Shoot Weddings Like a Pro: There Is No Retaking Wedding Photos. It’s Got to Be Right the First Time!
- The Trick for Low-Light Shooting in a Church
- Getting Soft, Diffused Light with Flash, Part 1
- Getting Soft, Diffused Light with Flash, Part 2
- Use Your Flash at Outdoor Weddings
- Keep Backup Memory Cards on You
- Formals: Who to Shoot First
- Formals: Where to Aim
- The Trick to Keeping Them from Blinking
- Reception Photos: Making Them Dance
- Your Main Job: Follow the Bride
- Formals: How High to Position Your Camera
- Formals: Dont Cut Off Joints
- Formals: Build Off the Bride and Groom
- Formals: The Trick to Great Backgrounds
- Shooting the Details (& Which Ones to Shoot)
- Change Your Vantage Point to Add Interest
- Finding That Perfect Bridal Light
- How to Pose the Bride with Other People
- What to Shoot with a Wide-Angle Lens
- Back Up Your Photos Onsite
- If Shooting JPEGs, Use a Preset White Balance
Formals: How High to Position Your Camera
When you’re shooting your formal shots, the height that you position the camera is actually very important, because if it’s not positioned correctly, your subject’s body can look distorted or some parts can look larger than normal (in general, this is just not good stuff). So, finding the right height for professional portraits is critical. Here are a few guidelines to help you get the pro look:
Standing, Full-Length Portrait: Position your camera (on your tripod) at the bride’s waist height (yes, you’ll have to squat down/bend over, etc., but the final result will be worth it). Keep your lens straight (don’t aim up towards the bride’s face).
7/8 Shots (from the Calf Up): Position your camera (on your tripod) at the bride’s chest level and shoot with your lens straight from there.
Head and Shoulders Shots: Position your camera (on your tripod) either at the bride’s eye level or slightly above.