Wedding photography tips? Let’s leave that to the pros. Well, not if you’re interested in learning the tips-and-tricks into taking photos exactly like a wedding photographer professional! It takes a bit of expert knowledge, learning, and practice, to get the hang of it. Here’s how.
Wedding Photography Tips: How To Get It Started
First, you’ll have to have your own camera. True, tons of mobile phones exist and are catered to mainly because of their camera features. They take shots so clear, with high megapixels, almost as though photos are taken by a digital camera. However, when you’re on the “field,” so to speak, you’ll need to manipulate the proper equipment to ensure the quality of images to be captured.
Second, let’s talk about the basic camera equipment you should get your hands on. Oh, but of course, a camera. A good DSLR camera is a priority. Only, that’s not all. You’ll need to have another one as a spare. In live events such as weddings, it’s safest to be ready in case a mishap happens to your primary camera.
Then, a tripod is your next goal. You won’t be manually carrying the camera from start to finish! That’s not practical! And, using a tripod will give you more leeway in shooting from different vantage points and angles more conveniently.
A good wide-angle and telephoto lens are tools you should invest in, too. You want to capture as much as you can, in as short an amount of time, without blocking any of the guest’s views. At least, as much as possible. Thus, these two will be of great help. A medium zoom lens is a must-have as well, for close-up, intimate shots.
You already know about the “of course” essentials like extra batteries, a cleaning kit, extra memory cards, etc. But as for the rest, they’re completely up to you. Light stands, diffusers, speedlights, strobes, you name it. It’s a bit of an expensive passion-hobby, wedding photography. But if you’ve got your heart it in, it’ll be worth the investment.
Wedding Photoshoots: Practical Tips From Professional Photographers
1. Have A “Shot” Checklist
This will make your job a bit easier. Knowing what types of takes, who will be in each frame, where the shots are to be taken, what background, etc. By having a ready checklist such as this, you won’t go in blindly and fumble for the next thing to do.
2. Arrive At The Location Before The Wedding Day Itself (Or Much Earlier Than The Call Time)
A.k.a. “scouting,” this is checking the location, jotting down which areas are best for you to station at. Which areas are likely to be under the sun the most, what walkways to choose in order not to be too much of a distraction (there’s no fool-proof way for photographers), and other important details to take note of.
3. Coordinate With The Coordinator Or The Host
This is another important step that many seem to forget. You have to be aware of the program and what antics the host has in store for the ceremony and the reception. Also, coordinate the family and friends’ photo session. It sounds like a piece of cake, but in reality, it’s super hectic and will require a lot of here-and-there rush.
4. Be Prepared, In General
There’s no “tip” here. Just a statement of fact. Be prepared. You got this!