“Assist me– I\’m photographing my first Wedding event! … Help me with some Wedding Photography Tips Please!”.
It\’s a question that\’s been asked a couple of times in our forums over the last couple of months so while I\’m not a Pro Wedding Photographer I thought it was time to share a couple of pointers on the topic of Wedding event Photography.
Wedding Photography Tips.
1. Create a Shot List&.
Among the most useful tips I have actually been given about Wedding Photography is to obtain the couple to think 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 especially handy in the family shots. There\’s absolutely nothing worse than getting the photos back and realizing you didn\’t photo the happy couple with granny!
2. Wedding Photography Family Photo Coordinator.
I find the family image part of the day can be rather difficult. Individuals are going everywhere, you\’re uninformed of the various household characteristics at play and people remain in a festive spirit (and have typically been drinking a few spirits) to the point where it can be rather chaotic. Get the couple to choose a member of the family (or one for each side of the family) who can be the director of the shoot. They can round everybody up, help get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can return to the celebration.
3. Search the Area.
Go to the places of the different locations that you\’ll be shooting before the wedding day. While I make sure most Pros don\’t do this– I discover it really helpful to understand where we\’re going, have an idea of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might enter play. On one or two weddings I even checked out areas with the couples and took a couple of test shots (these made good engagement pictures).
4. In Wedding event Photography Preparation is Secret.
A lot can go wrong on the day– so you need to be well prepared. Have a backup strategy (in case of bad weather), have actually batteries charged, memory cards blank, consider paths and time to obtain to places and get a travel plan of the complete day so you know what\’s taking place next. If you can, participate in the rehearsal of the ceremony where you\’ll collect a lot of fantastic info about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the ceremony and so on
5. Set expectations with the Couple.
Show them your work/style. Find out what they are wanting to accomplish, how many shots they desire, what essential things they wish to be taped, how the shots will be utilized (print etc). If you\’re charging them for the event, make certain you have the arrangement of rate in place up front.
6. Turn off the noise on your Video camera.
Beeps during speeches, the kiss and pledges don\’t add to the occasion. Turn off noise before hand and keep it off.
7. Shoot the small information.
Picture rings, backs of dresses, shoes, flowers, table settings, menus etc– these aid offer completion cd an extra measurement. Flick through a wedding event publication in a news represent a little inspiration.
8. Use 2 Cameras.
Beg, borrow, work with or take an additional cam for the day– set it up with a different lens. I aim to shoot with one broad angle lens (terrific for candid shots and in tight spaces (particularly before the ceremony in the preparation phase of the day) and one longer lens (it can be handy to have something as large as 200mm if you can get your hands on one– I make use of a 70-200mm).
9. Think about a 2nd Wedding event Photographer.
Having a 2nd backup wedding professional photographer can be a great method. It indicates less moving around during ceremony and speeches, permits one to record the formal shots and the other to get honest shots. It also takes a little pressure off you being the one to have to get every shot!
10. Be Vibrant however Not Meddlesome.
Timidity will not get you the shot– sometimes you have to be bold to record a moment. However timing is everything and planning ahead to obtain in the right position for crucial moments are very important so as not to interfere with the event. In an event I aim to walk around at least 4-5 times however aim to time this to accompany tunes, preachings or longer readings. During the formal shots be bold, know what you want and ask for it from the couple and their party. You\’re driving the show at this point of the day and need to keep things moving.
11. Find out how to Use Diffused Light.
The ability to bounce a flash or to diffuse it is vital. You\’ll find that in many churches that light is extremely low. If you\’re allowed to use 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 area it will include a colored cast to the picture) or whether you may wish to buy a flash diffuser to soften the light. If you cannot make use of a flash you\’ll have to either use a fast lens at large apertures and/or bump up the ISO. A lens with image stabilization might likewise help. Learn more about Utilizing Flash Diffusers and Reflectors.
12. Shoot in RAW.
I know that numerous readers feel that they do not have the time for shooting in RAW (due to extra processing) but a wedding is one time that it can be particularly useful as it gives so much more versatility to manipulate shots after taking them. Weddings can provide photographers with tricky lighting which lead to the need to manipulate direct exposure and white balance after the fact– RAW will aid with this significantly.