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Taking Sharp Images as a Female Wedding Photographer With These Tips

female wedding photographerAs a female wedding photographer, it can be quite challenging to take sharp images. If someone ever told you that it was impossible because of the gear you have at hand, I have different news for you. It is possible to take sharp pictures and you can do that consistently.

So many photographers struggle with this same problem of taking sharp photos and really it can be frustrating. I was in those shoes a while ago, I remember coming back from shoots with so much gusto only to find out that my memory card was filled with blurry images. I could almost swear that I needed a new camera and lens. Later on, I realized it was more about the photographer than the camera when it comes to taking sharp pictures.

Here’s the good news for you as a female wedding photographer, there is hope. Allow me to share a few tricks on how you can get sharp images in the next few paragraphs.

Using a fast enough shutter speed

Every camera has an internal sensor that gets exposed to light when the shutter button is pressed. This process is how an image is captured and the amount of time the sensor is exposed is known as shutter speed. It can be shorter or longer in different cameras depending on the settings. What you didn’t know is that the longer your shutter stays open, the more blurry the resulting picture will become. To capture an image in a sliver of a second and freeze it in time, you need a faster shutter speed. To achieve this, go to your camera settings to increase the shutter settings or select “action setting” option. So even if your subject is moving or your hands aren’t so steady, you still have clear, sharp images.

Pull your elbows in

What happens when you can’t adjust your shutter speed and you need sharper images? When the light is low for instance, your camera tries to balance this out by keeping the shutter open for longer. So your hands have to be steady else the picture will end up being blurry. Here’s what you should do. Instead of taking the picture with your hands out, pull in your elbows, it helps to keep your arms steady.

Rest against the ground or wall for more stability

You might notice that even after pulling your elbows in the camera still shakes. You need a more drastic measure. This is what I advise, rest your body against a solid landscape feature, either the floor or ground. Just pick a position that is most comfortable and take your shots.

Using a tripod

As much as you try to eliminate camera shake naturally, there is a tendency it will happen once in a while. A tripod is one way to completely eliminate camera shake. There are a few disadvantages, however. You might not be able to take certain angles plus you will spend a lot of time trying to set up for a new composition. Another disadvantage is that they are quite expensive and cheaper ones hardly give you the best results.

A shorter lens

The final solution I’d suggest in this article is using a shorter lens. Usually, a long lens is more difficult to keep steady. So when shooting, especially in dimmer lights, use your portrait or wide angle lenses, they will help you stay steady. For more helpful advice, check our JoanneB Photography

I am sure that this must have helped you as a female wedding photographer. Now that you have learned how to take sharp images, share your experiences in the comment section.

4 Must-Know About Event Photography

event photographyThe technical issues that one can face in event photography can really be taxing. During what you love is not as simple as coming to your clients with a camera and say that you are confident about what you do. So, here are 4 tips that will make sure nothing can go wrong with your event photography.

  1. Your gears

Most professional photographers who are switching to event photography has their own gears, but if you haven’t, here’s what you should get. It’s important to first recognize where you will most often shoot at. Events are often done under low-light situations, the worst possible condition for a photographer. So, the first step is to get a camera body capable to handle the low-light situation well.

Then, you will need SD cards that are prepared to store hundreds of RAW files that can sum up to 40 or 50 MB each. Prepare at least 2 empty large capacity SD cards for every event.

For lenses, you generally need one of each zoom and prime type lens. Zoom lenses are great for ongoing parties where your subject is always at different distances. Prime lenses are great for taking high-quality pictures, but it has a fixed focus that cannot change. The level of focus that you want can differ from others depending on your style and how comfortable you work with them.

  1. Tell clients what your service entails

It’s very important that your clients fully understand what an event photography session from you means to them. It doesn’t mean that they can abuse your service for a full day when you were only paid for a 10-hour session. It also means that they respect how you work without patronizing you about it so long as you remain respectful to them.

It also means that you know what they want from you as well. From the very beginning, ensure that you know what your clients want by asking them questions regarding their needs and preferences. Getting clear answers from these questions to avoid misunderstandings and misplaced expectations.

  1. Provide a contract

It’s terribly important that your clients fully understand and legally agree with the deal before they pay. Signing that contract means that they cannot dispute for things that they have given consent on the contract. It will protect you from getting sued unfairly when you chose to leave the event with 30-minute overtime, for example.

The contract will keep both parties protected and safe about the photography deal.

  1. Arrive early and prepare

Arriving early to an event gives you the chance to take pictures before the event starts. For wedding photography, for examples, this means neatly, arranged table set up for brides and grooms. You also find it easier to capture pictures of decorations and small details without too many people on the background.

Arriving early gives you time to go through everything one last time with your client. You also need to set up your equipment before the party starts. Being punctual is unsurprisingly on top of everyone’s list when deciding if their photographer is professional.

And that’s our fourth must-know tip for event photography at Event Photography professional level. We hope you can nail down all those shots and surprise your clients with incredible pictures!