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Wedding Photography Tips

The number of professional wedding photographers is growing every day. Even though the field is technically challenging and unforgiving to mistakes and the uninitiated, its ranks are constantly swelling. With so many choices, finding unique wedding photography is growing more and more difficult as the noise level continues to rise. I have compiled a few tips below to help you locate that special photographer for your wedding day!

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Does their work speak to you?

While this may sound a bit corny, your wedding photography will be something you have for not only your lifetime, but that of your children and, hopefully, generations to come. Keep in mind there are many trends in photography, some good and some bad. While something may be really trendy now, think of how you will feel about it in 20 years when making your decision on a photography style. A great example I came across was “shag” carpet in the 70’s. It really was all the rage but, a mere 5-6 years later; it was getting torn out and replaced with something more practical. Being in style is great but, unlike carpet, you can’t replace the wedding photos.

Check out a full wedding

Wedding photographers will, of course, always put their best foot forward on websites and magazines. When looking for unique wedding photography however, you need to really evaluate all the photos from a wedding, not just the greatest hits. While most photographers have a few truly great shots, a truly unique wedding photographer will be able to deliver the same quality of shots throughout the majority of the wedding. If the photographer does not have an entire wedding to show you, then you may want to look further into them before making your decision.

Are they one of many?

This is going to be the biggest challenge when looking for unique wedding photography. There are many, many tools widely available to wedding photographers that allow them to artistically finish off their photography without much knowledge of Photoshop or general post processing. These actions do indeed give wedding photographers a huge tool set to polish their photos – just be sure you like the polish and it fits within your search for truly unique wedding photography.

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Creating a Routine on Digital Photography

Digital photography tips will help you become a better photographer. Creating a routine will help you to make fewer mistakes and to be prepared to make photographs anytime.

As a professional photographer I am often asked for advise on digital photography tips. A great tip is to create a routine.

Almost every great photographer has one and you should, too. World-class athletes use visualization to achieve greater records and to do their very best every time they compete. It is similar with just about anything including photography.

Here is my routine:

Make sure you have fresh batteries and spare ones, too!

No batteries means no camera. Which translates into no photos! That is bad! Especially when you have a chance to photograph Big Foot or Elvis or the space aliens that keep landing in the north forty.

Always have a clean card.

Your camera may use a compact flash card, an SD card or even a memory stick, whatever the format, make sure you have enough room to take and store your new photos. And again have a spare one just in case. Elvis is waiting…

Check your ISO setting.

This is how you tell your camera what type of lighting you are shooting in. Bright or dim, outside or indoors. Try 100-400 outside and 800-1600 indoors.

Shoot on automatic.

For most of your adventures as a beginning photographer, automatic will be fine. Cameras are so sophisticated; let’s let them do the heavy lifting for us. As you progress, you can venture into the world of manual and aperture priority and shutter priority, but that’s another article.

Border Patrol.

Call it whatever you want; you need to look around the edges of your Live View or viewfinder to see if there are any distracting elements, which could distract from your subject. For example, have you ever taken a photograph of something or somebody only to look at it later and say, “I didn’t see that,” yes, we are all guilty of tunnel vision. Then our images of Aunt Sally won’t include a large plant or tree that looks like it is sprouting from the back of her head! Learn to look around the edges and it will train you to stop having tunnel vision and really look at your image.

Do this routine or a variation of it every time you pick up your camera and you will make far fewer mistakes and your camera will always have power, have space to write photos and you will be aware of what is in the viewfinder/LCD. Do this digital photography tip and you will begin to see and think like a professional.

Digital Photograhy – Get the Right Lighting For Superb Photos

While digital photography is such an attractive artistic medium due to the ease in which photographs can be edited and perfected, in many cases such alterations aren’t needed at all. Once you have the right equipment, proper location and good lighting, eye-drawing pictures can be a click away.

Of course, it’s not really that simple. To take perfect pictures you really need to consider all the variables that have to come together to make your photos shine – including the lighting you use for your digital photography.

Avoiding the Blur Effect

We have all seen those unsalvageable photos that not even the best photo editing software can repair – the ones that appear blurry, objects indistinguishable. Try as we might, we can’t seem to edit away the imperfections.

That is typically because the photographer didn’t take lighting into consideration when the photo was shot. While digital editing can work wonders, it doesn’t promise miracles.

If you want your photos to meet your expectations, you need to put some planning into them when they are being shot.

Doing it Right

If you really want the perfect picture, you need to do things right the first time. That means ensuring the lighting is appropriate and complimentary when the photo is being taken rather than assuming you can count on photo editing to fix problems later.

If you are unsure what types of lighting are going to work best, this list may help:

Sunrise and Sunset

Just before sunrise and immediately after the sun has set are two of the best times to take photos using natural lighting as your backdrop. This is because of the beautiful orange hues that are able to be picked up in photos during these times of day.

The color of the natural environment adds realism to your photographs. And natural sunsets and sunrises provide colors and subtlety that simply can’t be Photoshopped into your pictures.

Natural Sunlight

One of the best forms of light for taking breathtaking photographs is simple, free natural sunlight. Of course, you are going to have to hone your skills as a photographer to make the most of the sunlight at various angles.

In addition to capitalizing on the light from the sun, a talented photographer also learns to utilize the shadowing caused by sunlight to the ultimate advantage. This is a little trickier, however, and requires some practice for proficiency.

The bottom line is that taking beautiful digital photos is about more than equipment and editing. It requires using available light source to your best advantage.

Digital Photography Tips

If you are new to the field of digital photography, take a deep breath and relax. Digital photography is not very difficult at all – although it does require some specialized equipment and training.

When you are just getting started, your goal should be to learn the basics and be able to take some fairly decent photos – something that should come easy even to someone with no prior photography experience at all. It is only later – if you start thinking about going pro and taking your hobby to the next level – that it becomes more challenging. Here are a few tips to help you make it through the newbie stage of digital photography:

Buy Your Equipment

If you are truly serious about becoming a professional digital photographer, you need to invest in some new, high-quality equipment. On the other hand, if you are just experimenting and taking pictures for your own personal use, there is no reason to go all out – certainly not right away.

Some options for mitigating the costs associated with digital photography equipment include borrowing your equipment, renting it, or buying it second-hand. This will prevent you from going into debt if you aren’t ready to commit.

However, if you are serious about the craft, splurging on new equipment really is the only way to go. Digital camera technology is frequently updated and improved on, so if you buy old equipment you will have dated technology and work at a disadvantage.

Check out Photography Books

If you want to be a good photographer, you need to first understand what “good” means. To do this, check out published photographs in photography books and magazines.

You can acquire your education by purchasing or borrowing photography books – not “how to’s,” but actual books or magazines containing professional photography shots. This way you can see where the bar has been set and what you should aspire to, as well as gain some ideas regarding the types of photos you want to take.

When you begin, you might find yourself trying to emulate the styles and techniques you see used by some of your role models in these types of publications. After a while, however, you will be able to develop your own sense of style and begin to showcase a creative, new voice.

Take lessons

Learn your new hobby or trade properly. Take a class – they are even available online – or purchase a book that offers practical instruction with clear pictures of its own.

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