If you want to learn wedding photography you are in for a treat. If you can manage to shoot some great images – the couple will remember you and be grateful forever!
Of course, while weddings are a lot of fun and are very emotional days, they can be extremely stressful for the photographer! Fortunately, if you do it right, you can minimize the stress and you’ll create some of the most exciting images you could ever imagine.
While this website is primarily devoted to amateur photographers and beginner’s photography, there is no reason why you can’t shoot images that are as stunning as the ones by the top pros… it isn’t that difficult.
In fact, most so called “professional” wedding photographers are just plain BAD! Some of the horror stories I’ve heard would blow your mind.
We all know about the scam artists that take the couples money and disappear – never showing up at the wedding at all. We’ve also heard about photographers using the wrong settings on their cameras and not getting ANY useable prints! Fortunately with the death of film and the birth of digital, this problem has pretty much disappeared. But, here are a couple stories you may not have heard…
I once heard about a so called “pro” that showed up at the wedding in a t-shirt, shorts and sneakers! Then, during the ceremony, he dropped a lens and could be heard – throughout the church – swearing at the top of his lungs!
He totally destroyed the ceremony.
I also once heard about a photographer who wanted to get an unusual shot of the bride and groom putting the rings on each other’s fingers. Ok, we all want that, so what is the problem? Well, to get a unique angle for his shot, he walked up to the front of the church (during the ceremony) and lying on his back, he scooted between the bride and groom and lying at the preacher’s feet, he was shooting UP at the exchange of rings. Again…
He totally destroyed the ceremony.
I say all this to stress that just because you don’t make your living with photography, it doesn’t mean you can’t do a respectable and professional job. Just because this site is mostly devoted to photography for beginners, I’m convinced you will learn to do a highly respectable job. Certainly you can’t do worse than what some of the “pros” are paid thousands of dollars to do.
So, while shooting a wedding can be a stressful thing, this website is going to become your beginner’s guide to photography and will help you when your friends ask you to “take a few shots” of their wedding. There will be dozens if not hundreds of wedding photography articles and videos and I’ll be adding more every day. Just check the wedding photography category in the sidebar for a link to the various articles.
Most beginner’s photography courses and photography books for beginners will start out by talking about f-stops, shutter speeds and lenses – but I think the place to start is by learning what shots to take! There are dozens of key moments before, during and after a wedding and if you don’t know what they are, you will not capture them!
Here is a book I highly recommend you get as a starter…
It covers what shots to take, not how to take them. It’s an invaluable resource.
Next once you know what shots to take, you will want to start learning the various photo techniques that will get you the stunning shots you are after. By the way, don’t forget to shoot some black and white shots and some more formalized portraits of the bride and groom (and their families).
If you want some help, there are also categories on how to learn black and white photography and how to master portrait photography, just check the categories in the sidebar.
Check out a bunch of the wedding photography articles and videos and in no time you will be shooting like a pro!