This article was written by the award-winning studio Photography by Calin.
One of the most common questions we receive from new wedding photographers are what camera settings we used. Truth be told, settings are less important than composition, emotions and so on. Here is the secret on how to take the perfect wedding photograph.
1. Find the Best Light
The key ingredient in photography is light. In fact, there is no image without light and many artists completely disregard it. As such, the wedding photographer has to ensure the direction and quality of light is appropriate. The light has to be soft and the subject's face should be turned towards the light. That has a slimming effect and sculpts the subject face.
A trick we use to find good light is to hold our hand upwards in about 1 ft. in front of our face and look at the shadows between the fingers. Is the transition between the highlight and shadows abrupt? That indicates a harsh light and you will need to move to a different location with better light. When the transition between the highlight and shadows is gradual, that is an indication the light is soft.
Congratulations, you found the best light possible!
2. Find a Beautiful Location
If you are able to find a great location, your backgrounds will help you create even more impactful photos.
3. Refine the Camera Settings
4. Pose Your Subject
5. Inject Motion and Emotion
Direction and Quality of Light
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