6 Ways to Improve Your Digital Wedding Photography
If you are fairly new to the arena of digital wedding photography, you have probably already realized that there is always room for improvement. Digital wedding photographers seem to fall into one of two categories; those who intend to follow the career path and study for it, and those who fall into it by having a naturally keen eye and start shooting weddings as favors to friends and family. Whatever category you fall into, striving for improvement should be a commonality.
Here are 6 ways to improve your digital wedding photography:
1. Keep a Running List of Shots
The number one thing you can do to improve your digital wedding photography, if you are not already doing so, is to keep a running list of traditional shots and poses. This serves two purposes. One, keeping an actual list will help you keep track of what needs to be done based on the preference of most brides and grooms. Two, keeping a list will serve as a base for showing the couple what they will be getting in general terms. Your list should include the basic shots and poses as well as any shots or poses that you specialize in.
2. Add to Your List
Many beginning digital wedding photographers forget to even ask what shots and what family members the bride and groom want to include. Don't count on the bride and groom remembering those details when they have countless other things to think about. They are counting on you to have all the photography answers. Make suggestions and write them down; some you can even add to your running list.
3. Seek out Inspiration
The best of those in any field are consistently seeking out inspiration and are open to learning from others. This may include buying bridal magazines to look at new photo ideas or visiting the websites and blogs of other digital wedding photographers.
4. Look from a Different Perspective
Some of the most creative and unique wedding shots have come from seeing the events from a different perspective. That may mean taking some shots from down on the floor or from the top of a ladder; anything other than the normal shooting range. It also helps to have some assistance so that certain shots can be taken from more than one perspective.
5. Shoot the Majority of Your Shots in RAW
Shooting your photos in RAW will mean greater ability to fine-tune the image later. There is simply more room for handling incidentals when you shoot in RAW.
6. Be Prepared
There is no two ways to say it; a good digital wedding photographer is always prepared. That means checking the venue for lighting, especially at the time of day you know you will be shooting. It also means keeping another list. This list should include all of your supplies that will be needed as well as extras for the 'just in case' moments.
Great digital wedding photography happens with some experience, some talent and some knowledge. The memories you are providing for the wedding couple are timeless and irreplaceable, so always looking for ways to improve your work should be at the top of your list.