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Capture Love: A Beginner's Guide To Wedding Photography

teacher avatar Rose Nene, Photographer and Videographer

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Lessons in This Class

15 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

      3:11
    • 2. Class Project

      1:17
    • 3. Planning

      6:00
    • 4. The Day Before The Wedding

      4:20
    • 5. The Wedding day

      1:23
    • 6. The Wedding Venue

      2:46
    • 7. The Wedding Props

      3:20
    • 8. Photographing The Bride

      6:03
    • 9. The Groom

      2:06
    • 10. Family Pictorial

      3:14
    • 11. The Ceremony

      3:27
    • 12. Post Ceremony Pictorial

      3:33
    • 13. The Reception

      2:03
    • 14. Basic Photo Editing And Exporting

      7:47
    • 15. Final Thoughts

      2:54
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Do you want to start a career in Wedding Photography? Do you enjoy capturing moments in a lifetime? Then you have come to the right place.  In this class we will show you how we take photos at a wedding, How we freeze that moment in time and make it accessible for the couple forever. 

Wedding Photography has become an in demand skill. Weddings nowadays are not complete without wedding photographers. May it be a hobbyist or professional photographer, Most couples make sure they have someone taking photos on their wedding day and that is what this class is all about, Wedding Photography. 

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We will kick off with the most important step in wedding photography which is planning, then we will quickly move on to preparations and the actual wedding day. We will share with you our entire workflow and you will see us actually do all of it. We will go over camera settings, composition techniques, shooting angles, lighting, poses and many many more :)

This class is perfect for beginner photographers who want to learn more about wedding photography, For aspiring wedding photographers who want to know what happens in an actual wedding photo coverage, for anyone who wants to capture a wedding through photos. For someone with a camera who has been asked by a friend or family member to take photos of the wedding. And absolutely anyone who just wants to learn how to take professional photos at a wedding. 

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Paul and Rose are Photographers, Videographers and Entrepreneurs from the Philippines. They spent many years studying photography and videography. They started their Photo and Video Business back in 2017. Paul and Rose will teach you everything they learned and strategies they developed from countless wedding gigs. 

By the end of the class you will be more confident in taking wedding photos. You will have access to their entire workflow and you will see them actually do all of it and if you will participate in the class project, By the end of this class you will have captured a moment in a lifetime :) Let us start making memories and making them accessible forever. See you in class!

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Rose Nene

Photographer and Videographer

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Rose is a Photographer, Videographer and Online Course Creator from the Philippines. Her work is focused on events videography, food and product photography and creating classes to share practical tips from her years of experience. She made so many mistakes and bought gear and props she hasn't used up to this day. In her classes she will share everything. From mistakes to avoid and techniques to level up your photography and videography skills.

 

Why I teach?

I believe that education makes the world a better place and our generation is so blessed with the availability of information specially online. Over the past years I have immersed in studying and researching and that’s when I discovered my calling for teaching. I did not want all the lea... See full profile

