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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.
One of the things that often happens to us as photographers is because we have a digital SLR, someone will say, "Hey, can you photograph my wedding?" In the previous movie we talked about why we say yes to those requests, why is it that we photograph weddings, what motivates us? Well, here I want to shift our focus to another question, the question here is what type of wedding photographer do you want to be? You know, who you are as a wedding photographer, it's incredibly important. If you want to go to a wedding site or to look at a wedding magazine and to read about how to find, and hire a wedding photographer, you know what your will your discover is first, they will always say look for someone who has beautiful photographs, whose imagery you really like.
Second, look for someone who you feel like you could connect with, who has the presence, because this person will be with you throughout the day. And as a wedding photographer, in a sense you are an ambassador for the bride and groom as you interact with so many different guests and bring those guests together. So, for us it's important to reflect upon who are we, who do we want to be as wedding photographers? In order to do that, I thinks it's helpful to sketch out some goals and concepts and ideas about this. So here I've done that. And what I want to do is share with you a few of my own goals or ideas surrounding what type of wedding photographer I want to be, and I want to do this to give you some ideas so, that you can then articulate and write out your own goals and your own ideas.
All right, well, here it goes. One of my goals is to capture beautiful and unexpected moments, another one is to document the people, the place, and the events of that day. One of the reasons why I want to capture and document is because I just want to let the scene unfold in front of me, yet there's a flip side to that as well, right? A different goal is to craft unique, artistic, and breathtaking photographs, and crafting is different than documenting. When you're documenting, you're perhaps standing a little bit further back and just letting the scene unfold. When you're crafting, you are really bringing people together in a unique way, you're trying to contribute someone, you're directing, you are inviting.
I want to do that as well. Another thing that I want to do is compose photographs that are simple, strong, and luminous. I want to compose pictures that are full of light. I also want to create photographs that stand the test of time, that allow the generations to savor and celebrate the people and this day. All right, well, what are some other ideas that I jotted down? Well, I mentioned that I want to create photographs that are timeless, I am interested in pictures that are luminous, full of light. I want photographs that are artistic.
I like pictures that are authentic, that are meaningful, that are beautiful, that have sentiment. Now here's an important distinction. I want photographs to have sentiment, rather than the photographs that are sentimental. I want pictures that have emotion, rather photographs that are emotional. You catch the difference there? It's a little bit of a subtle shift, I like the subtlety of sentiment. I want photographs that are engaged and connected, that capture togetherness. I also like pictures that are simple and strong, that are filled with hope. I want to capture genuine happiness. I want to create photographs that are calm and relaxed, that are romantic, vibrant, and full of life.
And so what I want you to do is to think about, well, what are your own goals, who do you want to be as a wedding photographer and then take some time to jot down your goals. Well, here are some of my goals. Jot down dome of the ideas and concepts that surround the type of images that you want make. And by being intentional about this, it can help to separate you from the mediocre. You can become a magnificent photographer, if you clarify who you want to be and what type of photographs you want to capture.
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