#7349233, By Jos The Photo Gallery

  • Jos 13 Apr 2011 17:53:52 709 posts
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    Gartt wrote:
    Hey guys, Im at a mates wedding tomorrow as a guest and looking to take some nice shots and learn a few of the ropes about wedding photography . Any tips for nice photos? I'm thinking some nice candid shots?

    Thursdays an unusual day for a wedding.
    Any rate, here's some snippits of advice;

    If you follow the pro photog be mindful if you are taking photos of a line-up some guests might be looking at you rather than at him when he does his photos. Makes those shots look a bit rubbish. You're better off not trying to capture the line ups but watch how he gathers people together and sets/poses people - much more useful than any image you'll get from that if you are interested in wedding photography.

    Candids can be great but the sudden changes in light you might be faced with to capture a moment as it happens can be challenging. Manual settings are fine but slow to change (and you will forget to change them at some point and get dark or blown pics). Aperture priority is okay but the cam might slow the shutter so much you get motion blur. Shutter priority is great (look to get to 200th of a second if you can) but you'll need a fast lens or up the ISO. Auto ISO is great if you've got it.

    Spot metering and hi-light priority settings can help with the fact the brides dress is bright and can blow the hi-lights. If you do blow hi-lights but are shooting in raw you might be able to rescue some of them - surprising latitude in raw for hi-lights).

    24-70 (full frame equivalent) is the classic focal length for weddings.

    The best advice I could give though is take your time. Line up a nice composition in the frame and wait for the moment to happen. Wait for the right look on everyone's faces, the brides smile, the touch on the grooms arm during speeches. Less is more.

    Focus on eyes. Especially with large apertures.
    Happy subjects make for joyous photos.

    Oh and try not to cut peoples feet off in the frame. You'll be concentrating on their faces so much and composition will go out the window!

    Enjoy the wedding!
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