Wedding Photography Tips for Beginners:
- Bring Lots of Batteries – This is especially true for digital cameras since digital uses far more power than film cameras. And if like most guests with digital cameras, you’re showing your pictures to others at the wedding and reception, that LCD will zap the power even more, so be sure to bring extra batteries to make sure you don’t run out.
- Increase the Resolution – You never know which pictures will end up being the ones you want to frame or make prints of for the photo album, so be sure that your camera is set to medium or better yet, high resolution.
- Look for the Unexpected Moments – In addition to all of the traditional moments you need to take like the bride and groom getting ready, exchange of vows, the first kiss, there will always be the unexpected “Kodak moments” that you want to capture.
- Increase the ISO – If you have a film camera, use a higher speed film, such as 400, but if you’re using digital like most will, increase the camera’s ISO, (that is its sensitivity to light). Try increasing it to 200 or 400. Use digital noise removing software if needed.
- Photo Edit Out the Red Eye – Most wedding pictures are taken from too far a distance for the camera’s red eye reduction to work, but photo editing software such as Photoshop can make yourpictures look great.
- Save the Flash for the Most Important Pictures – Since it can take a while for the flash to recharge- plan ahead. Save the flash for moments that you most want to have pictures of, like the bride and groom cutting the cake, kissing after their vows, their first dance, etc.
- Make Use of Optical Zoom or Your Feet – For those far away photos, use the optical zoom (not digital zoom if you can). If your camera doesn’t have an optical zoom, it’s best to simply move closer to the subject.
- Don’t Let Shutter Lag Ruin your Pictures - Although this isn’t a problem with film, if you’re taking photos with a digital camera, be prepared to compensate for the shutter lag. Try to guess what’s going to happen next and point the camera in that direction and press the shutter half way down. Be ready to take lots of photos anytime there are people moving, so that you end up with several good pictures. And with such an important event, it’s important to take several still shots as well.
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