Top 10 Techniques For Wedding Photography

In the photography profession, with the exception of “war photographers”, wedding photography is perhaps the most stressful occupation.

There is a lot to think about, particularly for newcomers to wedding photography.

Let’s dive in:

1. Turn off the sound on your camera.

Quite often, a ceremony is a quiet, emotional time. The easiest way to distract guests from where their focus should be – on the bride and groom – is with a ‘click, click, click’ of a camera. What’s worse is the sound of a flash going off. These can even be amplified if the ceremony is taking place in a large, cavernous place as many churches are.

2. Don’t forget the details.

The bride and groom spent a lot of money on the smaller things for their day: The bride’s shoes, the rings, the monogram. Don’t forget to memorialize these details for the couple. Set them up in a way that’s appealing aesthetically, such as the rings on the bride’s bouquet.

3. Flip over to continuous shooting mode.

The continuous shooting mode is a great way to capture a lot of movement, which is often the case later in a reception when everyone is getting their groove on the dance floor. When shooting in this mode, you have to know your camera. Different cameras have different circumstances when it comes to shooting continuously: Some take a predetermined number of photos, such as 5, instead of shooting until you release the shutter. Some cameras limit the amount of shots you can take in this mode. Make sure you have plenty of practice and knowledge.

4. Anticipate an exquisite shot at every moment.

When shooting photojournalism-style, you never know what’s going to happen next, which means the best shot of the day could be within the next five seconds. The key to being one of the best is always anticipating those moments and having the camera ready for them. Don’t miss a thing.

5. Don’t delete the mistakes.

One of the best things about shooting digitally is being able to re-shoot a photo that didn’t come out quite as you planned. But instead of deleting those mistakes, just re-shoot it. Later, when you’re scrutinizing the photos, you might find a gem in those “mistakes,” or you might at least be able to carve a gem out of the rough by cropping, changing it into black and white or adjusting it …