Print Tips: Wedding Photography


So much happens at a wedding that without photographic images, many of the days events would be lost; although digital wedding photography is usually carried out by a professional, you can guarantee a large number of people will have their cameras with them. Although times have changed and it is quite normal to have a DVD made as well, nothing can replace a conventional photo.

This isn’t easy; creating that perfect shot if you are taking photographs without help as there is only so much you can do on your own without help. This article highlights a few basic techniques and styles for anyone who wants to capture a friend or family members wedding using a digital camera.

Many amateur photographers make the mistake of taking pictures with a boring background which is not something you want in a wedding photo. Often when there is a good background there are just too many people in the shot, so if this is the situation, just try and capture a nice head and shoulders shot of the couple.

Although you don’t always think about it at the time, try to ensure those wedding guests wearing spectacles either take them off or provide you with a semi-profile shot. Although some interesting effects can be achieved when you take a picture of a subject with the light behind them this may not be the right occasion to experiment so make sure the light is behind you when you take your shot.

Natural, wedding photos always look better than staged ones but difficult to capture when you are too close so a powerful zoom lens is a great advantage. As you can’t keep asking people to pose for you, always have the camera to hand because digital wedding photography is just as much about having natural, un-posed for shots.

All your efforts will be wasted if you forget to have fresh batteries or carry enough memory for your digital camera to take every image from the day. Professional digital slr cameras start at 6 mega pixels and very few compacts are now below that so your card will need to be a minimum of one gigabyte to be on the safe side.

Always remember that the higher the resolution used, the larger the size of prints that can be made so always keep a secure copy of your work so you can re-use them in the future. You can do this by saving albums on your personal computer to free up the space on your memory card or burn them to a CD or DVD.

A new generation has grown up not really knowing what film photography is like, so to them digital wedding photography is quite normal.