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Wedding Photography for Everyone: Fundamentals

with Chris Orwig

Video: Intro to wedding photography

Photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the technical and creative decisions involved in shooting thoughtful, story-filled wedding photographs.
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Wedding Photography for Everyone: Fundamentals
Video duration: 0s 1h 32m Intermediate


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.


Intro to wedding photography

Hi, my name is Chris Orwig. I am photographer, and I am teacher. I am really excited about this course, which is the first course in our series, Wedding Photography for Everyone. Here we are going to focus in on the fundamentals. And I think that you'll find this course helpful if you're interested in capturing better wedding photographs, whether you're new to wedding photography or you captured some in the past. Photographing a wedding is a real honor and privilege, it's also a lot of hard work. So, we'll start off by thinking about how we can approach wedding photography, and then we are going to get to some images, some slideshows.

Here we are going to look at some wedding photographs that worked, and others that didn't in order to illustrate important points about what we want to think about when capturing wedding photographs. Next, we are going to divide a wedding up into different phases or segments, and here we are going to look at how we can work within these different stages of the day. For example, we'll start off by looking at how we can capture images before the ceremony, How can we work with the bride and all of her bridesmaids, or the groom, and his groomsmen? We'll also look at how we can document the ceremony and capture that from different perspectives.

Then we'll capture images just after the ceremony, you know, that special moment when it's official. How can we capture fun and meaningful photographs of the bride and groom at that moment? Next, we'll make our way to the reception, and there will photograph the groups of people who are there, the details, and all of the fun that happens during a reception. Finally, once the wedding is over, we'll ask ourselves what we do with all of these images, how do we work on them? There I'll give you a few strategies for working on your photographs in postproduction and also I will give you some examples of before and after images it we'll give you some ideas, on how you might process your images. Well, in closing, my hope is this: I hope that this course provides you with some insight and some inspiration and some practical ideas of how you can capture better wedding photographs.

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