Wedding photography is one of the most lucrative yet demanding genres in photography to specialize, something that veterans in the industry would attest to. There are so many moments that need to be captured in that single event, not to mention the challenges that might come up along the way.
These things may be overwhelming especially for a newbie wedding photographer. But with the proper guidance and knowledge, one can get through these jitters and be on the way to be an experienced photographer. We have therefore prepared 5 tips for photographers so they can be able to take great wedding pictures.
- Know the equipment that you have and make sure you have backup
Some photographers have the fault of not knowing what equipment they have and what would be appropriate to use in certain occasions. Thus, it is important to be familiar with the feature and capabilities of each equipment like the lenses, flash, and other gear you will be needing to cover a wedding.
Also, it is important that you have backup equipment that you can use anytime whenever one of them fails on you during the event. This applies especially for batteries for additional power and memory cards for additional storage.
- Scout the locations
Once you have the information on the location where the wedding ceremony and the reception will be held, make it a point to visit these places beforehand, at least a day before the wedding as the preparations are being made. Check out which spots would be ideal for you to take some strategic photos. Know well the ins and outs of the area so you can better navigate throughout the venue or venues during the coverage. Better preparation is the key.
- Prepare a short list of what to cover
With so many moments in the wedding that needed to be captured, some photographers make a mistake in missing some key moments which make the overall wedding experience feel incomplete as far as the coverage is concerned. To avoid this, photographers must make it a point to know the important moments that must be photographed and make a list of those moments so they would not be forgotten during the event itself. This also helps the photographer’s overall workflow as he/she gets to have a better grasp as to how to transition between moments to take those great photos.
- Gain experience shooting weddings as an assistant
Weddings are important occasions that leave no room for photography mistakes, especially crucial ones. If you are someone new into wedding photography, that pressure is very much felt. So as a way not only to help relieve some of the pressure but also to familiarize oneself with what goes on in a wedding, newbie photographers should take time to gain some experience by working as assistant of more experienced wedding photographers like those at PB Art Works.
This also serves as a good opportunities for the newbies to learn from the experts and be able to gain insights on how to become better wedding photographers in the process.
- Shoot in RAW
There is a lot at stake when shooting a wedding and you need to make sure that you have the maximum amount of data available when editing images to correct any issues with exposure, color and white balance in the best quality available as possible. This means that it’s important to shoot photos in the RAW format.
You can shoot JPEG photos at the same time, but as a priority, shoot RAW files to get you out of trouble