Do & Don't Tips On photographing Wedding Ceremony

Written by yusica Tuesday, 12 July 2011 09:45

The wedding ceremony is considered the most important part of the whole wedding event. A lot of preparation would have been done into making the ceremony perfect.



As the photographer, it is your responsibility to be as prepared and meticulous when recording the ceremony. Here are several do and don't tips to guide you when shooting the wedding ceremony:

1.Check out the church

Check out the church before the ceremony so you have a good idea of its layout, where you can set up your tripod, which areas would make great backgrounds, and what the lighting is like so you know what kind of extra light sources you will need to use.


2.Talk with the pastor

Have respect for the ceremony, Lights from a flash can be distracting so ask the priest’s permission beforehand if you can use a flash. Never fire the flash repeatedly at the bride and groom’s faces. This is one sure way to irk them and not want to refer you in the future.


3.Be your proper position

Don't go to either extreme. Don't be the superstar jumping in front of everything, but also don't be the guy hiding like a sniper in the distance and never stepping up for the closeup a long lens will not give you.



4.Consider staging moments

Photographers may also want to consider staging moments before or after the service.Remember the bride will like the s

hots where she looks beautiful, serene, committed, loving.The groom will like the shots where he looks masculine, handsome, strong and loving – but he probably won’t really like many shots at all!


5.Get a longer range lens
It just need to get a longer range lens now since super wide couldn't quite catch the exchanging of the rings to the level of detail I would like.Use a long lens such as a 70-200 zoom to keep track of the movements of the key people in the wedding. This way you won’t be interfering with the actual ceremony and be as discreet as possible.

Viveza 2 from Nik is great for lighting up shadowy areas, and if you're shooting a low-light or candle-lit ceremony where you don't want a flash anyway, get yourself a monopod and sit in the first row. You can shoot at 1/10 of a sec at 200mm with the new IS and VR lenses, plus ISO 1600 is no problem on a full-frame


6.Don’t Go it Alone

Get an assistant to come shoot with you. Two cameras are always better than one. Particularly if you’re not all that familiar with yours. It’s VERY important to have a back up to make sure you’ve got two chances at each key shot.


7.Don't treated the ceremony as photo-shoot

Don't treated the ceremony as if it was a photo-shoot and be the star photographer.  A wedding is not about the photographer and the pictures.stay behind the seated guests while shooting.  There is no reason to get closer than that if you have the proper lens.

If you stand still in the center like I see a lot of videographers doing, you're still going to block people in the back anyway so it's best to just block someone here and there and change it up and move around. Don't run around non-stop.


Your priority is to get the shots the bride and groom want, not worrying if you ended up in Aunt Sally's shot.Just be aware that once you have the shot, take it quickly, move and find another.Have a gear and mind-think that go into successfully capturing the wedding ceremonies.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 17:22