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If you're a photographer (an enthusiast or a pro), you'll eventually be asked to photograph a wedding: a task that's both a privilege and a challenge. You're capturing one of life's most significant milestones. You're shooting an event filled with unpredictable moments that can't be re-created, and you need to be involved without being intrusive. It's a balancing act that professional wedding photographers work hard to perfect.
Chris Orwig has been in exactly this position, and in this course, he shares his experiences and creative insights, all liberally illustrated with examples from weddings that he has photographed. The course begins with details on preproduction—your gear and equipment decisions and the importance of talking to the bride and groom about their goals for your photographs. It also explores some key strategies for documenting the ceremony and the celebration afterwards. Lastly, Chris reviews some postproduction strategies for enhancing your images and delivering them to the happy couple.
You know, sometimes when you're photographing a wedding, one of the things you're trying to do use create simple and beautiful photographs, photographs that are quiet. Yet other times what you want to do is capture the excitement and the fun of that day, and that is definitely true with wedding receptions. After all of the events and all of the food, eventually there will be some sort of dancing or fun. You are going to ready with camera in hand to capture those moments. So here let's look at a few photographs that I think will help us start to think about capturing the excitement and the fun that often happens at wedding receptions.
In this first photograph, I really like it. I like how the bride and the groom are in the center of the circle. They are dancing. There surrounded by all of their friends. This picture, I think it's well composed. It's really fun. It captures the excitement of this moment. Here I want to show you another photograph of dancing. This one photographically speaking isn't as good. It's a little bit blurry, but it still captures that excitement and that fun. Sometimes your pictures, they don't have to be perfect, but what you want to do is capture the fun of the day.
Let's look at another photograph, this one here. Near the end of the evening they got out some sparklers. I noticed that and took this first frame. It didn't really capture what I was looking for. Then I saw this little guy with these sparklers running around having a ball. This was the photograph that I wanted to capture. At a different wedding as you can see here we have the bride and the groom and their daughter downtown outside of the restaurant where the reception was, and I like the fun moment here. It's a little bit more subtle, but I still think it's fun.
Often when you are looking to capture fun, what you want to do is perhaps try a photographic technique like shutter drag. That's what I did with the kid with the sparklers. Or perhaps like with this photograph you just want to tilt your camera little bit. It creates a little bit different perspective and excitement in a picture. Then a few moments later the bride and groom's daughter joined her friends and they are in front of this theater and they started goofing around. I was ready with camera in hand to capture the excitement and the fun that these kids were having. Here I will move to another wedding which was in the backyard, the reception was in a backyard with a campfire, the roasted smores, and it was really fun.
I'm just capturing the guests there. Then later in the evening they brought out some sparklers and here I'm just experimenting with different exposures like with this one. It's a long exposure, but it's not too long so I can focus in on the bride and the groom and some of the guests. In other exposures, well, you can't really see anything. You just capture. Or the images captures the overall energy and excitement the fun that they all were having with these different sparklers. So as you're working with photographing receptions keep in mind that, yes, you want to capture the guests, the details, the different stages, and events, but you also want to capture the fun and capture the magic of those moments that often happen at wedding receptions.
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