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Why It Is Important to Connect with Other Wedding Vendors

As a photographer starting out in the business of wedding photography, it is important that you get people to notice your work. And with competition tight these days, it is important that you market your business well in order for you to find more customers. However, this may be too much of a cost for you to handle especially if your strategies are not enough.

However, there’s no reason to lose hope. The good news is that there is a cost-efficient and effective method that will let you grow your business as a wedding photographer like Dave Packer Photography. And that is through building a network of wedding vendors who will help you find and connect with potential clients and be known in the photography industry as well.

There are a number of ways how building your network would help your business and your photography career, and we will note some of them below.

Referrals

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Referrals will greatly benefit your business because your fellow wedding vendors can refer their clients to you. In return, do the same thing and refer your clients to them as well. You will never know your clients might be looking for a florist, caterer and other specific wedding vendor. Your recommendations would be a great help to them and they’ll thank you for it, which may help boost your profile in the process.

Connect with the Right People

When you connect with other wedding vendors, it is important to choose carefully who you’ll connect with. You need to connect and be friends with the right people, those who are already in the wedding industry before you came in. They know more people and are more experienced enough for them to  share with you more helpful advice on how to make it in the industry.

Weddings vendors can also be your real friends even when you’re not talking to them about business. Spend some time with them and have even small conversations which would help deepen the ties between you both.

Feature Each Other’s Work

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When there is no wedding to cover, you can feature the business of your friends on your website, even as simple as putting in the credits the make-up artist who did the bride’s makeup or the venue where the shoot was taken. You may also schedule a photo session and take shots of their office or store as well as their products and/or services. This gesture will surely make them happy and they will most likely feature your business on their website as well.

By building a strong network, you will have a greater chance of gaining more customers, grow your business and make a name in the wedding industry in the long run.

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Pros and Cons of Online Photography Classes

professional photographyA career in professional photography is among the most desired professions today. Many people especially photo hobbyists decide to learn advanced photography through taking photography classes. There are photography courses being offered in schools today in almost all parts of the world. The good news is that with the modern technology we have now, most of us already have access on the internet which resulted to the formation of online photography classes.

Photography courses can now be taken online by those who are interested to learn professional photography. You can get to know about a specific photography type like alternative wedding photography, newborn photography or portrait photography. Some are happy about these online classes while there are those skeptics who do not think that online photography classes can help them learn photography.

If you are interested in taking an online photography course but have doubts about it, then you have to think carefully if this suits you or not. You have to weigh in the pros and cons of online photography classes and then you can decide if it is for you or not.

Here are the pros and cons of taking photography classes online.

Pros

  1. Learn anywhere, anytime

As long as you have access to the Internet, you can take the class at your own convenience. You can choose to study while inside the coffee shop, in the comforts of your own home or even at the park. There are downloadable learning materials that will be shared to you by your instructor via email or thru a website which you can study when time permits.

  1. Easy transfer of information

Books and training materials will be accessible through a website or a medium set by the school or instructor. There is so much ease in the transfer of information since everything is set online. You can even have a chat session with your classmates or instructors if someone (most likely the instructor) sets it. You can exchange information with fellow students through this online chat session.

  1. More affordable (usually)

Depending on what courses you plan to take as well as in what photography school you enrolled in, you can possibly spend less when taking an online course. No need to buy books or other materials if you have no budget for such since everything is readily online. Some schools also set their online course to be cheaper than in-class so you will have to compare the costs when choosing between online and traditional classes.

Cons

  1. Less interaction among students

There is no real, face to face interaction among students which some might think is not good. Other students find this beneficial though since there are students who are more efficient in learning on their own without others interacting or “disturbing” them.

Students who take online course also learn at their own pace which means they most likely won’t see each other even online unless a weekly or regular online chat or conference is set.

  1. Difficulty in getting help

You take the class depending on your availability or schedule. There is a possibility that your instructor is not online when you are so you cannot ask questions or help in case you need some clarifications about a particular topic in photography. A solution to this is to ask for your professor’s contact information like phone, mobile, email addresses and even social media accounts. You can also ask what times and days the professor is online so you can get in touch and ask for help when necessary.

Consider your time, budget and even your personality when deciding to enroll or not to an online photography class. Make sure that the instructor is really skilled like this wedding photographer Cheshire. Look also for a photography school that is accredited to you can get a diploma or a certificate once you have finished the course.

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Top Mistakes Wedding Photographers Make That Must Be Avoided

Admittedly, there are some wedding photographers who came into the field of wedding photography with little to no prior knowledge of the business. Thus, they tend to commit some serious mistakes as to how they practice their profession. This piece deals with some of these mistakes so they could be avoided or corrected for the sake of their profession and the wedding photography industry as a whole.

