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  • 1.WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE Author: Geoff Beattie Formatting and design: Daniel Srbuwww.wedding-photo-guide.com

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The complete guide to capturing and creatingyour own wedding photos and album.This is a complete guide for anyone who wants to compilea wedding album without being a photographer or hiring aprofessional wedding photographer.This guide will help you to produce your very own wed-Presentationding album from start to finish. Just think; you are about tocreate your very own wedding album, exactly how you Its not all about taking the photo.want it, with all the photos you want in it!Lets be honest. If youve decided to set aside the betterpart of 1000 on a wedding photographer, you couldWhy have I written this guide?at least invest in a decent wedding album to present thephotos in.In 1998, I came up with the idea to become self-em-ployed and started the classic back bedroom business. And, what about the copies for Aunt Gladys and UncleAfter 6 months we opened a small shop offering services Nigel? You could just give them a print direct from yourlike photo-processing, copies, enlargements, reprints, pho- printer on that cheap photo paper you bought off the in-to-restoration, framing and the like. The business proved ternet to say thank you for the 50 gift voucher theypopular, and we soon moved into a larger unit and began gave you, though now that youve taken a step towardsto offer portrait and wedding photography. After about 4creating some great wedding photos by investing in thisyears, we expanded again and opened a studio whereguide, youll be able to give them a fantastic professional-we could concentrate more on portraits and studio work. quality print that will last longer than the cheap print youcan run off at home, and it wont really cost you muchmore. So, follow the tips in this guide and youll get someWe can help great results.We do many copies and reprints of wedding photos in Even if you are not doing the main photos, or you willthe studio for people who have used the photos taken by be doing some in addition to a hired professional, youa guests or a friend for the wedding album. Many of themneed to make a little effort in the finishing and presenta-are OK, but I know that, had they a guide like this, they tion. Maybe youll want to do something simple like tonewould have done a much better job! But, knowing thatyour photos sepia or black-and-white, and put them in ayou only get one shot at doing your wedding photos, you professional strut mount or folder. Presentation can makeneed to make the most of what youve got. So, we nowall the difference. I have had customers bring in printshelp with cropping, color casts, airbrushing, toning, and from professional photographers that my 7-year-old sonother editing tasks to improve the image before printing. could have captured better! But, because its presented ina folder, and it cost 20 from the best photographer inBut, what do you do with the photos? Either keep them town as described in the BIG advertisement in the yellowin the packet or put them in the cheapest photo album orpages, it must be good, right?frame you can find, usually from a big high street photo-processing chain, or one that looks great on ebay for 20 Presentation plays a big part in getting your shots lookingplus 10 postage, but turns out to be same one as on theprofessional. There are some tips on presentation in thishigh street?! guide, too.RiskThis guide is designed to take you through a simple pro-cess of creating your own wedding album without beingIve decided Im going to take a risk in writing this guide,a photographer. Its written in simple, easy-to-understandin the hope that not everyone will buy it! Then, Ill still language, without all the technical jargon that, to be com-have plenty of customers in our shop looking for a quick pletely honest with you, is of no benefit to 99% of thefix solution to their not-so-good attempt at taking weddingphoto-taking population!photos!Its written to offer advice and tips for doing your ownAnyone can do it! wedding photos. This is not a professional guide to thewedding photography business, though many pros haveI love photography, and I love great photographs, espe- bought it in the past and will continue to buy it becausecially when I see them from my usual kind of customerswe are all on the learning curve and always looking forwith their point-and-shoot automatics. I know that anyone new and different ideas.can take a good photo, and the great majority of peoplewho do take photos can benefit from a little help and afew good tips on the basics.Dont be baffled!4 www.wedding-photo-guide.com WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE 4. The complete guide to capturing and creatingyour own wedding photos and album.You dont need to have a great technical understanding ofcameras, exposure, or photography. You just need a cam-era, ideally digital (though not essential), and know howto use it. If you want to do editing then youll need a com-puter with a photo-editing program. Once again, dontthink you need to go for a top-of-the-line Adobe PhotoshopCS with a full retail price tag of 500+. I have been usingAdobe Photoshop Elements 6 at the time of writing this forall of my editing in our portrait studio and our photo shopwith a price tag of around 60! Most of the videos are inPSE 1.0 to show the simple steps you can to take to trans-form you photos, though there are many other programsavailable that offer many of the same features. Some youlleven find for free on the cover of a digital photo magazineor as a free download from the net.Once youve completed your editing, you can either printyour own or you can use professional labs for digital filesor film.Once you have your own images, you can then makeprofessional-quality reprints for your friends and familyfor a fraction of the cost of what a professional weddingphotographer would charge. You can get a reprint froma professional wedding photographer for 25+ for a10x8, though as this guide contains a list of printing labsthe professionals use, and because you own the copy-right on your own photos, you can legally get the sameprofessional-quality 10x8 print from the same labs theprofessionals use for around 3.50! Or, you can printyour own for under 1! How good will you feel that youhave actually done your own wedding album! Be careful,though. Your friends and family may just want you to dotheir wedding, too!Maybe youve seen your friends photos that theyve donethemselves and they did a pretty good job, and you prob-ably thought that we should do that. Well, you could!And, now that youre armed with this wedding photoguide, youll probably do a much better job and be ableto present your photos much better, too.WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDEwww.wedding-photo-guide.com 5 5. The complete guide to capturing and creatingyour own wedding photos and album.ContentsTips on Organizing Photos.......................................................................................... Page 7Digital Camera Tips.......................................................................................................... Page 9Basic Ideas for Photos: Traditional & Reportage........................................... Page 11Location, Location, Location Guide......................................................................... Page 13Composition........................................................................................................................ Page 14Light......................................................................................................................................... Page 18List of Must Have Key Shots................................................................................ Page 20On The Wedding Day.................................................................................................... Page 21Tips For Editing and Selecting the Best Shots.................................................. Page 25Black-and-White and Sepia Toning Guide......................................................... Page 27Home Printing Guide...................................................................................................... Page 28Professional Lab Guide................................................................................................. Page 296 www.wedding-photo-guide.com WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE 6. The complete guide to capturing and creatingyour own wedding photos and album.TIPS ONORGANIZINGPHOTOSSo, if you are the groom or bride reading this, youll be Doing it this way, I believe, would make it more specialable to create some great wedding photos if you can as the photos have been taken by the guests, often theorganize it properly. If you have friends or guests withpeople who are closest to you. To have photos capturedcameras, thats even better. If not, thats no problem, asby guests is a great idea! If they are worried about takinglong as you have a camera and tripod youve got every-wedding photos, explain that you have a great guide withthing you need. some fantastic professional tips that you will show them tohelp them in getting some great wedding photos.Your OptionsIf no one has a camera, youll need to get one, or at leastborrow one. If youre going to get one, take