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What You Need to Know to Become a Wedding Photographer

As cliched as it might sound, the wedding day is the most beautiful and memorable day for the bridal couple. Everything needs to be in perfect precision – the rings, the bouquets, catering, decoration, and … the wedding album. Yes, without a doubt, the wedding album is one of the most important entities, because years later, these photographs will catapult the couple to a trip down memory lane. Which explains why the job of a wedding photographer is very important. He has to freeze the lovely memories in print so the couple can reminiscence about their happier times much later. It is however, not so easy to become a wedding photographer, you need an aesthetic approach and a natural sense of creativity, combined with a genuine dedication to make people’s lives happier. Not to forget, determination and hard work to make a success of your assignment. To help you in this regard, the paragraphs below enlist some of the things a wedding photographer needs to know.

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Job Profile
The job of a wedding photographer is of course, to take photographs of the wedding day.
They mostly work on a contractual basis, irrespective of whether they are hired from a studio or they freelance.
They have to plan and take photographs – beginning with the bride walking down the aisle, the exchange of the rings, the reciting of the vows, the kiss, then, the guests, the first dance, the festivities to follow, luncheon, and on and on it goes.
What they need to remember is the order of priority.
The duties do not end with merely taking photographs, they have to be developed, processed, and designed accordingly.
The pictures of the bride and the groom must especially be taken care of very carefully, and must be artistically designed (like enclosing them in lovely frames, etc.).
They must discuss these details prior to the ceremony, and act according to the client expectations.
If you are running your own agency, your job responsibilities include staying abreast of the photography market and the latest equipment.
Key Skills
Hard Work
High Creativity
Dedication
Determination
Patience
Excellent Interpersonal Skills
Attention to Detail
Education
As such, there is no formal education required for this field.
Of course, that does not mean that you have to remain a high school graduate and expect to learn it all on your own – the statement merely means that formal education is not mandatory.
This means that if you have sufficient training as an amateur or assistant photographer, you may qualify for this field too.
If however, you want a formal degree, there are many associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and special diploma courses available at different design and art schools.
Your study stint will consist of varied courses and subjects, namely – basic photography skills, digital imaging, image processing, digital editing, graphic design, light exposure, color coordination, focus, shutter speed, etc.
You will be exposed to the technical aspects of the trade as well – you will be taught about the various tools and equipment, like the different types of camera, lenses, filters, sensors, tripod, etc.
You will learn about the scientific part as well – the solutions and tricks you will need to develop the photographs, the angle at which pictures have to be clicked, location, etc.
The software aspect will be taught too. You will learn about the various photo-editing software and the techniques to use them.
You will also be taught about the general poses, the expected poses, the list of ceremonies, etc.
What you need to remember though, is that this field requires more of a practical stint.
Even your courses will be 50% theory and 50% practical.
Therefore, practice as an amateur, and gain as much experience as you can.
Volunteer for minor league parties, parades, and events.
You have to build a good portfolio – it is your Bible, and it is what your prospective hiring agencies and clients will look at.
Training
As already mentioned, you will be expected to have a lot of practical experience.
You cannot immediately start out as an independent photographer, even with a specialization.
This is because this field requires immense customer trust – which means that you need to establish a loyal customer base, and this can be done when you have good contacts and you work through an already reputed agency.
After completing your studies, begin by joining reputed studios.
You may not be given on-location assignments immediately, you might have to wait for a while.
Even if you have experience, you will undergo training at your workplace so that you learn to adapt to their style and techniques.
You will be sent as an assistant photographer to various weddings.
Your pictures will be checked, analyzed, criticized, and approved by your senior, who is probably the chief photographer for the wedding.
As you learn more and more, you might be given a chance to cover a wedding assignment of your own.
You can work there for a few years, make contacts, establish your niche, create a loyal clientèle, and eventually branch out on your own.
Source : www.buzzle.com

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