Friday, January 27, 2012

Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers

1. Create a "shot list"
2. Family photo coordinator for wedding photography
3. Scout the location
4. Preparation
5. Turn sounds off
6. Shoot the small stuff
7. Use two cameras (with two different lenses)
8. Try to get a helping hand
9. Be bold without being obtrusive
10. Shoot in RAW
11. Don't delete anything yet
12. Try different angles
13. Try different backgrounds
14. One big group shot
15. Continuous shooting mode
16. Know the sequence of events in advance
17. Take some film just for fun too
18. Don't forget a tripod

Other things to consider/ remember/ practice:
1. Renting a camera: Most professional photography stores have a rental department. Prices for a digital body range from $50-200/day and most lenses range from $10-30/day. Most rental operations offer a discount for multi-day or weekend rental as well. This is good because you get the chance to become familiar with a particular piece of equipment before you have to use it on the job. 

2. Lenses with a large maximum aperture of f/2.8 or larger are extremely valuable for weddings. An image that requires a 1/10th of a second shutter speed at f/2.8 will only require 1/30th of a second at f/1.8.

3. One of the most useful things to learn as a way to combat distractions in backgrounds (and foregrounds) is to use the power of your lens to throw the background out of focus using depth of field. What you’re trying to achieve with this technique is a nice blurred background where you can’t really make out what’s going on there.
The easiest way to do this is to use a wide aperture (the smaller the number the wider the aperture). The wider your aperture the more blurry your background should become.
The quickest way to see the impact of this strategy is to switch your camera into aperture priority mode and to take a number of shots at different apertures. Start with an aperture of f/20 and work your way down – one stop at a time. Once you get down to under f/4 you’ll start seeing the background in your shots getting blurrier and blurrier.

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