  1. Not providing a legal contract for wedding photography services

Photography is a fun and potentially rewarding career, but you cannot be a successful photographer if you do not take of the legal matters of your business. If you want to be a professional photographer like Heather Finocchiaro you must readily provide needed legal documents. Most important among these is the contract or agreement of services wherein the details of the service you provide are written in black and white. This is so that you and the client have an understanding of what you can or cannot provide as a photographer, not to mention avoid possible legal headaches along the way. Also, many clients prefer to deal with photographers who can provide a contract.

  1. Not limiting the hours of work nor charging for extra time

Having a proper agreement in place will also help you define the scope of work that is expected of you. What if the plan for the day was for a four hour event but due to various reasons the day became twice as long? Are you expected to stay for the same rate you agreed on? Limiting the hours of work and setting the possible extra charges for the extra time will help make your work easier on your end.

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  1. Buying the “best” camera that you do not need.

There is nothing wrong with wanting the best camera available, especially for your profession. Just don’t let it come to a point in the future that you will realize that the camera is too much for what you need and you will regret spending that much for the camera in the process. The point here is this: buy the camera that best serves your needs, and those needs do not require a top of the line, expensive camera. After all, your work will be judged by the images you produce and not the model of your camera.

  1. Bringing ego to the job

Then there is that ego problem a number of photographers sadly have. They think highly of themselves because they get to make people look good. Keep in mind that wedding photography is not about you. It is about two people getting married and you are the one chosen to document the most important day of their life. Better leave that ego at home and come with an open heart and open mind.

  1. Agreeing to work with another team without coordination

There are those instances that we may be requested or forced to work with another team. The bride might book you but the groom’s family have booked their own photographer. Both have their own work attitudes and do not wish for the other team to mind them and vice versa, a recipe for disaster in the making there. It is very important in such cases to make sure both teams are coordinated, like splitting the responsibilities between the two teams and cover for one another if necessary.

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  1. Giving all the images you shot, including the unflattering ones

As a wedding photographer, you should expect that of the hundreds of photos you will take on the wedding day, not every photo will turn out great. It is your job to make sure you the photos you select to give to your client couple are the best. Including the unflattering ones does not make you a competent documentarian. Rather, you will be perceived as sloppy for being careless that you took those ugly shots, serving as a blemish to your career. And you cannot let that happen.

  1. Not paying enough attention to post production

Somewhat related to the previous point, because not all photos will look perfect after shooting the image, the importance of post-production must be repeatedly emphasized. Some photographers abhor doing post-production because they feel it makes them less than skilled photographers which is not the case. Some photos may not look that good but can still look stunning with the help of post-production, saving the image from being wasted and make your clients happy too.

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The Guide To Using Flash At Weddings

The usage of flash in photography has always been a sticky subject among wedding photographers and even non-photographers as well. In fact, there are actually some photographers who despise the idea of using flash or even light modifiers as they feel either they are “unnatural” or just not comfortable using it.

However, there will be instances when flash is necessary to use in certain situations. We shall further look at those situations here in this piece as to what would warrant them for the use of flash.

At Wedding Venues and Reception Areas

Wedding ballrooms, churches and reception areas are prone to have less than ideal light for photographers to take advantage of. Thus, the flash helps create a primary source of light that is brighter and more pleasant than the dim ambient light. It has to be noted though that in a number of cases, churches do not allow using flash during ceremonies, so you have to discuss using artificial light with the church personnel before the ceremony.

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To help diffuse the harshness of the flash, if there are white ceilings in the area that are not too high, you can mount flash on your DSLR and bounce light off the ceiling or nearby white walls. Alternately, you can use what is called a bounce card which (with the flash) will enable your image to have a much better light source than direct flash.

Photographing Details Indoors

For wedding photographers like Alicia Dunlop, part of the job is to photograph well the details that highlight the theme of the wedding or other interesting details. Sometimes, the light in the venue would suffice, sometimes they would not. If it is the latter case and you wish to save some time photographing details faster, a flash on top of your camera bouncing off a white card might suffice.

When subject is poorly lit outdoors

Most photographers do not bother with flash outdoors, with natural light readily available. Unfortunately, that light is not always available, especially once the sunset arrives. Much like photographing indoors, you may need to use artificial light source, such as flash.

Fill Flash – when shooting backlit

Shooting subjects in a backlit setup can create a nice separation and bring more depth to images. But if the subject is heavily backlit (say with the sun behind), the opposite side of the subject which is facing the camera might get underexposed. Fill flash can help in this situation; single diffused light positioned away from the camera would do the job.

Overpowering the sun to avoid hot spots and intense shadow

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While the sunlight can be a good friend for outdoor photography, there are times, usually in the afternoon, when the light can be too harsh on the photo as the sun is directly overhead. Setting up an umbrella or a softbox with the flash helps get around that problem and you get beautiful photos as a result.

Avoiding environmental color casts on your subject’s skin tone

Sometimes when working with natural reflectors, you get to run into a problem where your subject will assume the color of the reflective surface. You can reduce this effect by using a reflector right next to your subject or use fill flash (umbrella, softbox or other modifier) to illuminate your subject, which will more or less isolate him/her from the rest of the background and reduce color reflections.

