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How to shoot: Reception First Dance

Lesson 46 from: Getting Started with Wedding Photography

Philip Ebiner, Will Carnahan

How to shoot: Reception First Dance

Lesson 46 from: Getting Started with Wedding Photography

Philip Ebiner, Will Carnahan

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Lesson Info

46. How to shoot: Reception First Dance

Lessons

Class Trailer

Introduction

1

What this course is about and how to succeed

01:48
2

Why you should become a wedding photographer

01:32

Starting Your Wedding Photography Business

3

Business Section Intro

00:28
4

Building your kit

06:00
5

Where You Should Invest Your Earnings

04:30
6

Will's Wedding Photography Kit

09:57
7

Choosing Your Business name

04:50
8

Action Item - Choose Your Name

00:25
9

How to build your Wedding photography package

06:58
10

Setting Your Wedding Photography Prices

10:16
11

How to Get Your First Clients

06:54
12

Talking with Clients

09:41
13

The Importance of Contracts

04:27
14

The Wedding business workflow

06:34
15

Good Accounting Practices

02:26
16

The philosophy of a well run business

03:38

Wedding Day Overview

17

Wedding Day Overview - Schedule of Common Events

13:32
18

Taking care of Business before the shooting day

02:37
19

Tips for working with a wedding coordinator

03:31
20

Action item - List out the key moments - Try to memorize

00:31
21

Know what you will be photographing ahead of time

02:23
22

Conclusion to section/ recap

01:32

How to Photograph a Wedding

23

Introduction - The meat of the course

01:11
24

Equipment checklist/ cleaning lenses and cameras

08:24
25

Do you need an Assistant/ 2nd shooter?

05:07
26

Being a second shooter

08:32
27

What to wear as a photographer

05:09
28

How to shoot: Getting Ready/ Hanging out

05:18
29

How to Shoot: Dress/ Rings/ Bride details

10:41
30

How to Shoot - Groom Portraits & Posing

09:11
31

How to shoot: Groomsman

12:51
32

How to shoot: Bride Portraits & Posing Interior

04:49
33

How to shoot: Bride Portraits & Posing Exterior

08:14
34

How to shoot Bridesmaids

12:56
35

How to shoot: First Look

03:28
36

How to Shoot: Posed Couples Portraits

06:34
37

How to shoot: Walking down the Aisle

10:17
38

How to shoot: Ceremony Coverage and vows / ring exchange

09:17
39

How to shoot: First kiss and walking out

05:39
40

How to shoot: Formal family and group Photos

12:26
41

Action Item: Save your fav pose

01:14
42

Action Item: Find inspiration

02:07
43

How to shoot: Reception intro and Grand entrance

01:34
44

How to shoot: Reception Details

04:55
45

How to shoot: Reception Speeches and toasts

04:41
46

How to shoot: Reception First Dance

06:23
47

How to shoot: Reception Bouquet and Garter toss

04:46
48

How to shoot: Reception Dancing and Partying

05:58
49

Recap of “How to shoot”

02:47

Editing Wedding Photos

50

Introduction to Editing Section

01:25
51

Photo applications and Profesional Apps

03:42
52

Organize, rate, and cull

28:21
53

Editing detail shots

31:42
54

Editing bride getting ready

29:23
55

Editing Demo: Editing Outdoor Ceremony

23:10
56

Editing single portraits

52:10
57

Editing Demo: Black and White editing

09:39
58

Editing Demo: Stylized Editing/ Finding your editing Style

12:20
59

Advice on how to edit hundreds of photos efficiently

06:01
60

Exporting your photos for client/ portfolio/ print

10:05
61

Delivering Digital images to your client

07:06

Succeeding with Wedding Photography

62

Intro to Succeeding in Wedding Photography

00:48
63

Being happy as a wedding photographer

07:05
64

Making it as a business and sticking with it

03:14
65

Getting Testimonials

01:35
66

Using Social Media and networking to expand business

02:08
67

How to deal with unhappy or difficult clients

04:37
68

Competing with mobile phones and family/ friend photographers

01:58
69

Working with other wedding vendors

03:16
70

Section conclusion

00:53

Conclusion

71

Thank you!