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1. Class Introduction: [MUSIC] Hi, everyone, and welcome to this new class about wedding photography. My name is Rose, I am a photographer and an entrepreneur from the Philippines, and I am super excited to share this class with you. This class is extra special. For the first time, my husband, Paul, a photographer like me, a videographer, and my partner in this business will be joining us. Not only that, the wedding that we photographed in this class is one of our best friend's weddings. They were kind enough to let us film the behind the scenes of how we photographed their entire wedding, and that's what we have for you in this class. My husband and I have been photographing weddings since 2017. It started out as a hobby and grew to be a real business for us. This opportunity gave way for us to leave our day job and focus on doing what we love the most, capturing moments in a lifetime. We have evolved from Films by Paul & Seng to FPS Productions PH, where we cater not just weddings, but all kinds of events and corporate photography gigs. We are also growing and offering part time jobs to aspiring photographers and videographers. Our photo and video business grew fast because our clients saw something in our photos and videos. They saw warmth, love, and passion. Our specialty is to capture raw and organic moments, and that is what we will be sharing in this class. That and all our secrets in photographing an entire wedding. We will go over planning, things to prepare the day before the wedding, things to do on the actual wedding day, photographing the bride, photographing the groom, photographing the wedding party, the family members, the venue, the wedding props, the cake, the ceremony, post-ceremony pictorials, and many, many more. This class is perfect for beginner photographers who want to learn more about wedding photography, for aspiring wedding photographers who want to know what happens in an actual wedding photo coverage, for anyone who wants to capture a wedding through photos, for someone with a camera who has been asked by a friend or family member to take photos of the wedding, and absolutely anyone who just wants to learn how to take professional photos at a wedding. We will kick off with the most important step in wedding photography, which is planning, then we will quickly move on to preparations and the actual wedding day. We will share with you our entire workflow and you will see us actually do all of it. Now, if you're ready, let's get started. [MUSIC] 2. Class Project: [MUSIC] For your class project, you will need to freeze a moment in a lifetime. The photo for your class project can be one of the photos you took from your first gig. It could be your practice shot at home. It can be your family, your friends, or your pet. As long as you freeze a moment using your camera and you apply all the concepts and everything that you will learn from this class. But why do you need to do this class project? Because number one, you will learn or you learn by doing and the first step to learning a skill is actually doing it and making mistake. That is what I love about Skillshare projects. You practice now and make mistakes, and you might end up making very minimal mistakes on the actual wedding photo shoot. I hope that you will participate in the class project, upload your photo or photos in the project section, and have lots of fun. Don't you worry, I will be including PDF guides for the camera settings and photography fundamentals that will help you get the moment in a lifetime shot. Good luck. [MUSIC] 3. Planning: You are here, big congrats and welcome to the very first lesson. You can be excited about all your ideas about your upcoming wedding gig. But if the couple is not into it, it's going to be a waste of time and energy. Working smart applies in wedding photography too. We do it by beginning with the end in mind. Our job as wedding photographers starts the very moment we say yes to this wonderful opportunity. Our number one priority when doing wedding photography is to ask the couple what they want for their wedding photos. In our years of experience, we get answers like making sure we capture the whole event, like a documentary style of photography. Some couples are into big poses and making sure they have a lot to choose from when posting in their social media. But my favorite is when couples want us to capture the beauty of the moment, raw and organic. For most of the weddings we photograph, we make sure to have at least one meeting with the couple. This is the time when we ask them what is their priority when it comes to the photos, what are their non-negotiables. We also ask them about the timeline and how long the wedding will take, the venue, hall times, etc. After we have all the necessary information, we start planning and creating a shot list. For the shot list, to make our life easier, I'd suggest that let's create a formula. Let's remember these three shots for every scene. That would be establishing shot, the first one; the second one would be medium shots; and the third one would be the close-up shot. But most of the time, let's have a medium shot. Around 80 percent of our shot would be medium shot to capture the facial expression and a little bit of the environment or the background. Okay, that makes sense. Then for the establishing shot, of course, to insert it in the middle just to establish where is the location, where is the scene going on. Where's the magic happening. That's right. Just establish the scene. To really completely tell the story. Exactly. That shot probably will take around 10 percent or five percent. The remaining would be a close-up and like an insert, like zoom, just to show the details of something, what's going on like inserting the ring or something or anything they're doing with their hands. That makes sense. We're in the first location. I think we will take photos of the house. Like