Many changes have been seen in the last decade. These changes can be seen in all areas of our lives. When your grandparents were married they might have had a few picture taken by a friend who owned a Brownie camera. When you parents were married they were probably lucky enough to have a photographer take several still life photos of their happy day. Now however, you have the opportunity to catch the excitement and memories in a video with live action and sound. What a great opportunity and benefit to those who weren’t able to attend or for future generations of your posterity to have this record. Read more »
Whether you’re starting a part-time or full-time wedding photography business, your first competitive challenge is to have the right photography skills. For weddings, these are primarily portrait, lighting and photojournalism. Without these fundamental skills, it’s almost impossible to shoot your first wedding successfully; and one bad wedding could make it equally impossible to grow your business. Read more »
If you have a friend planning a wedding or the happy day is coming soon, then you can give her or him a much better gift than the standard stuff. You may not have the skills or experience to offer your friend professional wedding photography services, but you can use your digital photography to create a separate album of images of events prior to the big day.
Most wedding photographers only shoot during the wedding day: preparations, ceremony, reception and maybe a separate session with just the bride and groom. Wouldn’t your friend just love to have photos of her final dress fitting, opening wedding gifts and the many other details of her wedding? You have access that the wedding photographer doesn’t to capture photos of the excitement and anticipation of this new phase in your friend’s life.
If you’d like to become a wedding photographer, then this is an excellent opportunity to gain some experience working with a bride and groom and their families. Just like a pro, you’ll want to plan well in advance, so you’ll have to reveal your gift to your friend early; but that will just make it more fun for both of you. Prepare a schedule of events related to the wedding, so you’ll be available to photograph each of them and record spontaneous reactions of the bride, groom, family and friends. Ask to photograph any parties or gatherings for family members that have traveled from great distances for the wedding. Photograph any bachelorette or bachelor party as well as the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.
Once you’ve shot all the photographs of your friend’s wedding activities, you can make a special album for her or him with the help of either of two PhotographyTalk vendor partners.
Many people want to know the easiest way to achieve wedding photography success. The answer is that this is not such an easy task as many think or like to think. There are plenty of amateur photographers who believe that buying a professional camera and start taking photos will guarantee their wedding photography success. This idea is, however, wrong. Here are presented all tips you need to know in order to experiment a wedding photography success. Read more »
One of the difficulties in shooting weddings or portraits outdoors is that the available light is not always ideal for photographs. In fact, it’s usually the opposite. With LitePanels, however, you can effectively modify existing light to make it more visually compelling for your portraits.
This lesson explores the use of Photoflex LitePanels in modifying natural light while shooting bridal portraits on location. As you’ll see here, LitePanels are great at providing elegant lighting, quickly and easily. Read more »
In this tutorial, Natalie Norton shares 10 great tips that will help you survive shooting your first wedding.
Photo Credit: My good friend, wedding photographer Jonathan Canlas the great.
You were asked to shoot your friend’s wedding? Hmm. Already got suckered into it? Tut, tut, tut. Fear not! By maintaining a good attitude, establishing a strong game plan and setting realistic expectations, you truly can make this lemon into sweet lemonade.
Here are 10 tips to making your first weddings a success. Read more »
Town / City Night Photography Tips
Article by John Gravett of Lakeland Photographic Holidays – www.lakelandphotohols.com
With the clocks going back in the next few weeks and the evenings drawing in, what better excuse to get out and take some photos at night. The period from dusk to dawn is so neglected by photographers, and can yield such exciting opportunities.
- Camera lens
- Tripod (if possible)
Technique: Read more »
By Annie Tao.
I was recently at a friend’s wedding and took photographs as a guest. I admit, there were times it was difficult to resist laying down in the aisle, climbing up on something, and pulling the bride and groom aside to get “the shot”. It went against my instincts as a photographer to see a shot and not take it. How did I do it? I created some rules for myself to tame the [photography] beast within, so I could be respectful to the hired photographer.
Then one of my blog readers submitted some questions that positioned this topic perfectly: Read more »