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A Guide to Wedding Photography: What Equipment Do I Need

wedding photographyWorking on a wedding as the official photographer is a huge task. The wedding will happen only once and the moments during that time happen fast which you will need to cover correctly. It is thus important for you to bring all the right equipment to ensure that you can get the work done right.

If you are a new wedding photographer, you have to know what equipment to buy to get the shots right. Photography equipment can be costly so you must be wise in choosing so your investment is worth it. Here is a list of the basic equipment for wedding photography that you should consider buying.

  1. Primary professional camera

A DSLR camera is the best type to use for wedding photography. Full-frame DSLR cameras are fast and can give you high resolution images. You can choose from a wide range of cameras with varying prices and brands. Make sure to familiarize the settings, modes, features and everything about your camera when using it for the first time.

  1. Backup camera

A backup camera is always necessary when working on a wedding. If your primary camera suddenly malfunctions, you can still continue shooting with your backup camera. Your second camera does not have to be the most advanced, an entry level will do. Remember that if you cannot afford a camera, you have the option to rent one. Make sure to find time to study it first before the scheduled wedding. Follow the lead of this London wedding photographer who always masters his new camera before using.

  1. Interchangeable lenses

There are 3 kinds of lenses that are recommended for wedding photographers to use: prime lens, zoom lens and wide angle.

A zoom lens is best to use for shooting discreetly at a distance to avoid disturbing the ceremony and distracting the guests. A 50 or 85 mm lens either f/1.2, f/1.4 or f/1.8 is suitable for taking portrait pictures of the couple and the guests. Meanwhile, a wide angle lens is often used for shooting images of the wedding venue or taking group photos.

  1. Tripod

A tripod is an important accessory that photographers use to provide stability to your camera and avoid camera shakes. You can use this during weddings when taking formal couple or group shots.

  1. Batteries

Full-charged batteries are important to bring during weddings. You will be shooting plenty of pictures and battery drain usually happens. You need to bring spare batteries that you can replace to your drained batters so you can continue shooting and cover the entire wedding.

  1. Memory cards

Memory cards are a must bring for wedding photographers. You must have enough storage for all the images you captured especially if you shoot in RAW like these wedding photographers dorset. Shooting in RAW takes a lot of space in your memory card hence, you have to get ready for it.

  1. Camera bag

A camera is definitely important for you to bring. Do not just hang your camera on your shoulders. You need to protect your prized cameras, lenses and other accessories inside a dependable camera bag. With a great camera, you can lengthen the life of your valuable photography equipment.

By having these 7 basic items, you are good to go and work on your first wedding. Make sure to practice often and prepare well in ever wedding event you are assigned to work on.

 

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How Couples Should Select a Professional Photographer for Their Wedding

wedding photographyEngaged couples are normally excited for their wedding. They need to prepare and plan for life event which may only happen to them once. These couples would love to cherish the moments of their wedding and reminisce years from now how romantic, solemn or fun the wedding was. To help them receive memorable and brilliant wedding pictures, they need to hire a professional wedding photographer who can deliver the beautiful wedding photos they want.

Listed below are some helpful tips on how couples should select a professional wedding photographer.

  1. Do a background research

As a start, find several wedding photographer from friends’ recommendations or by visiting website. Do a background checks of each photographer to asses initially who seems fit to cover your wedding. You can talk to them over the phone to set an appointment and during the appointment examine their work portfolio and some complete wedding album of his/her past clients.

  1. Manage your own expectations

Couples should keep in mind that weddings vary and there are essex wedding photographers who stand out because of their creativity or uniqueness. You have to totally know what you want or what you expect so you can voice it out to your wedding photographer. If possible, write down specific details like what photography style you want, what products you desire to get and even

  1. Set a budget range

Since there are too many wedding expenses to incur during this special event, you have to be wise in allocating your wedding budget. Set a wedding budget depending on what is the reasonable wedding photographer’s fee in you are. Stay within the budget range and do not try to go beyond the maximum you have set.

