The Wedding Photographers Mindset

He rewards of being a successful professional wedding photographer are great not only financially, but also in terms of community status. The wedding photographer of the new millennium is not regarded merely as a craftsman, but as an artist and an important member of the community. DEMANDS OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY Working Under Pressure. To be successful, wedding photographers must master a variety of styles and perform under pressure in a very limited time frame. The wedding photographer is...

Conclusion

Hotographers who refused to accept the demeaning label of weekend warrior and organizations like WPPI, whose primary goal was to raise the status and proficiency of wedding photography, can feel proud that the genre is now at the top of the heap. Photographers who are friends of mine confide that their fee structure for weddings is doubling, sometimes tripling from one year to the next. Although some might see this prosperity as cyclical, there is no doubt that wedding photography will continue...

Proactive Vs Reactive

Traditional wedding coverage would feature dozens of posed pictures pulled from a shot list. Such shot lists were passed down by generations of other traditional wedding photographers. There may have been as many as 75 scripted shots from cutting the cake, to tossing the garter, to the father of the bride walking his daughter down the aisle. In addition to the scripted moments, traditional photographers fill in the album with candids, many of which are staged or at least made when the subjects...

Design Templates

Photographer Martin Schembri has created a set of commercially available design templates that come on four different CDs and help photographers create elegant Yervant often uses graphic elements to balance pages. Here, he used a huge script letter T, for Tanya, that is suggestive of the pose of the actual Tanya on the right. The eye ping-pongs back and forth between the letter T and the bride. album-page layouts in Photoshop. The design templates are drag-and-drop tools that work in Photoshop...

The Photographers

O illustrate this book, I have called upon some of the finest wedding photographers in the world. Most of them have been honored repeatedly by the country's top professional organizations, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). I want to take the opportunity to thank all of these great photographers for their participation in this book. Without them, this book would not have been possible. While no book can equal years of...

The Bouquet Toss

Whether you're a photojournalist or traditionalist, this shot looks best when it's spontaneous. You need plenty of depth of field, which almost dictates a wide-angle lens. You'll want to show not only the bride but also the faces in the background. Although you can use available light, the shot is usually best done with two flashes one on the bride and one on the ladies waiting for the bouquet. Your timing has to be excellent, as the bride will often fake out the group just for laughs. This...

File Format

RAW retain the highest amount of image data from the original capture. While not as forgiving as color negative film, RAW files can be fixed to a much greater degree than JPEGs. If you shoot in RAW mode, you should back up the RAW files as RAW files these are the original images and contain the most data. Shooting in the RAW mode has several drawbacks, however. First, it requires the use of RAW file-processing software to translate the file information and convert it to a useable format. Also,...