Some Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Photography for Beginners

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Wedding photography is perhaps one of the toughest assignments that you can get as an amateur photographer. And with the toughest assignments come the many pitfalls and perils that most beginners fall into. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts to get you started:

Do’s:
Keep calm. While you have to keep up with the wedding day’s really fast pace, it’s important to stay level-headed, especially since communicating with the groom’s and bride’s families can be stressful. You can’t take good pictures when you’re having a breakdown on the big day.

Get pictures of everyone. No, you don’t have to go out of your way to get individual portraits of every single wedding guest, but you have to have at least one picture where everyone is in it. You might want a ladder or a place with a high vantage point for this.

Watch out for the little things. Little displays of affection, like a parent holding a child’s hand, can go a long way. Everybody loves a good unexpected photo.

Shoot from different perspectives. You should already know by now that eye level is boring – that’s the camera equivalent of shooting from the hip. Instead, why not literally shoot from the hip level?

Keep the family photos stress-free. Let the couple know how the photos will go, or better yet, ask them how they want the photos to go. If everyone knows what’s going on, the whole process of taking family photos will be much less stressful.

Don’ts:
Don’t nap. This is perhaps the worst thing you can do as a wedding photographer. However, you should seize the moment to relax a little whenever the opportunity presents itself, such as when the food is being served (no one wants to see a picture of them stuffing their face during the reception). A little breather goes a long way for your photos.

Don’t miss out on the food, either. After all, how could you miss up an opportunity to take some rare photos of the delicious catering? Just be sure to take pictures of the food before the guests actually start eating.

Don’t shoot with a messy background. Crowded and cluttered backgrounds are a big no-no in wedding photography. Unless you’re going for an effect, keep your shots of the bride and groom to a clean, simple backdrop to bring out the best in your pictures.

Don’t work alone. If you’re new (and especially if you’re new!), working alone can take its toll on you both physically and mentally. You might want to bring along a back-up photographer, preferably a friend with some experience in wedding photography, to switch around with you and help share the load. More cameras mean more chances of good shots taken.

Don’t rush. By running around too much, there’s a chance that you’ll missing some good shots. There’s no point in taking a million photos if only two or three of them are worth keeping.

A Quick Beginner’s Guide to Wedding Photography

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Chances are, if you have a DSLR camera, it’s only a matter of time until your relatives start asking you to photograph their wedding, so be sure to follow this guide and you’ll be well on your way to taking some great photographs to make any wedding memorable.

1. Be honest with the couple about your experience and capabilities
Shooting a wedding is delicate work and is perhaps one of the toughest assignments for a photographer. Ideally, you should have two decent cameras, a handful of lenses to choose from, and a couple of flashguns, as well as the absolute confidence that you know about your equipment both inside and out.

A safer option is to take on the duty of the secondary photographer. Be sure to study the expert/s closely and take shots from different angles, as well as some background shots here and there. Not only will you get paid, but you’ll also gain valuable experience from it.

2. Make a “Shot List” and stick to it
Get the couple to think ahead about the shots that they want you to take the next day so you can compile a list that they can check off once the ceremony and reception are over. Be sure to review this list and keep it in mind to make sure everyone is included in the pictures.

3. Eyes on the bride
One of the most important highlights of the wedding will always be the bride’s wedding gown, so be sure to use an exposure that allows you to get consistent details and avoid turning the bride into a uniform white mass.

This is where digital cameras have an edge over traditional film cameras (fortunately, you have the former), which means you can use auto-exposure breaking facility or adjust the histogram view to take a series of shots and choose the one with the right exposure.

4. Prepare for anything (and everything)
Anything can go wrong at any time in any place, so be sure to always have a backup plan. Scout the location. Look at the weather forecast. Charge your batteries (yes, always have more than one!). Think routes and the time it takes to get from one place to another. And more importantly, ask for the wedding itinerary.

It’s also a good idea to attend rehearsals so you’ll know in advance about things such as lighting, possible angles, and the order of the ceremony.

Ideas for Wedding Reception Music

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Wedding reception music is one of the major aspects in a wedding reception party. The reception music is the main object in entertaining and setting the mood of the celebration. Your wedding live music will either make or break the celebration that’s why choosing the right kind of Singapore wedding live band is as crucial as choosing a wedding dress. To help you decide for the right wedding live music, here are some wedding reception music ideas.

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Outdoor Reception

For wedding reception held outdoors, a string quartet can be your best choice. You can also use the band if you’re planning to have an outdoor wedding ceremony. However, take into consideration that this type of band cannot play music in high volume and has limited choices of songs to play. So if you really want to have a string quartet, have them playing during dinner and cocktail when everyone is eating and socializing.

Live Band

Another option for your reception music is to hire a Singapore wedding live band. Hiring wedding live band Singapore is a popular choice for wedding reception entertainment. You can have this choice regardless of your wedding reception’s location. It’s also a plus if you hire a professional one like whiteribbon wedding live band from Singapore to provide live music in your wedding reception.

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Another important thing you should keep in mind is the cost of wedding live band Singapore. Professional live bands tend to be really pricey and can eat up a huge amount of your wedding budget. That’s why brides prefer bands whose band leader or vocals can act as an emcee at the same time. The band leader will be the one to commence and close the event. By this, you will be able to save money.

CD Burn

This is one of the simplest options for Singapore wedding reception music. Burn all the songs you want to hear and assign someone to play the CD during the wedding reception party. This reception music solution is very economical and lets you sequence the songs the way you want it to be. If you opt for this option, take note of these following reminders.

• Assign someone to take charge of the playing of your CDs
• Assign someone to test the CDs on the venue’s sound equipment and make sure that all the CDs work perfectly.
• Make sure that all of your songs in the CD would last for the entire wedding reception.
• You also have to assign someone to act as an emcee to do all the announcement tasks.

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Whatever reception music solution you come up with, always keep in mind that you have to designate songs for every part of the reception ceremony (i.e. father and daughter dance, first dance, dinner, cake cutting, etc.) to add impact and make it memorable to everyone. You would also not want to insert inappropriate music for any reception ceremony part. You can play slow and soft music while everyone is eating and fast tempo music for partying and dancing.