Starting Your Wedding Photography Business

While I aggressively pursued my fine art and stock career, the bills were often paid by my wedding business.
Fellow photographers who know me often ask for advice before shooting their first wedding. Here is a compilation of that advice specifically aimed at the wedding newbie.

Wedding Photography Tips

GETTING READY

It looks easy. All you have to do is show up and point your camera at the bride. Everything else will take care of itself — right? Well not exactly. Great wedding photos are no different than any other kind of photo. They don’t happen by accident. They require careful planning and execution.

START WITH THE GEAR

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RAW vs JPEG

If you use a digital camera (I use a Canon EOS Digital Rebel/300D myself) and that camera is an SLR, then it most likely can record images in RAW format. In general, you should record your images at the highest resolution possible. If you only have a small memory card and are worried that you can only record a few RAW images on it, then it’s time to buy a bigger card! [They don't cost much these days]. You can always shrink an image after it’s taken but you can’t enlarge a small one without introducing artifacts. At the very least, you should have your camera record images in Hires JPG format but RAW format is even better.

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Press Release: The World’s First Digital Angle Finder

ZIGVIEW – the world’s first Digital Angle Finder makes low and high level photography easy with its unique rotating LCD monitor.
ZIGVIEW simply attaches to the eyepiece of your SLR camera where the viewfinder image is captured by a CMOS sensor built into the Zigview and relayed in real time to a 1.9 inch/TFT colour display for easy viewing at any angle.

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Photoshop Tip: Speed Up Your Work with Scratch Disk

A scratch disk is an area of the hard drive that’s used as storage to help Photoshop handle large images. Scratch disks help to ensure efficient results when editing high-resolution pictures. If possible, the disk should be on a separate hard drive from Photoshop and your Main OS. Our tutorial below explains how to go about setting up such a disk

1.Open Scratch Disk Options
In Photoshop, click edit > preferences > plug-ins > scratch disks. This is the same for both Mac and PC versions of Photoshop.

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GOTW: Smoke Abstractions by William Brennan

Really inspiring work by William Brennan. You gotta see it and probably try it someday!

Free Desktop Wallpaper: Colorful Wheel

Just click on the image below to download our new desktop wallpaper

Photography Tip: Infrared Photography with Sony’s Night-shot mode

This is really cool. Today I learned I could use my Sony f717 camera to take those neat Infrared photos with a floppy disk as an IR filter.

I knew the camera could take such photos, as I’ve seen plenty of examples on the Sony forum. What I didn’t know is that I could experiment with this mode without having to shell out for an R72 filter first.

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AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens Review

Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED

NIKON Corporation has unveiled the 4F-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-EO, a new high speed super-telephoto professional lens for Nikon digital and 35mm SLR cameras now with Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, focus preset functions, Meniscus front element and the first Nikkor lens to feature Nikon’s Nano-Crystal anti-reflective coating, all to deliver professional quality sports and action photography.


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Photography Tip: Micro Photography with Reverse Lens

“Microphotography is a sect of macrophotography that deals with very very small things; reproduction ratios greater than 1:1. In othe words getting a large enough and close enough image to consider microscopic. In this post, I will discuss the required equipment, setup and the taking of the pictures. “

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Business Opportunities: Tips to Become Freelance Photographer

Photography is a vast world. There are many different types of photography and many different kinds of people that enjoy it. It’s a hobby that be relatively inexpensive or one that you can invest a lot of money on. Photos are so special because they give us memories of times and places and events in our lives. We can hold onto these memories forever with a photograph.

As much as people love photos, many people love taking them even more. Whether it’s a mother who takes photos at every of her children’s moments in life (first smile, first step, first spaghetti meal) or maybe it’s the father who never forgets his camera for a football or basketball game, or maybe it’s the young girl who loves nature hikes with her camera; these people are not exceptions. They all have an eye for those special moments and they all appreciate the camera’s ability to capture that moment and freeze it in time forever.

What is Freelance Photography?

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