- 11 Prized Tips For Wedding Day Photography
- Athlete Portrait Photography Techniques (Video)
- Attaching a Camera to a Remote Control Car for Dangerous Shots (Video)
Posted: 14 Jan 2014 04:50 PM PST
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When diving headfirst into shooting a wedding, being prepared beforehand is extremely important. You wouldn’t fly a plane without doing proper preparation beforehand, right?
1) Build a bond with the couple
So it goes if you go into shooting a wedding without knowing the style of the couple and making them aware of your personal style as a photographer.
Get everything into the clear at the forefront. This way, there will be no surprises along the way and the couple will confidently put their trust in YOU to capture their wedding day pictures.
2) Preview the wedding and reception venue
A prepared photographer will make sure to know where it is they will be shooting wedding pictures and reception photos. It helps to know what the location looks like before you shoot there so that you not only bring the right camera equipment, but are able to brainstorm and consider different shots before the actual wedding day begins.
3) Assemble a wedding photography shot list
There are typically traditional pictures that every couple wishes to have taken on their wedding day. A simple Google search of “wedding photography shot list” will bring up a slew of different websites listing the must-have pictures taken during the course of the wedding day. It’s also a good idea to ask the couple if there are any special or creative shots they might like. Unless you have a killer memory, say that of an elephant, it would probably be a good idea to print out a list of each photo you want to take. Check them off as you go to make sure you don’t miss one. These wedding pictures cannot be recreated, so make sure to get them all!
4) Appoint a DR (Designated Relative)
It is no secret that a wedding day equals pure insanity. There are family members running around everywhere, taking care of last minute details, and quite often, finding something to drink (and this many times involves alcohol!). Because it is so difficult for you, a person not related to the family, to track down each relative for the family photo, designate ONE person to do this job. Make sure it is someone who is authoritative, knowledgeable, and better yet, sober.
5) 2nd photographer equals 2nd camera equals more pictures
Many wedding photographers offer to provide two photographers for the day of the wedding. This helps to capture shots you may not have seen or may not be in a place to shoot. During the wedding ceremony, there is only so much time to take pictures. Your two feet also only move so quickly. If you can afford to hire a second photographer, just do it. It alleviate some stress on you getting all the pictures you want to get and will also give you some security knowing you have two sets of pictures to go through after the wedding day is over.
6) Shoot in RAW
Although RAW files take up much more memory space than jpeg files do, as the photographer, you have the liberty to manipulate what the image will look like afterwards much more than with a jpeg. Balancing your exposure and the brightness when shooting in RAW will allow for much more detail to be present after the editing process.
7) Confident vs. Cocky
Because time is of the essence during the wedding day, it is up to you to make sure you move as quickly and as frequently as necessary to get the shots you want. Sometimes you will be in people’s way, others you won’t. Make sure you know when is appropriate. During the ceremony, if the couple is okay with it, jump right up front and take those photos. While shooting family pictures, be assertive and give direction. However, know when there is time to lay back and take a moment to breathe. It’s all about timing.
8} Employ a fill flash
When shooting a wedding, your subject is the most important thing in your camera lens. Because there are often shadows cast on the subjects (especially during midday and outdoor shoots), using a fill flash can help to increase contrast and make your subject pop out from the background. It places more emphasis on what is being photographed.
9) Catch an entire group photo
A quick and easy way to document most everyone who attended the wedding is to take an entire group photo. Because the guest list and wedding party might be large, finding a location high above will often help to capture every person’s face. You can get atop of a balcony or even say, the choir area of a church, gather everyone below, and take a few quick shots of the group looking up at you. The key is to get everyone in the shot and make it quick (and painless).
10) Set to continuous shooting mode
Also known as “burst mode,” this format of shooting helps to catch the moment of relaxation of the subject. The most personality usually comes out of a person after they have stopped actually posing for the camera. So shooting in this mode might get a couple laughing at each other, making crazy faces across the room, or even a person deep in thought, after the initial “posed” picture has been taken.
11) Be flexible and enjoy the day
There are always going to be things that seem to go “wrong” during a wedding day photo session. Someone may lose the ring, a bridesmaid may trip down the isle, it could even being to downpour during the middle of a ceremony. The thing is to be prepared for these type of “mishaps!” After all, it is just LIFE. And usually, the unexpected in life makes for the best pictures! They’ll create memories that are only specific to that couple’s special wedding day and you are the lucky photographer that caught it. Have fun in the unexpected and make the best of everything you shoot! Keep smiling and they will too.
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Posted: 14 Jan 2014 02:17 PM PST
When it comes to photographing athletes, the sport itself provides much of the excitement in the final image. But, what about when not taking action shots?
In this behind the scenes photoshoot with Matt Barnes, we get a look at how he creates action, like natural snowfall, while he shoots some of Red Bull’s biggest winter athletes:
Red Bull gave Matt the freedom to do pretty much what he wanted with the athletes and images, so he came up with three different sets to capture the athletes:
1. The Hero Image – With the athlete set against a winter backdrop and blowing snow and smoke.
2. Simple Images on White – Stripping away everything but the athlete.
3. Slick and On Black – Sporty looking; epic but simple.
All in all, a great day and a great photoshoot. It has to be super fulfilling when not only are you happy with the final images, but your models are impressed and happy to be a part of your work!
Posted: 14 Jan 2014 01:11 PM PST
When you’re serious about getting totally unique photos, sometimes you need to think outside of the box and try some techniques or equipment that no one else has thought of. Finding new uses for different technologies is a great place to start, just like photographer Steve Winter does in this video. By combining a camera with a remote control car, he’s able to get shots from an incredibly short distance; as we see, this allows him to get up close and personal with a wild tiger – an opportunity which results in a series of pictures with a completely unique perspective that few, if any, have achieved before:
To be fair, Winter didn’t invent or build this RC contraption. It had been hanging around at the Nat Geo office for a while; he only recognized its useful application. By doing so, though, he was able to create intimate images of an elusive and very dangerous animal, the likes of which have hardly been seen before. Most of the wildlife images we see every day are taken from a great distance with a very long lens, and while some photographers are so bold as to get closer with a mid-range focal length, using a lens as wide as this one to photograph deadly predators would typically be just a step away from suicide.
Through technology, however, Winter removes the danger and manages to get the camera close enough to the tiger to grab these sprawling environmental shots that emphasize the tiger’s power and position while also shrinking its appearance, making it appear strangely small and vulnerable.
While we wouldn’t suggest venturing through the jungle in search for potentially fatal subjects, this technique could be tried at home in a variety of ways. A good Joby Gorillapod will allow you to mount a camera on any remote control device that will hold its weight without tipping (compact and mirrorless cameras are best for this).
To fire the camera, it would need to either have a remote shutter release (the Canon G16, for example, can be controlled via smartphone or tablet) or a built-in intervalometer that is set to take a photo every so many seconds. Mechanizing the tilt of the lens would take some serious engineering, but with a wide angle lens, setting the camera at a constant height can still provide extremely interesting results – this is evidenced by the shots that Winter gets in the video, despite having a malfunctioning robot.
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