Before I share these tips, I don’t need to say one thing: the best way to get great wedding photos when you’re not an expert is to hire a professional. Pro photographers spend lots of time learning their craft, and a few tips off the internet aren’t going to provide you with an outstanding result. But occasionally, it is not feasible to hire a photographer because of some or other reason. Then think of the situation who is going to capture those memorable moments. But not to worry at all, this blog will help you a lot to take better wedding photos. Follow the steps to guarantee the best wedding photos possible, even when you aren’t a professional photographer.
9 Simple Wedding Photography Tips
Follow the nine tips mentioned below for taking great wedding photos when you aren’t an expert:
1) See the Location in Advance:
This is the initial step that you should follow to get an idea of where you’ll take photos. Take somebody with you so you can shoot practice photos and get a clue of what backgrounds and lighting will look like. Walk around the whole area and look for stairs or benches for the couple to sit on, walls and doors for them to stand in front of or lean on, etc. If you’ll be shooting outside, look some spots to take photos that are up close to the church or building, and find others that are further away so the whole building can appear in the background. Pay observation to the light! You require the couple to be positioned so that the sun isn’t casting harsh shadows on their faces, thus be sure scope out the location at the same time of day the wedding will be taking place. Find out open shade if photos will be taken during times when the sun is high and bright. Take a large number of practice photos in different spots and with different camera settings so you can see before the actual event which things work and which things don’t. (PS – don’t try to use any settings on your camera you’re not already calm with for a wedding. It’s better to stick to auto and take large amount of photos than to try to shoot manual and run the risk of getting it wrong.)
2) Take pictures in advance (if feasible).
The wedding I was photographing was at 11:30 in the morning on a very bright summer’s day, meaning the photo options outside would be limited since I didn’t want the couple squinting into the sun. Thus I asked them if we could take some photos of the two of them the night earlier the wedding, outside the temple they’d be getting married in. This turned out to be a great idea for two causes. Initially, since we were taking photos earlier the event, our timeline was relaxed and we didn’t have a vast audience. This went a long way toward making both me and the couple more relaxed, which meant we got excellent photos. We had an abundance of time, which meant more photos to select from. And ultimately, the evening light meant we were able to get entire sorts of photos that just wouldn’t have looked good in the full midday sun. When they see at these pictures years from now, they won’t care that they were taken the night earlier their wedding instead of a few minutes after.
3) Bring Creativity Photos for reference:
Inquire the bride and groom to collect example photos that they love. Tell them to collect photos they like off the internet and drop them onto a blank document, then print them out to show you. You can collect your own inspiration as well: a range of poses, details you want to remember to capture, etc. Print all of them out and bring the pages with you on the photo shoot. It’s simple to forget your plan when you’re in the middle of taking pictures, and it’s difficult to remember a bunch of different poses when you aren’t used to photographing weddings, so a couple of pages of inspiration photos will go a long way toward helping you get more range and better photos. I’d never have never thought of taking the photo mentioned below if it weren’t for an inspiration photo the bride brought for me to look at.
4) Get a list of essential group photos:
Inquire the bride & groom to make a list of each different group they wish to photograph. For instance: bride&groom with both sets of parents, bride&groom with the bride’s parents, the bride only with the bride’s parent, the bride with her sisters, groom with his dad and grandpa, etc. If there are many families involved, possibilities are you’ll be taking quite a few group photos, and you don’t want to miss any that the couple later wants they have. The couple might think they’ll remember the entire photos they want on the day of the wedding, but possibilities are they’ll be a bit distracted during the event, thus a list of all the essential photos is really a must-have.
5) Have a helper:
Whether you’re photographing only the bride and groom or the whole wedding party, a helper can be a lifesaver. Give your helper the essential photo list and inquire her to keep track of which ones you’ve taken and which ones you still require to do. Inquire her to call out who’s up next and help arrange each group, thus you can stay in one spot taking the photos. Furthermore, have her make sure the bride’s dress/train/hair/etc. all look well for each shot. She can help carry any gear, comprising a folding step-stool, which will help you get photos from different angles.
6) Take a lot of photos:
When you’re not an expert photographer, your best chance of getting outstanding photos is taking a lot of them. For each pose, take a minimum of 15 shots, changing something each time you click the shutter button. Take some closeups; inquire the couple to look at you, then at each other, then to kiss, then to rest his cheek on her head, then to smile, etc. Then zoom out for some half body shots, afterwards step back for a full-body shot. Move on every side and take photos from different angles, from above or below or to the side, focusing occasionally on the bride, sometimes on the groom, etc. You can get a range of completely different photos from the same pose (see photos below). You can even stop taking photos for a few moments and allow them to talk to each other, then snap a few candids. Simply keep changing small things about the photo and keep snapping that shutter button. Some of the photos will turn out better in comparison to others; you can delete the ones you don’t like and keep the good ones.
7) Try to take most of the photos outside:
It’s generally difficult to take photos inside when you’re a new photographer because you require lots of light to get good photos with basic camera equipment. When you should take pictures inside, avoid your on-camera flash at all price as it will cast ugly shadows and give people alien eyes. Instead, switch on all the lights and open any windows and doors to get as much light in the room as feasible. If the location is too dark to take photos without using your flash, take them outside instead.
8) Know how to brighten your photos:
If you’re using auto for most of your photos, plan on doing some brightening after the fact. Many photos taken on the auto are just a little dark, which can leave them looking drab when printed. Many photos taken on the auto are just a little dark, which can leave them looking colourless when printed. It is actually quite simple to brighten & colour boost photos, & it can make a fair difference in the ultimate appearance of the picture. If a photo you really wished would turn out just didn’t, try switching it to black and white to see if that helps.
9) Lastly, relax:
Even if you’re anxious, pretend you’re not once you begin taking photos. If you look stressed, the
couple will feel stressed, and you’ll be able to notice that in the pictures. Converse to them, inquire them about their plans, notify them how attractive they look, how happy you are for them, etc. Help them feel relaxed so that their eagerness will show in the photos. That way, even if your pictures aren’t ideal, they’ll still be treasured.
The above blog will surely help you to take better wedding photos. For any doubts and query, don’t feel shy to inquire us at the comment section mentioned below.