  1. Shortlist a few photographers

Never limit yourself into interviewing only several photographers. Start with many an eventually shortlist a few, maybe 3 to 4 photographers before making a final choice. Remember to consider the personality of the photographer. Does he/she seem nice? Are you comfortable working with him/her? Do you think he/she can mingle well with the guests?

  1. Check and compare different wedding packages

Most photographers offer different wedding photography packages. The packages usually vary in terms of the products to be delivered, number of shots to be taken and number of photographers who will work in the wedding. You have to carefully check and compare the prices and other details of each package. Inquire as well if the photographer is open to changing a wedding photography package based on your needs.

  1. Make your choice at least 6 months before the wedding

Once you are engaged, you can already start looking for a wedding photographer. Great wedding photographers normally get booked fast so it is best to start with your search and appointment setting early. Once you have found the wedding photographer you like, ask for a wedding contract, read it before both of you sign it. You must be able to formally hire a wedding photographer at least 6 months before your wedding.

Be extra meticulous when choosing a wedding photographer. Remember that your wedding photos will be kept and shared even after many years later. You have to look great in the pictures and this can only be possible when you hire the right wedding photographer.

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10 Wedding Moments Every Wedding Photographer Should Not Miss

Weddings are one of the most important celebrations in a person’s life. As such, wedding photographers like Russell Neal have the unenviable task of making sure every important moment of such a celebration gets to be captured.

Granted that there are many moments to choose from, if one would not which moment matters most, there is a chance that at least one important moment would be missed, creating an incomplete wedding experience that no one would want to have. Thus, we have prepared the 10 most important shots that must be captured during the wedding to serve as a handy guide for both the photographer and the couple to ensure that an event as memorable as wedding is captured extensively well, with no important missed in the process.

The Wedding Ceremony

  1. The procession of the bridal party

This moment marks the beginning of the wedding ceremony proper, so it is important that this is captured. In particular, the moment the flower girl and the ring bearer walk the aisle is worthy to capture, especially if these roles are played by children which would provide a moment of cuteness.

2. The bride marches down the aisle

To say the least, the moment the bride enters and walks down the aisle is a magical moment that cannot be expressed in mere words. It also shows the bride at her most radiant and most graceful that makes this moment picture-worthy, so to speak.

  1. The bride and the groom meeting at the altar

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Symbolically, this moment is a transition period in which the bride and the groom would meet for the last time as boyfriend and girlfriend onwards to their first moment to come as husband and wife. For both of them, it is a moment mixed with excitement, nervousness, and joy, emotions that should be captured as an important part of the ceremony and of their lives as well.

  1. Recital of vows of the bride and the groom

This is an important part of the wedding ceremony in which both the bride and the groom express their promises of love and faithfulness to each other. It is a sincere moment that never fails to tug the heartstrings.

  1. The exchange of rings between the bride and the groom

This is also another important part of the wedding ceremony that carries a lot of meaning. No words are necessary as the act itself is enough to show that the bride and the groom are now ready to face a new chapter in their lives together as a married couple. For this moment, it is important that the action of the hands are captured clearly.

  1. The kiss

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Of course, this is the most well-known and the most anticipated part of the ceremony, the highlight of the event for that matter. Nothing else needs to be said but it is important that this moment is captured as perfect as possible.

The Wedding Reception

  1. Sipping of the champagne by the bride and the groom

This is one of the traditions of the wedding reception that should not be missed as it serves to celebrate the union of the bride and the groom as newlyweds as well as the hope of a blissful and fruitful union of the two.

  1. First dance of the bride and the groom

This moment never fails to provide a romantic atmosphere as the newlyweds do what is considered their first romantic act as husband and wife. It is considered a sweet and lovely spectacle, not to mention a milestone that deserves to be recorded.

  1. The bride and the groom cut the wedding cake

The cutting of the wedding cake is one of the oldest wedding traditions that has managed to survive over the centuries, which further stresses its significance. It is also one of the most symbolic as it symbolizes the continuity of their relationship, their support for each other, and hopes for good luck and fortune.

