17 tips for successful wedding photos
You are a wedding photographer, here are the technical photo tips on preparation, equipment, tips and tricks so you don’t miss your photos.
Meet the bride and groom
First of all, you must discuss with the newlyweds to know their expectations and the wedding program: place of the ceremony, place of aperitif and dinner, people not to be missed, key moments not to be missed. . We must also ask ourselves: Do the bride and groom want posed photos, photos taken on the spot or both? You can ask them to show you sample photos that they like and those that they don’t like at all. During this step, inform yourself well to avoid disappointments. Write everything down on paper so you don’t forget anything during the day.
Don’t forget anything! Equip yourself with your camera, tripod, flash with diffuser, battery, spare memory cards and a laptop if you want to unload and check your shots. Take a 35 – 70mm lens for outdoor scenes which will allow you to take wide-angle scenes as well as detailed photos. Also consider taking a large aperture lens, 50mm or 80mm opening at F1.8 or 2, for portraits and indoor scenes.
A loved one to help you
If you are not part of the family, have someone close to the bride and groom help you, to properly photograph all-important family members, and to take portraits.
Photograph the preparations
The preparations for the wedding are great memories. The hairdressing session, putting on the dress, waiting for the groom, the bride and groom going to get the bouquets of flowers, wedding rings, etc. Follow the bride and groom before the ceremony and shoot the good times. Pay attention to your battery, what’s next!
Photograph the white dress
You must set the exposure correctly to take the wedding dress. Go for weighted exposure metering and focus on the dress. If the scene lacks light, overexpose or underexpose to + -1EV. Then check with the histogram that you are well exposed: A peak on the left you are underexposed, a peak on the right, overexposed.
Use bracketing mode
This is another way to avoid being over or underexposed. This mode will allow you to take a photo with different exposures. Set the option according to the number of exposures you want. Don’t overdo it because it takes up space and time.
Choose a place and original poses
If the newlyweds have more classic tastes, you can photograph them under a tree. So they won’t be dazzled in sunny weather, you won’t have exposure problems due to strong contrasts of lights. You can also pick up the bride and groom on the steps of the church or town hall, by the sea, etc. For a modern shot, invite the bride and groom to run towards you, giggles guaranteed!
Capture the emotions
Remember the details that may seem trivial! Do not miss the bride and groom kissing, the glass of champagne, the rose bouquet, the confetti on the white dress, the children having fun, the smiles and the tears of joy, all these moments that will touch the bride and groom . Play with the depth of field, and therefore leave the aperture priority set between F2 and F4.
Use your flash
Both indoors and outdoors your flash will be a great addition to lighting. Use it in automatic TTL mode and decrease the flash intensity to -2EV. Aim it at your subject, so it will be detached from the background and put forward. Indoors, leave the intensity on full and aim the flash towards the ceiling while remaining in automatic mode to avoid strong shadows.
Work in raw
This is the recommended format for such an event. Indeed you will get a file of maximum size and definition. You can retouch your photos: exposure, brightness, contrast, size, and more. RAW will come in handy, especially if you’ve messed up your settings.
Take alternative photos
Take funny and original shots. 360 ° photos, Polaroid, Lomo, Holga, Spinner, vintage photos, etc. These pictures will undoubtedly seduce.