Hey guys welcome to Fliqaindia and in this week’s blog we’ll be going over 5 tips that will help you improve your wedding Photography or if you’ve never shot weddings before these are 5 things you definitely need to know. So without wasting any longer of sometime let’s jump right into it. Alright guys so when we was working full time as a wedding photographer shooting around 30 to 40 weddings a year which is a lot it meant that just about every one of my weekends we was shooting a wedding and then we would edit those photos during a week and deliver them to clients do client meetings and our emails do admin and all of the different things that go into running a wedding Photography business.
So you know that these tips are coming from a good place and someone who worked as a professional Wedding Photographer. We learned these along the journey and some of them we wish we knew when we started Winning Photography.
DON’T RUSH INTO IT:
So let’s jump into tip number one which is kind of a non tip and something that you shouldn’t do and that is just get started or just jump into wedding photography and the reason being is that there’s a lot of bad advice going around at the moment that we’ve seen online and on YouTube that you should just start shooting weddings if you haven’t done it before because you’ll gain a lot of experience, you’ll be able to shoot products, you’ll be able to shoot couples and portraits and you will be ready to do event photography beat at some point. We think this is terrible advice. You’re risking or playing with one of the most important days in somebody’s life so as to realize experience. So if you screw up you’ll potentially ruin this person’s day or ruin their memories because they need no photos to recollect it by. Another reason this is so bad is that your name is on the line as a photographer. In photography your name is your personal brand, so if you screw up or make a mistake your own name is being dragged through the mud and there’s no real way to recover from that. So instead if you want to get started with wedding photography or you want to gain more experience we’d suggest asking another photographer if you could assist them on one of their weddings. Now there’s a difference between assisting and second shooting and not many people know the difference between these two. Assisting means that you accompany a main photographer to a marriage that they are shooting and you carry their bags, you move they light stands, you arrange people and you run errands that they could need on the day. Where a second shooting means that you’re just as important as the main Photographer or you’re shooting something that the main Photographer one shoot because there are somewhere else at the venue. Main Photographer can be in two different places at one time. So for instance if the most Photographer was shooting the bride preparing and that they needed someone to capture the groom preparing because it has been happening at the same time as a second Photographer you’d do that. So if you’ve never shot a wedding before we’d recommend becoming an assistant. So contact a photographer that you admire and ask them if you’d be able to assist them on a wedding. Most of the time they’ll be happy to have you as an assistant if they don’t already have someone. But don’t get discouraged if they say no because in the end you’re going to want to ask a few different Photographers in any case. Because what we’ve seen happen time and time again is that if one photographer assists another and they never assist anyone else they sort of start to emulate that Photographers style and don’t develop a style of their own. So we’d suggest asking a few different photographers if you could assist at their wedding. That’s where you get a special perspective from each photographer that you simply assist you’ll see how they handle the marriage day, how they interact with the bride and the groom, how they manage people and how they choose you can even see their creative style from, how they see light, how they compose their shots and a ton of other different tips that you’ll learn from assisting multiple Photographers and as a backup the main photographer has someone to fall back on in case something goes terribly wrong. We assisted at over 40 weddings before we shot my first one.
BACK UPS OF EVERYTHING:
Which takes us on to our second tip and that is have backups of everything. You really got to invest within the gear that you simply got to shoot weddings and if you cannot afford it or rent. Wedding photography and photography generally can get very expensive and really quickly especially. If you have G.A.S. (Gear acquisition syndrome) which just about every photographer has but this is why we emphasize renting so often because you get to play with the gear that you’ve always wished you would like to use and shoot with and you’ll see if you want it or not so if you want to rent a 35-mile 1.4 lens but you can’t afford it just rent it out play with it for the day and see for the improved your Photography. If it didn’t then obviously it’s locked meant for you and you can move on to your next dream piece of gear. For a wedding we’d really recommend having a full range of focal length so that you have something for every situation. So you want something wide something mid-range and something telephoto. We know a lot of photographers prefer shooting on prime lenses on a wedding day. Something like a 50ml 1.2 lens and 85mm lens, a 35, a24 but the problem that we have with this that we’re a very sort of run and gun style photographer. So we shoot very quickly and it makes it difficult for us to constantly change lenses if we want to adjust our focal length. So what we do is we shoot with zoom lenses instead. We don’t usually need a very shallow depth of field for the way that we compose our shots. So having a 2.8 lens is perfect for us. We absolutely love the 24 70th 2.8lens. This is amazing for just about any situation you have everything from our wide to a mid range to a slightly telephoto lens all built into one and you’re able to capture just about everything you need on the day with this one lens. However we’d also recommend having something a lot more zoomed in or telephoto to really capture those candid moments. Our absolute favorite lens of all time is the Canon 135 f/2 lens. It really allows you to isolate your subject and separate them from the background and really capture those candid moments that everybody wants to see and as we said you always got to have backups anything could fail on a marriage day and if you do not have a backup there’s nothing you’ll do. So along with our zoom lenses we would always bring our Prime’s with us just in case. We’ve had one of our lenses accidentally kicked across the entire wedding venue by one of the grooms men while he was dancing. Luckily we had a backup and we were able to continue the wedding with that. So if you’re going to rent a second camera as well anything could happen to your camera. There’s so many intricate pieces to it that anything could go wrong and you don’t want it to happen on a wedding day maybe your focus stops working, maybe it won’t turn on, maybe you run out of battery and one camera is not working with the other is it’s always good to have backups and one final thing is that you need at least one speed light at a wedding venue. We don’t really like shooting with speed lights or artificial life at a wedding. We really like to capture the mood that it was originally set by the bride and groom. They put a lot of effort into creating a mood at the marriage with the lighting. So once you are available there with you huge flashes and your speed light you create something that wasn’t intended by the bride and groom.
