wedding photography tipsTag your images accordingly.

Composing a wedding photography blog can be really tough work at the end of the day. There are so many things and so many different elements that you will have to consider one way or the other and you will also need to sort things out in terms of what particular images you are including and what particular images you will be cutting out because of the fact that they may become redundant, when it all comes down to it. A good rule of thumb when you are trying to figure out a way for you to put in the images is that you will need about 30 images or so, just enough for you to be able to tell a story or bring one together without the risk of boring your audience out. You will need to remember to always tag the images that you post.

All it really takes is just a few descriptive notes and words related to the images that might be used as words to pull it up from a search. You see, the thing is that Google will be able to index your images easier when they are tagged accordingly so that in the future, if someone fires up a search that matches your tags, they will surely be redirected to your images and ultimately, your blog. That’s how powerful SEO has become and there is no reason why you should not be able to use it to your advantage.

Work on the vendor list.

You should always have a vendor list at the very bottom of your blog. Basically speaking, a vendor list is a list of product or service providers in the wedding with the live link linking towards their website right beside their name. This way, other people who might be reading your blog will have the option to check them out if, for example, they like how the flowers are set up in your pictures, then they can just scroll down and click on the florist in the vendor list. As a wedding photographer York, make it a habit to send out a notification via email informing the vendors that they have been included in your blog. It can be quite surprising how a lot of these vendors will be more than happy to return the favor and endorse or refer you as well. This is called tapping into your lists of contacts and making use of the networks that you have managed to build while covering your wedding photography gigs.

Announce the blog post on your social media.

Social media is one of the most powerful platforms out there and when it all comes down to it, also one of the best ways for you to be able to spread the word about any new contents or update on your blog. Send out a quick shoutout letting people know that you have a new wedding feature posted and traffic will start streaming through your blog. You will be able to reach out to more people than usual compared to when you are not taking advantage of social media sites.

event photography tipsDress like you belong to the event.

Apart from the fact that you will need to make sure that you are able to deliver photos that are up to par with the expectations and with the standards required by your clients during the service agreement, you will also need to make sure that you are able to dress well for the event. Make sure that you are able to blend in or at least look respectable while you are there to provide your professional event photography service. The staple dress code for event photography experts everywhere would usually be a nice pair of slacks, a nice formal or slightly formal shirt, dress shoes that look nice but are comfortable as well all the same, and then maybe a blazer or so thrown in for good measure. It is always easier for you to remedy an overly dressed outfit than for you to make up for an underdressed one so whenever you come across a decision crossroads, always go for one that leaves you better dressed when it all comes down to it. It is quite easy to just go ahead and tone it down one way or the other by removing a few items. If it is a costume party though or something that is fairly themed, then you should at least exert enough effort to actually blend in even for just a little bit.

Take photos of the event before the guests start arriving.

Event organizers spend hour upon hour and months and months on end trying to make sure that all of the other details are perfectly laid out. They will really get to appreciate the fact that you took the time to come in early before all of the guests started arriving so that you can take photos of the entire setup. The clients will also be able to appreciate the meticulous amount of detail and attention that goes into the setup and documentation of the venue in the pictures that you will deliver them by the end of the event photography shoot. A good practice would be for you to request for all of the overhead lights to be turned out. That way, you will get to have better lighting and you can pay attention to the little details. Have a wide angle view as well as macro shots included just so that there is variety at some point.

Work fast.

Do not overshoot. It may be tempting to really spend the time on the composition of the photos but the point of the matter is that the guests are there not to spend time with you but to actually attend the event at hand. As the hired Liverpool photographer, take your shots and then move on. Do not take up too much of their time. Work with the three-click rule. Take three clicks then look for another scene or another person to film. Anything more than that and your guests will already feel like you are taking too long to get their pictures taken and they will start to wonder if they are missing out on anything in the event.

wedding photography methodsTake note of the fact that wedding dresses are mainly white.

One thing that you will need to really prepare for that a lot of people are technically taking for granted in wedding photography would have to be the fact that the bridal dress is oftentimes white. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most challenging things that a London wedding photographer could ever come across with one way or the other. The issue basically stems from the fact that although what the human eye sees is a dress that is predominantly white but on the contrary, what the camera sees is a spot of bright light that has the potential to ruin the rest of the photo and should in turn be “fixed” or subdued. This will make your photo come out alright at the end of it all except for the fact that it will make the bridal dress look dull and gray and that is something that you should not allow to happen at all in any way whatsoever.

