WPI offers a step-by-step course on how to start your own wedding photography business. The course consists of a training manual and 12 wedding photography tutorial workshops. The following is a description of chapter 3.
Chapter 3 Synopsis: Photographing People at Weddings
This chapter discusses various tips and tricks for shooting candid’s and portraits at a wedding. You will also learn various methods for posing clients for engagement photo sessions, as well as other types of portraits.
On Location Portraits
Using natural light is essential when you are professionally photographing people. If you use excessive flash the image will appear amateurish; with too little light the image will appear excessively dark and be hard to work with during post –processing. The key is to pose the subject in a shady area that faces the source of light. This will cause the indirect light to hit the subject, which creates a natural looking picture. Never use direct sunlight and only use flash for fill or special effects.
Getting an image right is a challenging aspect of wedding photography, and with limited time there is additional pressure. You have to take time to compose the image in your view finder. Consider all aspects of the shot such as the background, shadows, sunspots, lighting, rule of thirds, tilt and angles. You should also ensure all details are clear.
The fact is that small details can make or break a picture, which includes the flowers, posture, hair jewelry and more. You are in control of the shot, you are the one that is expected to ensure it is perfect.
Shot List and Idea Book
Before the actual wedding shoot, you should begin to gather ideas for shots and poses that you believe your clients will appreciate. Creating a small scrap book can be beneficial for this. If you have an assistant one of their jobs should be to remind you of shots you want to try.
Bedroom or Hotel
When you arrive at the wedding shoot, the bride is likely going to be getting ready. Take a few minutes to become familiar with the space, while capturing shots of the dress, jewelry or photos. Find a source of natural light and clean up the area. Use the items in the room for background such as lamps, mirrors and paintings.
Taking wedding photos in a church can be challenging since they are typically low-light spaces, which is why a tripod is suggested. Take several shots of groups, so there is a selection of images. There are some churches that also have limitations on the types of photos that can be taken in certain areas, so be aware of this prior to the actual shoot starting. It is a good idea to limit the number of church shots, since there are typically much better areas with more natural light.
Family portraits turn out wonderfully in gardens. The key is to find a shaded area with a pretty background. Be sure that you stay aware of any sunspots that may be present. If you have an assistant, you should have them hold a reflector in order to shade sunspots that may appear on subject’s chests or faces.
Consider tilting the shots, which will add interest. Posing a couple is about creating a sense of intimacy. A shot to consider is to put them close together with their heads tilted toward each other. Select a number of poses so the couple will have a selection to choose from.
Shoot away from the sun – this is the number one rule when shooting wedding photos on the beach. While this may go away from your natural instinct, showing away from the sun will help you to capture the blue sky and capture pastel colors.
If you are shooting the sunset, use a fill flash and wide angle lens, while slowing down the speed of the shutter. This will help create soft images.
Headshots and ¾
Capturing elegant headshots is something that your clients will cherish. Most of these are captured while getting ready or during the couples session after the ceremony is complete. Use the natural lighting techniques for these and turn the subject a bit so you are not shooting them straight on.
Author Bio: Joana Hall is a college student who writes business related articles for teens and young moms to inspire them to be entrepreneurial and successful. She loves to travel, play golf and swim. She volunteers with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and enjoys reading and writing.