Thinking of Starting a Wedding Photography Business?

wedding photographyAre you thinking of starting your own wedding photography business but don’t know where to begin? Well it takes more than a nice camera and taking great pictures to succeed in the industry. Wedding photography requires the utmost professionalism because couples trust you to capture the moments of their once-in-a-lifetime occasion in the best way possible. If you have the talent and you want to know how to capitalize on it, then this article will give you precious tips to help you achieve your dream of running a successful wedding photography business.

Start-up cost

First, let us get the basics out of the way. If you already own a high quality camera, your initial cost of starting the business will not be too high. If you don’t, however, you may have to spend in the region of $2,000 to acquire a professional-quality camera. You will also require some telefocus lenses, with good ones priced at around $500. Additional lighting and a tripod are also valuable assets but they are not a must at the beginning.

Photographic skill is also very important. You need to look at yourself objectively to see if you really have something special that people will be willing to pay for. If you know that you are a bit underwhelming, practice! Read the manuals of your camera, join the relevant forums and scour the web for more information. Hone your craft and soon you will be perfect.

First steps

Now that you have a decent camera and the requisite skill, it is time to take the plunge. Start by building an online portfolio of any work that you have done. This does not have to be very elaborate, but potential clients need to weigh your work before they decide if they will hire you. Chances are you have don’t have a portfolio since you have never covered any wedding, so how about photographing for free for a couple of weddings first? Cover the weddings of your friends and family so that you get some content to showcase to the world.

Website

Next, have a website where people will be able to view your samples. A website is very important for marketing purposes too. Ensure you have a professional email; one that does not scare potential clients. Design some wonderful business cards and give them to your friends and family, and ask them to help in spreading the word about your new business. Place ads in the local dailies and look for out for wedding sites that you can advertise in.

A sound marketing plan should factor in the social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. If you haven’t joined, you should. The more people share your work, the greater your reach will be and the faster your business will get established.

Persistence

In the wedding photography business, persistence is a priceless. You will need to have it in abundance. Success will not come overnight, but it eventually will if you are patient and keep doing things in the right way. The wedding photographers of today are treated like celebrities, so the newcomers may be forgiven for having delusions of grandeur. The truth is you have to make those deals happen by patiently building your business every day. A satisfied client may bring you five more, so make sure that every work you do is of the highest standard. Look professional and do professional work. Even if you suffer a couple of rejections, it’s nothing serious. Learn as much as possible, work very hard and do your best. The rest will fall into place.

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A REVIEW OF THE NIKON D810 DSLR CAMERA

Nikon D810Professional cameras can be categorized into two. Those that can be accounted for speed and those that can be accounted for high resolution. This makes a lot of sense because they are those photographers who focus on controlled, comparably motionless subjects for example landscapes, models and studio scenes etc. while others must battle the unpredictable. For example news, wildlife or your drunk grandfather at a wedding. Roughly speaking, you have to choose one or the other.

Nikon D810 DSLR camera is not built for speed, but to be honest; it splits the difference better than its fore bearer. It manumits the same excellent 36-megapixel resolution that outline Nikon D800; but it is characterized by an improved continuous shooting and low light capacity.

The D810 DSLR and its 6fps utmost capture speed is an amazing upgrade that enables you to capture maximum resolution shots at a decent clip.

The new D810 DSLR is also characterized by an improved, amazing four exceed processor and sensor; this translates into a fast performance it also translates into a faster autofocus speed that enable you as a photographer to capture an initial focus and also be able to track moving subjects. The new processor in D810 enables a fast throughput which leads into a number of improvements such as speedy frame rate for videos.

Another change that has been welcomed by many Nikon users is the entirely redesigned shutter and mirror mechanisms this has significantly helped in reducing the camera noise and the shutter vibration. The D810 shutter is much danker which helps in improving the sharpness of the image by slowing the shutter’s speed. It also comes with an electronic front shutter curtain which is useful in getting rid of any elements of shutter vibration.

The increased resolution on the LCD helps in improving the quality of the displayed images. For the first time Nikon is allowing its user to balance color of the LCD screen via a set up menu. This enables you to adjust the screen manually and change it to any shades of color you prefer.

Time Lapse

If you are a time-lapse shooter you will be over the moon with the excitement if you discover that Nikon D810 has time- lapse and an interval timer smoothing exposure and the number of images has been increased from 999 to 9,999.

Buffer Capacity

Its buffer capacity has also been advanced as compared to D800. It has the ability of shooting more raw files in a single burst. The highest number of JPEG images that can be recorded in a single burst is still 100 no matter the file size or quality.

