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If you've ever photographed a wedding, you know how challenging the job can be. Not only are you responsible for capturing the important moments of the event, you’re also responsible for capturing them skillfully. In addition to candids of the ceremony and reception, it's good to reserve some time with the wedding couple for some creatively controlled shots. Ideally, a good wedding photographer will create images that the bride and groom will treasure for years to come.

While there are many factors that go into capturing compelling wedding shots, including capable camera work, perspective, timing, composition, lighting conditions, etc., it’s important to not get overwhelmed with the task at hand. In addition to the technical aspects of the shoot, it's important to have a good rapport with the couple.

This lesson looks at a few camera, lighting, and posing techniques that will be sure to wow your clients.

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Topics Covered:

  • Shooting in Program Mode with the Built-in Flash Enabled
  • Lens and Focal Length Choices
  • Disabling the Flash and Switching to Manual Exposure Mode
  • Telephoto Lenses and Teleconverters
  • Focal Length, Shutter Speed and Depth of Field
  • Focus with Telephoto Lenses
  • Exposing for the Background
  • Adding a Soft Box Fill for Greater Contrast
  • An Optimal Sync Speed
  • Comparisons
  • Interacting with and Directing the Wedding Couple
  • Coming in Tighter for Intimate Portraits

Equipment Used:


  • Olympus 300mm f/2.8 Digital Zuiko telephoto lens
  • Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Digital Zuiko Zoom Lens
  • Olympus E-3
  • Olympus EC-14 1.4x Teleconverter
  • Wireless flash sync transmitter and receiver


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