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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.
Now that we've covered some of the essential gear that you might want to consider when photographing a wedding, you want to take it to the next level. I'm going to talk about some specialty lenses and cameras that you might want to use when you get a little bit more advanced. When you're starting out photographing a wedding, you want to start with the basics, but then you may want to add in some other lenses in order to capture some creative or interesting shots. So let's talk about some different lenses just to begin to think about what are some of those specialized lenses that we might use, what are the looks that we would create or capture with those types of lenses or those types of cameras? Let's start off over here.
Perhaps you want to bring 100 millimeter macro lens, this will be great for capturing close-up detail shots in a wedding, or maybe you want to try out an E5 millimeter lens f/1.2, it's a great portrait lens, and it allows you get this really interesting shallow depth of field or you could try perhaps a 35-millimeter focal length lens. This one is really popular with journalists, it's an f/1.4, it allows you to capture a wider angle shot, but you still have this unique shallow depth of field, and then there is the 50, 50 f/1.2.
You know, I know a lot of wedding photographers that shoot with this lens and this lens alone. This one really defines their style. There are other lenses of course as well, perhaps like a fisheye lens. That's fun for those group shots where everyone is kind of packed into the scene. Other wedding photographers really like using tilt-shift lenses. Now I don't own one of those, but I think they're fascinating, they allow you to tilt and shift and focus in really unique ways. So again, as you get better photographing weddings, you may want to consider borrowing or renting one of these types of specialty lenses in order to create some distinct looks.
Another thing to consider, perhaps, is using film. You know, film is incredibly popular in wedding photography, and here I have a couple of different film cameras, I have a Hasselbland which is a square format film camera, and I also have this Contax 645 which is more of a rectangle. And with these cameras what you could do is use different types of film, perhaps you can use Fuji Pro 408. This film has a really unique color palette, or you could use a high-speed black and white film. This one is Ilford Delta 3200, has a lot of grain in it, and it allows you to create distinct looks.
You know, I know some wedding photographers who are literally at the top of the game, literally the best wedding photographers in the world. And you know what they do? They shoot all film and they use perhaps this camera here. So it's not that you need to use any of this specialty equipment, but it might be fun to experiment with. It might be fun to try to grow and experiment once you've gotten beyond the basics. And as you do that, keep this in mind, it's always about your vision, it's not about the gear, it's not about the excitement of a new lens, rather it's about, well, how can I use this lens to communicate and convey my vision, to capture beautiful and stunning and interesting wedding photographs?
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