Are you a seasoned photographer? Do you like wedding photography? Well, it’s sure a great thing if you want to earn a decent living.
The question is, how can you improve your wedding photography skills? What can you do to ace that wedding photoshoot? I’m a seasoned photographer, and I know how much it takes to be a pro at wedding photography.
In this article today, I’m going to share with you a list of things you need to know in order to be an incredible wedding photographer, so let’s get this started:
Knowing What They Expect is a Must
As you know, your wedding is your big day, and everyone wants their big day to rock. A part of photography is making memories. Isn’t that right? Hence, you must capture the right moments at the right time.
The couple would know the tiny details of the event; for example, the sitting arrangement, guest list, decor management, and more. Thus, the best way to uncover all the required information is by sitting with the couple and having a detailed conversation about what they want and expect from you as a photographer.
Every family has its own rules; therefore, having an open conversation is the key. The more you know about the event, the better you can capture it. Make sure not to assume anything when it comes to the event or what the couple wants.
Invest in High-Quality Photography Gadgets
Gadgets like tripods, cameras, and camcorders work as limbs for a wedding photographer. I hope you know that wedding photography is not anything like landscape photography. It requires proper gadgets as well as arrangements for lighting.
Here’s what you need to do: visit a nearby tech store and get your hands on the best professional camcorder, camera, tripod, a few lenses, camera stands, and more. Remember that you need to be properly equipped in order to succeed in the line of wedding photography.
It may require a little investment initially, but trust me, it will bring you lots of fruits later down the road. In case you’re on a budget, I would suggest you buy one thing at a time. Start with the camcorder and camera first, and move towards the lenses once you have a better budget.
Catch Up with the Lights
As a photographer, you ought to learn to make the most of natural lighting. Lights in the studio are customized, but it’s not the same with natural lighting. Henceforth, you need to be creative with natural lights.
Do you want to know the secret behind my wedding photography skills? I always visit the booked location a day before the event. I usually try visiting the location at the time of sunset. Do you know the sunset is a golden time for wedding photography?
It is something that helps me understand the angles and natural lighting available. It saves me a lot of struggle on the day of the event. If you ask me, I’d say staying prepared ahead of time always helps.
Pay Attention to the Details
A lot of photographers fail when it comes to wedding photography as they miss out on the details. Having an eye for detail is crucial in the line of wedding photography. Thereby, you must pay attention to the details.
Needless to say, it’s one of the hardest skills to be great at, being a wedding photographer. Neither you’re the one to plan the event nor you’re a part of the decor time; that’s why you need to develop an eye for detail and observe all the tiny things that others miss out on.
Make sure to check all the tiny details that signify sentiments and emotions, and include all such things in your photography as well as videography. I’m sure the couple and their families would love to see the pictures and videos even years after marriage because of this one trick.
Be Creative with Colors
What do you think why some photographers are better at wedding photography than others? It is because they have a way with colors. As a wedding photographer, you must be friends with the decor and colors.
Sticking to the wedding theme is a great thing, but it can become boring after some time. The more you experiment with colors, the more improvements you’ll see in your wedding photography. For this, you need to think outside of the box. It’s one way to get all those creative shots that make you unique as a wedding photographer.
This step is linked to the one mentioned above. In order to be friends with the colors, you must pay attention to the graffiti, trees, flowers, and lights. Once you know the decor inside and out, you’ll be able to click better pictures with incredible backgrounds and views.
Be Wise to Have a Backup
Last but not least, you must have a plan B. Whether it’s the wedding photography, a birthday event you’re covering, or a formal dinner, having a backup is essential. You must have a backup camera, a camera stand, a pair of batteries, a portable charger, and more.
Having a backup will ensure everything goes as planned. It’s as simple as that. In case you don’t have extra gadgets or stuff, you can always rent additional equipment for a few hours only to stay on the safer side. Is it too hard to follow?
Follow the hacks I’ve mentioned above to ace the coming wedding events. Making the event memorable for the couple needs to be your goal. Rest assured, practice makes everyone perfect, so start practicing the shots until you see a significant improvement. I wish you good luck, pals!