Interested In Wedding Photography? A Guide For Amateur Photographers

Insights on Wedding Photography for Amatur Wedding Photographers

Starting off with amateur wedding photography might sound scary but once you start off, it will not be as difficult as it is the photographer’s acumen that will help in capturing the minutest yet the most important moments of a wedding event. 

Read through Athira and Jithin’s wedding story here

Learning about wedding photography is not very difficult. In this guide, you will get to know certain important tips and tricks that will help you feel confident and prepared to handle a Wedding photoshoot

Follow these tips for making your assignment easy and less stressful:

  1. Get all the equipment ready

Keep all equipment ready, cleaned, and packed before the big day. Remember to pack stands, batteries, lenses, caps, memory cards, etc.. Prepare a checklist and keep it handy so that you do not forget anything. It would not be a good situation if you arrive at the venue and realize that there is something amiss.

  1. Prepare a photo checklist

It is often known as a “shot list.” It is a list of all the important photographs that need to be taken during a wedding.  

  1. Photography lighting

If you are able to create a good portrait in any light, then you are good to go. Wedding timelines are set as per the time of the particular ceremony and light availability may differ. So, if you know how to manage the lighting systems, such assignments would be a breeze. 

  1. Rental Equipment

When starting out, it is important to remember that certain equipment can create really beautiful photos and will not only enrich your portfolio but also makes it memorable for the couple.  You may need special equipment like off-camera flash with a diffuser, which can be rented, so never hesitate to rent the equipment that you do not own. 

  1. Don’t say No

Clients might request for a pose or a photo that you might not like. Do not say a straight no as the wedding photographs are for the clients and not you.

  1. Include the groom

Though the primary focus is on the bride, you should photograph the groom as well so that there is a balance in your photographs. 

  1. Download and save inspirational photos

It is not a good idea to repeat poses for all weddings. You can check fresh poses and try it on the wedding day so that photos are not boring and the client is impressed by the freshness.


 

Read Amrutha and Ranjith’s wedding story here

After knowing these tips and tricks you might be wondering about the equipment you will have to carry for a pre-wedding, wedding, or a post-wedding photoshoot.

Equipment needed for a pre-wedding, wedding, and post-wedding photoshoot 

  1. A professional camera


Of course, there is no photoshoot without a camera. It is generally advisable to pick a camera that you are comfortable working with. Testing out or experimenting with a new camera on the field is not everybody’s cup of tea and it may turn out to be a disaster at times. 


Before finalising your camera, take into account the conditions that you are going to shoot at. If your schedule involves shooting in low light, then you may have to opt for a camera that can handle higher ISO’s (the camera’s sensitivity to light) with the minimum digital noise possible. The lower your digital noise, the better the quality of the photos you get out of your camera. 

  1. A backup camera 


A backup camera is not the most quintessential equipment for any wedding photoshoot but can save your day at times. Imagine your camera breaking down in the middle of a shoot in front of the couple. Scary right? 


This is a rare occurrence, given the technological advancements of the modern-day cameras, but still having a backup camera even if it is less advanced than your primary camera can be a lifesaver. 

  1. Multiple memory cards 


Most professional wedding photographers shoot in RAW format. Shooting in the RAW format ensures that all the details in the images are captured and can be enhanced in post-processing. Due to this, the images in raw format take up almost twice or thrice the size of a normal jpeg image.


This literally means that the memory card’s capacity should be large enough to store all the images that you are going to shoot. To ensure all the images find their place in the final album, you will have to carry 2 or 3 memory cards with the maximum capacity of memory that you can afford. Generally, for a pre-wedding photoshoot, three memory cards of 128 GB or two memory cards of 256 GB each will be more than enough. Wedding photoshoots may require memory cards with more storage capacity. 


The reason to opt for two separate memory cards is to be safe from memory corruption and to have an uninterrupted shoot. If your memory card gets corrupted, you can retrieve the images later and continue shooting with the backup card.

  1. A wide assortment of lens


There are no perfect images without perfect lenses. It is always better to carry all the available lenses in your arsenal to avoid questions like this.  


“What if I had brought my 24mm f 2.8 or the 35mm f 1.8 to capture this wonderful sunset?”


The only way to get over this feeling is to carry every lens that you can get your hands-on. 

Read Krishapriya and Sanju’s wedding story here. 


