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10 Indispensable Tips and techniques for wedding photography

Want Stunning Wedding Photographs Like a Pro? Follow These Ten Simple Tips & Techniques

Lava360 would like to introduce you 10 technique that can help you in wedding photography so that you can start your career as a wedding photographer.

1. Using a longer lens

Use a longer lens instead of 50mm lens because 50mm lens help us capture very ordinary images of daily life. Using 85mm or 200mm lens type to produce beautiful portraits that 50mm lens can’t. Compression will not only satisfy your audience with less deformation features, but shooting at longer focal lengths will also create more impressive background (bokeh) and bring closer feeling to your subject . It may be more difficult to communicate with your audience while shooting at 200mm lens, but the difference will be clear and nice.

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2. Find the angle is not at eye level

Sometimes we tend to get stuck with what we see right in front of our eyes. That’s the problem, challenge yourself to find a different angle from above or below eye level to bring a new perspective to images. This technique is also used to change the objects of different heights as well as the body.In the picture below, the photographer has proposed taking the bride sitting on the ground in order to focus on the face and hair decorations while blurring the rest of her body. It makes an interesting picture than the typical bride portrait.

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3. Use removable flash

In a wedding, Speedlites never mounted on camera. Flashes rarely change a person’s face when it shines straight on, and the image in its way. Use the flash to illuminate the subject from the side, you can create both light and shadow on objects, improving their features and offers many highlights and shadows to images. It also helps us to expose the details behind to create a more dramatic landscape.

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4. Sunlight control with flash

Shooting at midday is not easy task when using natural light. But with artificial light, something as simple as a few Speedlites can reduce the intensity of the sun and darken the image to give better exposure. Using this technique, especially when you try to create portraits of surroundings that focus on the landscape. Use the Speedlites, you can conquer the sun and underexposed sky while only light shining on the object.

To create the artificial light, you should use 2-4 Speedlites left (non-diffuse) to produce light enough to overpower the sun. Keep objects closer Speedlites (one side) also helps put more light on this subject and allow us to more underexposed background for dramatic effect.

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5. Back-light

It takes time and practice to forge your eyes to be able to find the good spot of light. When you learn how to “find the light” in every situation, it will help you to take great portraits. Light is the essence of photography. Whether you are using the sun, a window, or an ordinary light bulb, the light source can be used to create beautiful light side when the light source is behind your subject. Rim light effect that creates can enhance your image size by separating your subject from behind, sketches and focus on your subject.

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6. Shadow and reflection

Learn to search for reflective surfaces will enhance your images both visually and in depth. For the shadow it is key to find a strong light source and place it behind the couple, it could be anything from the sky in a window or even a patch of light on the wall.

For reflection, trying to be creative with different types of reflective surfaces, sometimes, the best reflexes are found in unexpected places such as floors, glass, puddles, or granite wall.

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7. Shoot through objects

In wedding photography, sometimes we try to find something to put in front of the subject. Learning how to find gaps between the branches, the abstract objects, or ordinary household, everyday things will help improve your photos. Using a longer lens will help blur the objects placed in front of your main objects.

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8. Using the sun as a light source

Sunlight can also be used as a direct attention on your subject. By exposing the areas directly exposed to sunlight, the background and dark shadows around will significantly focus and lighting for your subject. Applying this technique to the different light situations to create different visual effects.

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9. Use the video light for night portraits

Video light is very useful when there is no light source is available for your subject in dark situations. The great thing about video lights is that they are a constant source of light so you can see what the image will look like in the camera. These images use LED video, providing enough energy the photographer lasted over 2 hours. They are a great alternative to the Speedlites for low light situations and quicker to adjust to the darkness situations.

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10. Use gel on Speedlites

Add gel CTO (orange) or CTB (blue) to your Speedlites will change the status of your photos. Sometimes it’s shooting in dark or blue situation, CTB will add gel will help warming the whole environment if you adjust the white balance correctly. CTO gel can also be used to simulate sunlight.

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