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Tips To Taking Your Wedding Photography To The Next Level

The challenges of wedding photography are uniquely difficult from those of other genres. While landscape photographers await the right light to approach, and macro photographers search for new species of the smallest creatures, wedding photographers aspire to combine great lighting, composition, and action in one day. The most challenging of all? There are no second takes in weddings.

How then can you take wedding photographs that are pleasing not just to you as the photographer but also to the bride and groom? Follow these essential shooting tips to make more memorable and technically improved wedding photos.

Shoot from the hip, through curtains and leaves, and from the outside looking in. While straightforward shooting is proven effective, there are unexplored paths in photography you might want to check out, such as bending over and shooting the flower girl fumbling over her curls during the wedding ceremony. Look around for curtains and leaves, and incorporate them in your photo. Pictures taken from such angle will give the viewer a sense of mysticism, like they are looking from afar into the scene. During the bride’s prep time, when bridesmaids flock to her to button up her wedding gown, put a stray strand in place, or assist her with her shoes, go outside the room and shoot the commotion from the outside.

Make creative use of your ISO. Lots of photographers stay away from using high ISO and choose the camera flash instead. Seasoned photographers will tell you that adding a small amount of grit and grain to your photographs can actually look interesting if done the right way. High ISO in low-light areas usually turn out perfect when there are movement and people in the photo..

Aim for action images, particularly when crowds of people are concerned (usually in the middle of the wedding reception). Dances and other performances are captured best with the motion, so don’t ditch the slow shutter speed yet. Not all blurred photographs are bad.

Capture candid moments with simple compositions. The less cluttered the composition, the better. This is a task that wide-aperture lenses will do excellently, and more often than not, they turn out into some of your best photos of the day. An 85mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 is a great choice, and so is the 24-70mm f/2.8. More affordable alternatives are the 35mm f/1.8 and the 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8.

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