- Create a list of shots
It is a great habit to note down all the possible frames you have in your mind, so that you do not miss any important occasion/moment. While brainstorming or looking at reference shots, you might thing of capturing a particular frame, but on the day of wedding you might completely forget about it.
- Know your gear
There might be situations when you borrow a camera/lens from your friend or rent a gear to cover a wedding function. It is advisable that you get your hands on the gear before using it at the event, to avoid any issues.
You might not be familiar with the borrowed/rented gear and end up missing important moments at the event. This would put your reputation at risk and at the end you might fail to deliver required images to the client.
- Scout the location beforehand
One of the most important tasks after you get an assignment to cover the wedding is to visit the venue at least once beforehand. You might be prepared with your camera body and lenses but it is always better to know the venue in-and-out to get best shots.
If you are familiar with the venue, you would save time and would be able to shoot better frames. It will also help you to plan your lenses, as you would be familiar as to where you would need a wide angle lens and where you would have to mount the telephoto lens.
- Interact with the couple
Strangers would never pose comfortable for you. So it is a good practice to meet the couple few hours before the wedding or you can even meet them over a coffee to share some ideas. Once you are friends with the couple, you would be able to build a good repot with them. This would ultimately result in better and fun photos during the wedding day or per-wedding shoot.
- Be friendly with the relatives/friends
You would not be click pictures of just the couple, right? At the end you have to deliver photos, making sure that you have clicked photos of some of the close relatives and friends of the bride and the groom.
The key to deliver fun and interesting photos of the relatives and friends is to talk to them during the shoot and make them feel comfortable. Ask them to give you some fun and quirky poses.
- Practice different lighting setups
It is important that you pay attention to the lighting setup you are using to click photos and avoid using the same setup throughout the wedding ceremony. Try and get along an assistant who can carry speedlight for you, and place it behind your subject to give rim lighting effect.
You can try different lighting setups and create beautiful moments, but make sure you practive them beforehand.
- Pay attention on the backdrop
Framing the scene along with a nice and pleasing background is equally important. The backdrop should complement the foreground and add should not be distracting. You might click a beautiful candid photo, but if the backdrop is distracting or is missing the contrast, the image would look dull.
So the next time you are at a wedding, spot your subject and quickly look around to frame the scene with the best available backdrop.
- Shoot on continuous shooting mode
You never know what would happen within a fraction of a second. This is the reason you should be clicking using the continuous shooting mode, so that there are no less chances of missing out an important moment.
Do not worry about the shutter count of your camera, you can always get a new camera but you cannot bring back the moment you would lose if you do not click photos at the right moment.
- Use back button focus
Back button focus method simply allows you to assign another button placed on the rear side of your camera to focus on the subject, whereas the shutter release button just captures the image when presses fully.
While using the back button focus, you will witness that on pressing the shutter release button half way nothing happens, as the focusing is now controlled by another button which is controlled by your right thumb. Once your camera is set on back button focus mode, you can click multiple photos without re-focusing your subject every single time.
- Shoot in RAW format
A RAW format file is basically an unprocessed file captured directly through the camera sensor. By clicking in RAW format, you can increase the dynamic range of your camera by almost 1 EV/stop. Not only that, the RAW file holds much more details as compared to the JPEG file and is useful while editing photos.
Written by Kunal Malhotra for WorldPhotographersClub.com