1. Create a shot list
A helpful tip regarding wedding photography is to ask the couple in advance about the specific shots that they want you to take. After that, compile a list so that you can check each shot off. Taking family photos is made easier with this method. There’s nothing worse than receiving the photos and finding out you didn’t capture the happy couple with Grandma!
2. Find a wedding photography family photo coordinator
I find that it is quite stressful to take family pictures on the wedding day. It would be great if the couple nominated one family member (or one for each side of the family) who could act as the “director” of the shoot. So that everyone gets in the picture, they can help get everyone gathered and keep the party moving so that the couple can get back to partying as soon as possible.
3. Scout the location
Visit the locations where you will be shooting before the big day.it will help you to choose and find the best locations and backgrounds for photography.
4. In wedding photography, preparation is key
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, memory cards blank, think about routes and times to get to places.
6. Turn off the sound on your camera
Beeping during speeches, kissing during vows, and playing the piano don’t add to the event. Be sure to turn off your camera’s sounds beforehand.
7. Shoot the small details
Make a picture of rings, dresses, shoes, banquet menus, table settings, etc. These add an extra dimension to the album. Take a look at a wedding magazine on a newsstand for inspiration.
8. Use two cameras
Beg, borrow, hire, or steal an extra camera for the day, and set it up with a different lens. This will help you to make photographs in different angle.
9. Consider a second wedding photographer
You can benefit from having a second photographer. In this way, the ceremony and speeches are less crowded, and one photographer can capture formal shots while the other takes candid. In addition, you won’t have to worry about getting every shot!
11. Learn how to use diffused light
Flashes must be bounced or diffused in order to be effective photography. There is a lack of light in many churches. If you can use a flash, it will add a colour cast to the picture) or if you should purchase a diffuser to soften the light.
13. Display your shots at the reception
As a medium, digital photography is characterised by its immediacy. In recent years, more and more photographers have turned to taking their computers to receptions, uploading pictures taken earlier in the day, and letting the slideshow rotate throughout the evening. It adds a fun element to the night.
14. Consider your backgrounds
Weddings are challenging because people are often everywhere, including the background of your photos. Look for good backgrounds before taking formal shots, especially in areas where they will be taken.
15. Don’t discard your “mistakes”
You may be losing some of the more valuable and interesting images. Keep in mind that images can be cropped or manipulated later to give you some artsy/abstract shots that add real appeal to the album.
16. Change your perspective
Make your shots a little more creative. While you are likely to use fairly standard or formal poses for most of the pictures in the end album, make sure you take some interesting shots by using low, high, wide angles, etc.
17. Wedding group shots
You need to get everyone to the appropriate spot fast and be ready to get the shot without having everyone stand around for too long. The best way to get everyone to the spot is to get the bride and groom there and have a couple of helpers lead everyone there.
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