what you said, establishing shot, wide shot, and then a medium shot and some closed-up shot. Yes. Perfect. The prep house. Next, the wedding props? The wedding props, yeah. That's simple. We just take photos of everything. We just take a photo of everything. For that since this is very small, that stripe does take everything like the wide shot. It's the wide shot and then details. Medium shot and then details. I think it will make sense to use the macro lens for this. Yes, that's right. The wedding props. After the wedding props, the bride. [OVERLAPPING] You take pictures of the bride. The bride, beauty shots. Let's do the putting-on-make-up shot. After we create a shot list, we do a mental rehearsal of the actual wedding. Great. I think we have a complete shot list here. This is really nice. I think this is going to be a good guide for us on the actual day. Let's just quickly run through the things that will happen without the shot list to really get us prepped for the day. Everything will kick off at the prep location. We take establishing shots of the location, so wide, medium, close-up. Yes. Then we collect the wedding props. We take pictures of the wedding props. After the wedding props, we take pictures of the bride putting on makeup. Then after the makeup is done, we take beauty shots. After the beauty shots, we take pictures of the bride with a gown and then the bride with the bridesmaid, the bride with the mother and then we move on to the groom. We take pictures of the groom, and then we take pictures of the groom with the groomsmen, and then we'll move on to the groom and the parents. What's next after that? Going to the church. We need to include some quick family portraits. Make sure. That's important. Then after that, we head on to the ceremony or the ceremony location. That's right. I know it can look a bit too much, but we do all of this so we don't get easily distracted and lost on the actual wedding day. If you are just starting out, this is going to be one of your biggest advantages. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst. Trust me, you can not overprepare when shooting a wedding. Overprepare ahead of time so you can relax and have fun at the actual wedding. Yes, it's possible. Again, just a recap. Have at least one meeting with the couple. Create a shot list depending on the wedding program and timeline. Create notes and timeline of your shot list. Do a mental rehearsal of the entire event. Finally, have lots of fun and don't let the little things stress you out on the actual wedding day. 4. The Day Before The Wedding: [MUSIC] Should you be taking your beauty rest too? Absolutely. Weddings are beautiful and definitely one of my favorite events to photograph. There is just so much love and laughter and stress and chaos, and it's also fun to photograph, but you cannot give it your best without enough rest or sleep. Yes. Given that there is a possibility that you may not be able to sleep due to excitement, if it's your first time, but it is crucial that you rest and eat healthy before the wedding day. This way you can optimize your body. Wedding photography will involve a lot of walking, running, talking, directing and decision-making. It really pays to prepare your mind, body, and most importantly, your gear. A day before the wedding, or for some, it could be the night before the wedding, aside from making a shot list, create a to-bring list, just to be over-prepared. Here's what we prepare and pack the night before the wedding. First is a camera. We're doing wedding photography, so obviously we will be bringing a camera. In our case, we use our two crop sensor Panasonic mirrorless camera. We have been using these cameras ever since we started our photo and video business. We chose these cameras because Number 1, their price. Number 2, because they are weatherproof and finally, one of them has a built-in stabilization, which is a big deal for us because we also do a lot of videography gigs. Next are extra batteries. This is often overlooked but we bring a lot of extra batteries. You don't want to run out of battery while shooting for those at the wedding. Weddings are stressful enough. We make sure to be super prepared and not add to the couple's problems. Next are chargers and charging station. Related to extra batteries, we also bring our chargers just in case the wedding will take longer and will take so much time to photoshoot. Next are lenses. For the lenses, we will be using this 50 millimeter equivalent prime lens a lot. Then for the ceremony, we will be using a zoom lens. This way we don't distract from the event but we can still get good coverage. We will also bring a wide lens, which is actually our kit lens for establishing and wide shots. Finally, this macro lens for a wedding props, especially the wedding ring. Next, the memory cards. The day before the event, we backup whatever is in our memory cards, then we delete all of it and format the memory card. This way we start fresh and the photos will not mix with the other photos. Moving on to tripods and mono pods. These are useful for wedding videography but later on you will see me using a tripod to do the after ceremony pictorial. I cannot imagine shooting all of that hand-held. I don't recommend it either. Even with photography, tripods can really be handy. Next, the camera bag. Once everything is ready, we just placed it securely in this camera bag and we take our beauty rest. Oh, before we forget, prepare your clothes. Make sure it is comfortable but still looks decent and non-distracting. We like wearing black, so we will look like one of the crews and so that it will be easier for the couple to find us. Some couples require you to wear a specific color and that's fine too but just make sure that it is comfortable and does not interfere with your photography. Just a quick recap. Make sure to be prepared mentally and physically and most importantly, prepare your gear. We have included