How to Make Your Images Look Like Professional Wedding Photography

Professional wedding photography is a business where you can make a large amount of money. A wedding is a once in a lifetime event and this special day will always be cherished by the bride and groom. With that being said, people want great photos of their wedding. But, if you want to be a professional video photographer, you need to have professional wedding photos in your portfolio in order to win your customer's confidence. Here is how you can make your images look like professional wedding photography.

Get a Great Camera

A point and shoot camera is great for everyday life, but if you want to create professional looking wedding photos, then you're going to need to use a digital SLR camera. These cameras take images at higher resolutions than their counterparts. Plus, the lenses on these cameras allow you to manually manipulate the focus which increases the images quality while offering you more artistic opportunities.

Shoot a Lot of Weddings

Although you're going as a guest instead of a photographer, you should still bring your camera and take a lot of pictures. This will be beneficial for you in many ways. For one, it will help you get acquainted with the structure of a wedding and it will also help you develop your artistic eye so that you will know where to find beautiful shots. 

Because you're a guest and not the photographer, you need to concentrate on getting candid shots of the happy couple. You can not be disturbing and must try to make yourself as invisible as possible, otherwise people might get upset. Try to get shots when the wedding party is walking up and down the aisle at the ceremony. If your lens is long enough, you might even be able to get some great shots of the exchanging of the vows.

During the reception, you have more freedom to move around and can get excellent photos of the wedding party's entrance, the first dance, the speeches and the cake cutting.

Edit Your Photos

Just because you have some really great shots doesn't mean they look completely professional yet. You still have to edit the photos on your computer to get them looking their best. This includes touching up blemishes, altering the brightness and contrast, and manipulating the colors. 

Sharing Your Photos

Another benefit to shooting a lot at weddings is that you are definitely going to have a few great shots at the end of the day. You can give these shots to the bride and groom who not only will appreciate them, but they might also tell their friends who are getting married about their great photographer friend who they can hire. Word of mouth is the best way to get business.