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Wedding Photography Tips For Beginners

Photos are an essential and unique way to remember these special occasions forever.

Wedding Photography Ideas

Wedding Photography Ideas

Weddings have been and still are considered the events to require their recording on a camera’s film or inside the frames of various photos that are meant to tell the story of a couple that one day have decided to mark their unity by throwing a party which was captured by the eye of a camera.

Photos are an essential and unique way to remember these special occasions forever. These tips will have to accompany you all over the place when moving around in the atmosphere of a wedding celebration looking for the best photos to take. Some things you should watch out for in order to take fabulous wedding photos are:

Capture The Fun

Photograph some of the older folks out on the dance floor, or the bridesmaid catching the bouquet thrown by the bride. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event for the couple, and your chance to show off your prowess at photography, so make the best use of this opportunity. The happy couple will thank you for it in the years to come.

Grab The Opportunity

There will be hundreds of special moments on the wedding day that you as the photographer must notice and capture. A nice effect is to use the slow sync flash mode, so you capture the blur of the couple walking, but the center of the frame stays sharp because the flash freezes it. Turn the mode dial to TV or S (Shutter Priority) mode and use a slow shutter speed of 1/4th of a second. Use either the on-camera flash or a separate one for more power. When you use slow sync, the shutter remains open much longer to allow in more light for your exposure.

Tell The Fairy

The idea is to catch their silhouette, so you need the light source to be behind them. Get the couple to kiss, making sure you include the back of the brides dress and veil for the outline. Remember to turn off the flash and use either spot or multi-zone metering mode. Take a reading of just the bright area and then point your camera at them and shoot! Ideally you should use a tripod for this shot, although handholding at 1/160s should keep things reasonably sharp.

Wedding Photography Ideas For Beginners

Wedding Photography Ideas For Beginners

Capture Them Leaving

The classic wedding photograph is the couple leaving the marriage venue, when the guests throw rice or confetti at the couple. Generally this will be in the day time with plenty of light, so choose a large aperture (f/2.8-f/5.6) to keep the couple in focus and the background slightly blurred. Use a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second so you can see some of the confetti in the air. Use flash if you want to guarantee that the image will be sharp. Consider using the continuous shooting mode, so you have a series of shots of the couple leaving while confetti is thrown at them.

Take Unusual Wedding Photos

There will always be time for the formal posed wedding photos with all the friends and family members. Look out for tender moments where the couple shares a story or a joke. You might capture outright affection or a glancing look they share. Use flash to freeze the moment and a small aperture of f/14 upwards to keep things sharp. Remember to keep the shutter speed at 1/250th of a second and higher as you don’t want to risk any blur. You can also consider using a warming filter, known as the 81A.

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