Chapter 13. Wedding Photography

Wedding photography has seen a dramatic shift in styles, techniques, and creative challenges in recent years, resulting in a large number of photographers who are lured to the field by the workflow benefits that a digital camera can provide. The wedding day itself presents you with a huge array of lighting conditions, locations, and subjects and can also be a good test for your equipment and personal temperament.

Today's brides and grooms are also savvier clients because they're hip to popular trends and looks, having grown up with more music, video, and media influences than their parents could have ever dreamed. As such, they're better-educated clients who require a photographer who can produce the images they desire on their special day. A person with a creative eye and superior people skills couldn't find a more satisfying career than that of a wedding photographer.

Wedding Photography

Cydelle and Levi on their wedding day in Honolulu, Hawaii. ISO 500, f3.2, 1/500 sec., with an EF 70-200mm f2.8 USM lens.

Overview and Trends

Once considered one of the lowliest forms of photographic genres, wedding photography took a turn in the early 1990s when several photographers from both coasts started offering shooting styles and packages that sought to record the day as it unfolded in a photojournalistic way rather than create a collection of stiff, posed photographs that contained ...

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