There is a simple trick to be able to fix this though and it has worked for wedding photographers time and time again. All that you will really need to do is for you to dial in some positive exposure compensation and that should more or less fix the problem right then and there. This is an interesting strategy or trick for you to keep in mind because the trend for white bridal dresses has been around for quite a long time now and it seems like it is showing no signs of stopping any time soon.

Get a second camera and second lens for the wedding photography coverage.

Wedding photography mainly operates by the rule of twos and that is something that you should always keep in mind especially when it comes to the aspect of the cameras and the lenses. There is a pretty good chance that you already have your main or primary camera because photography has been such a passion for a while now that you have decided to go ahead and take the extra step and actually pursue it as a profession. what that basically means is that your problem would have to be with the second camera and with the second shooter as well. The point of the matter is the fact that when it all comes down to it, a second camera is something that costs a lot of money and someone new to the industry of wedding photography so if it is something that you may be struggling with in the beginning, then you should save up until you are able to pool enough funds. In the meantime, you could just borrow or rent one out from friends or from places that lease cameras out whenever you have a wedding to cover.

You will also need a second shooter for your wedding photography gig.

There is a cheap way out of it. Reach out to new wedding photographers like yourself and offer to exchange services as each other’s second shooters and that should get the problem solved.

Do not buy a flimsy tripod.tripod

Wasting your money on a cheap and flimsy tripod is one of the most common mistakes that you will ever get to commit as a wedding photographer who is just trying to find his way around the extremely difficult niche of wedding photography. It is quite understandable if you want to have a cheaper solution to important things such as photography accessories but this does not mean that you can just bail out and go for a cheaper but sub standard solution. You have to keep in mind of the fact that you have already invested a lot of money in the cameras that you are now using. Pairing your cameras up with a tripod that will not be able to deliver on the support and the stability that it promises will mean that you are really putting your professional photography gear at risk over a matter of a few dollars or so. If money really is a bit of an issue, then save up until you have enough money to buy yourself a high quality tripod. In the meantime, you could just work with a borrowed or rented one instead. It will not cost you as much and at least you will have something to use even before that big tripod buy.

Do not leave your tripod behind at home.

This is another downright wrong practice and something that you should never commit as London wedding photographer. You have to remember the fact that you actually bought the tripod for a reason. You might as well make sure that you actually have enough sense to bring it along with you to actually use it. Although a tripod does take some time and effort to have to bring around with you and to set up every time you will need to use it, you will need to keep in mind that at the end of the day, it is something that can really increase the quality of the photos that you will be able to take by leaps and bounds. If the mobility aspect of things really is something that bothers you a lot one way or the other, then the best thing that you can do about this would be for you to opt for a tripod that is built for mobility or for transport instead. It will cost you a little more than the usual amount that you will have to pay for the regular tripod but at the end of the day, it is money that will end up being well paid.

Do not extend the center column first if you need elevation.

If you have a need for added height or elevation for your camera angle, do not reach out for the center column first even if that seems to be the most obvious choice. The center column is somewhat of a weak point in the tripod. If you extend it, you will be risking the stability of the entire thing and that is the last thing that you might want to do. Extend the tripod legs out instead.

commercial photography tipsPrepare all of the gear and everything else that you will ever need well ahead of time.

So you have been practicing on your photography skills as a hobby in the beginning but because of the fact that you have been doing it quite frequently, you have started to become really good at it and people are starting to notice. It will not be too surprising then if people will start walking up to you to ask if you have ever considered rendering the service in exchange for a fee. This is usually how it all starts off for people in the commercial photography scene and this may just very well happen to you as well. If you do agree to cover a commercial photography shoot, what you will need to do would be to make sure that you are more or less equipped with anything and everything that you may possibly need at some point.

