Wedding Photography

•August 5, 2008 • Leave a Comment

The Memorable Occasion

Weddings are a major source of work for freelance photographers and one of the most lucrative, typically involving an entire day’s work. Wedding photographers fall into three general camps: photojournalists, traditional photographers, and those with a balanced bag of tricks.

Wedding photography is probably one of the hardest and most constrained work you can do in the photography activity. Weddings and senior portraits are services that are always in demand but there is often competition to contend with.

Freelancers who are catering to brides and grooms may consider attending bridal affairs and networking with other wedding professionals in the area to exchange advertising materials. Another very lucrative industry that photographers should get into is doing wedding photographs.

You can actually do photographs not only for the wedding day itself and the receptions but also before the wedding. Photographers can also do engagement portraits as well as wedding portraits. Another area where you can earn money during weddings are taking shots of the guests and then selling them afterwards during the receptions.

As a Freelance photographer you can also utilize individual requirement of photographers for weddings and other occasions, which will give you stable business with steady income.

Punctuality is especially important when covering special occasions like weddings and graduations. People who want wedding photos typically want top-quality work and are willing to pay for it. There’s no hard-and-fast measure of demand for freelance photography but there are some useful indicators such as the number of weddings in the area.

Most weddings happen in the spring and summer months so such work tends to be seasonal. The best thing to do if you have not already found your “niche” in photography, is explore different types of photography: fashion, nature, run-way, weddings, etc.

Of course you would know not to submit a wedding photo to a sport magazine. Always remember to get a comprehensive contract in writing from any wedding photography or portrait photography services you hire.

When you capture all the moments of your wedding and all the spontaneity in you and your guests, it’s a memorable time for all. The use of photography in an effort to preserve this day is common to all weddings and receptions, and the obligatory photographer is always present.

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Photography Portfolio

•July 23, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Have Passion For Your Work

One of the best ways to highlight your freelancing skills is to shoot the events and subjects that interest you and build a portfolio around what excites you. This will be your best work. If you are a photographer you are an artist and your passion will invariably show up in your portfolio.

Your portfolio should be a reflection of who you are and the area of photography that you particularly want to specialize in. This is a key factor in marketing your work.

Another key factor in creating a portfolio is your showcase presentation. The tips in this video make a lot of sense . Take a look.

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Lightning & Digital Photography

•July 4, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Awesome Beauty

Photographers, beginners & pros would more than likely want to be camera ready for lightning shots like this video portrays. This will make your day. Check it out, then read Amy Renfrey’s tips on digital photography and lightning.

The power of Lightning
Combined with Digital Photography
By Amy Renfrey

Have you ever noticed that in digital photography there always seems to be photos of fork lightening that some clever photography enthusiast has mastered? The fact is that digital photography is a challenge and as soon as we develop the interest in digital photography we are challenging ourselves from the start. And a real challenge in digital photography is fast moving subjects. And when it comes to either traditional or digital photography catching electrifying fork lightening just is too much of a enticement to see if we can “win” the challenge.

So how do we apply our digital photography to sharp, brilliant streaks of colour over our images? Getting great shots of forked lightening is not as difficult as you would think, or have been led to believe.

As a digital photography teacher I can honestly say that the first thing people do is buy way to much equipment for this exercise. You really just need a few simple things. A camera and a tripod are the main things.

The main challenge in digital photography when taking lightening shots is where to position yourself. I’ve had many a frustrating time, in the early days of my photography, trying to get the best angle, the best position only to find I had the camera pointed at completely the wrong part of the sky. And some of my digital photography lightening exposures were all wrong. I was thinking it was as hard as trying to predict a horse race with a crystal ball until I worked out the logic of it all and it started to become a lot of fun.

The first thing to keep in mind is to make sure your shutter is open. Lightening is sharp, short and sweet. Its important to get the most out of the long, open shutter speed by leaving it open for a long time. You can do this with confidence on a really black night such as being in the country on a dark night without any city lights or too many clouds around for the light to bounce off. In the country you may have the freedom to leave the shutter open for as long as 60 seconds.

However in the city it’s a bit different. What tends to happen is that due to other light in the atmosphere, light from buildings, streets and cars you can see this scene turns out much brighter on a 60 second shutter speed.

A quick way to get great lightening shots is to find a good place to set up where you know lightening is either happening or is about to happen. Take your tripod, camera and shutter release cable. The great thing about a shutter release cable is that once the lightening has struck there is no need to keep the shutter open and you can simply press it and the shutter will close.

Try setting your aperture to about an f 8 or so and leaving the shutter open from anywhere between 10 seconds to 60 seconds. (Setting B). Set your IS0 at 100, set the focus to infinity and wait.

Digital Photography Safety
It’s a good idea, any time in digital photography, not to jeopardize your safety. Digital photography is intensely fun and incredibly educational and creative, but it’s not worth risking your life for. As much as it’s a beautiful spectacle, its much more wise to stay well away from lightening. It’s carrying enough energy to give your house power for two months solid, so be careful!

As always, to your success,

Amy Renfrey

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Make sure to check out Amy’s link above.

Until we meet again,

To your success,
The Photo-Genie