I’m going to talk about wedding photography over the next few weeks since I’ve been asked lots of questions about this topic recently. There are a LOT of books out there. Which one to pick up is a tough question.What I want to do here first though is point people to some books that I believe are out-of-the-ordinary wedding books.
One person who’s been doing weddings for 30 years is Bill Hurter and he has some great books on the topic. I’ve talked about his books elsewhere. The first one I want to talk about today is his book The Best of Wedding Photojournalism: Techniques and Images for Professional Digital Photographers, 2nd Edition which is available at Amazon.
Bill’s approach in this book is to look at wedding photography as a wedding photojournalist.In contrast to a traditional wedding photographer, a wedding photojournalist works unobtrusively to capture the “real life” flavor of the special event as it unfolds, and this guidebook addresses the unique challenges and specific preparations required to excel in this field. The tips and topics talked about here can be simply applied to any event type photo including just birthday parties at home.
Calling upon the best and brightest photojournalists to share their images and insights, this updated edition reveals the secrets for capturing all the breathtaking exchanges between the personalities, so that the photographs tell a story rich in detail. Many topics are also covered, such as how to meet and mingle with the main players at a wedding, what to expect in terms of a timeline, what shots cannot be missed, and how to minimize the distractions of flashes, bulky equipment, and verbal requests.
Before, during, and after the ceremony—indoors and out—this volume is brimming with advice for every aspect of the shoot, including selecting equipment and lighting, working with an assistant, properly archiving digital files, and selecting a beautiful heirloom-quality album design.
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