Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers Part 2

Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers Part 2

If you’re the one manning the camera, it’s important that you do it right! Here are some tips to help you be the best amateur wedding photographers you can be:

  • Move, but subtly — Don’t be afraid to move around the venue and get a wide range of shots, but don’t do it in the middle of a speech or toast. Try to time your movements with songs, breaks, and applause.
  • Always shoot in RAW — If you shoot in RAW, you will need to invest a bit of time into processing the photos, but it will give you much better quality images. You’ll be able to manipulate the shots more easily, and it will help you avoid tricky lighting.
  • Keep the mistakes — Don’t delete any pictures, no matter how much they look like “mistakes”. These may be the most interesting images of all, not to mention the best ones to use. They can be manipulated later for some artsy shots that the happy couple will love.
  • Have a ladder handy — When it comes to taking group shots, higher is often better. Have a ladder handy so you can get a better vantage point for that group shot. (Don’t forget to have an assistant to steady the ladder)
  • Take advance of beautiful backgrounds — If you can catch the setting sun, the wind in the trees, or the beautiful landscape behind your subjects, it will make for excellent wedding photography. But don’t hesitate to move around and snap a wide range of backgrounds!
  • Try for many perspectives — Don’t just shoot from eye height, but get down low, turn the camera, zoom out, zoom in, take wide angles, and shoot narrow shots. The more perspectives you can shoot from, the greater assortment of awesome photographs you can get!

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