The Best Camera Settings For Shooting Weddings
As a wedding photographer, do you ever wonder about the camera settings that you should use in each individual situation, whilst shooting weddings and what you'd need to adjust for a wedding ceremony? You may know that every venue has a different set up, that means that the lighting, shadow, and background settings should be adjusted time and time again according to your surroundings. In this guide, you will learn what the best camera settings are for shooting weddings.
Tip #1: Choosing a camera - The first thing you will need to decide is which camera is best for wedding photography. Once you know what camera you are going to be using, it will be easier for you to understand the settings for the shoot and so on. As a wedding photographer, you should know that a camera is a gadget, or the body of the shots. Having a good camera is like owning the foundations of what it takes to create good photography, but it’s your skills that create photos and what should take your pictures from being good to great!
Tip #2: Manual Settings - Shooting weddings are easy with the automatic camera settings, however, if you plan on capturing some amazing shots, you will need to get familiar the manual settings on your camera to make the most out of the device which you own. The key manual settings on a camera include shutter priority mode and aperture priority mode. All camera models have these basic options and it is highly recommended that you take a minute to look at your camera, get familiar with the settings and adjust these accordingly to shoot a wedding.
When in the shutter priority mode, you should set the shutter speed to 1/500th of a second. This will freeze the moments that you capture and often these moments are fast moving for the couple in reality, but in your images, you will capture the emotion behind the screen. These settings can be tweaked to capture the laughter, walk, dance and other moments. Aperture priority mode settings work on the aperture you select for the shot. It's recommended that you select between f/1.4 to f/2.8 for couple portraits. However, you can use a high aperture value for the full landscape shots of the venue or guests.
Tip #3: Depth of Field - As a wedding photographer, you should be focusing on the couple, so the blurring feature hides the backdrop of many images and does the job rather nicely for a more professional look. This is known as the depth of field and it can be mastered with the practice of shots. Blurred Background photos often are a favorite at weddings, as it allows your camera to pick up the details in front of the lens. This is very ideal at a picturesque event such as a wedding. Learn how to get shallow depth of field in your photos with your camera settings.
Tip #4: Choosing the Right Lens – Choosing a lens is quite possibly the most important factor that you will consider when photographing in general, let alone photographing a wedding. Larger lenses are usually more expensive because they have the capacity to zoom in further and capture stunning details from across the room, as well as having the ability to majorly blur the background which is extremely desirable in this area of photography. The most common types of camera lens are; ultra-wide, wide angle, standard (usually comes with your camera), telephoto, superzoom, macro e.c.t If you begin your search by reading up on what each one of these lenses does, you'll be able to figure out which one(s) are most suitable for your photography needs.
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