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Wedding Photography Tips for Wonderful Lifelong Memories

Updated on December 10, 2012

Your Wedding Photos are More Than Pictures - They are your Anniversary Memories!

When you are hired to be the photographer for someone's wedding, it is quite an honor.

A professional photographer can sometimes just see this job as another "event" however it pays to look at the event from the perspective of the wedding party, the parents, the groom and above all the bride. For the bride-to-be particularly, there is nothing routine about this day.

Everything is personal and getting the finest pictures of this crucial day is paramount and possibly one of the most vital aspects of the day.

So if you are expanding into wedding photography, you ought to plan and approach this job in a much different way than other kind of photography. You are a fundamental part of the event and seen as the "expert" that will record this deeply personal moment.

You are as much an integral part of the ceremony and the relevance of that day for this bride-to-be and this groom as the minister or perhaps even numerous of the wedding guests.

What can you do to make sure the wedding albums you develop capture not just the occasions of this day but the emotions and the spiritual relevance of it? The key is to know the hearts and minds of individuals who are associated with the occasion. That means, get involved early and often.

For many weddings, the planning begins very often as early as a year before the ceremony. If you get employed to be the wedding photographer, it is not too early to meet the wedding party and family that early. To be an experienced wedding photographer, you should additionally have a bit of the investigatory journalist, the amateur psychologist and the psychic in you also.

Your pictures will capture not just the images of the event however also the spirit of individuals who attend. So get to understand each of the vital players individually. This definitely consists of the bride and groom however a comparable level of familiarity is appropriate for the wedding party, the moms and dads of the bride-to-be and groom and their finest pals too.

There are some subtle ways you can win the hearts of these individuals so you can be prepared and get a set of winning pictures that will generate the comment "I am saving that one forever.".

Here are some suggestions

* Get to know the colors of the wedding.

But more than that, find out how the bride and significant decisions makers view colors. Watch how they dress and show them examples of wedding photographs and listen to their reactions. You can plan the how to stage your pictures accordingly.

* Every bride has that perfect romantic setting in their heart.

If you can discover that hidden treasure, you may be able to frame a special wedding photo just to fit that dream.

Perhaps she there is a public gardens in the city that has a fountain that she has loved since she was a child. If so you can make arrangements to have the wedding party meet out there when the lighting is just right in full dress and get some wedding photos that will be in her heart forever.

* Don't forget the groom.

Maybe he would love to have a fun photo showing him and the bride on his Harley. Or if he is a big sports fan, getting a photo dressed out in team regalia at some other time than the wedding can be a fun addition to the portfolio. And it will mean a lot to him too.

Wedding Photographs can be a beautiful memento in so many ways...

Have you ever thought of creating a Wedding Photo Collage Jigsaw Puzzle to give your loved one at your next Anniversary?

Factors to Consider in Determining the Best Angle in Photography

Many aspects have already been said up to now that dealt with the position of the camera in relation to its subject when it comes to photography.

The camera, however, may be focused on the subject from various angles that can also affect the shot. The three basic camera angles are eye-level, high, and low shots. Among the three, the two basic angles are the high and low angle shots.

Basically, the angle of the camera has an aesthetic and psychological significance when it is seen in the context of the story. This is because the photographer can project an air of domination depending on the kind of angle that he wants to use or the way he wants to emphasize the subject through a distinctive camera angle.

With this, camera angle speaks only for the context in which it is found. You can't surmise that the photographer wanted to express the whole concept or idea of the subject, in general, through camera angles. This is because camera angles only show a certain point of the story through the dominant position you may want to project.

Consequently, the correct determination of the best angle will render good picture of the subject that will, in some way or another, replicate the best view of the real scene. Keep in mind that the camera does not exactly capture the way the human eye sees a particular scene. Hence, it now depends on the expertise and skill of the photographer to determine the best angle to capture the best view.

There are many factors to consider in determining the best angle. Here are some of the basic and the most important factors in order to determine the best angle when it comes to photography:

1. Point of interest

This is the most basic factor that every photographer must learn to master. Photography should always have a point of interest. This is where the story evolves.

After determining the point of interest, the angle of the camera will follow by emphasizing on the kind of drama the photographer wants to express in his shot. The idea is to attract attention, to compel readers to see the picture and derive its meaning.

