Taking Great Photographs: Wedding Photography Tips

Taking Great Photographs: Wedding Photography Tips

Your nephew finally popped the question to his girlfriend, and you were thrilled. But he had another big question to ask: “Would you take photos at our wedding?”

Before fleeing the country with extra batteries and your digital camera, know that a list of wedding photography tips can turn you from a frantic relative to a calm amateur ready to make a couple’s day even more special.


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Once you agree to stand in to capture the day’s images, sit down and talk with the couple. Ask them what kinds of shots they expect, or want. Take notes, so that you won’t miss the “must have” pictures, as you’re wandering around looking for more creative angles.

Once you know the location of the wedding, take time to check it out. Will the couple repeat their vows in a church, where the lighting can be troublesome? Are the almost-newlyweds saying “I do” in a sunny garden? Wherever the event will occur, take some practice shots beforehand, so that lighting will be less of a worry on the big day.

Make sure you’re prepared — this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Are your batteries charged? Do you have an extra memory card for your camera? Have you turned off all the buttons that might beep during a serious part of the ceremony?

Write down everything you might forget, and take the list with you to the ceremony. It’s easier to check off necessary shots during the wedding than realizing afterwards that you missed capturing the bride’s grandmother.

The most helpful wedding photography tips range from focusing on both the big challenges and the small details. Move to different spots for shooting candids, as well as the more formal pictures. For example, take a ladder with you so you can shoot down to avoid cutting anyone out of the wedding party. And capture the smallest of details — a page from the guest book, or a closeup of the bridesmaids’ shoes — to provide images of the wedding the couple might have missed because they were concentrating on their vows.

If a relative or friend has chosen you to provide wedding memories, be prepared. If you can get a family member to help you coordinate guests during the wedding, shooting one of life’s happiest moments can be a snap.

21 Responses to “Taking Great Photographs: Wedding Photography Tips”

  1. Jon Tinkler says:

    The technical aspects are just part of it, but as the article points out, nothing can prepare you better for shooting a wedding than – solid preparation! Make sure you know the venue, have heaps of memory cards, a spare battery for the camera – and even a spare camera if you can beg/borrow or steal one 🙂

  2. Paulamcfree says:

    It is very important in wedding or especial occasions to get the best photographs. This article helps me to find one. Thank you for this tips.

  3. Jessica says:

    Photography is an art which cannot be leaned with tips only. Either you should have built in abilities or if you wanna become a great photographer, you must work harder by practicing more.

  4. Brian says:

    Of course these are great tips for amateur guests who want to take the best photographs they possibly can. Not everything can be covered by the professional so with some planning could really add to the range of pics taken on the big day….

    Brian

  5. Brian says:

    Really good tips. The only thing I would add is make sure you still have professional experienced photographer to take the “official” shots. Long after the big day is over photography will be the only tangible reminder of the big day.

    Brian

  6. Anthony says:

    It really remind me of my uncle’s wedding when the photographer get stuck somewhere when the wedding is already on, I was just holding my own camera capture some funny moment at the wedding and perhaps to take some few shot on for me and my friend but it turn to another things else, I have to take over as the photographer of the day though I can’t snap enough photo as they wanted but at least I tried and save the day with my little experience and from that day on, I have been making some money taking wedding photograph, it really expose me to the job.
    I will have to add up your creative information here to what I already knew before now. Thanks for taking your time to furnish us with this informative post

  7. Simon Wood says:

    It’s really important to check out some information before the wedding. It’s different with normal photographing, which is the reason why there’s professional wedding photographers. Anyway, thanks for the article Paul!

  8. Simon Wood says:

    Weddings are very rich with photo opportunities, but be aware of getting carried out in the shooting craze without really thinking about what you are capturing. It’s better to learn how to grow some reflexes, to anticipate the moments which need to be photographed and to be ready to grasp the opportunity before it’s over. It’s more satisfying to go back home with some perfect shots rather than a huge number of trivial snapshots!

  9. Heather says:

    I really wanted to buy my own dslr camera but sad to say that I am still out of budget. And it will take long before I can buy a new one that is just not too far from that I bought before. I love the outcome of our pictures on our wedding using some high end dslr camera.

  10. Tammy says:

    Nowadays, I really think that dslr cameras get a nicer shot compare to ordinary camera. Hubby will buy a latest camera next year when he comes home. Hoping that it will be a good idea.

  11. Steve says:

    These are all good tips. I’ve been photographing weddings for many years now and I know that sometimes it can be the simplest of things that totally ruin your day. I always make sure I have a back up camera and all the equipment I could possibly need in the car to cover all possibilities. Checking out the venue before the day is a must, as is building good relations with the bride and groom. Ignore these tips at your own peril!

  12. susan says:

    Planning for the wedding shoot is probably the most important thing to do – especially for a first time or “newbie” photographer.
    And the greatest part of planning is to rehearse by going to the ceremony and reception locations and getting some test photos – checking for light, etc. and then making adjustments for the conditions.

  13. Mathan Kumar says:

    Really great article. As a wedding photographer and card designer this will helps us to take to new heights

  14. john mirraz says:

    Great tips for those looking at the smaller details. I will be going to a wedding soon which will be held on a ship. Can you give me about wedding concept?

  15. Great Digital says:

    One of the best wedding photography tips is to be confident. This helps in a number of different ways. It ensures you are not shy or nervous and miss all the great shots, but also helps because it keeps you from shaking the camera when snapping shots. Even with an expensive, professional camera, the pictures may still come out blurry if you shake when you take pictures if you are nervous and your hands are shaking.

  16. Amir says:

    Great tips for those looking at the smaller details. I will be going to a wedding soon which will be held on a ship. Do you have any tips for this scenario where everything is closer together?

  17. Kimi says:

    I prefer hiring a professional photograph, since wedding photos are for a lifetime..

    In my case, I did not notice what a camera he used lol, but I guess the most important is the result..

    Thanks

  18. Dana says:

    I think the most important is that we must be sure that we have enough photograph technique (knowledge) to take a good photo. 🙂

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