Coming in unprepared will give off a notion that you are not that ready to take on this particular kind of career path and may turn clients off. You will end up getting bad press. Anyone who wants to thrive in this business knows full well that when you are only starting out in the commercial photography niche, word of mouth is the best and free kind of marketing that you will ever get to have. So prepare everything well ahead of time and make sure that you know exactly where you put things so that you do not have to end up fumbling or groping for things during the actual shoot.

Continually have your clients sign off during the commercial photography shoot

One of the most common issues that experts in commercial photography have to deal with on a daily basis is the aspect of the clients not being satisfied with the initial set of photographs that they are being shown. Every once and again, they will require you to change a few things every now and then. This can be a very frustrating process to go through with but something that you will need to suffer in silence if you want to make it in the commercial photography scene. There is one way that you can minimize this though. It usually works best if you have the client tag along with you during the actual photo shoot and constantly do some sign offs. Let them see the photos in real time and ask them if it is the look that they are going for. You can correct things right then and there and there would be absolutely no need to book another photo shoot entirely. It will save them the frustration of spelling everything out for you once all is said and done and it will save you the hassle of having to redo an entire photo shoot just because they did not like the results of the first one.

Get a contract drawn up

Make sure that you put pen to paper and actually get everything documented officially. Get a lawyer to review the document and to make sure that it is iron clad and foolproof. You will need to make sure that you are able to protect your business, above everything else.

wedding photography gearCameras

You need at least one camera and one backup camera. If you are just starting out and trying to gain traction for your wedding photography career, what you will need first and foremost would have to be a high quality camera as well as a secondary one which is also fairly high quality. Your camera is your main weapon so you need to make sure that you choose well. This is probably one of the most expensive investments that you will ever get to make so review all of the options as much as possible before you head out to make that one big purchase. This may be the kind of gear that you will be stuck with for a lot of years to come so you might as well make sure that you get something that will be worth your while one way or the other.

Tripod and light stands

You will need a tripod and a couple of light stands or so. A tripod is one of the most important accessories a wedding photographer Cardiff can ever have in his arsenal. It can really help out a lot and can provide stability and support for all of those moments where you will need to work with a low light setting one way or the other. When the sensor of the camera does not get enough amount of light to fill it, it automatically shifts the camera to night mode or night setting. The shutter speed is lowered and that can result to unnecessary camera vibrations which can really affect the quality of the photos that you are able to take one way or the other. A tripod can help hold the camera down to minimize these vibrations and generally being you better pictures. More often than not, most of the professional cameras out there involve high pixel count. What this means is that the camera needs to be absolutely stock still in order for it to perform up to its maximum potential.

Camera batteries and memory cards

You will need a whole fleet of memory cards and camera batteries. One of the most inexcusable failures in a wedding photography coverage is running out of memory space or running out of camera batteries. The reason why this is so inexcusable is because of the fact that this is something that you can prepare for and something that you can really pretty much avoid. Swipe all of your memory cards clean and make sure that you bring along more than enough than you could ever need. You also need about two extra camera batteries per camera in order for you to make sure that you never run out during the event. It is also wise to bring an AC adapter and charger along with you so you can simultaneously have the drained out batteries charged.

Camera bag

You will also need a high quality camera bag that you can fit all of your gear into as well as something that can more or less protect your stuff as well. Invest in a camera bag that is padded so that you get to protect your gear despite of any bumps or rough handling that the bag may encounter. Also try to see if you can get something that is made out of weatherproof materials that can withstand rain or extreme heat and just about anything and everything that the elements might throw at you while you are shooting.

wedding photography tipsBe as unobtrusive as you possibly can.

Wedding photography is basically all about making sure that you are able to document the most important day in the life of the bride and the groom who hired you. That means, technically speaking, capturing the pictures and being able to touch them up and deliver them is your main point of concern one way or the other. You do not have to make your presence as the official photographer Berkshire known to the rest of the other guests out there just about every other minute. As a matter of fact, the less intrusive your presence is, the better. This is the main reason why investing in a really high quality telephoto lens is one of the best investments that any newcomer in the wedding photography can ever make for his career.

A telephoto lens will technically allow you to take close up shots or photos without having the camera shoved in the faces of people all of the time. You can just scoot to the back of the room and keep a respectable amount of distance without missing out on any important shots at all. It is the perfect tool in being invisible and still making good on your promised products or shots.

