The whole wedding day is divided into several parts, for example, the preparations of the groom and bride, ransom, registration, etc. For the photographer, this is a field for unlimited imagination. On the one hand, posed shots can and should be used. On the other hand, it is necessary to capture the key moments of what is happening. In this case, the shots should be filled with meaning.
Let’s start from the beginning
No matter how badly you want to save money, but first you need to spend money.
For wedding photography, you don’t need a lot of equipment. Why? Because the wedding photographer must first and foremost be mobile and capable to move with ease. It is difficult to do with a large set of equipment. Therefore, it is enough to have a simple camera with a built-in flash. For example, Canon EOS 1200D. Of course, this is a budgetary and modest solution, but you can take good pictures with it (or with a camera of a similar class). Having become familiar with the “tool” of your activity, you can notice its features. For instance, a 1200 series camera “darkens” gray and black colors, etc. But all these shortcomings can be fixed with color correction.
Among SLR cameras, the 550D or 600 can be recommended. This is a tip for beginners. These cameras can now be bought secondhand, and one of the selection criteria for such a camera should be not only efficiency but also the number of shots made, the integrity of the matrix. You do not want to buy a camera with “unworkable” resources and cast our money away!
For starters, two batteries for a camera and a 32-gigabyte SD flash drive are enough.
Do not forget that during a banquet you need to take about 1000 photos. And during the whole day, respectively, more than 2000. Why so many? Some of the photos will be objectively defective. After all most photos will be taken, so to speak, “on-the-go”. And these photos will need to be deleted, and the rest will have to be seriously worked on.
At long last, the shooting day has come. Remember! You definitely need to do posed shots. For starters, these can be group photos. For example, a photo of the “bridesman” and “bridesmaid.” . But fantasy must not stop there. When taking pictures of guests, one must not forget that the newlyweds are the central figures at this event. The main events, which should be captured in the photos, will involve them. You must follow them relentlessly, commenting on each photo; straightening ties and choosing the best place for shooting, adjusting the veil (crown) on the bride’s head, and asking her to put her head on the groom’s shoulder.
What to do with posed shots if there is no experience? The best adviser can be Google or Yandex. See how others do it and in no case do not repeat their mistakes. Most of the photos presented on the Internet, i.e. posted for free viewing are not so good as to follow them literally. But they are “intended to” to develop fantasy, imagination. To nudge you in the right direction.
Young people themselves will say which place they would like to visit on this day, but they will also ask for advice too. Therefore, the best locations of the city should always be in your mind.
The long-awaited banquet has set in. Now the focus is on the photo area, but not only on it. You must be attentive to others. Someone will smile, in that way inviting you to take a picture, and someone will brush it off.
Sociability is a quality that will never hurt any photographer. After all, live photography, primarily, is communication with people. The main thing is not to be afraid of anything and see the goal. And the other skills will come with experience.
And now a nice bonus! After the banquet or at the end of it, grateful customers will offer you to eat. Stay away from alcoholic beverages no matter what! As one old action movie put it: “A drunken master is no longer a master!” Remember this magic formula and get nonsense out of your head! After all, you are still working.
The banquet is over. Now you can go home. But there is no time to rest. It is necessary to transfer photos from the camera to the computer. Someone prefers to use a card reader, while someone takes care of equipment and transfers all the photos directly from the camera. With all my heart I urge you to take care of the equipment! After all, it made some money!
Now you can rest
You can process photos the next day. But there are more than 2000 of them! How to do it fast?
Adobe Lightroom will help you with that. This program will have to be thoroughly studied.
The wedding day is over. Was it interesting? If you feel a sense of tiredness and you have to do all it takes to keep your eyes from closing, you can imagine what the bride must feel, who spent all day in new high-heeled shoes. After all, for her the most important thing is the appearance and not the convenience. This thought should give you strength. And let the sleep be sweet and full of dreams!
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