regard as a 2nd Wedding Photographer.
Having a second backup photographer can be a fantastic technique. It means less moving around during ceremony and speeches, enables one to catch the official shots and the other to get candid shots. It likewise takes a little pressure off you being the one to need to get every shot!
10. Be Strong however Not Meddlesome.
Timidity won't get you the shot-- in some cases you have to be vibrant to catch a minute. Nevertheless timing is everything and planning ahead to obtain in the right position for vital minutes are important so as not to interrupt the event. In a ceremony I try to move around a minimum of 4-5 times but try to time this to coincide with tunes, sermons or longer readings. Throughout the formal shots be vibrant, know exactly what you desire and ask for it from the couple and their celebration. You're driving the program at this moment of the day and need to keep things moving.
11. Discover the best ways to Make use of Diffused Light.
The ability to bounce a flash or to diffuse it is crucial. You'll discover that in many churches that light is extremely low. If you're allowed to utilize a flash (and some churches don't allow it) think of whether bouncing the flash will work (remember if you bounce off a colored surface it will include a colored cast to the photo) or whether you may want to buy a flash diffuser to soften the light. If you cannot make use of a flash you'll need to either make use of a fast lens at large apertures and/or bump up the ISO. A lens with image stabilization may likewise assist. Find out more about Utilizing Flash Diffusers and Reflectors.
12. Shoot in RAW.
I know that numerous readers feel that they don't have the time for shooting in RAW (due to extra processing) but a wedding event is one time that it can be especially helpful as it gives so much more versatility to control shots after taking them. Wedding events can provide professional photographers with challenging lighting which result in the have to control direct exposure and white balance after the truth-- RAW will fight this substantially.