Wedding Photography Tip Number 1....Know Your Camera Equipment Very Well
Tip #1) Know Your Camera Equipment.... This wedding photography tip is very important, if you are the main photographer at your friends or customers wedding. Most weddings are a once in a lifetime event for most people, so you can't risk not knowing your camera well and doing something wrong and ruining a pile of photos.
At a wedding you usually have only one chance to get a certain photo and if you screw up and get something wrong, then you will have missed a great photo opportunity and disappointed your customer.
You should practice with and learn everything about all your camera equipment, this includes your digital camera, lenses, FILTERS, and flashes. I put FILTERS in caps, because I have a personal experience with not knowing one of my filters well enough and it affected my brothers wedding photos. You can see in the two photos below, the one on the left was with no filter, and the one on the right was with a soft focus or fog filter.
I just bought the soft focus or fog filter and thought it would be great for this wedding. During the wedding I used it and used it and used it too much, way too much. I was using an old Nikon D1 digital camera for the wedding, so I checked some of the photos on the LCD and they looked fine.
When I got home and downloaded the photos, I was very disappointed and upset that I used that filter so much. I didn't have many good clear photos, all of the good ones with everyones eyes open and good smiles, were with the soft focus filter on, so I couldn't find many regular clear photos. I tried to improve the photos with photo editing software, but I couldn't do to much to reduce the soft focus look. It gave like a halo effect around everything, so it was hard to get rid of. The soft focus look is good in some photos and helps reduce blemishes and stuff like that, but I used it way to much at that wedding.
I was disappointed with the photos from the Nikon D1 also. The skin tones with that camera were pretty bad, you could tell right away that they were digital photos. That camera was good when it first came out, for a digital camera, but it still looked like a digital camera, not like the digital cameras today.
So just remember this wedding photography tip, to really know your digital camera and other equipment before you go out and take some very important once in a lifetime photos for someone, you don't want to look bad and ruin their special occasion.