cheat sheets and a list of the things you need to bring and prepare to hopefully help you in your upcoming wedding gig. In the next lesson, the actual wedding day. See you there. [MUSIC] 5. The Wedding day: [MUSIC] You've done all your planning, you have everything in your bag, you're at the wedding venue. What do you do first? Show yourself to the couple to let them know that yes, they can take you off of the stress list. That their wedding photographer actually arrived and their wedding photos are 100 percent. If you are not very close with the couple, it's also the best time to chat with them and make them feel comfortable with you. It's a happy and stressful day for them, so helping them relax, throwing the light jokes can be an icebreaker. We also extend our introduction to the couple's parents and friends because we want everybody to be relaxed and just have fun in front of the camera. I know you are the one holding the camera, but it really pays to be the one always wearing a genuine smile. Your subjects will mirror you and feel at ease with you. After you reassure the bride and the groom that you are present, if introduce yourself to the wedding party, the wedding coordinators, the relatives, et cetera, it's time to start taking photos [MUSIC]. 6. The Wedding Venue: [MUSIC] Welcome to another lesson. We will now slowly but surely unpack the medias part of this class. Paul and I have been taking wedding photos since 2017 and we approach it just like how we approach videography. We tell stories through our photos. The best place to start is the venue or what we call establishing shots. We take photos of the prep area, the house, the church, the hotel, etc. Basically, we take photos of the location where the event is taking place. In our country, the couple appreciates it because they often pay a lot of money for a nice and fancy prep area and venue. Having photos to remind them of where the magic happened means a lot to them. But how do we take photos of the venue? Common composition techniques that we use are symmetry, rule of thirds, and leading lines. Symmetry in a photo allows you to draw the viewer's eyes to all parts of the photo. It is created when two halves of your scene look the same and balance each other out. Symmetry defines something being clean, proportional, and balanced, and we'll make pictures appear neat, tidy, and clinical. The rule of thirds is a composition guideline that places your subject in the left or right third of an image, leaving the other two-thirds more open. While there are other forms of composition, the rule of thirds generally leads to compelling and well-composed shots. Leading lines is what the name suggests. You use and maximize lines to draw your viewers' eyes. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is to put your main subject at the end of a leading line. Once we are done taking photos of the venue or taking establishing shots, we move on to the wedding props. These are the wedding rings, the bouquet, the invitation, etc. Honestly, it's one of the easiest to photograph in a wedding because they don't move, they don't complain, and most often they are not late because they're just there hanging around in the corner. In the next lesson, we will show you how we improvise and photograph these things. See you there. [MUSIC] 7. The Wedding Props: [MUSIC] Welcome to another lesson. We are making progress here. We are now onto photographing wedding prompts. Exciting. What's not exciting is where to photograph these things and how. We've experienced weddings in tight venues where finding places to photograph the wedding prompts was extremely challenging. Over the years, we learned and developed a technique, find a location where there is great or if not great, adequate lighting. In this actual example, you will see us collecting the wedding props, and then doing our photo shoot near this big window where there is natural lighting. I use a diffuser to soften the light touching the subject, giving us this effect. Before we move on, I just want to quickly touch on why we are doing this. Why do we need to take photos of the rings, the bouquet, and all these things? Couples spend a fortune on weddings, then 10 years or so later all they have to look back to are their wedding photos. It is our job to remind them of that nice bouquet, the invitations that they handcrafted themselves, and all the amazing, and chaotic things that happened on their wedding day. Just a gentle reminder there and inspiration of how important our job is. When we photograph something it's like we freeze that moment in time and we make it possible for people involved to always go back, cherish and relive that moment. Now, back to the class. Weddings are usually busy and fast-paced. To nail your photos, if you don't have artificial lighting, always look where there is natural lighting, meaning light from the sun. In photography lighting is your friend. The best way to light a subject is lateral direction. Lateral lighting means your light is coming from the three o'clock or nine o'clock of the subject. You can also do diagonal and backlighting for silhouette, but when in doubt, stick and start with lateral lighting because it will give you dramatic and professional looking shadows. Here are some of the photos we took with camera settings and all to hopefully guide you in planning your wedding photography. [MUSIC] Just to quickly note that for the smaller wedding props, we use a 60 millimeter equivalent macro lens, but for most of the photos, we stuck with our 15 millimeter prime lens. If you are not familiar with aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, we will quickly explain it to you while we show you another exciting part of wedding photography, photographing the bride. See you in the next lesson. [MUSIC] 8. Photographing The Bride: [MUSIC] When we were just starting out, one of the questions we had was, when do we start photographing the bride? I