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. Whats 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. Dont forget the details.
The bride and groom spent a lot of money on the smaller things for their day: The brides shoes, the rings, the monogram. Dont forget to memorialize these details for the couple. Set them up in a way thats appealing aesthetically, such as the rings on the brides 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 whats 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. Dont miss a thing.
5. Dont delete the mistakes.
One of the best things about shooting digitally is being able to re-shoot a photo that didnt come out quite as you planned. But instead of deleting those mistakes, just re-shoot it. Later, when youre 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 …