A smart wedding photographer knows how to get out of people’s way during the wedding photo shoot.
If someone says that invisibility is not a super power, then they should seriously rethink what a so-called super power means. You don’t have to be completely invisible during the wedding though however, as a wedding photographer, you will have to learn how to get out of the way during the appropriate moments and that is something that more or less requires some kind of skill to fully work out one way or the other. Try to get out of people’s way as much as possible. They aren’t always too thrilled when it comes to being photographed all the time, or at least when they notice it. Try to avoid using flash photography as much as possible. This is something that can startle people and something that might put them out of sorts one way or the other and this is what you should be avoiding by all means. Keep your shutter setting quiet as much as possible and try to make the most use of natural light as well. You will see that this is something that you will eventually get better with the longer that you’re at it so just keep working on it as much as possible.
Pay attention to the other little details in the wedding photo shoot.
A wedding photographer should always make sure that he keeps a keen eye out as much as possible. The detailed shots are usually the money shots and they are things that a lot of clients will really be able to appreciate at the end of the day. You should have some kind of foresight when it comes to things like these and maybe bring a macro lens along. This will really get to accentuate your detailed shots and this is something that will get to make your life so much easier when it all comes down to it.
Avoid any fights with the clients.
Make sure that you are able to really settle the score with the clients even before the wedding photo shoot starts. You need to know and understand what your clients are expecting from you and what they are hoping to get out of the picture the wedding photography service that you are aiming to provide for them. You have to understand that your ultimate role is to actually give live to what they have envisioned for their wedding so make sure that all aspects of the agreement has been discussed and clearly laid out for them. Any confusions in between might lead to disputes and those disputes will never be pretty either for you or for your clients so it is something that you should avoid as much as possible.
Get people to slow down during the wedding.
This is the best way for you to be able to get the most amount of exposure for the images that you are trying to shoot. Talk to the people you are trying to take photos of and tell them to kiss slowly, walk slowly, and so on and so forth.
Bring a tripod no matter how you think the lighting situation will turn out to be in wedding photography.
No matter how the lighting situation might turn out to be, a tripod will always be something that will come in handy for you and for the wedding photography album that you are trying to bring together. A tripod can really give you the stability that you need to make sure that your photos come out with about ten times the quality than you would have gotten without the aid of a tripod in place. A tripod has so many more uses than just holding the camera up but when it all comes down to it; it is the most useful during low light settings. There are usually involuntary camera shakes that come along with a dark light setting and that is something that you will have to prepare for at the end of the day. The tripod can really fix issues like these which is why it is such a wise investment to make for a photography accessory in your wedding photography career.
Try to attract as little attention to yourself as much as possible while you are providing your wedding photography service.
If you want to be effective in the wedding photography project that you are shooting, then you will need to go through the shoot as quietly as you possibly can. Learn about the quiet shutter setting in your camera and figure this out well ahead of time before you even get to the wedding venue. Practice makes perfect so this is something that you will need to prepare for when it all comes down to it. Keep your distance if you can help it unless you are taking some macro shots. Try to avoid the use of flash photography. It can really startle people at times so don’t use it unless it is something that is absolutely necessary. Bring a telephoto lens along so that you can take your close up shots without being right next to the people you are trying to photograph so that in turn, you don’t have to disrupt the “moment” while it is happening.
Consult the bride for everything related to wedding photography.
The bride really is the best person for you to consult with if you are trying to draw out plans for your wedding photography project. Meet up with her and discuss everything from the sequence of the wedding to the most important moments she thinks should be documented no matter what happens, to the important people or key players in the wedding, and so on and so forth. This is a pretty hand son approach and the bride is the best person for you to go through with it.
Ask people to move slower during the shoot so that you get better exposure.
You can’t get the greatest possible exposure if people will end up moving too fast. Sometimes, all it takes is briefing them the right way and letting them understand how important it is for the quality of photos that you are taking.
Backlight is perfect to use for wedding photography when it rains.
