Photography isn’t like other pastimes. You’re not one day an amateur and the next a professional. Over time you may gain confidence in your craft and take on some tougher challenges. And then, once you’re confident in your abilities, you start seeking out paid assignments.
Nowhere is this more true than in the competitive world of wedding photography. You may have shot a few weddings for friends, and now you’re getting offers for paid shoots. While exciting on one hand, this can also give you a case of pre-wedding nerves!
In this post we’ve rounded up 10 essential wedding photography tips for the ‘almost-pro’ photographer who wants to take his or her wedding photography to the next level.
Wedding Photography Tips for the Almost-Pro: 01 Pre-wedding planning
Arrange a pre-wedding shoot with your bride and groom away from the venue. Try using a 70-200mm lens at f/5.6 to ensure both are in focus. Keep it relaxed – this is all about getting to know the couple and their requirements.
Wedding Photography Tips for the Almost-Pro: 02 Start off simple
Taking your lights into the bride’s bedroom may not be the best start to her day! Make use of window light and meter off her face, underexposing a little to control highlights on the dress.