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A Beginner's Guid to Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is a challenge , because of all the activities that go on in a short space of time and the wide variety of lighting conditions.This article will help guide beginner’s  to wedding photography, and delve into tips and tricks used by the professional wedding photographer.

A critical element of being a successful wedding photographer is preparation. You  need to prepare  at least two or three months ahead of time.in order toget to know the bride and the groom,  and understand their needs and wants. Some good questions to ask are

  • How many professional wedding photographers will there be?
  • What type of photographs would they like?  formal group portraits? Or repotage candid shots of the couple?
  • How many guests will there be at the wedding day and evening? Are they just family members or friends and family?
  • What sort of locations will be used at the wedding? A church, hotel, Register office? Will there be a reception and or a dinner?

Asking  questions like these will help you understand the requirements of the couple for the wedding photography and help you take better photos.

  Locations, and Times

Once you’ve know the wedding locations, and times , find some time to go look around those places for the best locations to take your photos.

For a church weddings, go inside the church to check the lighting, and environment. Try to find the correct place to position yourself so you don’t mess up during the wedding ceremony . Take note that most churches do not allow flash photography during the wedding ceremony. And some do not allow photography of the ceremony so ask permission first

You will need to make sure you’re equipped with the correct accessories like tripods or fast lenses, depending on the wedding and time of year.

It’s also important to check out locations like the reception area and rooms you can use incase of bad weather, also the podium where the speech will be made. If there will be a wedding dance

 then check out the dance floor and the seating arrangement .

Make sure you know the wedding locations inside and 

 Organize Your Photography Gear

This is critical . Prepare about 1 month ahead of the wedding date just to be sure you have time to get any equipment you have missed out. Here is a list of equipment you need to bring for the wedding day photography shoot:

 

 

 

 

 

  • A good digital camera. This is obvious. It’s good to have a backup  camera and batteries as well, just in case.
  • Camera lenses also filters. Take along any special lenses or filters you will want to use.
  • Tripod. Another critical piece of equipment, important for indoor photography under low light.
  • Memory cards. Take at least four 32 GB cards. no joke you won’t believe how many shots you’ll take during the wedding, especially if you photograph a lot in raw mode.
  • Portable hard drive. In case you run out of space on the memory cards. 
  • On the Day of the Wedding

     Let’s assume the wedding day, has arrived. Here is a sequence of events to help guide you on the wedding photography process.

    At the House or Hotel

    If you’re taking shots of the bride getting ready, be early. you should be one of the earliest to arrive so that you can set up your positions, tripods and whatever equipment you need to use.

    At the Church / Hotel or Register Office

    Once you’re at one of the above, find out where the priest will be standing. Position yourself in an appropriate position. Some locations where wedding photos must be taken include the entrance to church, the aisle and the place where the couple will stand.

    And here is a tip – it’s important not to get too excited about your photography to early on the wedding day. Remember, you have a long day for taking photos. Don't take so many photos at the church entrance, that you run out of memory card space by the time the couple exchanged vows!

    If there is a church reception, make sure you’re out at the reception area faster than the rest of the guests, and put yourself in the correct position. Receptions are a good time to capture candid and fun shots,  knock yourself out.

    Formal Wedding Group Shots

    The formal group shots try to start with the big groups, then slowly remove family members so that you can get the various combinations of family and friends required.

    Editing

    What do you do after shooting the wedding. You need to do some photo touch up, such as editing and removing red eye, cropping and rotating. You also need to burn the photos onto a CD and or DVDs, ( in a slideshow format you cannot delay this step. Try to get the CD or DVD final package out to the couple as soon as you can.

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     That’s a lot of information about wedding photography.

    Do remember that while wedding photography is challenging it can can be very rewarding. Especially when you see the couple friends and family looking back at the wedding photographssa if it was only yesterday and how wonderful their wedding day was.

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