“Help me– I’m photographing my first Wedding event! … Assist me with some Wedding event Photography Tips Please!”.
It’s a concern that’s been asked a few times in our online forums over the last few months so while I’m not a Pro Wedding Photographer I believed it was time to share a couple of pointers on the subject of Wedding event Photography.
I’ll leave the technical pointers of photographing a wedding to the pros– however as someone who has actually been asked to photo many friends and family weddings– here are a couple of tips.
Wedding Photography Tips.
1. Produce a ‘Shot List’.
One of the most valuable suggestions I’ve been given about Wedding Photography is to get the couple to plan ahead about the shots that they’d like you to catch on the day and assemble a list so that you can examine them off. This is particularly practical in the household shots. There’s absolutely nothing even worse than getting the images back and understanding you didn’t photo the happy couple with granny!
2. Wedding event Photography Household Image Planner.
I find the household picture part of the day can be fairly stressful. People are going everywhere, you’re uninformed of the various family characteristics at play and individuals are in a ‘festive spirit’ (and have often been drinking a few spirits) to the point where it can be fairly disorderly. Get the couple to nominate a relative (or one for each side of the household) who can be the ‘director’ of the shoot. They can round everybody up, aid get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can return to the party.
3. Look the Area.
Visit the places of the various places 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 an idea of a couple of positions for shots and to understand how the light may enter play. On a couple of wedding events I even checked out areas with the couples and took a couple of test shots (these made good ‘engagement pictures’).
4. In Wedding Photography Preparation is Element.
So much can go wrong on the day– so you need to be well prepared. Have a backup plan (in case of bad weather), have batteries charged, sd card blank, think about routes and time to obtain to places and get a schedule of the full day so you know what’s taking place next. If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you’ll collect a great deal of fantastic information about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the event etc.
5. Set expectations with the Couple.
Program them your workstyle. Discover exactly what they are wishing to attain, how many shots they want, what key things they wish to be tape-recorded, how the shots will be used (print etc). If you’re charging them for the event, make certain you have the arrangement of cost in location in advance.
6. Shut off the noise on your Cam.
Beeps throughout speeches, the kiss and swears do not add to the event. Turn off sound prior to hand and keep it off.
7. Shoot the small information.
Photo rings, backs of gowns, shoes, flowers, table levels, menus etc– these aid provide completion album an additional measurement. Flick through a wedding event publication in a news stand for a little inspiration.
8. Usage 2 Cameras.
Beg, borrow, employ or steal an additional cam for the day– set it up with a various lens. I try to shoot with one broad angle lens (terrific for candid shots and in tight areas (particularly prior to the event in the preparation stage of the day) and one longer lens (it can be useful to have something as huge as 200mm if you can get your hands on one– I make use of a 70-200mm).
9. Regard as a 2nd Wedding Professional photographer.
Having a second backup professional photographer can be an excellent technique. It indicates less moving around during ceremony and speeches, enables one to record the formal shots and the other to get candid shots. It also takes a little pressure off you being ‘the one’ to need to get every shot!
10. Be Vibrant however Not Interfering.
Timidity will not get you ‘the shot’ often you have to be bold to record a minute. However timing is everything and planning ahead to obtain in the ideal position for vital moments are important so as not to interrupt the event. In a ceremony I try to walk around at least 4-5 times but try to time this to accompany tunes, sermons or longer readings. Throughout the formal shots be strong, know exactly what you want and ask for it from the couple and their party. You’re driving the show now of the day and have to keep things moving.
11. Discover the best ways to Utilize Diffused Light.
The capability to bounce a flash or to diffuse it is crucial. You’ll find that in numerous churches that light is extremely low. If you’re enabled to make use of a flash (and some churches don’t permit 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 photo) or whether you may wish to purchase a flash diffuser to soften the light. If you can’t make use of a flash you’ll have to either make use of a fast lens at broad apertures and or bump up the ISO. A lens with image stabilization may also help. Find out more about Utilizing Flash Diffusers and Reflectors.
12. Shoot in RAW.
I understand that lots of 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 especially beneficial as it offers a lot more flexibility to control shots after taking them. Weddings can present photographers with challenging lighting which result in the have to manipulate direct exposure and white balance after the fact– RAW will fight this considerably.