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How to Choose a Wedding Photographer: Advice and Practical Details
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When choosing a photographer there are several important things to keep in mind. First, not everyone with a camera is a photographer. Besides knowing how to change the settings in a camera, a photographer is someone who understands the behavior of light, knows how to pose his/her clients, is a good communicator, and is able to manage a group of strangers.
Another thing to keep in mind is that not every photographer is a wedding photographer. When choosing a wedding photographer, it is important to work with someone who understands the nature of weddings. Specifically, a wedding photographer is able to work under pressure. There is only one chance to capture the perfect moment, and a professional will be up for the challenge.
A wedding photographer can also easily adapt to different lighting conditions. Since you can’t predict the weather, you won’t know for certain what kind of ambient light will be at your wedding venue. A seasoned wedding photographer will be able to adjust to any adverse lighting.
It also helps to keep in mind that wedding photography, and photography in general, is an art. This art requires time, planning, and teamwork between the photographer and the people being photographed. Regardless of how experienced the photographer is, he or she needs time before the ceremony to set his or her equipment up and to photograph the wedding details.
Finally, photography is a profession that requires the right equipment. It is important that the photographer has at least a couple of full-frame cameras. The full-frame feature allows him or her to capture a wider shot, and in much higher detail, while a second camera is important in case the first one fails. The photographer also needs the right lighting tools to control the direction and amount of light. These tools include room lights, flashes, diffusers, soft boxes, and umbrellas. At a typical wedding venue, the lighting is often dark, which means a good wedding photographer will work to control the light in the background and foreground to make the exposure look just right. The photographer’s style and the amount of available light will determine what he/she chooses to use.
Above all else, look at your potential photographer’s portfolio before hiring him/her. After all, isn’t a picture worth a thousand words?
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