8 Great Wedding Photography Tips

If you are about to shoot your first wedding, it can be an extremely daunting time, to say the least. I’ve now got around 10 years of experience of wedding photography, and still get a little nervous to be honest.

But I’ve built up a system and learnt a lot of lessons, sometimes the hard way, to make things run a lot more smoothly that when I first started. Here’s a list of some of the key wedding photography tips I swear by.

1. Be prepared. Have a list of all the important people to take with you on the day, so you know who’s who and to make sure you don’t miss out any of the wedding party. A list of group photographs, agreed with the bride and groom before the day, is also a must. The groups can be hard enough to organize at the best of times, but without some planning chaos will likely ensue.

2. Get your kit right. Have a least two camera bodies in case one breaks, and the same goes for your lenses and flashes. Spare batteries and memory cards are a must to. A good lens is probably even more important than the camera body, and as far as the best lens for wedding photography goes, my firm favorite is the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM. It’s part of Canon’s L series so isn’t cheap, but it’s build quality and the quality of the image is fantastic.

It has an image stabilizer to help you cope with low light conditions, and it’s long focal length will allow you to get some great shots of the couple without getting too close to them and destroying an intimate moment. So will also need a wide angle lens though, for the group shots and other photographs where you want to include more of the location.

3. Be as friendly, not over-friendly though, courteous and charming. Don’t be bossy, even if it means you miss one or two shots during the day. If you get the guests on your side, they’re much more likely to laugh and smile when you’re around, and that’s half the battle won right there.

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JPEG Or RAW – How Does This Affect Your Wedding Photography?

Wedding photography has long been in the digital age. Along with this comes all the lingo that gets thrown around during a wedding consultation. This can be confusing for any bride a groom. A little knowledge can help getting the best wedding photographer you can.

Weddings Photographed RAW

RAW files are basically a digital negative. All professional cameras save files in this format as well as JPEG and other formats. RAW files are the best format to use. This allows a professional photographer to edit color, contrast and sharpness on a unchanged file. There is even some exposure change allowed to compensate for lighting.

The downside to RAW is the file size. A 10 mega-pixel camera will have a approximate 21MB RAW File but if it is set to shoot JPEG it will be a 5MB file size. This will allow more images stored on the camera. But this comes at a price.

JPEG file: JPEG is an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group. It is what is known as a “lossy format” This file is compressed and some information is lost. This standard was developed to speed up transfer and display of images over the Internet. It reduces the file without significantly reducing the quality.

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