Wedding Photography Techniques to help you have fun and have good photos

Our wedding photography techniques are little secrets to help make things go easier – so you can enjoy your day and still have images that “capture the moment”.

Today’s brides want a far more relaxed and casual feel to their images. This compares to earlier times when the emphasis was on staged group portraits.

True, many will want some family groups and these photographs should fit into a well-balanced wedding portfolio.
You could, of course, go to the opposite extreme and have NO family or group photographs.

This is often the case with true reportage photography where the photographers brief is to capture the day as it happens.

At first sight this may appear an extremely attractive option but in practice could result in a portfolio, which omits many of the key personalities.

Woe betides the photographer who hasn’t included Mum in all her finery!

How to have relaxed family photographs without standing around for ages
One point which always crops up, is how long the guests are kept waiting by the photographer.

Ages!
It can seem an eternity for the photographer to complete the shot list. But, why, is this? Well, the reasons are many but a lot of the blame is unjustly, in my view placed upon the photographer.

The photographer is contractually bound to take ALL the photographs on the list at some stage of the wedding.

There are lots of reasons for the delays, some people nominated for a particular group may be unavailable or need to be coerced to attend.

Group photos at the ceremony can usually be completed very quickly as the photographer will have a “captive audience.

Guests will be in situ and easily invited when their turn comes. That same list left to the reception venue can take 50% longer to complete.

This presupposes that the ceremony venue is a suitable place for the photographs.

It may not be particularly picturesque or desirable from the couple’s point of view. If a second venue (reception) is to be used, more time will be needed to allow the guests to find their way there.

Guests have been known to lose their way between the ceremony and reception venues!
Most couples these days are looking for a far more spontaneous approach to their wedding day and their photographs should reflect this. So how do you do this?

Here’s a few tips.

Take fewer groups photographs and don’t do them all at one time.

Check out which members of the family must be included. The family can be photographed, either before or after the ceremony, be it a church or civil ceremony.

Before the ceremony, photograph the bride and her immediate family and then (out of sight of the bride) the groom and his family.

At a stroke, we have cut in half the list that would have been traditionally photographed after the ceremony.
This, of course, leaves fewer groups to be photographed when all the guests are standing around with nothing to do.
They’ll get to the reception and a glass of bubbly lot quicker and thank you for it!

If you are having a lot of group shots, an assistant, preferably someone who knows the family, can be very helpful in speeding up the process.

Cutting down the number of groups (and when they are photographed) allows you to have more fun. It allows the wedding to proceed seamlessly.

There is far more spontaneity.

You, your guests and photographers will probably enjoy themselves a lot more. You�ll be able to mingle with your family and guests, which should provide many more opportunities for the photographer to capture the mood of the day.

Receiving Lines

One aspect of weddings that is guaranteed to have your guest standing around for ages is the “receiving line”.
Usually it takes place at the reception on the way into the meal. Sometimes and it is usually unintentional the couple greet their guests out of the ceremony.

This will cause a real bottleneck, as people are unable to exit the church or ceremony room. It may be that you want to greet people right after the ceremony.
It’s ½s your show but it can be very time consuming.

A formal receiving line will need approximately half a minute per guest, which for 100 guests adds up to 50 minutes standing in one position exchanging greetings.

It is, of course, for you (and sometimes your parents) to decide how you wish to spend your time.This is definitely a point to consider.

If your goal is to get a good collection of relaxed spontaneous photographs, receiving lines are not good for this. It is difficult for the photographer to have an unrestricted view of people without guests inadvertently jumping into frame!

The time spent in a receiving line might be better spent chatting with your guests and would almost certainly result in a more interesting coverage of your day.

That pretty much covers the family groups except to mention the photographer.

The photographer

Try and find someone capable of switching between the two distinct photography styles, i.e., relaxed family groups and spontaneous unposed reportage shots.

It takes personality to gather the correct people, chat with them in a friendly positive manner and most importantly, produce pleasing images of everyone with all with their eyes open!

Look for someone with a tactful manner, a sense of humor, who can put people at their ease and help them to enjoy the day.

I always think of weddings as one GREAT BIG party.

It’s great being asked to photograph a really important day.
Ask yourself would you invite the photographer as a guest? Follow your gut reaction and choose accordingly.
However, It’s a fact. Not everyone can photograph weddings effectively.