2. Lighting

In determining the best angle, lighting becomes a deciding factor in determining the personality of the subject in focus. This goes to show that the subject's personality may change depending on the kind of lightning used in taking the picture.

Indeed, camera angles may seem ordinary but they best define what photography is all about. That is why the determination of the best angle in photography is extremely significant.

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About the Author

Patrick Rice is a professional photographer who has received numerous industry awards, including two Fuji Masterpiece Awards and Best of Show honors and the Grand Award at Wedding and Portrait Photographers International.

He is the author of Digital Infrared Photography, Digital Portrait Photography of Teens and Seniors, and Professional Digital Imaging for Wedding and Portrait Photographers. He lives in North Olmstead, Ohio.


Photography Equipments: The Most Important Tools in Photography

When the term photography is used, people tend to think first of pictures processed at the corner drugstore, school pictures, or perhaps a family portrait.

This kind of photography is called “continuous-tone photography” and is an important part of the world. However, the applications of photography are much more far reaching than continuous-tone photography.

The basis of photography is a chemical change caused by the action of light on a light-sensitive material. It is generally agreed that visible light is electromagnetic radiation measured in wavelengths emitted from either a natural source (the sun) or an artificial source (an electric bulb). When radiation strikes an object, it is either absorbed or reflected. It is the reflected radiation that causes a chemical change on a piece of film.

In order to start shooting images in photography, one must first have a complete set of equipment. To know more about the available equipment, here is a list that you have to use in order to get that best shot:

1. Camera

It is a light-tight box that holds the film. It is a means to focus an image on the film. It is also the device that will control the amount of light that reaches the film.

Cameras come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, but they all have the same characteristics and controls. It has lens, which is an opening through which to pass and aim the light.

2. Film

All photographic films use some type of light-sensitive material called an emulsion to record a visual image. The characteristics of the light-sensitive emulsion as well as the quantity and quality of light reaching that emulsion will determine the sort of visual image recorded on a piece of film.

Most film emulsions are formed from a silver halide suspended in a gelatin compound and silver chloride are less common and are almost always used in combination with silver bromide to produce different film characteristics.

Whatever their chemical differences, all films are structured in the same general manner.

3. Lens

Lens comes in all sizes, depending on the size of the camera. However, an f/stop number will always pass the same quantity of light on any size camera lens.

In photography, it is necessary to be able to move the lens so the reflected light from the object will be sharp and clear on the film — this is called focusing. If the image is not in focus, a blurred picture will be produced.

These are just some of the many types of equipment necessary in photography, but these three are the most important in order to produce a good shot.

Sneaking Up on the Wedding

Every wedding has a professional photographer who has been doing this for years.

What they are going to produce is pretty much a known entity before the wedding even gets started. You know he is going to hold the wedding party over after the ceremony and do a bunch of staged shots.

You know he will "stage" the feeding of the cake between bride and groom, the throwing of the bouquet, the dance of father and bride, all that standard stuff.

But you may have the assignment as an amateur photographer to also take pictures of the wedding. This is not unusual.

If the bride's brother is good with a camera or the groom's uncle knows a thing or two about photography, why not let them take pictures too.

So if that assignment has fallen to you, there may be a few tips for you to keep in mind as the big day approaches.

* You are the back up guy. So let the professional do his stuff.

Remember, just because your sister or best friend has utmost confidence in what you can do to make the wedding album more interesting and fun, those traditional shots are important to the family and to the bride and groom.

They may be old fashioned and a bit boring but that paid photographer was hired to do a job. So don't get in the way of the professional and if you do interact with him, do so respectfully. You don't want that guy in a bad mood. So give his space.

* Be ready.

You can bet that paid photographer came here having checked out his equipment and he knows what he needs and he knows it all works. So you be just as "professional" as the next guy and do your prep work the night before.

That way when you step up to get that shot you know will make the wedding album sizzle, your equipment works perfectly too. This also includes arriving ready to go with backup batteries, tape, light bulbs and anything else you will need for a full day of shooting.

* Use what he does.

That professional is going to stage the people to get those shots that are on his list of standard shots all wedding albums get. But during that time when the wedding party is trying to be good but giddy with nervous excitement, there will be dozens of little moments that will make great photographs.

