Getting married soon? Looking for cheaper alternatives to stretch your budget? Thinking about taking your own wedding photographs? Well I have ten tips that may help you with your decision.
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH
Before beginning an adventure you might regret, it is always good to do some research.
2. A GOOD DIGITAL CAMERA
A good camera is essential if you want high-quality photographs. Any old camera will just not do! This is where some good research plays a key role.
3. GET TO KNOW THE CAMERA
You must know what you are working with well in advance of the big day. Familiarizing yourself with the camera, how the pictures turn out, and different scenes and times of the day will help you prepare.
4. ENLIST THE HELP OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS
You could have everyone attending your wedding bring their digital cameras and take pictures of your special day. After you get back from the honeymoon, you could get everyone together again for a picture party.
5. MAKE A LIST OF PICTURES
Write a list of the photographs you want taken of your family and friends. This way you can make a game plan for yourself of how to accomplish this task. This also ensures no one gets left out.
Try to find backgrounds that match the subject(s). This must be scouted out in advance. Take into consideration the colors of dresses, eyes, and hair.
7. SHOOT RAW
This means don’t be afraid to use the manual setting on the camera. Don’t worry about minor mistakes. Digital photography can be fixed later.
Don’t be afraid of light. Use the sunlight to your advantage and use the flash to your advantage. This is where practice with the camera comes in.
9. EYES OPEN AND SMILING
To make sure everyone has their eyes open and are smiling, have the group close their eyes and when you count to three open them and smile. You can get 2-3 shots in before someone blinks.
10. BE CREATIVE
Go beyond traditional! Find unusual spots, poses, and don’t just capture the smiles.
If all of this seems overwhelming you can always call upon the help of a local community college. A willing student is always happy to make extra money while honing in on their craft. A photography teacher can help in sending a top-notch student and help make arrangements.
Cantrell, Bambi/Cohen, Skip, The Art of Digital Wedding Photography , St. Martins Press, May 2006
Hurter, Bill, The Best of Wedding Photography , Amherst Media Inc., November 2004