How to Take Wedding Photos

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Wedding pictures create a memory of a very important life event. But the cost of wedding photographers can be a financial burden to those who are already spending too much on their wedding. Digital cameras and photo editing software have made taking quality pictures easier for the amateur photographer. Automatic focus and lighting apertures limit the number of blurry, overexposed shots. Photo editing can eliminate some of the most common photograph flaws. Photographing weddings can now be done easily and inexpensively.

How to Take Wedding Photos

Prepare for photographing the wedding prior to the big day. Make sure that the camera battery is charged and the flash works. Bring a tripod for the wedding party portraits. Visit the ceremony and reception venues prior to the wedding to check lighting and backgrounds. Many cameras have a variety of scene settings to ensure a good photograph. Experiment with the different settings to see which will make the best pictures.

Take pictures of groups. Sometimes wedding guests can number in the hundreds. Individual shots of each guest will be overwhelming and cumbersome. Visit each guest table during the reception and take photographs of the entire group. This creates fun, lively photographs.

Change backgrounds often. If the ceremony is at a church, many of the wedding party portraits will be taken at the steps leading up to the altar. But all the photos do not have to be shot there. Take the party outside the church. Use the building as a backdrop as well as the surrounding grounds. Varied backgrounds make for more interesting photographs.

Capture the ceremony with the camera. The ceremony can be one of the most meaningful parts of the wedding. Be sure to turn off the volume on the camera if possible. Odd beeps and clicks can be distracting and rude. Try to get interesting photographs during the ceremony without being too obvious.

Vary the camera angle and perspective. Do not limit the perspective to front and center. Use imagination to set up the shot. Take shots from above the fray or from a discreet corner.

Edit the photographs after the wedding. Use editing software to clean up shots. First fix the red eye. There is usually a specific function to do this. Then crop the photograph to preserve the best part of the frame. Next, fix any exposure, sharpness and color issues.