This is something that you should prepare ahead of time for. When it all comes down to it, you cannot really choose the setting of the wedding photography shoot that you are going to be covering so you might as well make sure that you are ready for just about anything and everything. One of the biggest elements that can come into play is the weather. This is something that doubles, triples, and quadruples several times over if you will have to do an outdoor wedding photography shoot. There are a lot of ways to go about with this and “avoid” the rain, as you will. However, when you come to think about it, the rain can actually bring in something great and almost magical to the wedding photography shoot that you are trying to get underway.
One of the best ways for you to be able to highlight the rain in all of its brooding glory and romance is by using backlight. Backlight will make the rain drops look like they are lit as they fall and that is something that can really come out great in the photos that you produce. The thing with backlight is that it makes the rain drops look like they are about to pop out of the photos that you take. And the end of the day, that is always a good thing.
Pack a lot of plastic bags to use as protection for your wedding photography gear.
You have to keep in mind that it cost you a lot of money and time to get your photography gear together. You need to make sure that you are able to really protect them in the event of something unexpected like rain. Keep a nice stash of one gallon Ziploc bags handy so that you will be more or less prepared enough for rain. You have to understand that your gear comes front and center all the time. You need to make sure that you protect it and keep it dry at all costs because it can cost you dearly if you do not.
Take advantage of puddles made in the rain.
Even the things that you do not expect can come up with really interesting things from the angle of the camera. Where there is rain, there are puddles. Use this as a creative angle to shoot your pictures in at some point or so. Use the reflections in the puddles juxtaposed right next to the actual people or things that you are taking photos of. You will be able to come up with really great looking images that will just blow you away.
Be smart. Look for cover, if you can.
If it starts to rain, it does not necessarily mean that you will have to get wet in it. Look for any areas or spots that can provide you with an ample amount of cover one way or the other. Look for waiting sheds, awnings, tents, tarps, and so on and so forth that can help stop you from being wet.
Use umbrellas as reflectors and protection.
Umbrellas can double over as protection against the rain and as reflectors as well. They are cheap and easy to bring along with you all of the time so make sure that you have a couple or so stashed in the car.
A wedding photographer knows that an umbrella has more than just one use, whether it is raining or not.
The point of the matter is that you cannot really pre-empt all of the possible variables that come in during a wedding photography shoot. At some point or so, you will need to make sure that you are able to prepare for inclement weather. This is something that can prove to be particularly crucial especially if you are shooting in an outdoor setting. As a wedding photographer, you will need to make sure that you are able to go through the motions of really bringing an umbrella or two every time you are out for a wedding photography shoot. This may seem like something completely trivial and not understandable but when it all comes down to it; this is definitely something that you can benefit a lot from.
An umbrella will not only be able to protect you from several weather elements such as extreme heat and rain, it can also pretty much double over as a reflector. An umbrella is something that will not cost you a lot of money and it is also something that comes with an awful lot of practical uses as well. Bring a couple of umbrellas with you because you will never regret it. Keep it in the car for emergency purposes. It is the kind of insight that will be able to save your shoot someday.
Fix the white wedding dress issue that every wedding photographer is having a hard time with.
The point of the matter is that when you come to think of it, the wedding dress really can be a bit of an issue because what the camera tends to see is not something that has an awful lot of white. What it tends to see is something that is a giant bright spot of light that has the potential to more or less ruin the rest of all of the other elements in the photo. The good thing about it though is the fact that there is something that you can do to get something like this fixed. After all, the bride will not be too excited to see a giant dull looking gray dress just because the camera auto edited it out at some point because it thought it is shooting something that is extremely bright. That is not how you would like the photos to turn out to be. What you want is for the dress to come out looking as glorious and as awesome as ever.
Get a second wedding photographer without causing a dent in your wallet.
A second shooter is something that really costs a lot of money and that is not something that you might want to spend a lot in at first especially since you are still starting out with your wedding photography career. Reach out to the other new wedding photographers out there and offer to exchange services as second shooter in the wedding events that each of you book.