Tips for Digital Wedding Photography
Digital wedding photography techniques are making old-fashioned techniques much easier than they once were. However there are some very important tips to bear in mind when taking digital photographs.
A wedding should be the couples' happiest day of their life so far, and it should be a start of their lives together. There are a number of tips which can make digital wedding photos much easier and less complicated to take.
Tools and Materials Needed
- Digital SLR camera
- Digital Camera Memory Card
- Various Lenses
- External Flash Gun
Step 1 - Softening Light
You will be able to get the best results for wedding photography if you use soft lighting. Using diffused light will make your photos a much higher quality because you are helping to reduce the chances of shadows in your photo. If you use direct light which is typically too harsh, this will create shadows that don't look attractive. Most wedding day portraits are taken by using soft lighting.
Step 2 - How to Soften Light
There are a few different ways to soften the light you use for your photos. If you are using an external flash gun then you can either fit a diffuser, or alternatively you can bounce the light off of a wall or ceiling. If you bounce the flash off of a wall of a certain color, then this will add an extra color shade to the photo.
Step 3 - Natural Light
Don't just rely on artificial light when taking photos. There is also plenty of natural light available which can create some great results. When working with natural light you will need to carefully consider the techniques used to make the best of the light. Sometimes the light might be too harsh in which case you will either need to wait until it is overcast, or use the shade and the flash on your camera.
Step 4 - Lighting from Above
If you want to create a light source that isn't visible in the photo, the easiest way of doing this will be to direct the light down from the top. The reason being that this is where light comes from naturally. The main source of lighting should always be located above the subject. You can use additional lighting sources at the side and back if desired.
Step 5 - Church Requirements
If the wedding is in a church then you will need to consider what you are allowed to do. Some churches restrict movement during the ceremony, while others won't allow any flash photography. A telephoto lens can be used to aid in remaining stationary, but this will not offer a wide range of different shots.
If you're not allowed to use a flash then you will need to slow down the shutter speed on your camera and hold it perfectly still. This will allow more light into the camera and reduce the need for the flash. Bear in mind though that the longer the shutter is open for, the easier it is to blur the photo if you move your hands at all. This is why a tripod or another solid surface to mount your camera on will be worthwhile.