Photography is about taking that perfect shot of the perfect moment. And the wedding is one of the most important moments in one’s life. This is the reason why every couple spent a considerable amount of time looking for that professional photographer, who not only understands there need but also connects with them. Someone who can provide them with perfect shots, photography brochure, and a photo album to remember this special day.
However, wedding photography is a lot more complex and difficult than it meets the eye. A wedding photographer must be good enough to quickly adapt to the wedding rhythm and click those perfect shots. Well, if you have just begun your career as a wedding photographer then you are on the right page. Why because we are going to provide you with the expert’s advice on wedding photography. So, here are the 8 Best Wedding Photography Tips From the Experts themselves.
1. Don’t Rush Right Into Wedding Photography
The worst thing and probably the worst advice anyone can give is to just start shooting wedding photographs. Clicking perfect pictures of stationary objects is a hell lot of a task in itself. So, if you believe that you can just go out there in the field unprepared and survive, then my friend it would be difficult for you to sail through. Keep in mind that attending a party unprepared as a photographer will not only ruin a couple’s perfect wedding but it might also end your career. Always remember that you can’t have a bad review or stain on your name in the market.
Why? Well in the photography industry your name is like your personal brand. If you screw up or make a mistake even once then your own name and career are being dragged through the mud and there is no real way to recover from that. So for a beginner, there is nothing better than asking a professional or someone they admire in the industry for help and assist them in one of their weddings to gain a little experience. Do internships or work for sometimes with experts and learn their way of work. After you have gained a little experience you can also work as a second photographer with them.
2. Always Carry Backup
As a photographer, you need to be ready for any setbacks that might happen during a shoot. Whatever happens, the wedding must not be interrupted because of you. So carry a backup for everything whether it’s your equipment a second photographer, etc.
Also, you need to invest in the gear that you need to shoot weddings. However, the gear and other pieces of equipment can be really expensive, and if you can afford then rent. A drawback of wedding photography and photography, in general, is that it gets very expensive very quickly, especially if you have GAS(Gear Acquisition Syndrome). So renting gears is the best possible way for a beginner to try out various different gears to find out the most suitable one for themselves.
For a wedding, it is recommended to have a full range of focal lengths so that you have something for every situation. But if you can’t afford them all you can go a short, middle, and something telephoto, you can also go for zoom lenses if the precise depth is not a problem for you. But whatever you do always have a spare in your arsenal.
3. Prepare A Shot List
Yes, you might argue that having a shot list limits the possibility of shots and your imagination. But sometimes in the heat of the moment, the pressure can get too much, making you completely blank and ruining all the ideas you have for the wedding photographs up till now. In such a situation you can possibly forget the shots you were supposed to take, the poses for the couples, etc. Its common even for a professional photographer and the best method to avoid is to prepare a shot list. So, if you have planned anything, any sots, posses, or lighting arrangement for the wedding then it is advisable to write them down on a piece of paper. One more important thing is that you keep this list somewhere it is constantly visible to you like at the back of your camera, your phone, etc. You also ask your groom and bride to prepare a list of photos they want before or after the wedding. This will reduce a lot of stress from your back and also help you interact with the couples, and get to know their likes and dislikes.
4. Location Scouting
At a wedding, the location and venue can really affect the way you are going to shot the wedding. So, it is very important for a photographer to always arrive early at the wedding location and do some scouting. During your scouting, you can simply for the places that perfect for certain types of photos to be taken like where you would shot the ring, where you would do the couple shoot, where you would take group photos, etc. Have a proper map in the back of your mind, so that you don’t get surprised when you have to figure out the location for the shots within seconds.
5. Know Your Tools
Well, you don’t want to get to know that you don’t actually know your camera as well as you thought on the wedding day. As a pro, you need to be able to look at a scene and know instantly which settings need to adjusted, which lens to use, etc to expose correctly for that scene. Also, you must be able to change those settings very quickly in case you are moving from scene to another rapidly. There are few things that you can do to improve your speed such as you can give yourself a time limit, and practice on a daily basis. Also, a friendly shooting competition can also improve your photography skills.
6. Original Compositions
Being original is crucially important not just for being a good professional photographer, also for every person who starts off their business based on their arts and skills. It is important that you create your own particular style and a separate name for yourself in the industry. In the case of photography, the way you compose your pictures and how you present your pictures to the world makes all the difference. So, experiment on yourself to get to know your style and the best type of composition you can make. This is the only way you can separate yourself from the rest of the photographers.
7. Focus On Specifics
Almost every wedding is the same for a normal eye. But as a photographer, you need to focus on the specifics that make every wedding special to the couples. The specifics are important as what you see important in a wedding is what is going to be captured. So you need quick thinking while shooting at a wedding. For instance, the ring is something that is very special for both the couples, so it makes a good memory and is not something to be missed out. A good photographer always looks for these specifics to make the wedding more memorable.
8. Make Proper Use Of Lighting
Lighting is an important aspect of photography that is used for giving effects to the photographs. Since the photographer has to carry all the equipment himself during a wedding, it is important that they choose the lighting carefully. Best the option is bounce light as these lights are easy to carry and handle and you get more time to focus on the lens settings.
Hermit Chawla is a Marketing Manager at Sprak Design. He would love to share thoughts on Photography Brochure Templates, Lifestyle Design, Branding Firm, Exhibition design etc..