October 30, 2019
Oh heyyyyy guys. I think it’s finally time I throw some wedding reception photography tips into the mix don’t you?
Your couples most likely put more time, mental energy, and cash money into the wedding reception than any other element of the day. Plus, the wedding reception is where so many lovely emotions happen.
Here’s how to document it properly, and beautifully.
Before a single guest steps foot in the room, it’s your job to capture all the pretty details. It can sometimes be a mad rush to get these done before everyone floods in, but no matter how much time you have, it’s gotta get done.
Elements to include in your wedding reception details shot list are:
Go up to aperture 3.5 (ish) for detail shots to ensure you get a tad more detail in the background.
I am a natural light photographer whenever possible, but sometimes it just doesn’t cut it. Shooting indoors, especially at night, requires proper lighting in my opinion.
I have a speedlight, and utilize bounce flash religiously. It’s a foolproof approach to lighting. I point my flash right at the ceiling, and just shoot. It creates the softest and most natural light.
Despite what photography school taught you, yes you can bounce flash off of any colour ceiling (except black) and adjust the white balance.
And don’t feel like you need to be a hero with manual flash settings, instead just use TTL (short for Through The Lens). Your flash will automatically adjust to whatever you’re pointing your camera at. In wedding photography, where you’re constantly moving and changing your point of view, this is a godsend. If you like to over or under expose, you can adjust with your exposure compensation settings.
Never ever, ever, use direct flash, ever.
When your couple, their family and friends look at the gallery, you want them to relive what it was like to actually be there. What did it look like? What did it sound like? What was the experience of being in the room?
There are a couple of different ways to accomplish this.
A wedding day is a beautiful, chaotic, wonderful display of emotions. Speeches and dances tend to bring out those emotions in people. So any time you see someone laughing big or shedding a little tear, get that shot!
This is a huge mistake inexperienced photographers make. They take 1000 shots of the couple, but don’t focus on anyone else.
To properly capture a wedding reception, you need candids of guests. Focus a bit more of parents, bridal party, etc., but other guests are important too.
Variety is key, just in general.
Don’t stand in the same spot the whole time, switch up your lenses for a different look, and get lots of different elements.
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