Monthly Archives: July 2009
|How to become the (UN)official photographer||27 Jul 2009|
You may have purchased your first digital SLR and have been shooting almost everything in sight to learn everything about your camera. You may have even attended a photography class. You are now attending a friend or relative’s wedding and you feel you want to prove that you can also do what the official photographer can do.
I’m here to give you some tips on how to become an effective (UN)official photographer.
First, I have to remind you that the couple has made a considerable investment on their photographer to capture everything according to their style and budget. Scrambling for position with the official photographer would be a bad idea. The couple also intended you to enjoy their wedding. So, just enjoy the wedding.
Tip no. 1 – Shoot the things or moments that the photographer is not shooting. We can’t be in all places at all times, so you have many choices on what to shoot.
Tip no. 2 – Wait and watch the photographer move and position. That alone is a learning experience. Shoot the photographer while at work. Most couples can’t see how we work and it would be nice to document it.
Tip no. 3 – Shoot at a different angle. Different from usual eye-level shot.
We, photographers shoot at low level or we use a chair to get a high level shot.
Tip no. 4 – If the photographer is doing the pictorial with the couple, better not shoot there. But if you insist, concentrate more on in-between poses. Those are natural moments most couple would love to see.
Tip no. 5 – Use one fixed lens. A 50mm/1.8 is a very cheap lens and is very good. Your natural instinct is that you may feel you are limited a certain angle. Most photographers use zooms during weddings. No zooms have 1.8 aperture, so you have an advantage already. Work within the limitation of a fixed lens and you’ll discover that it has no limitations after all. :)
For photo journalistic shots, fixed lens has its advantage. For moments that happen in split-second, we don’t have the time to zoom and recompose. If we do that, we miss the moment already. Our eyes are trained already in different focal length which means if we feel a moment is about to happen, even if we are not looking at the viewfinder, we know already how to compose. Zooms gives us too many decisions to make, which are unnecessary for split-second moments.
Tip no. 6 – Shoot the people around you. Have fun with the camera with your friends. Do your own pictorial. We are mostly concentrated on the couple and we just do a few poses of other guests. All guests prepared a lot for the wedding and they would want as much pictures as possible. It would also be nice to put those on facebook! :)
Tip no. 7 – Shoot a lot of details. Shoot the flowers, decorations, everything you think the couple have spent on. We also shoot that but it would be a nice practice should you become the official photographer in the future.
Tip no. 8 – Invest a lot of time in selecting and post production. This is the hard part but even if you have the best camera and best lens, you still have to push a little to reveal the real impact of your photos.
Tip no. 9 – Print it. We are in the digital world and most pictures are left unprinted. Have them printed or at least a few favorite ones.
Tip no. 10 – Seek critique from friends. This is the only way to learn. Seeking critique from professional photographers is a good option. For weddings, it is more valuable to hear the opinion of friends and relatives.
|For MJ fans out there||19 Jul 2009|
Yesterday, July 18 was the wedding of Jinggay and Pocholo. Jinggay loves music so much that she has a very wide collection of CDs from different genres. I also found some 45s in her room. One of the 45 discs is a Michael Jackson Beat it 45.
Most artists in her collection have created timeless music already which includes Elvis, Beatles and Michael Jackson. Here’s a picture of their wedding rings which symbolize timeless marriage, just like the music of Michael Jackson. :)
|Jong + Monique||08 Jul 2009|
Last July 2 was a special gathering of wedding suppliers in Boracay. We were guests of Jong and Monique on their wedding that day. Even though most guests experienced some hassles due to plane rerouting to Kalibo, I didn’t hear any of them complaining.
|A Boracay Wedding||06 Jul 2009|
Jong and Monique’s love story can be described as “far from ideal” before they met God in their life. Right now it’s all perfect and their wedding in Boracay last July 2 was a great experience.
In the middle of the ceremony, the rainbow appeared. What a perfect scene for a couple who found God in their lives and now it’s all beautiful.
Most weddings I’ve covered would spend so much to put some special effects. This one so special, very classy, very effortless, very heartwarming.