Maybe get that shot of sister fixing the flower girls dress. Or that silly tickle session between bride and groom as they play with each other to get through the tension of the day. Use what that photographer is giving to himself. As long as you don't get in the way, you can grab some great pictures that way.

* Those action shots during the ceremony.

You have come with a more mobile equipment set than the professional has because your goal is to get the informal shots. So you have what you need pretty much on your back.

You can move around the hall and get those little photographs during the ceremony of things going on up on that stage that everybody else will miss. The wedding party will love you for capturing moments that would have been lost to time if you had not come ready to work on your feet and get those little throw away pictures that are worth gold in the wedding album.

* The kids are "down there".

Don't overlook the children during the wedding or the reception. They add a lot of fun and joy. But remember, they are down there closer to the ground than you are. To get their shots, you have to go down there with them.

Remember, this event is not about you. You are the proverbial fly on the wall to get those shots that the pro doesn't have on his checklist. But at the same time, don't forget that you are important to this wedding to.

So put down that camera every so often and have that glass of wine and do the funky chicken during the reception with everyone else. Let someone else get that picture.

How Hard Can it Be to Take Our Own Wedding Pictures?

Your wedding is fast approaching and as the anxiety grows in everyone associated with the big day, two big concerns weigh on everybody's mind. Those are

(1) How can we reduce the stress of this big day?

(2) How can we cut the costs?

These two questions are in conflict with each other too because in order to reduce stress, you have to increase the work that someone has to do. Sometime during the preparation time frame, the idea will come up, why don't we let "John Jones" do our wedding pictures?

John Jones may be someone's brother who is "really good at photography" or just a friend of the family. The appeal is that they will save you a pile of money and probably do just as good a job as the expensive photographers.

While you certainly want to watch out before you turn over this important job, maybe you or someone in the wedding party can take the photos as well as a professional.

After all, how many wedding nightmares have you heard about a professional photographer who either damaged the romantic nature of the ceremony by butting in too often, aggravated the guests by blotting out their view of the wedding to get an action shot or charged an arm and a leg only to deliver poor quality photos.

In truth, it is entirely possible for an "amateur" photographer to do a terrific job taking pictures at the wedding. But there are some guidelines you should follow if that job has fallen to you. If you are reading this as the bride, groom or anxious mother and you are considering using a friend for these photos, spend an hour going over these guidelines and not only will you get better pictures, your anxiety level will go down too.

1. Know your equipment inside and out.

Whether you are using a run of the mill digital camera or an expensive set up that has taken you years to work up, make sure everything is in top-notch working order and that you are thoroughly familiar with every nuance of the machine.

Remember Murphy's Law. If anything can go wrong, it will. So keep Murphy out of the wedding by checking and double checking your camera and related equipment.

2. Have spares of everything possible.

If there are batteries involved with the operation of the camera, have several spare sets on hand and know where they are. If the batteries go out as the bride and party are posed at the alter, you don't want an hour delay why you run to the 7-11 to get more.

The same goes for flash bulbs and even the camera itself. Have spares of everything possible so Murphy just goes to the next wedding down the road to make his mess.

3. The photo is about more than the bride and groom.

If you are used to "staging" your pictures, you may not worry that often with activity in the room. After all, if everybody is posing, the environment is controlled. This will not be the case during an action shot like during the wedding or reception.

So keep a keen awareness of the room, the activity around the subjects, the lighting and background props. You don't want to produce the perfect shot of bride and groom kissing only to have Cousin Ned gagging on the cake in the background.

4. Be aware of glare from windows, lights and eyeglasses.

These can sneak up on you.

As a rule, someone who is part of the event can get great shots because they know the people and can be mixing as those wonderful "little moments" occur.

So it's worth a try if you feel good about the skills of your photographer and they follow these little guidelines.

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      torekpm 5 years ago

      These are great tips, thank you for sharing. Photography is one of the key elements of your wedding, so make sure you get the best photographer possible

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      erwinbeckers 5 years ago

      Even worse.. some churches don't allow any photography at all!

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      Not all churches will allow flash photography, so have some nice open fast glass, if you donât know what that is you shouldnât be shooting weddings.

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      Aso would like to addd is to explore your creativity and take pictures by starting with objects and playing around with the settings. Have a look

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