know different photographers will have a different answer to this. But what worked for us is this. Take photos of the bride when the makeup is almost done. If I cannot time it, I just ask one of the bridesmaids to call me once the makeup is done and I will just ask the makeup artist to do a few brush strokes for me to take pictures, and viola, I have shots of the bride putting on makeup. Next are the beauty shots. Now, why is this important again? Well, for most women, this is one of those rare moment that they get glammed up so it is our job to take gazillion photos of it so they will have something to look back to. Plus, later in the day, the bride's makeup will fade. Everyone's going to be sweaty so at least we were able to take beautiful photos of the bride before things gets crazy. There are no limits when taking beauty shots. You can go from chill to being adventurous with the bride running barefoot outside. But for us, it will depend on the bride and the location. In this case, we were shooting in a very tight space with not much to do outside, so we start with a nice bedroom beauty shots. When taking photographs of the bride, we like to throw in light jokes depending on the personality of the bride to break the ice and help the bride show organic smiles. For the bride, it is flattering to take photos at a higher angle. This will help their face to look flattering. A lower angle, on the other side, will emphasize double chins, so we don't want that. We also like complimenting the bride, and this is sincere, almost all brides look beautiful on their wedding day. They have this glow and joy in their faces because hello, [LAUGHTER] it is their wedding day after all. Take advantage of that glow and that genuine smile, compliment their wedding gown or anything pretty that you see that day related to their wedding. It helps them relax and focus on the good things. After the after make-up beauty shots, we proceed with taking pictures with the gown, bride with the mother, and bride with the bridesmaids. As you can see here, we took photos where there is adequate natural lighting. In some cases, I used a diffuser to soften the light. For the camera settings, I usually use auto mode since everything is fast-paced. But if my histogram shows [NOISE] underexposed or overexposed, I switch to manual mode where I can set the aperture, the shutter speed, and ISO. [NOISE] Let me just quickly go over these important camera settings just in case you're not familiar yet. These three settings are important because of, number 1, exposure, and number 2, creativity. When you point your camera to your subject and your photo is overexposed due to hard light from the sun, you can address one or all these settings to help you get a balanced and well-exposed photo. For example, bopping the ISO really low to darken the photo, the lower the ISO, the darker the photo, and stating the obvious, the higher the number of the ISO, the brighter the image. Now if bumping the ISO still gives you a bright and over-exposed image, you can adjust the shutter speed as well. Just make sure to use a tripod if you will be using a lower shutter speed because even a bit of camera shake can cause your image to be blurry. For weddings, I honestly stick with higher shutter speed to freeze motions. More of that in the creativity part. Next is the aperture. This is the opening of your lens. The lower the number, the wider the opening, and more light is touching your camera sensor. The lower the number, the wider the opening of the lens and the brighter the image. The higher the number, on the contrary, the smaller the opening, and the result is a darker image. Now moving on to the creativity factor, the aperture is the one responsible for that nice blur called bokeh that you see in most DSLR photos. The lower the aperture number, the more blurry and shallow the background is. When you adjust the aperture to a higher number, the less blur you will get, and the deeper the background will be. Now going back to shutter speed. This setting is responsible for freezing that moment in time. You can achieve it by bumping up the shutter speed. The higher the shutter speed, the sharper the image, even if it's moving when you took the photo. High shutter speed gives you the freeze-the-moment effect. On the other hand, if you set the shutter speed really low, it will result in a [NOISE] blurry image, not just the background, but the entire image, which is not great for wedding photos. Finally, the ISO helps in exposing your photo, but if you bump the ISO settings really high, you will start to get grains, which is good for some photos because of the film-like effect. For most of the photos, I use a 50-millimeter prime lens. I use this lens because this is the closest focal length to the human eye. This type of lens is best when doing portrait photography or taking pictures of people. [MUSIC] [NOISE] I know that was a lot so let's move on. In the next lesson, we will show you how we took photos of the groom and the groomsmen. See you there. 9. The Groom: [MUSIC]. Welcome to this lesson. We are done with the bride's photoshoot; the mother and the bride and the bridesmaid. Now, moving onto the groom. The photoshoot of the bride and the groom is our chance to get their individual photos, because after the ceremony the couple are inseparable. It will all be kisses and love poses. For the bride, you want to capture her beauty. It's the same thing with the groom. We usually take photos at lower angle so the groom will look tall and powerful. We don't do a lot of directing. We take better photos when we allow them to show their real personality and just be comfortable with the camera. We would talk to them about how beautiful the day is and that it will surely be a beautiful wedding. It helps them relax and originally pose for the camera. After the groom's pictorials, we move onto the groomsmen. This is where you suggest poses and help them look great on camera. These people are not professional models, so it really pays to give them posing ideas. Most common poses that we suggest are congratulating the groom, shaking hands, posing handsomely on camera with hands on their pockets. If we find that the groom and the groomsmen are up for it, we also ask them to do a jump shot. But basically, you just want to have a nice photo of the groom with his buddies. Depending on how many groomsmen, we usually choose between our 50 millimeter prime lens and a wide lens. [MUSIC]. We are almost done with the pre-ceremony pictorials. In the next lesson, we will show you quickly how we did the family portraits before heading on to the next location, which is the ceremony venue. See you there. 