When asked how to photograph a wedding, I usually reply
along the following lines.
Is your level of camera technique competent? What is your
degree of experience in photographing weddings?
Are you good with people? Do you have an understanding of
the basics of posing individuals and groups?
There are of course other factors which will dictate how
successful you will be in photographing a wedding.
There are some basics though.
If for example you answered yes to my question about your
camera technique then that is a good start.
You should be able to operate your equipment almost without
thinking about it, you will have many things to think about
when photographing a wedding, and your equipment and it's
intricacies and gadgets is not one you want to get bogged down
with at that point.
However, and it's a big however, all the technical knowledge
in the world will not make you good at photographing
Experience obviously helps, but for beginners to wedding
photography this is often difficult to come by. One way to gain
some experience is to ask friends who have recently gotten
married to pose for you, assuming of course they are willing to
do so! The promise of some free pictures usually does the
trick. You will also have the advantage of looking at their
album for some tips on posing.
The third point, that is, are you good with people, is
probably the most underestimated factor by those who set out to
learn how to photograph a wedding.
A big percentage of the wedding day is spent herding crowds
and directing people on exactly how you want them to
Basically if you don't have good people skills don't attempt
to photograph a wedding.
The final point re posing groups and individuals at a
wedding is also crucial to learn. This can be partly learned by
looking at other photographers work, there are many examples of
this freely available on the internet.
However looking at it and organising the posing whilst under
pressure are two different things! You must familiarise
yourself with the thirty or so basic wedding shots and then add
your own style to arranging and shooting a variety of
It is very achievable for an amateur photographer to learn
how to photograph a wedding.
My advice to most who ask is to attend a course or
alternatively get yourself a hold of a good DVD course you can
follow at home.
Wedding Photography DVD