Something different in a wedding shot?

by richard on November 17, 2010

candid wedding 200x300 Something different in a wedding shot?

I was thinking about creating my latest post, and thought about all the things I am currently doing, and what might be interesting. On Sunday, I am shooting what should be a great wedding – relaxed, on the beach, not too big. I thought a few tips on taking photographs at weddings for people interested in photography might be interesting.

I did a quick check on Google to see what might be out there, and low and behold I found a great list right off the bat. As I went through this guy’s comments, each and every one was relevant, and things I think about when shooting a wedding. Rather than simply reproduce them under my own words, I’d rather give credit to this author, so I have created a link to Darren Rowse’s site.


My aim, though, was not to provide information that would instantly make anyone with a camera a great wedding photographer, but rather if you are there and wanted to take some nice shots, what should you be thinking about. I suggest remembering that unless you are the main photographer you won’t need to, or be asked to, take lots of shots. Indeed, you should let the hired photographer get his shots in by respecting his space. That said, most are very happy to let you take shots of certain set ups, and capture the important people of the day. Just remember though that there are expectations for the professional’s shots, and maybe not on yours, so let them get what they need first!

The really great thing you can do that sometimes the hired photographer can’t, is explore some great angles and candid shots of the wedding party and guests. It’s a great opportunity to get some natural shots when people aren’t focused on you. Try standing off to the side when the bride and groom are having their photos taken – different angles can often deliver extraordinary pictures. This is really relevant for those that just have point and shoot cameras – you need to look for something a little bit different to make your pictures interesting when compared to shots taken with SLR’s (well most shots anyway!).

Consider lighting and backgrounds as discussed in my previous posts. Zoom in your point and shoot to get some nice close ups, and hold the camera still!

Wandering around a wedding looking for interesting pics can be a lot of fun – and isn’t that what a wedding is supposed to be?

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