Wedding shoots are some of the most diverse shooting experiences you’ll have in one day. There is so much going on that it’s hard to keep track. You’re taking portraits, group shots, candid shots, low-light shots, and many more kinds of shots within the span of a single day and then you have to sit down and comb through hundreds, even thousands, of photos to choose the best few and work on them further.
This kind of diversity also requires that you have multiple lenses at your disposal. You can’t just walk into a wedding shoot with your kit lens if you want to make real money with your photography. While a portrait lens and a wide-angle zoom are the basic lenses you should always have, people often tend to forget about the importance of a macro lens for wedding shoots.
Macro Lenses are Creative
A macro lens can be used to take close-up shots of various elements of a wedding. You can photograph table arrangements, flowers, and the food menu with a macro lens. You can take creative photos of things like napkins and the cutlery being used. You will need a macro lens to create the perfect ring shots too.
Macro lenses are great for all of these creative shots because they let you get in really close to the subject and also because they offer a very, very shallow depth of field if that is what you want. So little details of a wedding can be captured in a lot of detail and a lot of focus placed on them.
So, this has been a very short but important guide as to why you should consider investing in a macro lens. You can make do without it as well, but even the best photo editing software for Mac and Windows won’t be able to help you get the look you can have with a dedicated macro lens for certain types of photos.
Photographing weddings is one of the go-to solutions for many photographers who wish to earn through their love of photography. Wedding events last a single day, and they take place quite often all around the world so it’s a good way of earning through photography.
However, many newcomers in this side of photography wonder what they need to do in order to actually start making money. Here are a few tips for such aspiring wedding photographers:
Hone Your Skills
Before anything else, you need to improve your photography skills if you want to be a serious professional wedding photographer. This means that you should shoot as often as possible, work with different lighting conditions, experiment with different gear, and learn to post-process. Don’t worry, you don’t have to start with something complicated to get the hang of photo editing. Some of the best photo editing software for beginners provides everything you could want from a photo editor, so start with one of those.
Figure Out Lenses
You need to have at least a couple of essential lenses before you can go out and shoot a wedding professionally. Again, you don’t have to have all the best high-end gear but the basics need to be done right. A portrait lens and a wide-angle zoom one should be part of your kit at all times. Of course, you’ll benefit more from other lenses like a telephoto and a macro too, but these two should cover most of your needs. Be sure to have fast lenses though, as light can get really bad at some weddings.
Shoot for Free
To get an actual feel of how a wedding shoot works, offer your services for free to a relative or a friend. Treat that wedding as an actual event that you’re covering. If there is a professional wedding photographer covering it, try to notice what they are doing and learn from their experience. Covering a wedding for free is the best way to get used to wedding photography because you can later determine how ready you are to do it professionally. You’ll also realize where you need to improve and whether you need more lenses or lights etc. You should also ask for the couple’s feedback on the final photos so you can learn where you can get better.
With these three tips, you will have everything you need to get started with wedding photography. It’s not an easy job to have the responsibility of covering someone’s special day perfectly, so you should be ready to do so before you put your work out there for potential clients to see.