01:29

Lesson Info

How to shoot: Reception First Dance

Time for the first dance. Now this can come at uh there's so many different times that the first dance can come at and there's gonna be multiple types of dancing, right? So I'm just gonna take you through generally um how to shoot a first dance. So if your, if your wedding starts with the first dance where sometimes the grand entrance will lead right into the dance. You just have to be ready to go having the 70 to 200 for the grand entrance and then moving into the dance is great. That's why it's helpful to have a second body. However, that may have a 24 to 70 or a wider lens that you can switch or having your lens close by that, you can switch to the to back to your midrange zoom from your 70 to 200. Now, this particular wedding that we're gonna go at their first dance came in after dinner after the speeches and when uh we had a full live band with DJ. So if we go over uh to this wedding, um they had a mini little entrance from the dinner party into uh leading into a little dance part...

y and then they went ahead and started their first dance. Now, in this situation that I'm saying that I, that I had to shoot in, I had to use my diffuser and my flash, right? Remember my flash with the big uh diffuser on top. I pointed it into the air. Um I had to sink it at um either 180 if or I think 11 25th on my particular camera or 1 2/50 so that it sank and then I changed the level of the flash power. Um And the idea depends on your uh couple. This couple was pretty good at spinning. Um Not to mention there were some really cool colored stage lights up uh and up ahead and I found a spot that looked cool at the background. Something to do during the first dance is to think about where you are, where the couple is and what's behind them, right? I think I moved in one direction where uh the background didn't look so good. So I kind of started to lean into one area. This was probably one of my more favorite shots. Luckily there was a warmer light on the left side. My flash was filling in from the right and then there's all this color in the background. If I had flipped that maybe there's one down the line, there was actually just people standing behind me at this point, everyone's standing up and I don't really care as much about getting in people's way because you were there to photograph the first dance. So I think it's OK doing a mix of vertical and horizontal is great keeping an eye on what they're doing, how they're interacting with each other and snapping away when you see these little moments like that. This is one of my favorite frames I knew. Uh I like having a lot of space on the right side and it kind of showcases their band that they had there. This is done with my uh 24 to 70. Um at 24 right? Having a nice wide shot of the dancing. So you can see the details in the dress and the suit is always helpful to have here. I'm not using my flash so you can see how it's a little bit less filled in with the light and I'm letting the lights from the stage fill in and kind of give them an edge of light. I really like the flare behind there that was catching my camera a little bit. I thought it added to the ambiance in the moment. So really when you get to a first dance, walk around, see where you can find the right angle uh for you to shoot them at with because it's going to be very important. And then of course, we'll lead into the next dances which is like the father daughter dance again. Don't put your camera down, right. This is at 24 and this, I'm standing in the same spot and I nailed this sort of look while she's waiting for her dad. And then he shows up same thing filling in with my flash, having the flare in the background, they change their lights a little bit. So the colors are a little bit different. But finding these moments when she's laughing or smiling and you're seeing the best of the best, right? You're not seeing all the extra photos that I took in between all of these. Um And then we lead into the mother and son dance. But again, same coverage right up and down portraits, some horizontals looking for this moment where she is looking up at her son. This is such a nice moment where she's actually looking up and you can see she's starting to have this private conversation with them and she's starting to break down and she's starting to cry and he's up like this. This is the moment, right? And we've nailed, we've already nailed our exposure as far as the flash goes, as far as our positioning where we're standing in the room so that when this moment happens, we can get it. He actually sent me a text about this photo and he's, it's just one of his favorites. He um got very emotional about it because it's just him and his mom and they're there together having a moment away from everyone else and just talking about um their relationship, his new relationship, all these things. So the idea is to recap, find a place in the room where you like the background where you feel like the lighting is, is gonna be good because typically it's gonna be a little darker where your flash is going to work well from you with or without it, right? Remember the shot that I took with out a flash. Um And then also where you can do uh a variety of horizontal vertical photos. Um And then the last thing to think about is for me is like, I know I said earlier, like not to care about being in other people's way but try not to take away uh from the first dance. I don't like to get super close to them because this is a moment, right? Especially if there's a videographer there. Um Chances are you're gonna get one or 1 to 3 photos really great of this moment and they're gonna love it, but there's gonna be a videographer there, potentially who's gonna get the entire moment and you wanna be cognizant and aware of where you are in relation to what they're also filming. Um But you also wanna be um aware of how the couple is feeling, not getting right up into their face, um not disrupting what's happening in the actual act of having their first dance as a married couple. Um The crowd is less important, you don't wanna get totally in people's ways, but um you also wanna be able to do your job and get your, your shots as well. This is another one of those times like we talked about the ceremony where people will have their phones out and they will be taking lots of photos and videos. Um and you just have to get your job done but be respectful of everyone around you as well. Let's go on to the next lesson.

Class Materials

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Wedding_Photography_Key_Moments_List.pdf

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