10. Family Pictorial: [MUSIC] Welcome back. We're done with the first location establishing shots. We follow different composition techniques. We are done with the bride and groom individual shots and pictorial with the bridesmaid and groomsmen, we're almost done. But before we move on to the ceremony, we like to take a couple more photos with the families before heading to the ceremony venue. This is us checking our shot list, making sure we don't miss anything. This is why it is very important to have a shot list that you can review and go back to. We strongly recommend having a shot list because it can really help with the pressure and the worry of forgetting anything. Honestly for us, we are satisfied and we know we can give ourselves a tap on the back if we have covered and photographed the most important parts of the wedding, and we have a couple of artistic after ceremony photos. Moving on to the family pictorials. The couple appreciates it when we include photos with their families before their makeup wears off. But we make sure we do this quickly because after this everyone will be off to the ceremony venue. If you have introduced yourself to everybody, then this should be easy. In this case, it also helps if the wedding coordinators will ask the family to come together, then we just help them with their poses, where to set, etc. Just remember to always be helpful and help them feel relaxed. For a family portraits, you want it to look balanced. When in doubt just start at the center and build from there. When starting out, you can never go wrong with center and balanced looking photos. After you take photos and you feel like they look stiff and not relaxed, throw in some light jokes to bring out those smiles. My go to joke is this, okay, everyone, can you give me another smile and this time, let's pretend that it's a wedding and we're all happy. [LAUGHTER] This joke works for us most of the time, so feel free to use it or use whatever you feel is appropriate. For the photos with family, we try to get photos with the bride and her parents, as well as the groom with his parents, especially the bride in her mom. Then the room with his dad. We just find these photos really warm, special, and precious. The couple appreciates it too. Now that we have all these photos, we feel like whatever happens in the ceremony, we've won half the battle and we have great photos to give to the couple. But it does not mean we will slack off during the ceremony. It just means that we are taking off more pressure from ourselves, giving way to more energy and creativity in the ceremony. Speaking of ceremonies, that's our topic in the next lesson. Hope to see you there. 11. The Ceremony: [MUSIC] Welcome to the climax of the wedding, the ceremony. As wedding photographers, we see to it that we are always one step ahead. That is why we overprepare, plan, and arrive early. Same thing with the ceremony venue. In this case, the venue is a five minutes drive from the prep location, so we want to make sure we get there first. When we are early, we can scout the place and look for after-ceremony pictorial locations. We can take nice photos of the venue. In this case, it's nice because the sun is still out, so we have adequate natural lighting. The couple really appreciated that I was able to get photos of their cake, the table setup, and all other beautiful things at their wedding venue. Because we are early, we can also plan and talk about where our station will be during the ceremony. This is where we use our zoom lens a lot, because we don't want to disturb anyone during the ceremony. We try to maintain a distance from the altar, but still making sure we are capturing everything. This is where you should know how to anticipate great moments. You should always be ready to take snaps. What do we do is to set our cameras to a manual mode or shutter speed priority. Shutter speed priority because things here will be fast pace. It is not like the couple will pose for you. Basically, they will just do their thing, and your job is to capture as beautiful as you can. What we do is to take one full shot where the surroundings can be seen, then a medium shot from a waist up and close ups. We also like to stick with a balance centered, or the rule of thirds composition. For the ceremony, we make sure to be alert and aware of everything that is happening. Always be prepared to take photos. It is okay to move as long as you keep it subtle, and you don't distract from the ceremony. We also like taking pictures of people's reactions. Remember when we did the mental rehearsal in the beginning? Did you know that once we are in the ceremony, Paul and I do not need to talk. Because of our rehearsals, we already know what the other person is thinking. It greatly helps in anticipating the great moments to photograph. I strongly recommend doing 2-3 rehearsals in your head to help you anticipate great moments. Just a quick note though, that it will not be easy at first, but after 2-3 weddings, you will definitely get the hang of it. Repetition is the key to mastery. If you feel that wedding photography is your thing, or even better, your passion, don't ever give up and just continue giving it your best. It is priceless to see a couples' reactions to their wedding photos and to be the one making it possible for them, to have access to their special day forever. In the next lesson, we will show you how we did the after-ceremony pictorial. Again, see you there. 