TOP photo sites in Venice (Part 2)

PIAZZA SAN MARCO – SAN MARCO SQUARE

GENERAL KEY POINTS FOR TAKING SUCCESSFUL PICTURES IN SAN MARCO SQUARE:
• Choose the right time of the day; lighting and illumination of the square and its surroundings is always changing.
• If you want a picture without people, then get up early! You will be surprised at how many photographers you will meet on the way. Be sure to include famous Venice landmarks in your foreground or the middle ground composition element.
• In case of rain or flooding, use water as your reflection surface to capture unusual pictures of places
• The best time for taking amazing pictures is during the sunrise (the whole square is illuminated)
• Be patient and wait to get a clean composition for your photo
• For some panoramic pictures of Venice, go to San Marco Tower

Positions and description

Position to take picture of:
1) San Marco Square – wide view of whole square
2) St. Marco Cathedral – front view & famous clock with horses
3) Panorama view of Venice – San Marco Tower
4) Doge’s or Dukkati palace
5) River bank of San Marco Square with famous Gondolas & Venice church in behind
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San Marco Square and the surrounding area is one of the most iconic places in Venice, recommends famous Eleventy Traveler Blog. It’s hard to find a postcard from Venice without a shot of San Marco Square, or at least some type of detail shot from this location. Some general advice is to watch for the light. Try to be there at sunrise or at least during sunset. Sunrise is preferable over sunset, because the whole square receives perfect morning light. During sunsets, most of the square is filled with hard shadows. Sunrise is also the best time if you want to take a photo without people in it.

On the square, you will find many of the iconic buildings and details that Venice is famous for, so be patient and walk around to find new ideas for your photos. Don’t forget to include some of the typical elements as your foreground, middle ground, or even background composition elements. If you combine morning or evening light with San Marco Square, you will be sure to capture some AMAZING pictures.

How to take photo on each of defined location:

Use a wide lens, as the square is at least 200m in width and the building (San Marco Tower) is more than 100m tall.

If you want to include people, then use an aperture setting of F-8 or F-12 and focus 1/3 from your focus point to get everything in focus and still maintain a sharp image.

Use a tripod and a long shutter speed (30s+) to remove people from your pictures, or take multiple pictures and combine them in post-processing.

We also recommend that you use “normal” lenses, starting from 35mm upwards. With 35mm range you will not be able to capture the whole square, but you will be able to keep perspective and show the Cathedral at its proper size.

From this position, you can also capture the building arches that surround the square as your framing tool.

Get there early for less of a crowd or no crowd at all.

Equipment:

Wide lens recommendation

Tele lenses for detail shots

Bring a tripod if you want to remove people or take pictures in a low light situation.

Use ND filters if you want to manage the difference in shadow and open lightening

Priceless Photography Techniques

These photography techniques will save you a lot of time. Experience is the best teacher but being able to get a jump ahead is priceless.

Different techniques can be applied to the different types of photography. You may be interested in night photography or perhaps macro photography.

Those subjects will be covered here, and many more.

Don’t try to take in too much all at once. Pick a favorite and spend the time studying and practicing them.

You will find that many of the photography techniques can be applied to all or most of the photography that you wish to do. However there are some that are best suited to specific situations.

When studying these techniques remember that they are guidelines. Do not consider them as hard and fast rules. To be artistic with your photography you must be willing to bend or break them. Try everything that you can think of and take a lot of photos.

Remember that when you take a lot of photos there will be some that you are not very happy with. Don’t delete these you may be able to turn them into real works of art by enhancing them.

Now the first technique we are going to take a look at is photographing waterfalls.

Waterfalls are great subjects and you will end up with some stunning photos. The action of the flowing water set against its stationary background will draw the interest of viewers by giving the photo a sense of dimension.

Shooting at night can produce some of your best photography. The contrast between the subject and background can be subtle or very dramatic. Once again be prepared to take lots of shots.

If you would like to pursue the concept of contrast there is one technique that you simply must try. Contrast, textures and shapes are what this technique is all about.

Considered as old fashioned by some it really is a very artistic form of photography and may surprise you with how powerful your photos turn out.

If you have been unhappy with previous results or if you have not considered this technique yet check out these great tips by clicking on the link above. You will be quite pleased with the dramatic, emotional results you can achieve.

From the dramatic we will move along to the just plain fun.

Macro photography is all about having fun by displaying your subject as larger than life. There are a number of concerns to overcome and special equipment to consider. So follow along with these tips and get a big head start on this fun technique.

No matter which season we are enjoying there are always plenty of opportunities for photography. The trickiest of the four seasons though would have to be winter. Now when I speak about winter I mean ice and snow and very cold temperatures. I realize that not all areas of our little planet enjoy this combination during their winter but if you live in an area that does, then you will find these photography techniques invaluable.