Wedding photography is the photography related with the activities in weddings. It encompasses snaps of the couple before marriage as well as of the wedding and reception. It is a major commercial activity for many photography studios and for the independent photographers.
History– This form of photography has evolved and grown through the photographic art form in 1826. In the early days, most couples were not hiring photographer to capture the actual wedding while most people avoided posing during the wedding. They posed for formal photographs in their best clothes before and after wedding. When technology improved, wedding ceremony was captured in the form of photographs. Color photography became available in 20th century but because it was expensive, most wedding photographs were clicked in black and white. Film roll technology, improved lighting techniques and the invention of the flash bulb made the studio photographers start working on wedding locations.
Technology– Earlier, photographers used camera with color negative film but now they shoot snaps with digital cameras. Digital camera provides detection of lighting environment and makes creative approaches to the photographs to be reviewed. Wedding photographers are taking advantage of traveling and creative lights. In fashion-based photography, a photographer combines candid images of the events with posed images to make them more innovative and dramatic. The couples change clothes and backgrounds for fashion based approach. Some photographers provide edited images and hard copy of pictures including a digital logo of their company on the images. Some photographers release the photographs on CD, DVD or USB.
Precautions– Shooting in a wedding is exhausting and invigorating because the photographer has to look constantly for good opportunities and angles to shoot. A photographer requires an assistant who can carry all equipments, assist with camera adjustments and hold reflectors. A professional artistic wedding photography is a responsible job; a photographer can’t afford any loss of crucial coverage for any reason. He has to practice and prepare lighting and exposures for the photography. He has to handle the memory cards very carefully.
Tips– The photographer must be confident. He can make a checklist to prepare for everything and must try to visit the venue of wedding before the day of wedding. The religious differences should not impact his work. He needs to be well prepared with batteries charged and memory cards blank and must know the use of different lenses for various expressions. In addition to this, the photographer must capture the unexpected moments as he can bring a tripod to get a sharp shot with a slow shutter speed. He must not forget to include elder members of the family in photographs.
Conclusion– The artistic wedding photography is tough and many photographers can’t handle it. The greatest challenge that the photographers face is editing the volume of images to be processed. So he also has to find time to handle all the editing work. They have to face many challenges but working with commitment can bring them improvement and constant working brings success for them.