10 Wedding Photography Tips for Amateur Photographers
Wedding photography is a field that requires special talent and knowledge since it typically challenges photo enthusiasts. Nonetheless, if you’re an avid beginner in this field and you know some people working on their wedding plans, it’s more likely that they’ll convince you to become their “official photographer”.
In this article are ten wedding photography tips to help you get started.
1. Scrutinize the Location.
Visit specific areas of the location wherein you’ll be taking pre-nuptial shots. While many professional photographers don’t do this, scrutinizing the location is one of the few very helpful wedding photography tips that works effectively. Make sure that the location suits the couple’s mood.
2. Come up with a “Shot List”.
Convince the couple to decide early on the shots they want you to capture and compile a list for you to check them. This is very useful in family shots. Make sure you come up with the best shot of the couple with their respective families.
3. Capture the Small Details
Capture the small details- bridal gown, table settings and menu (during reception), shoes, wedding rings and facial expressions of guests and the couple themselves. To get a bit of inspiration, read wedding magazines.
4. Turn off your Camera’s sound during the Occasion.
Gratuitous beeps in between heartfelt speeches, vows and kisses don’t necessarily add to the sophistication of the event so switch off the sound of your camera.
5. Always Consider the Background.
This is one of the most challenging wedding photography tips. People often go everywhere during weddings, and this quite affects the background of your shots. To ensure that your background stylishly compliments with the event, go for shaded spots or uncluttered areas out of direct sunlight exposure and adjust your camera’s lighting options.
6. Use Two Digital Cameras.
Each camera must have different lens. Try shooting with a single-wide angle lens (perfect for candid wedding shots) or one long-angle lens for the more solemn shots.
7. Change your Angle.
Be a little creative on your shots. While images situated at the “end album” are mostly formal poses, try to mix things up a bit by varying your shots from “up high”, “down low”, “wide angle” etc.
8. Try not to Discard any Mistakes.
The temptation with DSLRs is to check images and edit or delete if some don’t work instantly. The problem with wedding photography is that photographers tends to get rid of some of the more valuable and eye-catching images for their own interest. Take note that pictures can be manipulated to give you more abstract or artsy-looking colors that, for the photographer, adds creativity to the end album.
9. Set your Expectations with the Couple.
Present them your previous works. Figure out what they want to achieve regardless of the best pre-nuptial and wedding shots. In case you’ll be charging them for the event, an agreement must be settled between you and the couple to avoid conflict.
10. Have a Backup Photographer
If possible, consider having a second or backup photographer to get more candid shots.