Nothing strikes fear in the heart of most amateur photographers like having someone say "will you be my wedding photographer?" In fact, many wedding photographers aren't up to the challenge of taking great shots instead of snap shots. That's where Designing Woman Suzy Clement comes in!
Take control of your digital photography and learn the skills and techniques required to record once-in-a-lifetime events–weddings. This beautifully illustrated guide by pro photographer Suzy Clement will help you conquer the fundamentals and take authentic and memorable shots that capture the essence of the day.
Clement starts with the basics–exposure, metering, composition, lighting, depth of field, and motion blur and panning–and covers the key camera features that affect your image. She provides expert advice and techniques for each stage of the day, breaking down the demands into manageable portions, with advice on moments to watch for, must-have shots, and how to bring your own unique artistic expression to the event.
Suzie writes :
I often choose black and white for images like this, because it emphasizes the emotional content of the moment. Telephoto lenses allow me to get closer to the subject.
With the telephoto zoom, I can shoot very close and intimate shots while remaining some distance away. By giving the couple a bit of space, I allow them to experience the portrait session as a sweet moment between the two of them, away from the commotion of the weddings, which in itself is a real gift. And, of course, it helps to bring out their most relaxed and natural selves, which is what I want to capture in photographs. I often choose black and white for these intimate images that are more concerned with expressing the emotion between the couple.
- Follow along with this friendly and knowledgeable guide and you will:
- Understand how to create a schedule for the day’s photography, prepare for the shoot, and effectively scout the site before the wedding
- Learn tips for packing your bag, lens choices, lighting options, and working in black and white or color
- Find the story of the wedding day as it unfolds–getting dressed, the ceremony, bride and groom and group portraits, the reception, wedding details, guests, departure–and use your limited time effectively
- Master the techniques for organizing and presenting your images to the couple after the wedding, including editing down, categorizing images, and using online versus hard copy proofs
Get the book ... it will prepare you for the next wedding shoot -- and give you such inspiration for all kinds of other occasions and gatherings! You'll be a sought-after star!
Weddings: From Snapshots to Great Shots
By Suzy Clement
Paperback: 240 pages # Language: English
Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 3, 2011)
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Suzy Clement has shot weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. She has a natural, photojournalist style, and aims to tell a story of the engagement and wedding day with her photos. Her award-winning work has been featured in: Elegant Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings, InStyle, Brides, Photo District News, People, Wedding Bells, San Francisco Magazine, and Sunset. And she has been featured in the books: InStyle Weddings, I Do! The Great Celebrity Weddings, Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers. She has a strong desire to share her approach and help emerging photographers improve their work rather than just showcasing her images. suzyclement.com, suzyclementblog.com, Suzy Clement on Facebook
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