If you are a budding wedding photographer and you’ve been asked by your best friend to take their wedding photos then these tips are for you on wedding photography! It can be a daunting task taking wedding photos as it’s not something that you can do all over again the next day. So here are 10 tips on wedding photography to help you.
Learn the basis of your camera and wedding style. Visit websites and see how other photographers are doing it. See what appeals to you. Of course you can put your own spin on it but why not learn from others when trying to find your own style?
Plan, plan and plan some more! Don’t just go on the day and expect to go with the flow of what is happening. Weddings need to be planned and you need to be prepared. Go to the venue in advance, see where the best place to take photos is, who needs to be in the photos, what happens if it rains. Planning will ensure you get all the important shots.
Ask your client what they want. What group shots do they want – this is important in case there are some guests who don’t talk to each other! After all it’s their day so make sure you get what they want.
Know the schedule for the day. You may need to go to different places for photos so plan your route and how quickly you can get there. You need to be in the right place at the right time.
Consider your family compositions beforehand. After talking to your client and you find out what they want and what group photos they require consider your compositions and how you will fit everyone in. At the same time consider more relaxed compositions too.
Direct your subjects. Don’t be afraid to tell your subjects where to stand and what to do! Giving direction and being firm will make sure the photographing goes smoothly and gives them confidence in your ability.
Tell your clients about Wedding Photo Swap. Which allows all photos taken at their wedding to be collected and shared via an app. This will give them a live feed of photos of the important day and make even more special memories.
Pre-set your camera to ensure you are capturing the best high resolution photos you can and consider taking your photos in RAW format. This will allow you to make adjustments later on if you haven’t captured the moment perfectly.
Use the camera you are familiar with. If you use one that is new to you, you may find that your photos are not what you expected. If you do get a new camera make sure you practice beforehand to get used to it.
Back up your photos. Do this several times during the day. Change memory cards often and keep them in a safe place.
Above all have fun on the day, after all you are capturing treasured memories of a wedding. Embrace the day and smile when you are doing it too.
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