Lenses that are commonly used in pre-wedding photoshoots:

  • 50mm prime lens for portraits


The 50mm lens always has its own place in every photographer’s wedding photography kit. These 50mm lenses creates excellent couple portraits or even individual portrait shots. The 50mm prime lenses have wide-open apertures that can lend a helping hand while shooting in low light conditions in a pre-wedding or post-wedding photoshoot (both indoor and outdoor.) 


Apart from these advantages, the 50mm prime lens lies right in between the wide-angle lenses and zoom lenses. Since they do not fall in the wide-angle category you will find little or negligible distortion while shooting with them. 


Portraits like these can be captured with the help of a 50mm lens. Read through Sreelakshmi and Akhil’s wedding story here

  • 35mm f 1.8 prime lens for environmental portraits 


Environmental portraits involve couples standing with a background that portrays the beauty of a specific environment. The 35 mm prime lens has a noticeable amount of distortion, which can be easily corrected in post-processing. 

  • 24-70 mm f 1.8 lenses for flexibility 


There might be instances where you are having a pre-wedding photoshoot in exotic locations of Kerala, where you have to trek to remote locations. During such instances, one lens that can solve the need for two lenses is a boon. At least, it is one less lens to carry with you. 

  • 85 mm f 1.8 prime lens for close-up shots 


This lens is a luxury that some photographers overlook. 


“Can’t you shoot without the 85 mm prime?”


Yes, you can have a wonderful wedding photoshoot without the 85mm prime and have a hard disk full of beautiful images. 


“Will an 85 mm prime lens make a difference in the images?”


Yes, they certainly will. The wonderful bokeh (the blurry background you get while shooting) with a wide-open aperture of f 1.8 or f 2.8 is a gift that you would not want to miss out. 

  • 70-200 mm or 70-300 mm telephoto lenses


Either one of these lenses are a staple in every wedding photographer’s kit. These telephoto lenses help you take photos from a distance and still capture the couple’s emotions. Some couples may find it awkward when you are too close to them. With these versatile lenses, you can capture close-up portraits without making them feel uncomfortable. 


These rituals or candid moments can be captured from a distance with the help of a 70-200mm lens. Read through Anjana and Prateek’s wedding story here

  • Macro lenses for variety


Macro lenses make a huge impact in wedding photography. They are extensively used to capture jewellery, makeup, and eye-shots in a wedding. The same can be done with the macro lenses in a pre-wedding photoshoot, wedding or a post-wedding photoshoot. 

  1. TTL Flash


Flashes cannot be left out while packing for any wedding photoshoot. The flashes with TTL (Through The Lens) capability reduces your effort significantly while on the field. You may want to carry a pair of extra off-camera flashes with triggers to illuminate the background and the subject at the same time. 

  1. Diffusers and reflectors 


Diffusers and reflectors have a lot of significance when you are shooting both indoors or outdoors. 


The reflector is used to bounce off the flash or even sunlight onto the face of the subject to avoid shadows under the eyes and harsh shadows. There are reflectors with multiple colours that add a pop of colour to your image. 


Diffusers are used to diffuse light that is coming off a flash. The reason to diffuse the light is to avoid harsh light hitting the subject directly, which may create hard shadows. Bigger diffusers are used in some cases to diffuse the light and spread it evenly so that it becomes soft light and lights up the subject evenly. 

  1. Tripods and Monopods 


Tripods and monopods come in handy, especially when shooting in low-light conditions. These instruments reduce the camera shake and provide stability to the camera. Tripods for flashes are essential when you don't have your full crew for shooting. 

  1. Gimbal for cinematic videos


It is nearly impossible to record a handheld video without any shake. This is where gimbals come in and save the day. Gimbals have been crowd favourites since their inception and now it is not that hard to get your hands on a 3-axis stabilization gimbal. These gimbals help you create a cinematic wedding video that couples and their families would fall in love with. 

  1. Drones for aerial shots


Aerial shots for videos and photos will set your social media with fire (with likes!) Pre-wedding shoots actively involve drone shots in a beach, landscape, or even architecture. Even wedding venues and the guest size can be captured extensively with these advanced drones. 


Photography is an expensive art. All these equipment may cost a bit too much but still, they are worth every penny. Photographers put their heart and soul into every frame that they capture and this reflects in the albums they produce. 


Finding a photographer to capture the priceless moments of your wedding is now easy with MatrimonyBazaar. With our WeddingAssist platform, we bring trusted and verified photographers across geographies to your fingertips.  


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