Monday, 3 February 2014

Top 10 Tips to Photograph a Friend’s Intimate Wedding

Top 10 Tips to Photograph a Friend’s Intimate Wedding

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Top 10 Tips to Photograph a Friend’s Intimate Wedding

Posted: 02 Feb 2014 05:19 PM PST

Due to the very nature of the wedding, whatever you do will be magnified so my first tip is to…

tips for wedding photos

Photo captured by Nikolai Zlobin (Click Image to See More From Nikolai Zlobin)

1.Tread Lightly ~ Don’t impose your personality on the day everything even your opinions should always be in deference to the bride and groom and when diplomacy fails humor usually works.

2. Expectations ~ Find out from the bride and groom what is expected of you and if necessary get them to tear out pages from magazines showing you the pictures that they like. Choose a style you are comfortable with and let them know that’s what you are happy to reproduce. It’s unfair to expect David Bailey, unless of course you happen to be David Bailey in which case you wouldn’t be reading this, and you produce something akin to a holiday snap if they know what to expect then it saves on hurt feelings later on.

3. Gain an understanding ~ of what happens at a wedding and when. e.g. the legal necessities and also because there are points throughout the service/ceremony which are considered disrespectful if you photograph them. You may also be called upon to act as interim wedding co-coordinator so you need to have an idea of what happens next.

4. Preparation ~ This is a once in a lifetime event and can’t be repeated so challenge yourself with your photography PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Know your camera inside and out, should your camera fail at a crucial moment then you need to know what to do next, yes I’m afraid the buck really does stop with you. Practice!

5. Back Up ~ Yes literally! please take a spare camera with you! Should yours fail then you need have one waiting in the wings! Flash cards: use small denominations if one fails then you haven’t lost a great deal of imagery I normally carry plenty of 4GB cards with me. As soon as you can upload the images that you have taken to a laptop or portable hard drive then you know that they are safe!

6. Familarize ~ Yourself with the inner circle you should have the advantage here but if you don’t find out who the chief bridesmaid and best man are, try and be on first name terms with both should you need anything you need to be able to ask them.

7. Timings ~ What time is the bride getting ready would she like some prep shots, how long does it take to get to the venue, you need to allow yourself plenty of time, what time is the groom getting ready and do you need to take photographs of that. How long to get between the two. As you can’t be in two places at once get someone to drive you between the bride and groom or alternatively delegate the photographs to one of the groomsmen.

8. Where ~ yes you guessed it where you have to be and when. Make a list next to the timings:

  • Bride Prep – Address on the Day – Time to be there
  • Groom Prep – Address on the Day – Time to be there
  • Ceremony Venue Time to be there, a postcode is not enough you should have this address memorized for the day.
  • Make yourself known to the Officiant/Registrar/Priest/Vicar/Rabbi on the day they may look to advise that they have set up a photograph for you and will be looking to take their queues from you. They may also have strict rules about what you can and can’t photograph, if needs be negotiate but don’t get bogged down in it. Hint No-one likes being blinded by flash.
photographing a friends wedding

“feeling” captured by Alyona Arnautova (Click Image to See More From Alyona Arnautova)

9. Presentation ~ Once you have all the images together burn them to disk for the bride and grooms return from honeymoon, Please don’t under any circumstances be tempted to put them all up on Facebook in the race to get the images out there first.

10. Enjoy It ~ You never know this could be the start of a wonderful new career.

Good Luck

About the Author
Photo written by Orly Lydon.

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Interesting Photo Of The Day: School in Session, Afghanistan

Posted: 02 Feb 2014 02:29 PM PST

The image below may not be quite what you expected–or, at least hoped–it to be, but it is a reality for many families and children living in Afghanistan. The young kids are faced with many obstacles to overcome just to get an education–something which is a right in most other parts of the world. Having to navigate their way through active mine fields on a daily basis to attend school, which just so happens to be in the middle of an expansive dirt and sand field, becoming educated in Afghanistan can be a life and death situation:

Afghani children often walk several kilometers a day, sometimes through minefields and other hazards, to acquire an education. (Via Imgur, click for larger size)

The photographer, Noorullah Shirzada, says he often rides a motorbike around the area to find interesting things to photograph. On this day he was expecting to photograph the children laboring in a nearby brick factory, but the gathering of school children caught his eye and went to investigate.

“I introduced myself to the teacher and got permission to take some photographs. Over about one hour, I took more than 20 pictures from different angles of this scene…Perhaps the best one is when I got up on some higher ground and got a good angle down onto the children with the smoking chimney in the background. The composition of the shot is unusual, and the colour of the children’s clothes is striking. One girl sitting in the front corner of the group is wearing bright orange, which is very strong. The teacher said the girls are seated at the front to encourage them to answer questions and be more involved, as otherwise they are quite shy.”

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Lighting NHL Jerseys for a Commercial Photo Shoot (Video)

Posted: 02 Feb 2014 12:06 PM PST

Photographing NHL jerseys may sound like a dream gig to some. But when photographer Eric Levin was contacted to do a shoot for Reebok, he learned that this kind of shoot is both highly technical and nerve wrecking. In the following behind the scenes video, you are invited to join Levin as he walks through the approach he took to tackle the job:

One of the trickiest parts of photographing the different hockey jerseys was ensuring that the lighting remained consistent throughout the shoot. Since each of the jerseys was a different color and design, the task proved to be rather difficult. Here is a lighting diagram of the setup Levin worked out and used for the series:


After setting up the softbox and adding a Photoflex grid for a fill light, Levin quickly added two hair lights behind the model and a strong directional light across the front of the jersey. Using a Nikon D800 outfitted with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens, Levin went to work.



Even zoomed in and cropped out, you can see the lighting setup created a dramatic look in the photos, which works well with this style of commercial sports photography. The images turned out great, the client was happy, and, despite its occasional tediousness, everyone had a good time on set.

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