HAVE A SHOT LIST:
The next tip is to have a shot list and we know you’re immediately going to say that you don’t want a shot list you want to be creative on the day and you would like to ascertain how the sunshine falls and you would like to compose your shots and just be creative. But sometimes within the heat of the instant especially on a marriage day the pressure can get an excessive amount of and you’ll go completely blank. You can forget what you’re doing, you could forget what shots you needed to get and you can forget how to pose your couple this happens so often to photographers who are just getting into wedding Photography. We’re not going to say that this is going to happen to you but it definitely does happen and there’s a simple fix for it. So if you do have some shots that you definitely need on the day. Write them down on a piece of paper put them in the Notes app on your phone or you can do what we always tell our new students to do is write it on a sticky note or a piece of paper with some tape and stick it behind the screen on your camera. A lot of cameras these days have flip out screens or flip up screens so just put that piece of paper behind there. The reason you want to do it this way is that if you’re in the middle of shooting a couple you don’t want to stop the shoot and ask them to hold on for a second we just want to look for some ideas on our phone or pull out a piece of paper ends go through a shot list. You have it right behind your camera screen and no one will be any wiser. So you can continue shooting without skipping a beat. You should also ask your bride and groom for an inventory group photos that they have before the marriage. This way it’ll make it go so a lot faster in order that you’ve got longer for the couple shoots on the marriage day. Often what ends up having doing group photos is that people start pulling one another around and saying we want to photo with this person and we want to put it with this person and can we get a photo with these people and ends up wasting your time and drags on much longer than it should so having a list of group photos really will speed up their time and make you get the shots that you need. Sometimes the bride groom will also have some photos that they definitely do want and that they don’t want you to miss for example there might be a special engraving on the ring that they want you to get or a special section in the venue set up in remembrance of a past family member this happens often and you need to remember to get these shots. So having that written down will make it so much easier and as we spoke about before sometimes you’re why blank and you can forget how to pose your couple. So remember that your camera may be a device even as it’s your phone so you’ll upload images to your camera before the marriage day of images or ideas that you definitely want to get. So if you’re busy shooting and you can’t really visualize what you wrote down on that piece of paper you can upload images to your camera’s memory card and just play them back on your camera screen to ascertain ideas that you simply wanted to shoot or poses that you wanted on the marriage day.
The next tip is to arrive early and do some location scouting. Often on a wedding day depending on how strict the bride and groom are the schedule can go completely haywire and you’ll have no time to do any location scouting. So it’s important to arrive early and do location scouting on your own walk around the venue and visualize where would be best for certain types of photos Where you’d shoot the rings, where you do the couple shoots, where you take photos of the dress, where the group photos will be done. So you have this built up in the back of your mind. So on the wedding day you don’t get put on the spot and surprised when you need to find a location in a few seconds. You have them in the back of your mind that you can refer to and say yes we remember there was a great spot down here behind the venue where the Sun was getting to shine through that you simply can do group photos. You can even attend the venue a couple of days before the marriage to scout it call at your own time in order that there is no rush in the least and no pressure at all. We often do this on destination weddings in a country that we’ve never been to before because sometimes getting from the one venue to the next can be a bit of a struggle or on a route that we’re not familiar with so it’s important that we know where we’re going and what we’re doing on the wedding day.
KNOW YOUR TOOLS:
Our final tip which is know your tools. You probably think that you simply know your camera alright but you are doing not want it to be a marriage day that determines whether or not you do. When you’re put into a high-pressure situation like a wedding day you can realize very quickly that you don’t know your camera as well as you thought you did. You got to be ready to check out a scene and know within the back of your mind what settings need to be adjusted to show correctly for that scene and you would like to be ready to change those settings very quickly if you progress into a special scene. For example, let’s say you’re shooting a bride and groom inside of the chapel and as they’re walking out they walk out to the bright sunlight and immediately you have to change your settings, so you need to know how to expose for that dark scene and as you come out know exactly what you’re going to change so that you can expose for the brighter scene outside. So there are a few different things you can do to improve the speed at which you take photos. You can give yourself a time limit. Either does this at home and set up a specific scene that you want to shoot and give yourself a time limit to capture everything in that scene and a few different focal lengths. So believe getting a good shot, something tight and shut up then something more creative and provides yourself one or two minutes to try to this. You can do what with props otherwise you can do that on a separate photo shoot that may not as reliant on time as a marriage is.
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