I’m sure most of you are familiar with the phrase time is money, but as a small business owner that phrase takes on a whole new meaning. After I photograph an all day wedding or spend two hours with a new engaged couple, my work has just begun. I still have several hours of editing, resizing, uploading, and tagging to do. I know that the amount of time that I spend on a project effects my overall profit. I also know that I am not going to rush through my photos just so that I can make more money. I am a perfectionist, probably like most other photographers, but like any good person of their trade, using the right tools can make the job much easier and save a lot of time. Adobe Photoshop is probably the number one tool that most all photographers use other than their cameras and lenses. I would like to share with you a simple photoshop action that I use on a regular basis that saves me a lot of time.
Wedding Photography Techniques Blog
Jim Brandano of JP Brandano Photography, one of our talented members in Florida, shares a fantastic tutorial on the lighting techniques he uses when shooting portraits of the bride and groom:
In one of my posts, I mentioned that we sometimes use a flashlight when lighting a bride and groom for an image. I received emails asking two questions: why and how. I will try and answer those questions today. These are usually taken at the reception after most, if not all the planned shots; the first dance, cutting the cake and tossing the bouquet are over. We try to pull the couple away for ten minutes or so to get a romantic image for the album. Our first step is one of the most important in capturing the image. That step is when we plan ahead of time for the shot. We scout out the venue and find the place that would be ideal. Then we have our lighting ready and my camera readings set to a starting point but not the final settings. You have to remember that this is their wedding. They are having a lot of fun so you do not want to interfere with their night so you really need to plan it out. We also let the couple know about the shot before the wedding day and then again when we reach the reception. We assure them it will take about ten minutes or less.
As wedding traditions evolve, more and more photographers find themselves shooting in less than optimal lighting conditions. Those ‘safely lit’ church ceremonies are moving outdoors into the harsh sun. Or brides will shift from an afternoon wedding to a romantic evening ceremony at sunset. And it’s not like we can tell the bride “Yes I know that romantic evening ceremony sounds great, but I can’t really do my job as well so let’s go ahead and change your entire wedding day.”