Digital cameras offer users and professionals a mostly infallible method of capturing scores of images during a wedding day. Sadly there are a many common mistakes that mean a photographer misses great opportunities or gets into difficulty when using their cameras for photographing a wedding.
Below are seven tips to use when planning any sort of digital wedding photography, and while some are “common sense” they have made the list because they are often issues that are simply overlooked.
1. Remember to bring a backup battery – while this may seem obvious the sad fact is that many amateur or first time photographers forget how quickly their camera’s battery can fade while taking photo after photo. This is exceptionally true for photographers who need to use their LCD screen to compose and review their images. If at all possible take spare batteries that are fully charged and keep them with you at all times!
2. Shut Up – there is no bride, groom, wedding party or guest who wants to hear distracting “beeps” or “boops” while trying to enjoy the ceremony. While many weddings will not allow flash photography, a thoughtful photographer could use ambient lighting along with their camera’s settings to get good pictures of the ceremony, but even without using the flash they may still be annoying if the camera is making noises.
3. Going RAW – if your camera allows RAW, it can be a brilliant way to get some of the best digital wedding shots. This setting requires a significant amount of memory, but it provides much more flexibility and can make the difference between a few great photos of the cellebration and none at all!
4. Continuous shooting – digital wedding photography requires that many pictures are taken quite quickly and the refresh time on many cameras is just too slow for the speed required. If you are able, it’s advisable to set the camera to “continuous” mode.
5. Use that zoom – one of the most wonderful things about digital wedding photography is that the equipment is often small and yet loaded with amazing capabilities. As an example, a photographer can catch the tiny details, such as rings, intimate moments and even the flowers with the powerful zoom lenses available with most cameras.
6. Have a spare? – most digital wedding photography really asks a lot of the flash, battery and memory of the camera. If a photographer has additional memory cards, batteries or a backup camera it is a great idea to bring it all to such an important event as a wedding.
7. Understand the flash – during those times when flash photography is acceptable, an image can be enhanced by the use of “flash fill” and digital wedding photography allows this to be easily done. The camera can detect, even in the noon sun if the image will be better if using a flash, and this should be used to make sure you get the best images.
Using these seven tips and tricks, digital wedding photography is almost ensured to be a complete success!
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