There’s a lot of pressure riding on wedding photographers. You have a small window of time in which there’s so much happening, and it’s your job to produce beautiful images of special moments. Here are 8 common mistakes that beginners encounter so you can be aware of them and avoid making them yourself.
- Wanting to deliver quality over capturing the moment – many photographers are so focused on getting the best quality image they miss some important moments all together.
- Wrong exposure – overexposure can mean a little too much white light which may not do the bridal dress justice. Underexposure on the other hand can look shadowy and grey. Fortunately digital cameras make it easy to adjust with each snap so check photos as you go.
- Gear acquisition – though there seem to be a handful of camera models that are ‘in’ among wedding photographers, don’t worry about going and getting the ‘best’ for the occasion. At the end of the day the best camera is the one you are most comfortable and experienced with, even if that’s your smart phone.
- Scared to take charge – something will always go wrong at a wedding and you need to deal with it as it happens. Be confident in guests people and owning your skill.
- Too much edit time – don’t bother sharpening, highlighting, and adjusting the contrast by a few points for individual photos. The newly weds won’t care. They probably won’t even notice. Make minor adjustments to keep photos natural and serious, and to save you time.
- Messy or busy backgrounds – for the most part, the focus at weddings are portraits and group shots. Do these justice by finding clean, non-busy backgrounds where possible. Of course, this may not always be possible so don’t beat yourself up over it.
- Forgetting important shots – always be sure to talk to the couple before the wedding day so you know the crucial photos to capture. How many portraits do they want? Who do they want in group photos? Keep track so to not miss the brief through the hustle and bustle.
- Equipment failure – say, you wouldn’t want your battery or memory running out. Back up batteries and memory cards are a must. If you can manage it, back-up lenses and even camera won’t go astray either. Borrow equipment that you need.