Clearly spell out the things that are to be included in your wedding photography service.

The first thing that you should make sure and pretty much get out of the way is the aspect of having to manage the expectations of the bride and of the groom before you even go ahead and agree to cover the wedding photography coverage and pretty much make everything official at some point or so. You should itemize all of the things that your clients should be getting and really map things out for them. Make sure that there is no room for confusion left in between. List all of the items in black and white and make sure that the bride and the groom understand pretty much anything and everything in between.

You cannot afford any kind of confusions that may eventually lead to the clients becoming dissatisfied with your service. If you can (and it is highly advised that you do), get everything down on paper. This will give both you and your clients something tangible to hold onto and something to check out as you go along. This will help you better align you with your goals and with all of the tasks that you will need to do in order for you to be able to successfully deliver your wedding photography service in all of its entirety.

Take your time when you are taking your shots.

There is no need to overshoot. Overshooting will actually bring you more harm than good. A good rule of thumb is to keep it to a maximum of three clicks per scene and that is it. Anything more than that and it will already more or less end up becoming excessive and will make things a little too confusing for you for when you are about to go through the post shoot processing phase of the images that you were able to capture.

Get second shooterwedding photography tips

Get a second shooter to accompany you in the wedding photography gig, regardless of how the odds may add up. Believe it or not, hiring a second shooter will really be worth every penny that you put into it. It will cover the issue of needing to have a second camera on standby that will serve as your insurance in the event that something happens to your main one. It will also make things so much easier for you during the wedding event because you can focus more on the important moments of the wedding events and follow through on your list of must have shots more efficiently than you ever could compared to when you are running all over the place and at your wit’s ends about where to begin and where to finish off at the end of the day.

Get connected

It is quite understandable if you approach this issue with a little bit more caution than usual because of the fact that cash can be a bit on the down low especially if you are still starting out in the wedding photography industry but what you need to be rest assured of is the fact that there are cheaper solutions to getting a second shooter to assist you in the wedding photography gigs that you cover. Talk to the other new wedding photographers in your area and ask around if they are looking for second shooters in their wedding gigs as well. Offer to be the second shooter in their wedding events and in exchange, they could be the second shooter in your events. An exchange of service will equally benefit both parties and at no added cost. It solves the problem right then and there.

Back everything up twice

Preparation is everything when it comes to wedding photography. Work on everything twice. Invest or go ahead and buy twice the number of memory cards you need. Pack twice the amount of camera batteries that you will ever use. As the official Berkshire wedding photographer, Back up your image files twice and in two different places. Go through your editing process during the post shooting part twice as well just to make sure that there are no images whatsoever that you might have missed out on. When it comes to wedding photography, there is no such thing as being over prepared. Keep this in mind before you roll your eyes and scoff at the thought.

Keep a good enough stash of business cards.

Be ready to give them out during the wedding day event. One of the most common mistakes that wedding photographers commit is that they forget the intrinsic value of a well designed neat set of business cards. Give out your business cards to people you may come across during the wedding. As a matter of fact, even if you are not attending any particular event, it will still be best if you go ahead and have a few stashed in your planner; something that you can easily whip out in a moment’s notice. You’ll never really know when your next big client is going to show up so you might as well come prepared all of the time.

wedding photography Know your clients.

Try to talk to your clients before everything else starts. You will need to meet with them and really talk to them as thoroughly as you possibly can. Hold a meeting and go through all of the wedding photography details one way or the other. Yu need to make sure that the bride and groom know exactly what they will be getting and when. Documentary wedding photography is even harder because you are planning for something that should end up looking natural and candid. You are trying to capture the moments and plan for it before they even happen at some point. Find out what kind of theme or story line your clients are going for. Discuss important turnaround times. Discuss the must-have shot list. Discuss anything and everything that has to do about your documentary wedding photography coverage.

Move around.

If you want some variations in your shots, then moving around is definitely a requirement. Moving around will gain you access to different kinds of angles and can really help in giving your photos that documentary kind of feel once they are all collated together. Make sure that you prepare good enough shoes for this. Opt for something that is comfortable and something that can really last for a long time to make sure that you get every bang for buck value in the money that you put into it. It might be tempting to go for those high heels that look really good on your feet but you will end up being really grumpy and irritable all throughout the wedding coverage process and that is not something that you might want to go for. If it really matters a lot to you, go for something that offers both comfort and style all at the same time. At least, you do not have to compromise on anything and that will serve you just well.

