The best wedding photographer I know: Ken Mendoza will get these 5 lessons right ALL the time.
But we can’t all be as good as him. If you are just starting out you’ll want to know some of the most important things to remember as you do your photo shoot. If you get these 5 things right, you are already light years ahead of the other photographers, and you’ll make your clients much happier in the end.
You’ve got to get the exposure settings just right. It can’t be underexposed, or the wedding dress can come out looking grey or dirty. But if it’s overexposed, the white takes over the photo, blends into everything around it, and washes out all the other colors. If you are using a digital camera, make sure you check your photos when the light changes, or the colors change. If you are not using a digital camera, you’ll have to rely a lot more on your experience to know what settings to use.
User the histogram setting and try to create photographs that “peak” to the right of the center point on the grade. Don’t let them get to a big peak at the end of the scale, but target just a bit to the right hand side.
If the location you are shooting doesn’t have elegant backgrounds, you might get caught with beautiful people, but ugly backgrounds. This won’t make the bride happy so be forewarned. How do you counter this? Well for really ugly backgrounds you can blur the background by taking shots from further away and focusing on the clients. This will wash out whatever is directly behind them. Also don’t be afraid to take photos of complicated backgrounds. Pay attention to the lines. If there are a lot of lines, but they mesh well with the clients lines, go ahead and take the shot. They’ll look fantastic.
Every bride wants to see her eyes in her wedding dress. And she wants to see her grooms eyes too. There are two major issues that can cause problems. Squinting and blinking.
For squinting make sure they aren’t staring directly into the sun. Sometimes its subtle, they won’t realize they’re squinting until they see the shots. So look for locations that have “soft” light, and will encourage them to smile brightly, but won’t make them show their crows feet.
For blinking, you’ve got a little tougher problem. Especially for group shots, there always seems to be at least one person whose eyes are close for that millisecond when the shot goes off. One trick here is to tell everyone to close their eyes and then open them on the count of three. Then you take your shot. This synchronizes everyone’s eyes and gives you the best chance to capture large groups with eyes wide open.
The Right Equipment:
Make sure you have the right camera, lights, surfaces, and lenses. Of all those, the lenses are the most important. You can have an average camera, but awesome lenses and your photographs will look good. If you don’t have the best lenses you can always rent them. Places like www.borrowlenses.com will let you select from a wide variety, and get the best ones for the job.
In conclusion, remember, you don’t get as good as SF City Hall Wedding Photography right away. You’ll need practice and dedication. But do your homework, prepare ahead of time, and follow these tips, and you’ll be along the way to being a great wedding photographer.