Words of Al Woods
Being a wedding photographer is a nice job. You can work for people who are celebrating one of the best days of their lives. They can capture their happiness, tears, and joy to create a lasting memory to return to forever.
But for these reasons, being a wedding photographer can also be stressful. When someone trusts you to do everything we mentioned, it can be a little nerve wracking when things go south.
But like any other job, achieving perfection can be achieved through constant learning. To be better photographers, to capture moments and emotions better, we have to work constantly and consistently on our craft. To help you improve your wedding photography skills, we have prepared a few tips and tricks that will definitely help you improve your wedding photography.
Test your camera settings in advance
No matter how long you’ve been in business, it’s always a good idea to test your camera settings beforehand. Depending on whether the reception is outside or inside, cloudy or sunny, knowing which settings to use to get good photos can be crucial. So if you get the chance, come early to see what conditions you will be working in. If you’ve never worked in a specific location before, speak to fellow photographers so you are better prepared.
Of course, if you are more of a beginner in wedding photography, or photography in general, you should know what your camera can do and how to get good photos regardless of the conditions. You can simulate the conditions, ask some volunteers to help, or do anything else that can be good practice. That way, if the outside is suddenly cloudy and the venue is darker than you thought, just a few quick camera settings will change your perfect photo.
Educate yourself in photo editing
You can make up for the settings your camera lacks in photo editing. Whether it is color correction, contrast enhancement, or any other type of retouching, if you want it to look natural and professional, you need to learn and practice photo editing in different programs. Depending on how good you are already, you can choose from a wide variety of programs and get one that won’t be too difficult for you. Or if you want to make the job even easier, you can always use wedding LUTs. Unlike most photo editing programs, these Lut collections allow you to finish photo editing in a short amount of time. You can apply them directly to your photos without spending too much time and energy on color grading.
If you are using any particular software, it is a good idea to study it thoroughly and practice some old photos to get the best photos possible. Not only will your wedding photos look better, they will also save you a lot of time in the long run.
Record the preparation part
The moments before the wedding are just as priceless as the wedding itself. Those feelings of excitement, nervousness and impatience before your wedding cannot be compared to anything else. And just like anything else about the wedding, the bride and groom will want to remember this part.
So make sure you are there and hold the bride doing makeup, her mother or sister fixing her hair, the groom putting on his tie, or talking to his father. These moments are perhaps the most intimate part of a wedding day and are definitely worth capturing.
Plan shooting in advance
If you and your clients are thinking of just taking a few pictures with the two of them, make sure you have it all planned. To do this, find the best locations to shoot. When you have lighting configurations make sure you know where you are going to place them, bring any accessories you might need, and in general, think about what you are going to ask the bride and groom to do in the photos. If you’re not prepared, you may spend a lot of time planning on site and you may not get the photos you want. Of course, there will always be some spontaneity, but you should have a structured plan.
Catch a smile
The most common emotion that you can capture at a wedding is happiness. Whether it’s the bride, groom, their friends or parents, everyone will be beaming with happiness on this day. And that’s what people want to remember. Whether you are looking at your wedding photos after a month or 30 years, you will enjoy seeing everyone smile. So when the bride walks down the aisle or the happy newlywed couple dance for the first time, look around to see the smiles on people’s faces. And trust us, it won’t be difficult.
Capture the first
Just like in the moments leading up to the official start of the wedding, the first will be something that the bride and groom will want to cherish. Whether it’s their first kiss as a newly married couple or their first dance, moments like this cannot be repeated. To help your clients cherish these moments and remember them forever, make sure you did a good job capturing them. Also, make sure you’ve asked her if there are any other specific moments to watch out for.
Pack enough accessories
If you’ve been a photographer for a while, you know the importance of having all the accessories you need close at hand. Whether it’s different camera bodies, different lenses, or external flashes, make sure you have it all with you. We recommend that you bring your laptop with you as well. This way, you can back up photos in real time so you don’t have to worry about losing photo data.
Photographing weddings doesn’t have to be stressful if you have a well-structured plan, knowing your gear and exactly what to shoot. Of course, always talk to your customers and constantly strive to improve your craft. There is no such thing as absolute perfection in photography, but practice will definitely bring you closer.