Everyone is an amateur before learning something professionally. It’s not a straight jump onto the last plank of a ladder but a gradual process which requires patience. Maybe some tips can add to the skills but only if you try and apply them. Spot on application is never real and that’s where the problem exists. Almost every beginner photographer asks the pros some questions about wedding photography in Toronto or anywhere in the world. It’s not always the technical tips that work but some general ones which leave a better impact.
Leaving the technical aspects aside, these are a few general tips for an amateur photographer.
Create a list for shots to be captured
Communicate with couples and find that list with their recommendations. Go through the list just before the day and during the final shots. The couple knows better about whom and when to take a shot. Adding it to the skills you have on how to take that shot makes it a combination. There’s nothing worse than not taking the photographs of one of the main people present at a wedding function.
Survey the location
It’s a good idea to visit the location before the actual day of shooting. Most professionals don’t believe in such things but as an amateur, but believe me, it really helps. Obviously, it helps to know where you are activity visiting or what prominent locations would look good on camera.
Prior preparation is the key
There is a lot that can go wrong on the D-day. In fact, as an amateur, you’re bound to make a mistake after every shot. For every 1 chance of getting everything right, there are 3 chances of ruining it. Prior separation means to have backup plans, fully charged batteries, blank memory cards, outlining the time and routes, meeting with people and listening to their preferences and a lot more.
Try to set a standard with the couple
No doubt, you have your own standard of photography but a couple always expects their photographer to be well equipped with all the necessities during the function. Try to convey to them what exactly you have to offer. Try to correspond with their wants and requirements. This helps you and them to reach the final price to be charged.
Shoot the smallest of details
Do you know what everybody wants to see in a photograph? The most minute of the details are noticeable and in fact, it is the first thing they see. Dresses and their backs, table settings, floral decorations, shoes, neatness, menus etc. are all very keenly observed by everyone not only on the day but also during the album watching session. The difference between a beginner and the best wedding photographers in Toronto will certainly be the way they capture these small details.
Consider an assistant
It’s a great strategy for a backup as well as for helping yourself during excess load. He will not only help shorten the travel but also take the place of a second photographer if required. One photographer can take care of the formal shots and other for the candid shots. It takes loads of pressure off from the primary photographer.
Create a balance between boldness and obtrusiveness
Sometimes being soft doesn’t help and you need to be bold enough to capture a shot in difficult situations. The timing in a photograph is almost everything and to get it perfect, you need to be bold enough. Just make sure that the event is not disrupted. Sometimes moments are not synced with songs and the perfect shot misses out. The balance means to not infuriate someone and still capturing the moment precisely.
Learn to play with lights
The diffusion and bouncing back of flash is one of the most important functions. There are situations when the light is low and sometimes it is too much (where everyone just looks plain white). First, learn to change the settings on the camera and then play with the angles on the spot. It needs better comprehension skills which you attain gradually.
Now that you have got the basics in your notebook, just have fun. If you have chosen a wedding as your career option, it should be your vocation.