Composition

 

Wedding Photography Weekend

 

Lesson Info

Composition

we're going to show some composition stuff because once you get your color you got beautiful light that's number one you want to capture great content that's you know the top two most important things color exposure you want to nail those composition is what really sets apart great photography from air think everybody else um so composition is huge and judy and I really have spent a lot of time trying to focus on composing images in a way that really help tell the story or make a more dramatic portrait so a lot of times we'll use a wide angle lens toe show scale or you know simply moving someone to the thirds and showing the sun coming in just so we can get some drama again twists turns and tilt on females look absolutely stunning even on the skinniest prettiest bride questioning you know how the points that cannon has do you go by those points do you move your camera how do you go about about that great question if I'm set to an aperture of two eight or more a higher like two eight fo...

r o r mohr I'll use that center point auto focus the entire time I'll focus and recomposed if you focus and recompose at two point oh you're gonna focus being focused recompose and go out of focus immediately shooting really tight especially if your clothes so then you have to use those outer once the problem is with most canon cameras those outer ones are horrifying inaccurate luckily today we have a one g s mark three which has nineteen of those accurate focus point so you can kind of get away with anything and everything and it actually works most the time but that's how we do and when we're shooting were always trying to remember the rule of thirds I remember when we first started out we did this bridal session of someone in our sunday school class already mary and she got dressed up and we shot maybe like four hundred seven hundred I do not remember how many images we shot we'd go through and they looked ok and then all of a sudden one would come and would just look awesome and we're like that's not that different from this shot what is it that makes it stand apart and we realized it was the rule of thirds and oftentimes people know about it but they don't actually enforce it and they're shooting so you just take the shot and you split it into thirds and anything that falls on a third is more dominant like if you put anything in the upper go ahead and show um maybe go back just a shot so instead of having meredith our bride in the dead center we have are pushed off to the side and we could have even push it off a little bit more and that just makes it more gripping instead of just something that center we have him on an edge so it's leading you're into it absolutely also using lines if we see a lot of cool leading lines you can get away with sticking somebody's head right in the middle of the photo as long as all those lines they're pointing at him like that usually that's a big no no don't put their head in the middle but that worked out really great environment riding rooms get married at places for a reason trying to shoot it these guys got married on a top of the mountain and they they wanted to see that in the shots we pulled back and show the trails in the greenery and smoke and all that cool stuff so this shot for example you know like jason and katie were shooting them in really tight but we're on the steps of the law school that I'm one of them had gone to so he made sure to pull back and then tell the story of where they were absolutely same thing here this is called layering elements I love this you know because we've got people shooting in the background we've got the bride getting your veil on and starting to tear up when it goes on and then we've got this kind of vignette fuzzy shoulder in the foreground her head and that's called you know layering elements is just having different layers going on in the image which really adds a lot of drama to an image and something to think about too is like if you look at this image it's not necessarily technically like correct and awesome but what is there it's a great moment and that this is what the bride connects to what was happening here is he put her veil on and she started to tear up and she's like on that was when it was thinking in that she was an actual bride and we could have just not proof this image because we like it's not perfect and I don't like it but to them they love it because it reminds them of that moment so constant over quality same thing here with layering and oh yeah quite quick question composition new crop photos for rule for you to do just great question we try to avoid cropping like the plague because cropping involves individualizing an image and post production and as soon as you do that you lose time so if we have to straighten an image because it's slightly crooked could not rising nuts I'll straighten him out but we try to avoid cropping at all if it all possible and trying to shoot it in the camera exactly how we want it so your question so here's another image layering elements we've got all the grooms staggered on this cool stare I told him all the same time kicks snow in my face they they're having a winter wedding so this was very appropriate and now we have this foreground element layer and then them on another layer and then we have the sky in another layer so we start getting more depth and otherwise flat image very cloudy overcast flat day but that adds some texture for us

Class Description

Being a successful wedding photographer isn’t just about taking gorgeous shots, it’s about creating an incredible experience for your clients. If a bride feels great about the services you provide—from your first meeting to your wedding day demeanor to the final delivery of the album—then she’ll be a happy customer for life and recommend you to her vast network of friends and family.

Zach and Jody Gray not only produce beautiful photos, they take great pains to ensure that every aspect of the wedding day is well planned and executed. In this weekend course that includes actual shoots of a bride and groom, Zach and Jody cover all the components of wedding photography, everything from marketing your business to finding the perfect lighting sources to posing your subjects to picking the best shots.

By describing their humble beginnings and explaining how their modest start-up grew into a thriving business with clients across the country, Zach and Jody will inspire you to pursue your own wedding photography dreams.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Establish a strong connection with your clients.

  • Identify the essential gear you’ll need for your shoots.

  • Use light rigs when natural light is unavailable.

  • Understand lighting ratios, strobe lighting, clamshell lighting and more.

  • Figure out which lenses to use for each part of the day.

  • Build up your network and attract more clients.

  • Market your business with your website, sales calls and word of mouth.

  • Review your images and find the best shots.


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