Experimenting With Wedding Backdrops Part 2
Experimenting With Wedding Backdrops Part 2
Hey there and welcome back to our blog here at Weddit! It’s been a couple of days since our last instalment of this article, but we’re back with part 2. So, before you go ahead and read this blog post, be sure to catch up on part 1 if you haven’t already!
So, why did we begin talking about wedding backdrops? Well think about it, they can either make or break a photograph. When it comes down to wedding photography, the images need to qualify in three areas; Firstly, they must be classy. No one wants trashy wedding photographs or images that are just pointless. Secondly, they must be of good quality. That’s kind of where the topic of camera equipment and editing techniques come into play. Also, the skill to spot a good photo opportunity will come in super handy here! Lastly, the photo must be planned ahead of time. That means being able to visualise what you want the image to look like before it comes off of your memory stick and into print.
Visualisation is a KEY step here! Wedding backdrops are a huge part of this factor. You could have the best idea in the world for your couple, but if there’s a crummy backdrop in sight, those visual skills will have gone to waste. What a shame. So, don’t let that happen to you!
Make The Most Of Your Scenery (wedding backdrops) - Not all weddings take place at a church you know. In part 1, we gave you guys a few ideas about what you could use for wedding backdrops throughout your images. These were based upon the venue of a church or building of a similar nature in looks. But you’re a photographer. You can improvise right? Well anyhow, we even suggested some of the colours and tones that would be best for a traditional style of wedding. So, be sure to look out for those in the future. But now we’re moving away from an indoor wedding and we’re heading for that kind of wedding that takes place in a picturesque setting somewhere far away...
See the picture below? Look how the photographer has used the backdrop of the image to compliment the subjects in the photograph! Sometimes, if the colour is a little too heavy, producing that image and turning it into black and white wedding photography will actually do you a HUGE favour! Why? Well monochrome photographs tend to bring everything in one image down to the same level of a sort, so nothing sticks out too much when it shouldn’t. Although we should tell you that this technique won’t work for every single image that you’d like to tone down. Why? Well, sometimes too much of an image becomes darkened with shadow or bright with lighting that interest is taken away from the subject(s) within the image. Now, that’s a line that you should be cautious of crossing.
See, in this image, that line isn’t being crossed at all! You can see every single detail of the Bride’s gorgeous gown and delicate veil, as it contrasts with the black suit worn by the Groom, but the backdrop doesn’t interfere with the image. Wedding photographs taken on the beach, both in black and white and in colour work amazingly well. The tones in both types of photography are the perfect match for traditional wedding images. So, it’s not that you’ve got to look for plain Jane wedding backdrops in order to make your images work, but you’ve got to keep an eye open for compatibility. Yes, it will take experience to learn what will produce a fantastic image, but don’t worry! You’ll pick it up.
Using Black & White Photography (wedding backdrops) - Just to prove our point about black and white wedding photography a little further, look how this image is not taken away from by changing the colour tones to black and white. We incorporated a really similar structure of image into part 1 of this post so, take a look at that and then look at this one to see that the beauty of the image is still there. Black and white just strips a photograph of any distraction and helps the viewer to focus on nothing but the subject within the image.
We think that’s why it’s a popular choice throughout wedding photography and also because it covers that ‘keeping things classy’ point which we mentioned earlier. The Bride’s veil creates the perfect backdrop for a close-up moment shared between the Bride and Groom.
De-focusing Wedding Backdrops (wedding backdrops) - Another handy TOP TIP from us is to de-focus that backdrop. Sometimes a mix of colours can be a good thing as it makes for an interesting blurred effect once the image has been captured. If the image remains focused on everything in its frame, then the background would more than likely be distracting but because of the de-focusing setting on many models of camera, you can use this draw the attention to the subjects in front of the camera even more and that’s what you really want people to be looking at right?
Take the image just below, we have a great example to show you lovely bunch exactly what we mean! Of course, this example is monochrome, but it would work just as well in colour too! The de-focusing of the backdrop really helps the eye to focus on the contrast of the Groom’s suit and then onto the Bride and her wedding dress. It’s these little tips and tricks that will give a sense of elegance to your photographs as well as class and style (which you will develop on your own overtime).
Well we hope that these articles have been useful to you and your photography! Why not check out some of our other blog posts here by viewing our feed? We’ll catch you again soon in our next article!
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