It's a concern that's been asked a couple of times in our forums over the last couple of months so while I'm not a Pro Wedding Professional photographer I believed it was time to share a couple of pointers on the subject of Wedding event Photography.
I'll leave the technical suggestions of photographing a wedding event to the pros-- however as somebody who has been asked to picture many family and friends weddings-- here are a couple of recommendations.
Wedding event Photography Tips.
1. Produce a Shot List&.
Among the most practical suggestions I've been provided about Wedding event Photography is to obtain the couple to plan ahead about the shots that they'd like you to capture on the day and put together a list so that you can check them off. This is especially valuable in the family shots. There's absolutely nothing worse than getting the pictures back and recognizing you didn't photo the happy couple with grandma!
2. Wedding Photography Household Image Coordinator.
I find the family photo part of the day can be rather difficult. Individuals are going everywhere, you're unaware of the different family characteristics at play and individuals are in a joyful spirit (and have actually commonly been consuming a couple of spirits) to the point where it can be quite disorderly. Get the couple to nominate a family member (or one for each side of the family) who can be the director of the shoot. They can round everybody up, aid get them in the shot and keep things moving so that the couple can return to the celebration.
3. Scout the Location.
Go to the places of the various locations that you'll be shooting before the big day. While I make sure most Pros don't do this-- I find it actually useful to understand where we're going, have an idea of a couple of positions for shots and to understand how the light may enter into play. On one or two wedding events I even visited areas with the couples and took a couple of test shots (these made nice engagement photos).
4. In Wedding Photography Preparation is Element.
A lot can fail on the day-- so you have to be well prepared. Have a backup plan (in case of bad weather), have batteries charged, memory cards blank, consider paths and time to obtain to locations and get an itinerary of the full day so you understand exactly what's occurring next. If you can, go to the rehearsal of the ceremony where you'll gather a lot of great information about possible positions to shoot from, the lighting, the order of the event and so on
5. Set expectations with the Couple.
Show them your work/style. Discover what they are wishing to accomplish, the number of shots they want, what essential things they want to be recorded, how the shots will be utilized (print etc). If you're charging them for the event, make sure you have the arrangement of rate in place in advance.
6. Shut off the noise on your Video camera.
Beeps during speeches, the kiss and promises do not contribute to the occasion. Switch off noise prior to hand and keep it off.
7. Shoot the little information.
Photograph rings, backs of dresses, shoes, flowers, table settings, menus etc-- these aid provide completion album an additional dimension. Flick through a wedding magazine in a news mean a little inspiration.
8. Use Two Cameras.
Beg, obtain, hire or take an extra camera for the day-- set it up with a different lens. I attempt to shoot with one broad angle lens (excellent for candid shots and in tight spaces (especially before the ceremony in the preparation phase of the day) and one longer lens (it can be convenient to have something as large as 200mm if you can get your hands on one-- I utilize a 70-200mm).
9. Consider a 2nd Wedding Professional photographer.
Having a second backup wedding photographer can be a fantastic method. It indicates less walking around during event and speeches, enables one to capture the formal shots and the other to obtain candid shots. It also takes a little pressure off you being the one to have to get every shot!
10. Be Vibrant but Not Obtrusive.
Timidity will not get you the shot-- sometimes you need to be vibrant to record a moment. However timing is everything and thinking ahead to get in the right position for crucial moments are important so as not to interfere with the event. In an event I attempt to walk around a minimum of 4-5 times however attempt to time this to coincide with tunes, sermons or longer readings. Throughout the formal shots be strong, understand exactly what you desire and ask for it from the couple and their celebration. You're driving the program at this point of the day and need to keep things moving.
11. Discover the best ways to Use Diffused Light.
The capability to bounce a flash or to diffuse it is key. You'll find that in lots of churches that light is really low. If you're permitted to make use of a flash (and some churches do not allow it) consider whether bouncing the flash will work (remember if you bounce off a colored surface area it will add a colored cast to the image) or whether you may want to purchase a flash diffuser to soften the light. If you cannot utilize a flash you'll have to either use a fast lens at broad apertures and/or bump up the ISO. A lens with image stabilization might also help. Learn more about Using Flash Diffusers and Reflectors.
12. Shoot in RAW.
I understand that lots of readers feel that they don't have the time for shooting in RAW (due to additional processing) but a wedding event is one time that it can be particularly beneficial as it provides so much more versatility to control shots after taking them. Wedding events can provide professional photographers with difficult lighting which lead to the need to control exposure and white balance after the reality-- RAW will assist with this substantially.