Know your lenses and know how to use them.

A documentary wedding photographer needs to anticipate the moments before they happen. You need to learn a lot about your lenses. You need to know what the differences are in between the different kinds of lenses and what they are used for. Learn about what the specialties are in between lenses so that you know how you will be able to approach any shots or compose any scenes so far. Ideally, you could go for a medium zoom lens, a wide angle lens, and then a telephoto lens. Different shot effects require different lenses so arm yourself with the right technical knowledge to make sure that this is something that you will be able to pull off quite expertly.

Aim to tell a story.

Your pictures should tell a story. Try to bring in the elements that can help tell them. Take a step back and assess the composition at some point.

Pay attention to the details.

All of the itty bitty little details matter and they can really bring in that unique element in your documentary wedding photography gigs one way or the other.

newborn baby photographyThere are basically two kinds of newborn photography styles out there. They both have their own appeals, at some point. The first newborn photography style is the studio style. The photo shoot is usually set in a studio. It involves smoothly finished photos. It is also involves staged or choreographed poses. The photographer usually has total control over things and manipulates the setting in such a way that he will be able to pose the infant with different kinds of props as well as in different positions. The second newborn photography Calgary style is freer flowing and natural looking. It usually involves just letting the baby be and photographing him doing the usual things he would do on a normal and daily basis. There is a certain sentiment that comes with these two styles of photography and the best way to go would have to be being able to capture photos of the baby in both fashions.

Pay attention to details.

Sometimes, the smallest of things can hold the greatest of values for the parents and for the other people who might be looking lovingly at the photos that you have taken. Every single little finger, the slightest of laughs and the smallest of yawns are treasured greatly by the parents of the newborn baby. The newborn phase is extremely fleeting and is something that a lot of parents out there would like to immortalize in the photos that are being taken. This is something that you should keep in mind all of the time when you are photographing the baby at some point or so. Ask the parents if there are any specific details that they would like to include in the photo compositions that you take. There may be that special blanket that the grandmother painstakingly knit together for months on end. There may be that special pair of baby booties that came from an aunt abroad. There can be a whole lot of little things out there that you can include in the photos to make the composition more meaningful to the parents and that are exactly what you should be paying your attention to.

Schedule the photo shoot within the first ten days of the newborn baby’s life.

The first ten days is the most opportune time for you to get the photos taken because of the fact that the baby is asleep most of the time during this particular phase of his life. If you schedule the photo shoot any later than this, the baby will tend to become more alert and will tend to become more reactive as well. That can pose a bit of  a problem for you as a newborn photographer because of the fact that the baby will not be as cooperative as you would like him to be at some point. You will end up wasting far more time that you have set aside for it and you may not get the kind of poses and expressions that you might want.

wedding photographerGet yourself a comfortable pair of shoes.

This wedding photography tip may probably sound a bit silly, to say the least, but it is actually quite important. When you are covering the wedding event, you will be running around a lot and you will almost always be on the move. This is something that you will need to prepare for. It is probably tempting for you to dress to impress and to reach out for that towering pair of high heels but at the end of the day, that is actually something that you will greatly regret. You will need great shoes that are comfortable enough to last you for the entire day, and then some. If you want to be the wedding photographer Nottingham who is able to maintain his disposition all throughout the wedding, then you should start with extremely comfortable feet. If you can find something that is aesthetically pleasing as well, then you can throw that in as an excellent bonus.

Be careful of people who will try to undermine you during the wedding coverage.

And be rest assured that this is something that can really happen a lot. There will always be that one relative who thinks he is entitled to step in and take matters into his own hands, telling people how to pose and where to pose; but that should not be the case. You should not let that person undermine you in any way, shape or form. The best way to go about with this is for you to tell that person firmly but politely that as much as you appreciate the gesture, you would like to be able to initiate your shots in such a way that has been planned ahead of time and that you will highly appreciate it if they can step back for a bit. To assuage them, you can say something to the effect of them getting their chance to do what they want once you are done with taking your shots.