Final words

Flash helps provide dimension in your photography, allowing you to solve or at least get around the problems you sometimes face in photography. Just remember to leave some room for creativity to get the best results as possible in your photos.

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Why Hire a Second Shooter for Your Wedding

wedding photographyCouples who are planning their wedding look forward to having the memories of this special event captured or recorded on camera. Most of them would hire a professional wedding photographer to do the huge task of photographing the event and delivering brilliant wedding pictures that are worth keeping.

A wedding photographer is definitely important to hire for your wedding. The question now is, should you hire a second shooter for your big day? A second shooter is another photographer who will assist the primary photographer in covering the wedding. He/she usually coordinates with the main shooter and is associated with the same company.

Some wedding photographers hampshire will include the option of another shooter in the wedding package at a higher rate so couples can have another alternative. Is it really important to have two photographers for your wedding? Isn’t one photographer enough? Well, we have assessed the same thing and we came up with the answer that indeed hiring a second shooter is important.

Below are the reasons why you should consider getting two (or more) photographers for your wedding.

  1. Your main photographer cannot be in two places at once

Normally, a wedding photographer will focus on the couple and the moments during the wedding preparation, the ceremony and the wedding party. At times, there are great or fun moments that happen among the guests that cannot be covered by the main photographer because he/she is busy taking shots of the couple. The only solution to this is if there is someone who can position himself or herself in another spot and take pictures of the guests.

  1. More fleeting moments and people can be photographed

In weddings, the number of guests varies but in most weddings there will be more than 100 guests. And so, by having a second shooter, more people can be captured on camera and both photographers can surely cover more special, fleeting moments.

  1. Better wedding coverage when two heads work together

Two photographers especially from the same company who have worked together before can surely plan the coverage better. The main photographer can lead the planning and assign which parts of the wedding the second shooter will cover or where the second photographer will position himself.

These photographers can even discuss among themselves about taking turns in eating their meal during break. One can take his light meal while the other one continues taking pictures then later on they’ll exchange roles and the other photographers get to rest.

  1. Wide variety of wedding shots

Two photographers can certainly bring more cameras, lenses and accessories that can help produce different kinds of shots. One wedding photographer kent can attach a wide-angle lens on his/her camera to shoot pictures of the wedding venue or the guests while the other one uses a zoom lens or prime lens to take portrait shots of the couple. These two photographers can definitely come up with more awesome pictures that you will truly love.

Of course, the choice of having two photographers will still depend on your budget and in many other factors. If you think your wedding photographer is very skilled and can work on the wedding alone, then you don’t have to hire another one.

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5 Things Amateur Wedding Photographers Should Learn First

wedding photographerA wedding is a joyous event that you as a photographer would feel proud to be a part of. You feel a certain sense of pride knowing that you were chosen to work on a big task. The big task involves capturing precious moments and delivering brilliant wedding pictures. These pictures are expected to reflect the beautiful and memorable wedding that happened.

If you are new to wedding photography, you will surely feel anxious on how your first wedding task will end up. Will you succeed or fail?

Well, you surely wouldn’t want to fail, right? Here are the 5 things that an amateur photographer like you should learn first so your wedding coverage will turn out successful.

  1. Scout the wedding venue

Find time to look at the wedding venue before the scheduled wedding. Plan your angles, position and things to bring. Know also if there are rules or limitations in the venue when it comes to taking pictures. Check also the lighting so you will be aware if light is insufficient or not. If it is, then you will have to bring a camera that works well in low light or an external flash if really necessary.

  1. Check then pack your gear

Bring at least 2 cameras, 2 lenses, 3 fully charged batteries and memory cards. If you plan to take individual and group portraits, include a tripod in your pack. Check if all equipment function and repair or replace when necessary. You cannot cover the whole wedding if your equipment suddenly malfunctions or you ran out of memory space.

  1. Clear things out

If you need to speak again with the couple to clarify things, then do so. Never hesitate to ask or clarify anything related to the wedding. You need to have a good business relationship with the couple. There must be a mutual understanding and respect for each other. This wedding photographer Berkshire finds this extremely important.

  1. Relax, enjoy and learn

Don’t stress out yourself thinking too much on negative things. Think positive and just do your best. Enjoy the wedding and instill in your mind every new lesson that you learn from the wedding. If you committed some mistakes, learn from it and try not to do the same mistake again.

  1. Practice whenever you can

You need to continuously hone your skills and aim to learn more on wedding photography. Wedding photography is a broad topic and even after many years of practice, you will notice that knowledge is unending.  Even the experienced Mallorca wedding photographers still continue to practice and learn how to best produce awesome wedding pictures.

You will learn something new from time to time. For first timers, practicing the shots and observing weddings by becoming a second shooter or assistant in some weddings can help you learn new knowledge.

These are only few of the many things a newbie wedding photographer should learn. Just continue trying to gaining knowledge and skills to be better in your chosen field.

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