The most commonly asked question amongst photographers is this one right here... “How can I take better photos, or make my photography better?” So, today we’re going to attempt to answer that question here for you at Weddit. Let’s face it, the possible answers to this question are very broad, but with a little help, our top tips will most certainly give you a nudge in the right direction, so let’s get down to business, shall we?
Tip #1: Get Closer - It was the famous photojournalist Robert Capa who once said “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” He was talking about getting in amongst the action. If you feel like your images aren’t ‘popping’, take a step or two nearer to the person, people or object that you are trying to capture within your camera’s screen. Fill the frame with your subject and see how much better your photo will look without so much wasted space. So, don’t be shy! Afterall, if you’ve been paid to document someone’s wedding on screen, shyness isn’t exactly a quality that will work in your favour. The closer you are to the subject, the better you can see their facial expressions too, so get on in there and do your thing in order to capture better photos.
Tip #2: Practise Every Day – You know what they say, practise your craft and you’ll improve! The best way to enhance your skills is to practice... a lot. Shoot as much as you can and it doesn’t really matter what you practise shooting. Spend hours and hours behind your camera. As your technical skills improve over time, your ability to harness them and to tell stories and should too. Of course, this will aid you in your career as a wedding photographer/ videographer as well as improving your confidence behind the camera as a hired professional. We’d say don’t worry too much about shooting a certain way to begin with, just experiment. Your style of shooting will emerge with time and practise. With this top tip you’ll be taking better photos in no time at all!
Tip #3: Observe Lighting - Before you raise your camera, see where the light is coming from and use it to your advantage! Whether it is natural light coming from the sun, or an artificial source like a lamp, you can use it to make your photos better! How is the light interacting with the scene and the subject? Is it highlighting an area or casting interesting shadows? These are all things you can utilise to make an ordinary photo extraordinary. Think outside the box and train yourself to become observant when it comes down to lighting and how it falls on screen. If you can master this, then better photos will be on the list of things that you’ve achieved.
Tip #4: ISO - There are questions to ask yourself when deciding what ISO to use. In actual fact, if you have a little knowledge on photography and understand how the whole gig works, then you may have asked yourself the following question already... What time of day should you shoot? If you are shooting outside during the middle of the day you will need to use a lower ISO such as 100 or 200. If you are shooting at night time without a tripod you will have to increase the ISO to a higher number to be able to record the light on the camera’s sensor. Makes a whole lot of sense, right?! Trust us, just test it out and watch your images improve and better photos will be all that you capture, well better than the next guy anyway...
Tip #5: Use Flash During The Day – Now flash photography (especially where wedding photography is concerned) is a very controversial subject among photographers. The common question asked is “should flash be used for wedding photography?” Here at Weddit, we have actually touched on this topic more than once before throughout our blog posts, but the more we delve into the flash conversation the more our opinion and other’s experiences using flash vary, so we really don’t have a straight answer for you on this one. However, we’ve done a little more research and some people have said the following;
“You might think that you should only use flash at night time or indoors, but that’s not the case at all. If it is an extremely bright day outside and the sun is creating harsh shadows on your subject, switch on your flash. By forcing extra light onto your subject, you will be able to fill in those ugly shadows and create an even exposure”. We guess that using flash photography is one of those things that every photographer needs to try out and play with themselves to find out what works best for them and if they like using it or not. Still, we hope that helps!
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