Wedding photography tips. Wedding photography ideas, checklist

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Wedding photography tips. Wedding photography ideas, checklist
Wedding photography tips for Invited Guests by Gene Constant

Most people have the good fortune to be invited to witness the happy event of a couple’s spiritual and legal bonding through the ritual of a wedding.

These rare and happy events oftentimes result in shared moments that we like to re-live again and again through the pictures we take. At weddings I have noticed that as many as half of the guests are armed with a camera and are able to capture shots that the paid photographer would be unable to cover.

After having lived the moment, it is very disappointing to learn that, upon receipt of your processed film, that the guest’s shots did not turn out as well as desired. For many of the guests it may have been their intent to send a copy of that special image to the happy couple, only to have those warm and fuzzy feelings dashed by undesired results.
Let’s face it, the odds were stacked against you from the start. For most people, they are invited to weddings every now and then, and therefore lack the experience necessary to achieve the desired effects. For others, they were given bad advise by well meaning department store clerks. Guests, while expert at their chosen professions, are not professional photographers.

Step 1: Pull your camera out of the closet and check the batteries. Some cameras have built-in battery testers while others require a simple camera operation and still other cameras require a trip to the camera store.

For those without battery testers, you can test your own camera, assuming it does not have film in it, by opening up the back of the camera. Looking from the back, through the lens, press the shutter release button and see if you can see light through the lens. If you can see any light when the shutter button is pressed, be assured that the film can be exposed or that your memory card will get an image.

If in doubt or if you want to be careful, take your battery to a store for testing or go ahead and buy a new battery. It is better to be safe than sorry! The camera test not only tells you if the battery is providing power to the camera, but it also assures you that the camera is in good working order. a good battery is no guarantee that the camera will work. After all, the camera could have developed mechanical problems.
Now, test the flash by turning the flash on and attempting to take a picture without film if your camera is not a digital camera. Time the number of seconds it takes for the flash to be ready for the next picture. A good rule of thumb is to replace batteries if the flash takes longer than ten seconds to recharge. A set of batteries should enable you to take about sixty pictures if they are all taken with a flash.

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