Video Capability

The D810 video capability has been improved and it now has an ability of shooting 50 and 60p and a zebra presentation mode.it also has a new flat control picture mode that reduces contrast, sharpening and increases the vital range for better post capturing ranking.it is also available when capturing stills.

Image clarity

With the D810 you can now adjust the image clarity or the image micro contrast in order to come up with an impression of greater sharpness without Over-Emphasizing so much on the edges.

Video centric

The Nikon D810 prides in an improved video centric that enables you to control audio recordings and allow photographers to select the sound range and also to be able to reduce noise wind especially when recording with the in-built microphone.

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Quick Wedding Photography How-To’s

wedding photographyIf you’re already a sort of starting out photographer, there is no doubt that the next step would be taking on projects either for fun or professionally; and for as far as photography is concerned, the best niche to ever get into would be wedding photography. After all, especially with the current market being where it is now, wedding photography is the most lucrative and the easiest one to wriggle your way into so far. Now, just so you know well ahead of time, there is no cut and dried formula for a really great and seamless wedding photography coverage. However, there are a few basic information that you will most likely be able to make good use of and we are sharing them with you in this article.

No matter how basic they are though, all you need to do is to keep in mind that this is something extremely important to your prospective clients. After all, for most people, this only happens once in their lives. Why do you think is there so much fuss over preparing for the wedding, picking the best and the most perfect bridal gown, having food and cake tastings, and hiring florists, photographers and planners? It is because weddings are the mother of all major celebrations and events!

So, here are a few how to’s we have compiled for you to just breeze by starting out with your wedding photography interests.

Scout out your venue and take practice shots out of them

It is of utmost importance that you know all of the best spots to photograph in. This will give you the seamless advantage of being able to choreograph your shots appropriately. You will also gauge how you will be able to play with the natural light, how much light is coming in, whether you will need to use flash and a deflector, and so on. You will also know which spots to steer away from. Avoid messy backgrounds and opt for those with nice lines that can perfectly frame your subjects.

Think about offering to assist a professional wedding photographer

Gain some experience through that. The best way to start covering your own wedding event would be to make sure that it is not your first time to do it. Offer to assist; it will help you get a feel for the things that actually go down in a wedding. You get to sort of visualize how it is for you and what you will opt to do if it is an event of your own and find out your own sequencing.

Own competitive equipment

Also, lastly but definitely not the least, you need to make sure that you have gear or equipment that is competitive enough for the task at hand. Try to have more than just one camera and more than just one lens so that you at least have varied options for when you take your photographs. Also make sure that you have a lot of backup memory cards and batteries so that you never run out and you always have enough to cover you all throughout the event.

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Tips On What You Should Wear To A Family Portrait Photoshoot

family photo shootGetting a family portrait done is something special. There are many things that play a role in how the photoshoot will come out, with one of them being what you wear. If you are wondering what you should wear to a family portrait photoshoot, then continue to read on.

  1. Don’t Worry About Wearing Matching Colors

In the past, a lot of families would make sure that they wore shirts and pants that were the same color. However, you don’t have to do that, as you can choose to wear the same colors, but in different ways. For example, if there are four of you getting a photo done, and black, white and blue are the main colors you want in the photo, then one person can have a blue/white shirt and black pants, while another person wears a black shirt, blue pants and a white tie, while the other two also wear the same colors, but in different patterns. You might be surprised at how much better the photos will look.

  1. Wear Accessories

Accessories can make or break a photoshoot, and this is why you should wear a few fun accessories. Some of these accessories can include necklaces, ties, hats and things of that nature. Plus, sometimes accessories can be incorporated into a photoshoot and used as props, and this is why it’s a good idea to wear a few things to the photoshoot, or at least bring a few accessories with you.

  1. Wear Loose Clothing

Sure, fitted clothing looks nice, but if you want to look you and your family want to look your best in a family photo, then you need to feel your best. This is why you should choose to wear loose and comfortable clothing, because the chances are you won’t feel too comfortable wearing tight and fitted clothing. This can show in photos, so if you want to have great photos done, wear something comfortable and it will show in each of your photos. Plus, if you have young children, they will likely be more comfortable throughout the entire shoot.

  1. Wear Plain Tops Or Colorful Tops

When you have a family portrait photoshoot coming up, then avoid wearing tops with characters or any special wording or pictures on it. Instead, choose plain tops or ones that have multiple colors on them, as they tend to look nicer than shirts with writing on them or other types of characters. However, the exception to the rule is if you and the rest of the family want to wear shirts with special characters on it, but if you decide to do this, then the characters or wording should be the same on each shirt, but the shirts should be different colors.

Those are just a few examples of what you should wear to a family portrait. There are many other options you can go with. However, if you want to increase your chances of having amazing photos taken, then keep the above tips in mind.

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