Photographer, author, and teacher Chris Orwig details the technical and creative decisions involved in shooting thoughtful, story-filled wedding photographs.
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- Hi. My name is Chris Orwig. I'm a photographer, and I'm a teacher, and I'm really excited about this course, which is the first course in our series Wedding Photography for Everyone. Here we're going to focus in on the fundamentals, and I think you'll find this course helpful if you're interested in capturing better wedding photographs whether you're new to wedding photography or you've 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 thinking about how we can approach wedding photography, and then we're going to get to some images, some slideshows.
Here we're 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 we capture wedding photographs. Next, we're going to divide a wedding up into different phases or segments, and here we're 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 could 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. That special moment when it's official. How can we capture fun and meaningful photographs of the bride and the groom at that moment. Next, we'll make our way to the reception and there we'll 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, "Well, what do 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 post-production, and also I'll give you some examples, some before and after images that will 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.
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.