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Your wedding day is going to be one of the biggest and most important days of your life. No doubt you want to make sure that you preserve those memories of your ceremony and reception forever. Having quality pictures done of your wedding is very important so you want to be sure that you pick out a photographer that will do an excellent job on your pictures. When hiring a wedding photographer you want to make sure that they will get the job done right and that you will get beautiful pictures that will help you remember your wedding ceremony forever. The following are a few important questions that you need to ask when you are hiring a photographer for your nuptials.

Question #1 – Do You Have Previous Work I Can See? – It is important that you ask to see some previous work. If the photographer does not have any, this probably means that they have no experience and you will not want them doing your wedding pictures. When you look at their previous work, make sure that you see if their style is comparable to yours so you are sure to get the photos that you want.

Question #2 – Are You a Certified Professional Photographer? – You also need to be sure that you ask the photographer if they are a certified professional photographer. Most photographers are not professionally certified.  In fact, only about 6% of so called “professional” photographers are actually certified.

Question #3 – Do You Have Backup Equipment? – Ask your photographer if they have backup equipment in case of equipment failure.  It happens.  Stuff breaks.  But the last thing you need on your wedding day is for the photographer’s camera or lighting equipment to malfunction and they miss the shot.  Insist they have backup gear or go find a different photographer that does.

Question #4 – When Will I Receive My Pictures? – It is also very important that you ask when you will receive your pictures. You do not want to have to wait for months to get your pictures back so ask that an exact date be included in the contract. This way you are sure to get your wedding ceremony and reception pictures within a reasonable time period so you can start enjoying them.

Question #5 – Do You Do Videography? – Some brides and grooms want video as well as pictures done at the wedding ceremony. While some photographers may be able to provide you video, others may not offer this service. If they do, ask to see some footage. Do they edit professionally, or is it choppy and hard to hear or follow? Make sure that you find out about this before you sign a contract so you know whether or not you will need to hire a separate videographer for your wedding.

Finally, asking the right questions can help you make sure that you hire the right photographer. You want to ensure that you pick a photographer that will do a great job on your wedding photos, so be sure that you ask questions before you sign a contract with a wedding photographer.

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Should you or should you not be the camera guy in a wedding party is the question. You will not get paid for the favor, so I am hard pressed to come up with one good reason why you should do it but I can give you many reasons why you shouldn't.

Don't feel bad letting your friend or family know that you will not be able to take on the responsibility because for one it is the most important day of their life and they should really be looking into hiring a professional, not to mention working the camera and all the gear will pretty much ruin your chances of having any fun at the party.

But for some reason if you still decide you want to be the camera guy, here are some tips that will help you survive the day. First of all make sure you have the right equipment to do a semi good job. And by right equipment I mean at least a 5 to 7 megapixel digital SLR camera, so the resolution can support up to 8x10 pictures. If you can only have one lens, go with the 18 - 80mm, preferably high density lens to get sharp pictures. But if you have a choice of lenses then get 2 - 3 to cover close-ups, regular portraits and group snaps. For close up photography, prefer to get a fixed focal length 50mm or 55mm lens. For regular portraits, you can use a 28 - 80mm lens with low dispersion. And last but not least for group photography which is integral to Pakistani and Indian weddings, a wide angle 24mm - 28mm lens with low distortion would do fine.

Another thing to never forget is an external flash light for your camera. Reason for that is the mini built in flashes on the cameras don't have enough power to have much of an impact on your pictures at bigger venues. You should also familiarize yourself with flash photography before the event as at times it can be very difficult to get the pictures with correct exposure and settings with an external flash attached on the camera. Your pictures will either flat out by excessive light or will turn out to be too dark if you don't know what you are dealing with. Amateurs have their best chance sticking with automatic settings on the new super expensive DSLRs rather than trying their luck with manual settings. And last but not least don't forget to get a diffuser for the flash light to get that even tone across your pictures.

Quick check up list before you leave your house for the event:

- Camera with batteries
- Lenses
- External flash with diffuser
- Extra batteries
- Memory card and extra memory card(s)

Good luck, take your A game out there and remember to smile and try to enjoy the excursion.

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Wedding photography courses are an ideal way for an amateur photographer to learn the skills needed to get started in the wedding photography business. It is essential to get some sort of training before you shoot your first wedding otherwise you are likely to end up with unhappy clients.

Key to any wedding photography course is learning the knowledge of other wedding photographers. Some things can only be learned from experience so taking a course run by someone with great experience in wedding photography will ensure you pick up the pearls of wisdom from a trade professional.

Perhaps one of the main learning outcomes you can expect from any course is to teach you how to plan to shoot a wedding. Any professional photographer worth his or her salt will tell you that the main success driver is planning. You should approach your first wedding shoot knowing almost exactly what shoots you are going to get, where they will be taken and who will be in the frame. A good course structure will give you a good template around which to base such a plan.

Wedding photography is one of the easiest ways out there to start to make money (or even build a business) from your photography hobby. You will want to learn how to deal with the money making side of things of your business such as how to work out your fee structure and payment schedules.

Another thing you will need to learn is something that most new photographers find hard to develop. Having confidence in your ability and making your subjects feel at ease with you snapping away in front of them is an essential skill that will help you get some great frames.

 

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