How To Transform A Space With Lighting: Quality Of Light Vs. Quantity Of Light

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When it comes to lighting, a good quality light is almost always better than just having more light. Yet, when presented with a room in which an entire wall is made of windows, many photographers still choose to open the curtains all the way to flood the scene with light. Not that it always makes a bad photo, but there’s a lot to be said for pulling the drapes shut a ways and enforcing a little more control on the light. In the quick video below, wedding photographer, Cliff Mautner, shows us how to do just that.

Mautner shoots a lot of weddings and has become an expert when it comes to transforming banquet rooms and wedding halls into beautifully lit spaces. In the tutorial piece below, he shows us how to prep a large space with a full wall of windows typical of a wedding staging area. He starts by grabbing an assistant and rearranging the furniture, lamps, and other things that may be found in the room. He then walks us through how to go about controlling all the bright sunlight pouring through the windows to capture the image you see above. [Read more...]

Wedding Photography Prices: ON or OFF Your Website?

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It’s the age-old question, should a wedding photographer put his/her prices on the website, or leave them off? I’ve asked myself this, and seen many photographers ask the same thing. Lots of opinions, some of them very strong opinions, but no one seems to back it up with actual data.

An argument I’ve heard for putting prices online is that the potential client wants to know if you’re within her price range. If you make it too difficult to find that information, she won’t bother to contact you because there are plenty of other photographers to look at. Would you go look at a new car if they wouldn’t tell you the price until you got to the dealership?

The counter-argument is that wedding photography can be expensive, clients don’t always have an understanding of how much they should expect to spend, and placing too much emphasis on price means that the client misses out on less-tangible benefits that the photographer has to offer. If you make the client ask for pricing, you can then strike up a dialog with the client and build a relationship before getting icky with numbers.

Both arguments seem reasonable. And those photographers who can’t make up their minds usually wimp out and put a “starting at $xxxxx” on their site! (That’s what I do currently. :) )

But I’ve got some Actual Data!

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10 Posing Tips For Brides-To-Be

Having worked on many bridal shoots as a model and involved in several real weddings before, I’ve picked up some things that I hope might help a few others. If you’re part of the wedding industry then please feel free to share this tongue in cheek guide with your clients, whilst understanding that although it’s a bit brazen, it might actually be what they need to know!

Dear Bride-to-be,

Posing for the camera: There are certain posing tips that apply to all women whether they are wearing a bridal gown or not. However, your wedding day is the time when you’ll really want to put theory into practice and believe me it makes all the difference. Here are my top ten bridal posing tips;

1. Where to hold your flowers - Aim for just below belly button level. Not too high and not too low. This pushes your arms out with a slight bend at your elbow, avoiding crushed skin and bingo wings. It also acts as bonus stomach coverage. #Winning

image by Bentham Imaging.

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How To Photograph A Wedding With One Photographer, One Camera, One Lens and One Flash

In our recent article How To Make Money As A High End Wedding Photographer, we explored the high end wedding photography market.

But, it seems that the more I am able to charge for a wedding, the more complicated and stressful wedding photography becomes.

So recently I have decided that I would like to simplify my wedding photography a bit – get back to basics – unplug if you will.

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In this article I will take you through my simplified approach on how to photograph a wedding with just one photographer, one camera, one lens and one strobe.

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My 12 Hours With Jerry Ghionis: A Review of the “How to Wow” Tour

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Let’s face it– there is a LOT of photography education out there to be had. Some of it’s great. Some of it’s good. Then some of it– a lot of it, unfortunately–  is simply sub-par and not worth your time. Some of the best, though, is currently coming from a company you may not have heard of. Founded by former Monte Zucker assistant Jeff Medford, MZed (formerly Monte Zucker Photographic Education) is bringing together some of the biggest names in photography, in an effort to provide some of the best photographic education available– in person or online.

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When A Guest-With-Camera Saves The Wedding Photography

Have you ever knocked on the door of the bride’s suite on the morning of her wedding, camera in hand, ready to go – only to find some guest already there with a better camera than you? guest with camera wedding photography blur wedding studio hamilton wedding photographer

Well, this has actually happened to me on more than one occasion (which either says something about my gear or the confidence brides have in my abilities), but what happened this past weekend was unique.

Read on and I’ll share the story.

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Make Money As A High End Wedding Photographer

With our ongoing look at the wedding photography industry, so far we have looked at “How to Become a Wedding Photographer in 10 Easy Steps” and “Why It Sucks To Be a Mid-Level Wedding Photographer”.

In this article, we are going to look at a wedding photography business model that is actually profitable and a viable career path for photographers – the high end wedding photography market.

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Why The Non-Refundable Photography Deposit Is A Myth

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Advice below was inspired by the excellent post The Myth of the Non-Refundable Deposit by legalphotopro.com.

About a year ago I received an email with some bad news from a client. “Dear Jeff– I just wanted to let you know that Gwen and Peter have called off their engagement and will not be getting married in September. The news comes as quite a shock to us, but Gwen claims it’s for the best and we’ve always trusted her judgment. I apologize for the short notice, but we just found out less than 48 hours ago. I would like to stop by later this week and pick up a refund of our deposit…” There was a bit more after that, but it was just a blur. My attention was focused squarely on four words– “refund of our deposit.” [Read more...]

This Infographic Shows You What It Really Means To Be A Wedding Photographer

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If you’ve been considering taking the plunge into the world of professional, or even semi-professional, photography you may want to take a look at this clever infographic designed by a professional wedding photographer in Italy, Francesco Spighi. Though it is aimed at brides to be, shedding some light on the realities of being a wedding photographer, it’s also serves as a reality check for anyone considering starting their own photography business.
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