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Wedding Photography Tips part 2, Use of Techniques

wedding-443600_640Hopefully if you have found part two of our wedding photography tips, then you have already seen part one. That was all about the preparation and how to use extra equipment in order to create the best experience possible for the happy couples and guests, and also give them the best end product. Today we move on to a more technical side, and some quick and easy things that will really boost what you are trying to achieve.

Firstly, and maybe obviously, turn off any sound on your camera. Emotional moments at wedding like the signing of the register, vows and kiss are shrouded in silence. Don mess them up with clicks and bleeps. Turn it off upon arrival and keep it that way.

Use of light is key, and you need experience or at very least a basic understanding of of it for good wedding photography. Most traditional style churches have very low light, so consider how you are going to bounce light off surfaces. Do you need a diffuser, is it a coloured surface your bouncing it off. By combining this with the preparation work we described in part one, scouting the venue, you can get the best possible results.

The intimate shots we see and love in magazines can be the real big hits. A ring lying on a table, a champagne glass, a table piece. Snap everything, the smaller the details the better. They can be real hits and make the couples day. They are also perfect to use in a collage or your own portfolio.

In the spirit of capturing the unusual an intimate, consider switching to continuous shooting mode. Getting a lot of shots fast can really pick out the little emotions. It also helps just after posed shots, as once everyone is relaxed thinking the camera is not still going, can lead to capturing some truly beautiful moments.

Hopefully we have given you a brief insight into the basic tricks to achieve great wedding photography. We intend to do a third part advising on some of the more advanced techniques, but for now we hope this can be a big help. Keep looking for more articles just like this one.…

Wedding Photography Tips Part One: Perpetration is Key

wedding-443600_640We have eluded briefly in previous articles about why we believe wedding photography is so rewarding, and how it attracts so many of the casual, and full time members of the photographic community. Today we are going to offer you a few quick tips if you are yet to tale your hobby to the next level. Maybe you just like going out with your camera on the weekend, yet have attracted attention because of it. They saw your lovely country landscape shots and now want you to take pictures of the biggest day of their life. It’s OK is here to get your through.

Forward planning is one of the biggest and best tips we can offer. Get together with the couple and create a list of shot types they would like, even if its just a rough draft. Also make sure it includes exactly who they want in each one. Have a full and comprehensive list of every family member and friend they want, and al the different combinations. This way nobody gets missed out.

As part of the forward planning scouting out the venue in advance is also a huge bonus. This will help when suggesting the more abstract shot types, and quirky little intimate photos you see so often in those wedding magazines. It may not be something the top end pro’s do but I find it very handy.

Obviously in the mood of forward planning your own equipment needs to be maintained and ready to go. Fully charge battery packs, keep your memory cards free and clear and be prepared for all eventualities. Have back up plans and alternatives in case of rain, or any other unforeseen event.

When making your lost consider getting a second camera. This means you can set each one up in two different ways. We usually go for one with a narrow lens and another with a wide angle lens. With this though comes the need for extra battery packs, but the versatility and speed it will offer you cannot be understated.

You may also consider taking a computer or projector along with you to the event. This is simply to further your own exposure, and to give a fun aspect to the day. You can display your previous shots form the day as a slide show, and let the guests see exactly what is going on. The exposure it …

Why You Need a Tripod in Your Camera Bag!

tripod-390902_1280Any photographer, be they serious or just starting out will at some point or another be in need of a decent tripod. Free hand photography offers a flair and a raw look that can be amazingly striking. The truly skilled can use to this to their advantage to create some fantastic pieces of work and it really does take a knack to reach a top level with it.

The advantages of a tripod are numerous and the first, and probably most obvious reason, is the stability it gives you. Tripods can be solidly set, and fixed in place. A really handy thing when you are taking photographs of things that are in motion and that require you to remain steady as the object moves. Any extra bounce or slight twitch can really throw the final result off if there are too many moving parts while you try and get the perfect shot.

The next bonus is that most tripods will have an adjustable height level. This again means you can set your camera to a consistent and fixed level, or in a fixed direction. Perfect if you are patiently waiting for something to emerge, or to come travelling back. For example photographing a cycling race, or sporting event. This fixed level can lead to some super results and makes it well worth buying a tripod that can be extended or dropped down in height. Tripods are also great for shooting in low light as they allow you to have a much slower shutter speed and keep your images sharper.

It also may seem obvious, but it really does free up your hands for other things. You can concentrate on your lens and focussing it properly, looking at everything that is going on around you, and make any last minute adjustments that might suddenly crop up. If you’re shooting families and children you might have to focus more on positioning and even gaining the attention of young ones, that your hands will come in handy for gesturing and more.

Simply put tripods are crucial as you continue down your journey in the photography world. Look out for further articles on how to capture the best shots while using a tripod, and when it is necessary to swap to free hand, or even use a monopod for a bit more stability while still using the freedom we all love when shooting.…