Have a list of shots that you need to make during the wedding.

This is something that you should discuss with the bride and groom in great detail. Most brides and grooms usually complain that their wedding photographer missed an extremely important moment in their wedding and now it is lost forever. That is not something that you would like to hear at all. What you should do would be to ask your clients for a list of their preferred shots. You should have at least fifteen shots or so. You should then build up on that list. Add in a few items of your own. Over time, you will see that this is something that you will be able to go about quite easily and without that much difficulty. You might not even need the actual list in the long run. But for now, for as long as you are still new in wedding photography, make sure that you get to keep the list with you as much as possible.

wedding photography tipsIf there is one thing that you would have to do when it comes to wedding photography, it would have to be the fact that you need to start blogging at some point or so. This is an absolute requirement and should be something that you should prepare for one way or the other. What you need to know and understand well ahead of time though is the fact that the blog entries are not meant for the clients whose wedding you are covering. The blog post is mainly meant for your future clients, as surprising as this may initially sound to you.

Your blog is one of the most important marketing tools that you can ever possibly get your hands on. This is usually one of the very first things that your potential clients check before they decide to go ahead and hire you for your services. Some businesses plan their marketing campaigns around advertisements, print ads and so on and so forth. In wedding photography, you plan your marketing campaigns mainly based on the way that you build up your blog posts.

A blog is a very strategic marketing tool in the way wherein it will get to drive traffic to your blog site. It can also double over as a portfolio that your clients can basically leaf through online. This is also the main platform with which you will be able to connect with other vendors in the wedding industry and get some referrals.

Create your title methodically and strategically.

There is no need for you to go fancy on it. The main formula is very simple. It requires you to put in the first names of the bride and groom, the name of the venue, and the actual location. That should be more than enough to make it the most efficient kind of title out there.

You also need to learn how to write one way or the other.

If this is something that you absolutely hate doing, then you need to brace yourself because it is not something that you can get away from. Build your content up sentence upon sentence and take your time, even if you would have to drag your feet at it. Writing is an acquired skill so if you are bad at it in the beginning, you can be rest assured of the fact that you will eventually get better at it. Just keep practicing.

Work on the way that you lay out your images.

Take a cue from the way that professional wedding photography magazines lay out their images. Do not post too many images because it will make the blog post look too busy to the point of being redundant and you will end up boring your audience. Get ideas from the website of wedding photographer Birmingham. Do not post too few of them because you want to show your readers that you are quite capable of covering a wedding from the start to the end. Do not post all your images in full size because not all images warrant to be posted in full.

wedding photographyHave a long and honest conversation with the bride and the groom

Technically speaking, put the emphasis more on the bride than the groom. Most brides are basically in charge of their own weddings and they like having a more hands on approach at some point. The best way for you to go about with this is to really get in there and take the time to talk to your clients. Have a long and serious conversation with them and really go in depth when it comes to discussing all of the details that involve the wedding or anything that has to do with the wedding at some point. There are some couples out there that actually have a belief that it may be bad luck for the bride and groom to go out and see each other before the wedding.

You need to discuss this way before the wedding because you will need at least an hour before the wedding wherein you can hold a photo shoot in between the bride and the groom. You have to make them understand that they will not really get that much of a window the moment the wedding has already started. You really need to nail the couple shoot down pat because you will not have that much of time once the wedding proceedings have actually begun.

Get a must-have shot list set in place

Make sure that it is something that you are able to deliver. Brides constantly find themselves complaining about their wedding photographers about shots that have not been made properly or moments that have been missed one way or the other. The best and simplest way for you to avoid this is to make sure that you meet with the bride and create the shoot list way before the wedding even starts. You can go ahead and attempt to bring a catalogue of old weddings that you have covered before and show her the poses and let her choose which ones make her must-have list. You can then go ahead and put in a few more items that you might think should be a part of the list as well. There should usually be around 15 shots or so on the must-have shot list. It is crucial that satisfaction is always checked out on the clients’ side because it might be your next recommendation on the line for you.

