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In the following video, Larry Becker provides an introduction to using neutral density filters and some tips concerning how and when to use them. He covers some basic effects they can help to achieve, such as shallow depth of field and intended motion blur, and also discusseshow they affect your exposure settings...
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In the following video, Larry Becker presents the second installment of his Neutral Territory series on neutral density filters. This segment provides a more in-depth approach to working with ND filters, including alternative reasons for their use other than slowing down your shutter speed. Becker also touches on...
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In the following video, Larry Becker completes his Neutral Territory series on neutral density filters with a roundup of information, as well as demonstrations of more specific techniques and pieces of gear. This video begins by covering a unique video-related use for variable ND filters, and then goes on to cover...
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We asked a group of highly regarded wedding photographers for thoughtful tips on how to expand, sharpen, and maintain their creative approach to wedding photography. After getting a lot of great insight, we narrowed the pile down to six tips to pass along to you. 1. Workshops/Mentoring No matter what you do for a living, there is often a tendency to think that you have reached the peak of your...
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When you photograph a wedding, you are faced with a wide array of lighting conditions, ranging from bright sunlight to dimly lit interiors. Using ambient light as your main source is often preferable; however, in a situation such as a wedding where time is of the essence, you will need to know how to properly expose all of these varying scenes using both natural and artificial light sources....
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Weddings are all about people and, for the photographer, success often depends on how you interact with the multitude of personalities you will find at a wedding venue. We spoke to a good cross-section of professional wedding photographers to assemble some tips for both beginner and veteran wedding shooters. 1. Know Your Client “Know your client—their likes, dislikes, preferences, what they’re...
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And I’m not a pioneer of any style: I am just taking the kind of photos I like to take, using the principles of composition embraced by Cartier-Bresson and the street photography style forwarded by Klein and Winogrand, and applying them to a wedding.” Some may beg to differ—after all, the “Ascough style” is a phrase often thrown around,...
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1. Shoot every day  Like any skill, the more you do it, the better you can get. The best camera you have is the one in your hand, so if you aren’t out with your full DSLR kit, don’t be afraid to take great photos with your cell phone camera or a point-and-shoot. Photography is photography, make pictures with a camera. Any camera. 2. Always have your camera near  Pull up a chair and I can describe...
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Image stabilization, or vibration reduction, O.I.S., Optical SteadyShot, SR, VC, VR, MEGA O.I.S., and other equally catchy monikers, are technologies that enable photographers to take pictures under lighting conditions that once upon a time would have been considered too iffy for capturing sharp still images. Depending on the make, model, and vintage of your IS-enabled camera or lens, image...
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For a beginner, few things seem more intimidating than photographing a wedding. A sense of anxiety is perfectly normal if you haven't yet spent much time in the field. It's important to remember that we all begin somewhere, and even the most experienced pros were also novices at one point. With practice and education, nerves begin to morph into confidence. No two weddings are the same, but...
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Adrian Toto understands shooting weddings as a photographer and as a videographer, but he rightly points out that knowing more doesn’t necessarily make it easier. The more you know, the more you want to incorporate into your work, but his wedding films certainly reflect the fine application of his knowledge. He speaks on two different approaches to filming a wedding: establishing your...
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Adrian Toto has an important piece of advice for wedding videographers: think about audio! Quality audio bridges the gap between fine art and storytelling and is imperative for a successful wedding video. Toto outlines the basic audio gear and mic setups needed to record a wedding, whether you are shooting solo or with assistants, and he mentions a few pitfalls that you can expect along the way,...
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We spoke to a handful of wedding photographers across North America to find out what they recommend for helping a wedding photography business stay on track and compete effectively in the marketplace. All of them gave us great input and here are some of the most commonly mentioned tips. 1. Vendors Working and playing nice with others is the key to getting more work as a wedding photographer. This...
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Ryan Brenizer offers five deceptively simple ideas to improve your lighting when shooting weddings and, with one glance at his dramatic and subtle lighting effects, it becomes clear that these ideas, when executed properly, will create gorgeous images. Brenizer likes to travel light and his tips often involve using speedlights, whether on camera or off. Creating effective backlight is a specialty...
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Are you a beginner who is about to photograph your first wedding ever? Or, are you a seasoned pro shooter who could pick up a second job critiquing the moistness levels of wedding cakes from hundreds of different bakeries? Regardless of your skill levels and experience, there is always room for learning new tricks and adding new, great images to your portfolio. We spoke to a handful of wedding...
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