« Assist me– I\’m photographing my very first Wedding event! … Help me with some Wedding Photography Tips Please! ».
It\’s a question 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 couple of suggestions on the topic of Wedding event Photography.
Wedding event Photography Tips.
1. Create a Shot List&.
Among the most helpful tips I\’ve been given about Wedding Photography is to get the couple to think ahead about the shots that they\’d like you to capture on the day and assemble a list so that you can check them off. This is particularly helpful in the family shots. There\’s absolutely nothing worse than getting the pictures back and recognizing you didn\’t photograph the pleased couple with grandma!
2. Wedding event Photography Household Image Coordinator.
I discover the household picture part of the day can be fairly difficult. People are going all over, you\’re uninformed of the various household characteristics at play and individuals are in a joyful spirit (and have typically been drinking a few spirits) to the point where it can be fairly chaotic. Get the couple to choose a family member (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. Scout the Location.
Visit the locations of the various places that you\’ll be shooting prior to the special day. While I make sure most Pros do not do this– I find it really valuable to know where we\’re going, have a concept of a few positions for shots and to know how the light may come into play. On a couple of weddings I even went to areas with the couples and took a couple of test shots (these made nice engagement photos).
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 condition), have batteries charged, memory cards blank, consider routes and time to obtain to places and get a travel plan of the complete day so you understand what\’s occurring next. If you can, participate in the rehearsal of the ceremony where you\’ll collect a lot of great details about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the ceremony etc.
5. Set expectations with the Couple.
Show them your work/style. Find out exactly what they are wishing to achieve, how many shots they want, what crucial things they wish to be recorded, how the shots will be used (print etc). If you\’re charging them for the occasion, ensure you have the contract of price in location in advance.
6. Switch off the sound on your Video camera.
Beeps throughout speeches, the kiss and swears don\’t add to the occasion. Turn off sound prior to hand and keep it off.
7. Shoot the little details.
Photograph rings, backs of gowns, shoes, flowers, table levels, menus etc– these assistance give completion cd an additional measurement. Flick through a wedding event publication in a news stand for a little inspiration.
8. Use 2 Cameras.
Beg, borrow, work with or steal an extra video camera for the day– set it up with a various lens. I aim to shoot with one wide angle lens (excellent for candid shots and in tight areas (particularly before the event in the preparation stage of the day) and one longer lens (it can be useful to have something as big as 200mm if you can get your hands on one– I use a 70-200mm).
9. Consider a Second Wedding Photographer.
Having a 2nd backup wedding professional photographer can be a terrific strategy. It means less walking around throughout event and speeches, allows for one to catch the formal shots and the other to get honest shots. It likewise takes a little pressure off you being the one to have to get every shot!
10. Be Bold however Not Obtrusive.
Timidity won\’t get you the shot– sometimes you need to be strong to catch a minute. However timing is everything and planning ahead to get in the right position for key moments are necessary so as not to interrupt the event. In an event I attempt to move at least 4-5 times but try to time this to coincide with tunes, sermons or longer readings. During the formal shots be bold, know what you desire and ask for it from the couple and their celebration. You\’re driving the show at this point of the day and have to keep things moving.
11. Find out ways to Utilize Diffused Light.
The ability to bounce a flash or to diffuse it is essential. You\’ll discover that in many churches that light is extremely low. If you\’re allowed to use a flash (and some churches do not allow it) think of whether bouncing the flash will work (keep in mind if you bounce off a colored surface area it will add a colored cast to the photo) or whether you might want to buy a flash diffuser to soften the light. If you can\’t 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 help. Find out more about Making use of Flash Diffusers and Reflectors.
12. Shoot in RAW.
I know that many readers feel that they don\’t have the time for shooting in RAW (due to extra processing) but a wedding is one time that it can be especially beneficial as it gives a lot more versatility to manipulate shots after taking them. Weddings can present photographers with challenging lighting which result in the need to control exposure and white balance after the truth– RAW will aid with this significantly.