You can actually do your own wedding photoshoot even if you are not a pro photographer. Well, that’s why we are here for: to help you by giving out tips and advices on how to take great wedding photographs.
Here are some tips that you can do to create your own wedding masterpieces:
- Create a “Shot List”
Preparation is always the key. Ask the couple to think of their desired poses ahead. Get them to think ahead about the shots that they would like to capture on the day and compile a list so that you can check them off. This is also helpful in the family shots.
- Wedding Photography Family Photo Coordinator
It is quite helpful to have one representative for each of the couple’s family. Get the couple to nominate a family member, one for each side of the family who can be the ‘director’ of the shoot. They will be the one who will round up everyone, get them in the shot and keep things moving. After all, when there is a celebration, people will be moving a lot, restless. You will be having a hard time taking your pictures.
- Scout the Location
While most pros doesn’t do this, it is actually helpful if you will be scouting for different locations to shoot before the big day. With this, you will have an idea on what shots you will be doing, what poses you will instruct the couple to make and you will be able to know how the light may come into play.
- In Wedding Photography, Preparation is Key
As I’ve mentioned before, plan is always the key. So much can go wrong on the day so you must be prepared for the worst. Have a backup plan, for example, be prepared for bad weathers, have extra batteries or have them charged, memory cards blank, think about routes and time to get to places and get an itinerary of the full day so you know what’s happening next. If you can, attend the rehearsal of the ceremony where you’ll gather a lot of great information about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the ceremony etc.
- Set expectations with the Couple
You and your couple should communicate. Show them your work or style. Let them tell you about what they would want to achieve, how many shots they would want to have, what key things they will be wanting to be recorded, how the shots will be used, etc. Also, don’t forget to set up the agreement price on the charges for the event in place up front.
- Turn off the sound on your camera
Be very careful if you are shooting during speeches, the kiss and vows. Turn off the sound beforehand or keep it off if you don’t want to be disturbing the moment.
- Shoot the small details
Little things can also give significant meaning especially in weddings. Do shoot the little things like the rings, back of the dresses, shoes, flowers, table setting and etc. Things will definitely be a creative result in the end album. Do look in wedding magazines for inspirations.
- Use two cameras
Do use different cameras for different purpose. You can make the other one for candid shots and tight places shots (wide angle lens lens), while the other with longer lens.
- Consider a Second Wedding Photographer
It is also a great strategy to have a backup photographer in place. Aside from backing you up, they can be quite helpful to assist you in other shots. You can do the formal shots while the other for candid shots.
- Be Bold but not Obtrusive
In taking wedding photos, sometimes you will need to be bold to capture a moment. Try to move at least 4-5 times.
- Learn How to Use Diffused Light
The ability to bounce a flash or to diffuse it is key. You’ll find that in many churches that light is very low. If you’re allowed to use a flash (and some churches don’t allow it) think about whether bouncing the flash will work (remember if you bounce off a colored surface it will add a colored cast to the picture) or whether you might want to buy a flash diffuser to soften the light. If you can’t use a flash you’ll need to either use a fast lens at wide apertures and/or bump up the ISO. A lens with image stabilization might also help.
- Shoot in RAW
A wedding is one time that it can be particularly useful as it gives so much more flexibility to manipulate shots after taking them.
- Display Your Shots at the Reception
It adds fun elements on the wedding reception if you are able to show the recent photographs that has been captured during the event.
- Consider Your Backgrounds
Backgrounds in your shots are one of the challenges of wedding as people are constantly moving and going everywhere. Check your background before hitting the shutter release.
- Don’t Discard Your Mistakes
You don’t have to delete the images that doesn’t work. You could always reuse them. After all images can be edited.
- Change Your Perspective
Mix things ups a little by taking different shot perspectives like down low, up high, at wide angles or others.
- Wedding Group Shots
It would be nice if you are able to capture all the attendees of the wedding. And I mean ALL present. This can be challenging to be able to fit them all in your camera, but this is surely a masterpiece.
- Fill Flash
Fill in flash is a must particularly in a backlit or midday shooting conditions where there can be a lot of shadow.
- Continuous Shooting Mode
Having the ability to shoot a lot of images fast is very handy on a wedding day so switch your camera to continuous shooting mode and use it. Sometimes it’s the shot you take a second after the formal or posed shot when everyone is relaxing that really captures the moment!
- Expect the Unexpected
Always expect the unexpected. As a reference from tip no. 4, part of being prepared is to be able to prepare for the worse. And as the future is unknown, always expect for the worst case scenario.
- Have Fun
Need we say anything? Weddings are about celebrating, it should be fun.