100 Techniques for Professional Wedding Photographers by Bill Hurter

By Bill Hurter

From taking pictures formal relatives photographs in a dimly lit church to taking pictures full of life candids at a bustling reception, this valuable reference offers a hundred assistance for dealing with the method from begin to finish—choosing the easiest gear, shooting the simplest moments on movie, and embellishing and proposing them afterwards. various pros supply beneficial recommendation for electronic marriage ceremony photography, giving technical guidance on lighting fixtures, publicity and metering, and colour administration, in addition to principles for scouting destinations, facing apprehensive brides, and photographing huge teams. plentiful time is spent at the many points of posing and lighting—for either formal and casual situations—with a watch towards bettering the potency of the shoot and the ordinary attractiveness of the resulting images.

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Choose a Portrait Length Head and Shoulders. In a head-and-shoulders portrait, all of your camera technique will be evident, so focus is critical (start with the eyes) and the lighting must be flawless. Use changes in camera height to correct any irregularities. Often, head-and-shoulders portraits are of the face alone—as in a beauty shot. In such an image, it is important to have a dynamic element, like a diagonal line, to create visual interest. This can be the line of the eyes, the tilt of the head, or the line of the shoulders.

This reduces the size of the calves, since the leg that is farther from the camera becomes more prominent. Whenever possible, have a slight space between the subject’s leg and the chair, as this will slim down the thighs and calves. 46 100 techniques for professional wedding photographers LEFT—Great posing is evident in this image by Tom Muñoz. Here are some things to look at: weight on the back foot (both); bend in the forward knee (both); hand slightly out of pocket showing cuff for good tonal separation (groom); great posture, elbow out from the body, bouquet at waist height (bride); good hands with separation between fingers (both).

The more you know about the rules of posing, and particularly the subtleties, the more you can apply to your wedding images. And the more you practice these principles, the more they will become second nature and a part of your overall technique. Giving Directions. There are a number of ways to give posing instructions. You can tell your subjects what you want them to do, you can gently move them into position, or you can demonstrate the pose. The latter is perhaps the most effective, as it breaks down barriers of self-consciousness on both sides of the camera.

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