12. Post Ceremony Pictorial: [MUSIC] Depending on where you are, where we are, or where we live, it has been a tradition to have a post ceremony pictorial of the couple and their families and friends. For this pictorial a tripod is my best friend. Basically the wedding host will just call in each family and friends according to their professions, school, etc, or according to groups. This will be in batches, so get ready to say the words 3, 2, 1, smile gazillion times. Now, this couple is clever. They did not want just a charming conventional poses and smiles from their families, friends, and guests, so they flashed, post this on the screen that the people could imitate. Here are the results. For these photos, I set my settings to auto because it is getting darker and the main light is coming from the spotlight, which is not very flattering and it's changing every time. Good thing, I also shoot in raw, so I was able to fix the exposure in the editing room. For the post ceremony pictorial, I just stick with center and balanced looking photos. If I see that the guest needs help in arranging themselves, I am always happy to help because it will also help on how the final photos will come out. After the post ceremony pictorial, it is time for the couples artistic photoshoot. This is what you usually see on wedding photography websites and wedding photography portfolios. Remember earlier we scouted for places so we can do the after ceremony pictorial. Now is the moment for that. We found this nice garden with all the lights. In photography, again, lighting is your friend. In this example, we also took advantage of this natural frame and placed the couple inside the frame. Framing is another composition technique where you look for doors, flowers, or anything in the surroundings that form a frame and lead your viewers eyes to that subject. [MUSIC] For the poses, we just let the couple find their rhythm. We usually just ask them to talk about how beautiful the wedding is, and that is finally done and it's a huge achievement. We just tell them to enjoy the moment that they are now officially husband and wife, and to tell each other how they're feeling. Most of the time, the couple will naturally create poses that are organic and real. All we need to do is to capture it the best way we can, and it can turn into a really beautiful wedding photos. Remember that the couple is usually extremely happy during this moment. They are savory their wedding day, so it won't be difficult to capture joy and love. Our job is to help them enjoy the moment. [MUSIC] We are almost at the end of the event. Hooray. The next lesson will be light and easy. The reception. See you there. [MUSIC]. 13. The Reception: [MUSIC] Based on experience, the trickiest part when photographing the reception is the lighting, because it is usually the spotlight from the venue. For some, they like using the color blue, so it does not look flattering when photographing people. This is why we take photos in raw, so we can save bad photos or poorly exposed photos. Bad photos are usually results of mixed lighting in the reception, giving the photos an incorrect white balance. Another thing to watch out for during reception is the camera settings. We like to stick with manual so we can adjust the aperture, the shutter speed, and ISO depending on the situation. This is also the best time to use a higher shutter speed again, to freeze the moment and capture sharp images. A low shutter speed can cause blurry photos, especially when it's time to dance. For the reception, you want to capture the entrance of the bride and groom, the entrance of the wedding party, the speeches, the eating of cake, wine-toasting, and finally the dancing. Basically, that is all. Some couples like to have a quick send off ceremony, sparklers, and fireworks. After that, you are good to go. Make sure that in all of this, find time to eat, and breath. Relax and check your shot list, making sure you did not miss anything. At this point I wish I could tell you that you can rest and relax, but just to be safe, we normally import the photos to our computer before sleeping just to be sure. That is it. We will just quickly go over photo editing tips in the next lesson, and we are almost done. See you in the next lesson. [MUSIC] 14. Basic Photo Editing And Exporting: [MUSIC] Just when you thought you've done a great job and that your work is done. You check your files and you have gazillion photos. This part requires a lot of patients. What we do is choose the best photos and create another folder for it, usually named, For Editing. For editing and enhancing wedding photos, we use Adobe Lightroom Classic. Based on experience, it is easier and more efficient. Let me quickly show you how you can edit in Adobe Lightroom Classic. First let's open the application, Lightroom [MUSIC], next is to import the photos we want to edit. To import we need to be in the Library tab or the library Module. In this case, everything I want to edit is in the folder for editing the one that you saw earlier. I will just drag and drop [MUSIC]. In this case I will just check all. These are all the photos and then click Import. Once done, we need to switch to the develop module. This is where we will do all the editing. As you can see for this one, this is overexposed and on the right-hand side is where you can make adjustments. For the exposure, you can lower down the exposure. You can adjust the highlights. You can adjust the shadows, the whites, the blacks, the texture, the clarity, the vibrance, and you can even adjust the individual colors using the HSL sliders here. Let's say if you adjust the blue, you will see the blue changing colors or changing its