Wedding Photography Techniques

Photography Workflow – How to Cut Production Time by 50%

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:42 pm

Like most photographers, I like to play around and constantly explore Photoshop. Each time you use it, it seems like you discover some new trick or wonderful way of accomplishing something quicker than before. But I'm a businessman too, so I need to be careful about how much time I'm spending in front of the computer. The more time I spend there, the less I have for

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Photography Lighting – The Importance of Contrast For Great Shots

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:41 pm

The primary purpose of a photography lighting system or kit is to illuminate a subject to allow proper image capture or to achieve the desired effect. The proper illumination of a subject or a product being photographed is one of the most important details in the production of high quality photography. Photographers can utilize a wide variety of lighting devices for

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Photography Ideas to Inspire You

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:32 pm

Last week on my way into town traveling 70 mph I saw what I thought was a photograph. I was even compelled enough to turn around to get another look to see if it was indeed something worth recording. Someone had plowed their field and the snow had not melted in the bottoms of the rows. These created dark and light patterns in the field that I thought were

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Photoshop Action Can Save Money

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:12 am

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

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Two Camera Lenses, 6 Reasons to Own Them

By at August 18, 2013 | 10:25 pm

Given the current state of technology, a case could be made that a photographer could exist today with only two camera lenses - a wide angle to moderate zoom, and a short tele to long tele zoom. That would be a mistake. For as good and flexible as today's zoom lenses are, there are some compelling reasons to choose fixed focal length lenses on occasion. I'll admit, 90

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Photography Lighting Techniques & Tips

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:08 pm

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

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Hipstamatic iPhone Wedding Photos – An Entire Wedding Day Captured

By at December 5, 2012 | 1:27 pm

Capture hipstamatic iPhone wedding photos for an entire wedding day? That's the unique opportunity that member Marc Sadowski came accross on a craigslist ad. Katie and RT, this adorable couple, were looking for a photographer to shoot their wedding specifically with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. If you're not yet aware of what this cool app does, the hipstamatic

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Mounting Off Camera Flash – Best Methods

By at July 16, 2012 | 10:13 am

Gary Fong, professional photographer and developer of cool photography tools demonstrates how to convert a tripod and umbrella hot-shoe holder into a much more sturdy, and faster-to-use lightstand for mounting off camera

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Wedding Photo Tips Refresher: A Practical Field Guide by Robbie Gantt

By at April 25, 2012 | 8:56 pm

Wedding Photo Tips Refresher: A Practical Field Guide by Robbie Gantt. As professional photographers we are all lured by the siren's song on the latest and greatest equipment. It is very easy to get caught up in all the new gear and incredible products that are available in our ever-evolving industry. I'm just as guilty as the next shooter who drools over the latest

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Are You Losing Quality When Converting Images to Black and White?

By at February 15, 2012 | 10:27 am

Are You Losing Quality When Converting Images to Black and White? Gary Fong explains why preserving midrange tones is important for the highest quality when converting color digital images to black and white. He shows how much information is lost with the common "desaturation" method and capture in BxW mode provided by most digital

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Get Rid of Ugly Bounced Light on Group Photos

By at January 18, 2012 | 3:03 pm

Getting ugly bounced light on group photos? Using a Lightsphere and Chrome Dome with the proper camera and flash settings, Gary Fong demonstrates in great detail how to eliminate both shadows and harsh flash from your group photo shots. Take a look and share your tips & comments!

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Using Lightsphere Color Gels to Create Wild Background Colors

By at September 20, 2011 | 11:15 am

Gary Fong demonstrates how to create spectacular special-effect colored backgrounds by simply switching colored gels in the new Lightsphere color gels holder. By custom color balancing to one of the gels, the ambient light becomes the opposite

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How to Fine Tune Digital Camera for Best Results

By at August 17, 2011 | 8:20 am

World-renown photographer and inventor Gary Fong explains how to fine tune digital camera to get more accurate

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Dramatic Glass Block Wall Shoot with Powersnoot Demonstration

By at July 18, 2011 | 8:53 am

Gary Fong demonstrates an indoor shoot using the Gary Fong, Inc. Powersnoot on a Nikon SB700 in remote mode and camera on manual mode in a variety of shutter speeds. This video was taken in the historic Sydney Convention Center, Australia in front of a master class. Gary Fong holds a Powersnoot

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Tools in Action – Create Bridal Fashion Images

By at May 13, 2011 | 10:14 am

Renowned wedding photographer Gary Fong shot this video in London, England as a demo for the Society of Wedding and Portrait. Gary Fong, Inc.'s PowerSnoot is a chrome-plated, long snoot with a grid that allows you to create dramatic lighting effects using regular speedlight equipment. Watch how Gary utilizes his PowerSnoot on a Canon EOS 7D to achieve a sophisticated

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Pro-Quality Work from Your Entry Level DSLR

By at March 22, 2011 | 8:18 pm

You don't need an expensive DSLR to make beautiful images, but there are some basic considerations that your entry level DSLR does require. By Gary Fong Working as a professional wedding photographer for over 20 years kept me busy shooting over 1,000 weddings for many satisfied clients. It goes without saying that technological advancements in the industry saw me through

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Stepping up your Game – a Professional Wedding Photographer

By at February 23, 2011 | 11:53 am

The professional wedding photographer is much more than the person behind the camera! With the digital revolution in full swing, anyone can take a picture. The professional is there to record the usual and customary, the spontaneous, and create the artful photographs that will be treasured for a lifetime. An experienced professional should have a calming effect on the

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Lighting Techniques for a Storybook Look

By at February 17, 2011 | 1:59 pm

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

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Winter Wonderland Wedding Photos – Gold Hill, NC

By at February 11, 2011 | 10:57 am

Ken Thomas of Ken Thomas Photography in North Carolina captured these amazing winter wonderland wedding photos and shared the details behind them: "I shot this wedding on December 26, 2010 in Gold Hill NC. The couple was Brittany and Jason from Mooresville NC. It snowed the night before and continued to snow during the ceremony. Yes Mother Nature blessed them with a

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