Category: Product photography
Tips on How to Choose the Right Professional Wedding Photographer
Getting married is something that people do (or at least hope to do) only once in their lives. No room for mistakes because there’s no Take Two. If you’re gearing up towards this monumental day, you’re probably shopping around for someone who’ll capture moments of the actual day (and maybe some before shots).
You want to be able to go back to that day years later and still feel like you’re right there in the church saying “I do” or sharing a heartwarmingly awkward dance with your dad.
With the increasing affordability of professional cameras and the prevalence of “how to” tutorials online, more and more people are calling themselves “photographers”. Here’s how to distinguish real ones from pretenders, and how to get one that’ll give you wedding photos you’ll cherish forever.
DON’T: Automatically go for the cheapest
Like how a $2,000 designer bag is perceived to be of better quality than a $20 one, photographers are pretty much the same. Professionals price according to their skill and service quality, so you should stay wary of ones who offer dirt-cheap prices. Of course, like any other vendor, there are times when elite photographers give discounts, so do your research well to know if the low price is a result of a sale or not.
DON’T: Be swayed by photography lingo and equipment
Some shutterbugs will try to delude you into thinking they’re highly skilled by bombarding you with camera specs (“35mm, macro, mirrorless, 120fps”) or specialized photography equipment (“stabilizer, crane, rail, filter”) or even fancy photography terms (“tracking, panning, underexpose, desaturate, long exposure”).
Unless you’re an expert yourself, you don’t really need to know these things. All you’re after are gorgeous photos in the style that you want. So be careful of those who spout these phrases without showing solid proof of their works.
DON’T: Assume that business is a sign of great work
One of the signs that people equate with quality is the demand for the photographer. Of course, there’s a reason that he or she is sought after – a strong portfolio and good service feedback would be some of them. However, with that much work on the photographer’s plate, would he or she have enough time for you?
It’s a common practice for photo groups that are scaling up to take in more work to get their name out there, and just hire associates to shoot if they personally can’t. But in that case, you can’t be sure if the hired replacement does work as good as the original, or if it’s just a random hobbyist available for that day. Ask about this during the interview if you really want to hire that famous photographer.
DON’T: Think that any photographer will do
Just because someone can operate a camera doesn’t mean he’s a photographer. It also follows that just because someone creates marvelous photos of mountains and seas doesn’t mean he knows how to photograph people well. You’re having a wedding, not a children’s party nor a football game. So hire a wedding photographer and not any other sort.
DO: Figure out what you need and want from them
First, you have to know what you need. Do you want a short prenup or engagement shoot? Where are you holding the ceremony and reception? Will it be in the morning or at night or will it span the whole day? What look and feel do you want the photos to exude?
A large part of photography is playing with lighting, so it’s important to know if your venue has enough of it or not. There are photographers who produce great artwork in bright daylight, but struggle in low light.
DO: Have a face-to-face with photographers
In order to determine the point above, as well as assess the photographer’s other strengths and weaknesses, set up a personal interview, or at least a video call. It’s better to connect while seeing each other and not just a bunch of letters or voices.
Take this chance to also get a feel of the photographer’s personality and character. He or she will be with you each step of the way on your wedding day, so it’s important to make sure you’re comfortable with him or her. Some photographers are friendly and outgoing while others simply blend with the guests.
Some do their work almost mechanically or are a bit more bossy when they ask you to pose. Some don’t ask you to pose at all. You need to know which ones you’re comfortable with, and which ones you’d rather not deal with on that high-pressure day.
DO: Ask to see a full sample work
Online portfolios and sample albums all contain their best works, but that could only be a dozen or less good pictures out of the hundreds they take that day. Get a better idea of their skill level by asking to see even reception photos because these are usually the ones that turn out mundane. You’ll at least know if they can handle low light or not.
This is also the opportunity to gauge their overall style. Some like bright happy photos; others like shaded, more dramatic shots. Know how you want your wedding to be told through photos, and pick the photographer that best matches your idea.
DO: Check package inclusions well
Some wedding packages include pre-wedding shoots and a back-up shooter. Some do not give you access to high resolution digital files. Some require you to have photos copied from the photographer themselves, which will cost you extra in the future. So instead of just looking at the price, determine if the number is worth what you’re getting instead.
When the Confetti Have Settled
At the end of the day, when all the champagne are gone and your wedding dress or suit is safely stored in the box, all you have left of your wedding day are the photos and videos of it. So make sure to pick a photographer that you match well with, both in personality and style. That’s the most basic thing to know that that’s the right photographer for you.…
The Rule Of Movement And Law Of The Look
These two rules are very similar. What they indicate is that when you have an object in motion, you should leave a larger space between the object and the edge in the direction it is moving. Precisely the same thing happens with the look of a person. This will provide images with higher dynamism and naturalness.
The rule of lines and horizons
If you have compelling vertical lines in your composition, such as a road or a road, you can frame the photo in such a way that you direct your gaze towards an object that you want to have particular importance in photography.
On the other hand, you should try to make vertical horizons or lines coincide with one of the edges of the rule of thirds. Keep in mind that a high background will give more weight to what is below, while a low one will give greater prominence to the sky and clouds.
Product photography, basic concepts: Opening and Shooting speed
Product photography can be something very complicated or something straightforward; it depends what we want to do. Many cameras (and especially some phones) are capable of taking large photographs without great knowledge, however the more we know, the more game we can get out of all these automatic and manual modes that these devices put at our disposal.
In photography, there is a fundamental element that will condition any image: light. With right view, it will be straightforward to take good photos, with the lousy light it will be much more complicated. The cameras offer three elements that allow us to control the incoming light: aperture, speed, and ISO sensitivity. It is the so-called triangle of the exhibition.
The opening is how much the diaphragm will open. Apparently, the more it begins, the more light it will enter. The speed is how long this will remain open. Again, the longer, more light will come, but it is also more comfortable for the image to move, and from a certain point will force to use a tripod. The ISO is the sensitivity of the sensor or film. The higher this sensitivity, the brighter the photo will be, but the noise will also tend to appear.
To understand it more accessible, imagine a tap with a lot of small glasses underneath, which you have to fill. You can open the valve so that more or less water passes. That would be the equivalent of opening. The time you keep the tap open would be speed, while the number of cups would be the ISO.…