saturation. You can change the luminance. Basically you can do your own edit. But in our case, what we do is use a preset. We have presets for weddings installed and we just set the settings to all the photos and normally it does the job. In our case, if we have a preset that matches the mood and theme that we want for a particular wedding. We just use it instead of adjusting all the different settings manually. This is the preset that we have chosen. It looks light and airy. Here is the before and after. The best part is we don't have to manually adjust all the photos one-by-one in Lightroom. Basically we can just select [MUSIC] all of these photos or all the photos we want to adjust and then turn on the sink. When we click on the Preset, all of the photos will be edited as you can see. Here's that before and after. Now for the after ceremony pictorials. For example, this photo, we chose a different preset because it is nighttime when we capture this photo. Plus we want something that matches the dark, moody, and romantic vibe. We selected this preset, and again here is the before and after. You also have the option of not editing your photos. You can just leave it here, If you want to edit it, you can just maybe adjust the white balance or the exposure, but it's totally up to you. But in our experience, it really pays if you do. [MUSIC] Basically you can do the same. Either experiment with your own settings or use a preset that matches the colors and the vibe that you are going for. We just choose a couple of special photos that we think will look right in black and white. Again, apply a preset for it and make little adjustments. Couples will usually upload their photos on social media. That is how we export most of the final photos. To export you just go to File and then Export. For Facebook uploads. What we do is we set the quality to 85. Then of course the image format is JPEG. This is the format that is accessible for most uses for web, Facebook for prints. Then the color space is sRGB and then we don't click on the check for limit file size. We click on Resize to Fit. Then we select the long edge option. For a Facebook, it's best to select the 20, 40 pixels. Then the resolution is 240 or 240 pixels per inch. We sharpen for screen and then this is just standard. Basically we don't put a watermark and we just click on Export. Now for prints like this, we use a different export setting for our package we include a central frame and we give the couple a hard copy of their favorite photo. For this couple, this is their favorite photo. This is the one that we had printed. To export for print, basically you just go to again File Settings, same format, JPEG, color spaces is sRGB for the quality we like to set it to 100 so we get the best quality. Then we don't Resize to Fit and for the resolution, we want to bump it up to 300. Again, for the sharpening for this frame, we wanted the matte paper. We're not using the glossy one. The amount is just standard and basically that's it. Those are the settings you need to remember when exporting for printing or for wedding albums. For wedding albums, we also export for print quality. Don't worry, you will attach a guide on exporting for different purposes. Once you have exported the final photos, set aside special photos for a special uploads or for your portfolio. This time, you are really good to go. You are done. You have accomplished a great job of capturing an entire wedding. You created something that will be cherished by the couple and their families forever. You deserve more than just a tap on the back. You deserve to celebrate. Don't ever forget this part. Always celebrate your wins, big or small. 15. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] You made it. We learned about the most important step in wedding photography which is planning. We have learned how to create a shortlist, what to bring and what to prepare. We have learned more about the three cameras settings, which are aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. We have learned about flattering angles to photograph people, low angle to make them look superior and powerful, high angle to make the bride's face more flattering. We have learned about different composition techniques such as symmetry, rule of thirds, leading lines, and framing. We have learned about full shot, medium shot, and close up. We have learned about finding the best lighting and help our subjects get comfortable in front of the camera. We learned about anticipating great moments and bumping up your shutter speed to freeze a moment in time. We also learned about basic editing and exporting techniques for social media upload and prints. If you are still nervous about your wedding photography gig, please go back to the video lessons and check out all the pdf guides we have included in this class. Again, congratulations on finishing this class. You have seen how we photographed an entire wedding, and I hope you are convinced that the secret lies in planning and preparation. I hope that watching us work will give you the confidence you need in capturing a wedding using your camera. If you haven't already, please make sure to do the class project and attach your work in the project section of this class. Again, capture a moment in a lifetime, freeze a moment and make that moment accessible forever. It can be your wedding gig or just a simple family get together at home. Whatever moment it is, make sure to capture it. Practice a lot and share your work. I hope you enjoyed this class and found it valuable. But either way, please leave a review. I would love to hear from you. If you haven't already, you may follow me here on Skillshare too because we have more classes on photography and videography lined up for 2022 that I can't wait to share with all of you. Thank you so much for sticking around and for choosing us and this class. We appreciate you, you rock. All the best and see you soon. Bye. [MUSIC]