Secrets to great wedding photography
A wedding is usually a once in a lifetime event, for this reason, such memorable moments must be captured for commemoration and remembrance.
Each person wants to remember how they felt during their big day; they want to remember the people who were there to celebrate such moments with them and the different activities that occurred during their special day. For this reason, every bride and groom must invest in great photography.
Here in Dubai, event photography is given at most seriousness. A great event photographer in Dubai, must understand the little secrets that will make him/her stand out from the rest. He must put himself in the shoes of their subject and understand what would be important for them to remember after the celebrations.
From some of the best photographers in the UAE, here are secrets that every wedding photographer must have:
Before the wedding ceremony begins, a great wedding photographer must visit the venue and ensure that they have scouted the place. A photographer must identify beforehand the best places to take photos, the best natural lighting, and the best angles. Things can sometimes move fast during a ceremony, a photographer must be able to grab moments as they move. Scouting the location will enable him to know the right time to capture the bridal party because he would know how to move with the mood and style of the location.
Discuss with the bride and groom before the ceremony
To be able to understand what is important for the bride and groom and what they desire for their big day, the best photographers will have a meeting with the bride and groom before the day of the ceremony. Not only will this help the photographer to understand what is expected of him, but it will also help the bride and groom to relax when shots of them are being taken.
Have a shot list
It is very easy to forget every shot you planned to take during the wedding. This is because often, everyone is always calling out to the photographer to get private shots with friends and relatives. To make sure that you do not forget the important shots, a great wedding photographer in Dubai, will have a list of shots that he must take during a wedding ceremony.
Sometimes a photographer would even go the extra mile of keeping some inspiration shots in their camera memory so that they can look at them even as they take photographs of the bride and groom.
A great wedding photographer will have props with him to help him come up with creative and interesting shots. Such props could include a string of lights, ring boxes, ribbons and fabric materials like sequel, lace, and silk. These props allow the photographer to take great images of the small but important details of the wedding. Props could be used to take shots of the wedding bands, the bride's and groom's jewelry, the wedding certificate, and other wedding accessories.
Be friendly and social
To capture the real emotions of the event, a photographer must always strive to be friendly and social with the bride, groom and bridal party. This will create a friendly environment and allow the subject of photography to be relaxed so that the photographer can capture their genuine expressions.
Be keen an observant
People express different emotions during the wedding ceremony. The best photographers in the UAE, must be keen to identify and capture such emotions. These emotions could be through eye contact, a teardrop, a smile or anxious eyes.
Understand the bodies of their subject
Different body types may need different angles and lighting for great shots. A great wedding photographer must especially understand the bride and groom to know what lens angle and lighting they should use. For example, bigger and older people may need higher camera angles to prevent saggy skins on the chin and above the eye while short people may need low angles to make them appear bigger or powerful.
Use of natural light
During the day, it is very important for the photographer to understand how to use natural light to achieve great photos. The more reflectors and lighting that a cameraman carries the more intimidated the subject becomes. An intimidated subject will not be comfortable enough to show their true expressions. A photographer must understand this and try to minimize the use of artificial light.
During evening events, artificial lights must be subtly introduced and incorporated with decorative lighting to achieve great Dubai wedding photography. A photographer must be keen to notice when people are relaxed; dancing, talking or exchanging gifts so that they are not destructed by the lights introduced for photography purposes.
Understanding the focal point of the photograph
Lastly, we believe a wedding photographer must always strive to make the bride and groom the focus of their photo. When he takes private photos of the two, a knowledgeable wedding photographer will use lighting to draw attention to the bride and groom and maintain their surroundings as the background of the photo.