Wedding Photography

Wedding photography requires an altogether different type of skill-set than other types of photography. Wedding photographers need to be masters of spontaneous photography and need to have a complete understanding of how to instantaneously use available light. They should also have a solid understanding of active composition and how photo composition affects the overall feel of a photograph. Without these skills, the best equipment in the world won't help you take great pictures of a wedding.

Understand Lighting

It is absolutely essential that a photographer has a solid understanding of how light impacts a shot. Wedding photography rarely ever allows you to take advantage of set lighting or portrait setups. This means that you need to be able to make do with the lighting on hand no matter where you are. Once you understand how to do this, you are already half way to becoming a great wedding photographer.

For example, imagine that you're taking photos of an outdoor wedding. What lighting considerations pop into your mind for a scenario like this? The sun is a major element of your lighting considerations. However, it's also important to have an idea of where you and your subject are in relation to the sun. Will your picture turn out better if you allow your subject to move slightly until he or she is in the shadow of a tree or building? How does the light interact with your subject? These considerations will help you to understand how you should compose your shot to really bring out the depth of your subject.

Wedding Photography Ethics

It's important that you understand the ethics of being a wedding photographer before you ever even try to get wedding photography clients. This is very important for a couple of different reasons.

First, you need to keep in mind that this is an amazingly important day for the family and friends of the bride and groom. That being said, a certain level of respect for the importance of the occasion is definitely warranted. You won't always get the shots you want, but you can't let that get to you. It's all about the happy couple. Of course you want to get great shots-- that's what you're hired for. However, you don't want to do anything that will make the experience uncomfortable for the bride, the groom, or the guests.

Secondly, you need to be able to balance your need for decorum with what you're there to do. You're there to take great pictures, not stand in the back and take pictures of a crowd of people in suits and dresses. You need to be willing to get into the crowd and mingle to produce great shots. Candid shots of friends and family enjoying the day always go over well.

Basic Equipment

There are a few basic pieces of equipment that every wedding photographer should have in his or her arsenal. These pieces should be considered necessary for every wedding photographer. Keep in mind that you should always have backups for all of your equipment. It is far too easy to slip and fall at a wedding, meaning it can be dangerous to rely on just one camera for the whole day.

You need to have a dSLR camera with a reasonable sensor size and a reliable multi-shot function. Look for something with a sensor size of 12 megapixels or larger. Many cameras will say they have a "14 megapixel resolution," however resolution is much different than sensor size.

You also need to have an external light source of some kind. A portable flash that mounts to your camera is a great option. This will become very useful during the wedding reception since many receptions take place indoors at night. If the lights go down for drinks and dancing, you should still be able to take great shots.

These are the basic considerations for the equipment you'll need. You will come to understand your own personal needs as time goes on and you gain more experience. Remember that equipment is only as good as the photographer that is using it. Never simply buy great equipment and assume that you will magically end up with great shots.

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