Change your lens and move to a telephoto lens

That is if you want to have a change in perspective every now and then, The bride and groom may feel just a tad bit iffy at times when you are up in their faces all the time. If you sense some kind of awkwardness or anything of the like, then it is probably high time for you to more or less start scooting to the back for a bit. A telephoto lens will let you position yourself for a comfortable enough distance and still let the bride and groom and the rest of all of the other guests in the wedding to have enough close-up photos that you need for those must-have shots. Our Newcastle wedding photographer uses this often.

tripods useA tripod is probably one of the best and wisest investments that a wedding photographer could ever make right after his camera and his lenses. This can really be a bit of a struggle for those who are starting out though because of the fact that it takes money and the money factor can be a bit of an issue for those who have not quite yet established themselves in the wedding industry just yet. If you ever come across any doubts about this, just know right off the bat that a tripod is an absolute necessity for you if you ever want to start doing the wedding photographer thing professionally. This is something that you need to know how to use though and you also need to make sure that you know the most common mistakes that come along with the use of the tripod. This way, you know just all of the things that you need to avoid and you will also be able to fix it at some point.

Extend center column

What most wedding photographers do is that they extend the center column of their tripods. Although this may be something that you may not be extremely well versed with at the beginning, what you need to understand is the fact that most tripods are actually equipped with a center column that will allow you to extend its height. It will let you shoot your images at a higher level than usual aside from using the legs of the tripod alone. If you extend the center column at some point though, you are working with a tripod that will not provide you with enough stability. A tripod is basically the most stable when the center column is not extended at some point. If you would like to be able to elevate the height, then by all means, use the legs of the tripod instead. If you have already extended the legs up to the maximum of its capacity and you still find that the height is still quite lacking, then that would be the time that you can venture into extending the center column. It should be the last possible resort.

Extend bottom part

Another common tripod mistake that most wedding photographers make is when they extend the bottom part of the legs of the tripod first. The tripod basically functions on collapsible legs. What that means is that the lower sections of the tripod are technically slimmer or thinner compared to the upper ones. If you think that you will not need the full extended height of your tripod just yet, then the smart way to go about with it is to make sure that you start with the upper section of the legs first instead of starting off with the bottom section of the legs. Extending the legs at the bottom in the beginning is not the most stable way to go and when it all comes down to it, since you are investing in a tripod to begin with, what you are looking out for is stability by all means. Try to keep this in mind the next time that you need a little bit more elevation in your camera’s height.

 

photographer maleThe only losers in the wedding photography industry are the quitters.

If this is something that you would like to start out with at some point, you have to understand right off the bat that it is not an easy journey. You will come across some major failures and rejections time and time again but if you are truly passionate about something, you should be willing to fight your way through all of it by hook or by crook. You cannot just quit because you have had enough. For as long as you have not gotten to where you would like to be in wedding photography, status-wise, then it is not the end of the road just yet. The only losers in this industry are those who quit and you will be well on your way if you cross quitting out of your list as soon as you possibly can.

The path to success in wedding photography is a long, winding, and arduous one.

This may sound as one of the most cliché of sayings but the truth of the matter is that there really is no such thing as an overnight success when it all comes down to it. Some people may give up just a little too early but what you need to understand is the fact that sometimes, it will take you years to get things going. If you have put in thousands of dollars in equipment and whatnot, you might not be getting that back anytime soon. It helps if you give yourself a little more leeway than usual, two years or so at least.

It is alright if you do not jump overboard and all in and do this full time just yet.

Sometimes, having a financial buffer can be a really great idea. If you are a bit iffy with entertaining the thought of doing your wedding photography business on a full time basis, there is a pretty good chance that your instincts may actually be quite right. The point of the matter is that this is something that you can do on the side. As a matter of fact, it will actually give you a comfortable enough financial buffers if you are able to keep a full time job while you are trying to launch this wedding photography thing.

Sometimes, the biggest breaks that you will ever get to have may come from the most unexpected of sources.

If you keep working the wheel, introducing yourself to people and telling them about what you do, updating your blog accordingly and optimizing your posts, there is a pretty good chance that something should turn up pretty soon.

The wedding photography business is basically a numbers game.

You will always get way more no’s than yes in the process. There will always be rejections and believe it or not, the rejections will always be far more than the yes. Do not take it personally though; it has nothing to do about you. It is just the way prospecting goes.