Skill Level: Intermediate
Course length: 4 weeks
Next start date: 5th April
So you are thinking of going into wedding photography, or have been asked to shoot a wedding for a friend, but don’t know where to start. Whatever level of photographer you are this is the course for you. Whether you are a keen amateur or a budding professional you will learn all the aspects of how to take great pictures from one of the world’s most accomplished professionals.
Wedding photography has become about story-telling; capturing the emotions and atmosphere of the day through reportage-style photography. This inspirational wedding photography course reveals the techniques and mind-set needed to produce a successful and beautiful set of images, whether you are a professional photographer looking to update your methods, or an aspiring wedding photographer wanting to break into this lucrative market or a keen amateur looking to take some shots at a friend’s wedding.
It includes all the advice you need, from preparation and planning before the wedding, through all the stages of the day itself to the final send off. It features comprehensive checklists, professional tips, lighting techniques, and step-by-step sequences to provide endless inspiration and guarantee successful shooting.
Have you got what it takes to be a Wedding Photographer?
The odds are that if you own a half-decent DSLR camera that you will eventually be asked to photograph a friend’s wedding. Or perhaps you have already photographed a wedding or two and would like to learn how to improve your skills so that you can capture those once in a lifetime fleeting moments. In the first lesson I talk about the huge importance of preparation, and also how to ensure that you are mentally equipped for any eventuality that the chaos of a wedding day can throw at you. We’ll look at the essential camera kit you can’t do without and we will also look at the early stages of the wedding day itself.
Getting Ready: Things which happen before the actual Ceremony
The wedding day is upon you and the nerves kick in. You have to be everybody’s friend and yet take seemingly relaxed and intimate photographs of the bride and her entourage as they prepare for the wedding. In this lesson I will show you some tips for getting the essential images during the getting ready process and the lead up to the processional. I will show you proven tips for photographing the dress, shoes, rings, flowers and the groom with his ushers. We will join the father of the bride in the bridal car as the bridesmaids are anxiously waiting, and how you can get elegant shots of the guests arriving.
How to photograph the ceremony, reception and take relaxed formal group photos.
The bride is walking up the aisle with her father and the groom sees her for the first time. What’s the best way to capture this critical moment? In this lesson I will show you how to photograph the significant moments from the ceremony, whether religious or not, indoors or outdoors. I will show you how to look out for the transitory candids at the Reception and if it’s an indoor reception, how to use your speedlight to look as if it’s lit naturally. I stress the importance of your people skills, which will help you take genuinely joyful and relaxed formal group photos.
How to photograph the couple, the wedding breakfast, dancing and fireworks.
How do you make the bride and groom look totally at ease in front of your camera? It’s not that complicated, but you do need their complete trust. In this lesson I will show you my approach to getting uncontrived images of the bride and groom. I will show you how to get the key images from the wedding breakfast including speeches, cake cutting and the dancing. I will also show you the best way to shoot fireworks and Chinese lanterns prior to the send off. After the wedding the work begins again in front of your computer so I will give you an outline of my workflow to help you minimise the processing time.
To understand more about how it all works, go to the 'How it Works' section!
DSLR Camera: A good working knowledge of your camera is imperative for this course. The pre-requisite is that the students must have a basic knowledge of photography and understand how their cameras work, what f-stops are, exposure & lens terminology etc. This is not a course for you if you wish to take images on your iphone
TTL. Flash Gun/Speedlight: Good lighting is vital and an on-camera Speedlight will ensure you never miss a shot.
Models: Friends or family who are prepared to pose!
Good People skills…. Essential!
Non Compulsory Requirements
Wedding photography has become about story-telling – capturing the emotions and atmosphere of the day through reportage-style photography. You will learn wedding photography tips from one of the world’s most successful professionals. You will discover the mental approach and storytelling tips that will give you the confidence to capture those decisive moments throughout the wedding. You’ll have wedding photography tutorials with a world class expert in wedding photography.