  1. The bouquet toss

It is one of the most popular highlights of the wedding reception and also the most fun part as well. It would be hard to miss capturing the smiles and the “competitive spirit” of the women who will try to catch the bouquet.

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Photographing A Friend’s Wedding With An iPhone

Years ago, taking photos on a mobile phone seemed unthinkable, considering the low quality that phone cameras had at that time. Nowadays, many people are now taking more photos over their phones rather than their digital cameras as technology has made it possible for phones to match the image quality, if not exceed, that of digital cameras.

In my case, I have found myself using my phone more in my photography, especially for taking casual shots that I do more often, while I still use my regular DSLR to if I want to capture more detailed or artistic photos. Besides, a phone is more handy for me to carry around for casual photography.

The phone I’m using by the way is an iPhone 5s, which I have found to be very good in taking photos with its true-tone flash that provides really good low-light performance and its burst mode which helps me take action shots better.

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But recently, I found myself taking the capabilities of my iPhone’s camera to the limit when I was invited to attend a friend’s wedding. I originally intended to use my DSLR to take photos of that memorable moment. Unfortunately, my DSLR had to undergo repairs at a local camera shop.  Thus, I was left with no choice but let my iPhone do the job.

THE TOOLS

For this job, I made sure to bring some extra tools for the job. Considering the iPhone’s battery life, I brought two chargers: a regular one and a portable one to make sure I don’t lose power in the middle of the event. I also brought a special tripod mount for my iPhone (and a tripod of course) just in case.

I also used some special lenses that can be attached to my iPhone to maximize and extend its capabilities when it falls short on its own. I have a wide angle/macro lens, fisheye lens that I could use for some fun shots, telephoto lens to extend the zoom capabilities of my iPhone, and a polarizer lens which helps reduce glare on my photos that is caused by sunlight.

COVERING THE WEDDING

The wedding I attended was a garden wedding, so during the ceremony we were outdoors where the lighting present is a natural one coming from the sun. Apart from the polarizer lens, I also made use of my iPhone’s built-in HDR function to balance the exposure of the shots. If you are not keen on using the iPhone’s built-in HDR, there are also 3rd party apps available that provide HDR functionality to your phone.

Speaking of apps, I also have a number of iOS camera apps on my phone that help improve my built-in camera’s performance, depending on the need and situation. Camera+ and Procamera provide better exposure control and wider angles. Slow Shutter Can is also another good app that control’s the phone’s shutter speed so you can create artistic DSLR-quality photos. These apps are helpful especially if you have do not have any special lenses available.

And being someone who is guilty of having shaky hands at times when I hold the camera, my iPhone being connected to the tripod via a special tripod mount helped lessen those blurry shots I tend to take from time to time. Plus, this special setup also allows me to take more creative shots, something I would not gotten under the regular setup.

As I noted earlier, I made sure I got things covered, especially with regards to my phone’s battery life. But apart from the extra chargers, I made it a point to disable unnecessary apps running in the background to save battery life. Another important thing I did was to turn off the cellular signal of my phone so I would be able to take photos without being interrupted by phone call that would ruin the moment, so to speak.

THE SAME PHOTOGRAPHY RULES APPLY

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The tools may be different but the same rules in photography apply. Composition still plays an important part in the photo. As a photographer, I make sure the photos I take with my phone have those qualities, regardless of the phone’s limitations.

And sometimes, knowing your phone’s limitations also helps spur one’s creativity, trying to go around those limitation with creative solutions that will turn out just as nice as they would if taken by a regular camera of a hampshire wedding photographer.

PROCESSING

Once I was done, I was ready to process the photos I’ve taken. I managed to process and upload some of them to social media accounts like Instagram and applied some artistic filters when necessary. For the other photos, I edited them on my computer before uploading them to make sure they would turn out ok.

Overall, it was a unique but satisfying experience to have been able to extensively use my iPhone to cover an entire wedding. While the quality may not match that of a photo taken by a DSLR, the output is still very good and in some cases, looked better with the iPhone. In the end though, what matters more is that your camera gets to capture the priceless memories a wedding brings about, whether it’s a DSLR or an iPhone.

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