Wedding Photography: My Three ways to Get The Best Photos

Wedding/Prewedding photos of man and woman

How do I get the best photos for wedding / prewedding? Understanding single portrait photography ! Portrait is the most important basic for took the best pictures of the bride and groom at their wedding or prewedding. This is one thing that must be prioritized as important as the moments. Photographer must be able to take the best side of their client. Therefore one way is to understand how it works. If the photographer can understand how it works, then they will get a amazing photos.

Hello, my name is Jinan Ramadhan and thank you for reading my journal. I often take pictures of many people. So many things that I can get from this activity. In this article I will tell about my experience in portrait and the benefits for wedding and prewedding photography, below.

My first portrait experience

I have many friends and some of them likes to be photographed. We traveled several times to the places they wanted, and they want me to take pictures of them. Sometimes I still took landscape every time we arrived at the destination. After that, I took pictures of my friends when they asked me to take their picture in a certain location. They use the results as profile photos on their social media.

But, my first experience began when we agreed to do a more conceptual portrait than we had ever done, someday.

One of them bought some 5-8 watts LED lights for us to use as lighting. I use a electric socket cable roll to turn on the light, and I hang it on the cymbal stand (besides working as a professional photographer, I also play drums. Haha !). The light is very bright and not easy to control its intensity indeed, but what can I do? I don’t have the money to buy a flash and softbox. I edited the results using Adobe Photoshop then. When I see the results, I think; “Okay. Not bad”.

Day after day passed. Every time I meet a friend I know, I always take the opportunity to talk with their friends. We talked about many topics. I usually start by asking what they are doing and their activities. I asked for their Instagram and if they were willing, I asked for their contact number. They became my new friends after that. My network is expanding. And of course; I offered to meet and taking pictures of them. Then I upload the results as a portfolio on Instagram. This is the beginning of my portrait experiences. I took pictures of people I know, and my abilities have grown.

I often chat with people who I want to take pictures. Anytime, anywhere. Many topics that I talked with them; their activities, their love story, or other stories about their life experiences. The conversation will make them feel comfortable and feel loose when I took their best side. Of course this is not easy, especially if I do not have broad topic references. This is an important thing that must be owned by a photographer. I am grateful that I am a person who likes to read, and have the courage to start inviting others to talk. It’s okay. Everything takes time.

First Professional Session

In early 2018, someone hired me as a professional portrait photographer. Thanks to Hermawan, a singer and businessman from Yogyakarta. We are old friends who met again because he saw my portfolio on Instagram and was interested in hiring my photography services. And yeah, as i said; professional portrait photographer, I get paid for it.

Portrait of a man wear jacket and wristwatch starring at some direction

On October 2018, the second person who hired my photography services came from a new friend. Thanks to Habib, who are interested in me personally other than as a photographer but also as a friend to talk.

Portrait of a man wear glasses and jacket

I use the same methods to take other portrait photos. But Hermawan and Habib sessions are different. At Hermawan session I only directs the style and arranges a suitable composition. I also like the green leaf element as a background. Meanwhile at Habib session I consider the background, color configuration, and how light strikes objects in the background. We agreed to make the crowd as a background photo. Therefore I invited Habib to Pasar Beringharjo, Kampung Ketandan, and Titik Nol Kilometer Yogyakarta.

Because Me and Habib are not so close, I try to build his mood. We walked while talking, meanwhile I watched the light shining down on his face. I took him for a walk to another place until I found a amazing composition between background, color, and light. Then, I press the shutter button. Yes, as a whole what I mean is; the difference between a photo shoot session between Hermawan and Habib is concept. In portrait photography, it’s all about concept. My ability to conceptualize develops.

To paint light and new post-production techniques

Even in the 2019 photo shoot with other friends, my ability continued to grow. Some people hire my photography services for fashion photos. Because I usually take portraits, a lot of things in session are easy. I try to talk to the models so they have a good mood and then the atmosphere becomes comfortable. Even after the session ended and I did post-production with Adobe Photoshop, I got new color and tone editing techniques. But the most interesting thing happened after I took fashion.

One day I took a photo for a fashion project. The session time was very short, and I wasn’t satisfied. I was annoyed and another day tried to take a picture of a new friend to get better mood and photos. We did a photo session at Situs Warungboto Yogyakarta. The day before doing a photo session, I saw many references about the basics of photography. Then I understood that one of the important things in photography is the photographer’s sensitivity to the light source. Anytime, anywhere.

A portrait photo will look classy if the photographer is able to control the light elements that illuminate all parts of the model’s body.

Wedding and Portrait: Conclusion

So, what’s the conclusion? What is the relevance between portrait and wedding photography or prewedding? I got three conclusions from what I have explained above;

Communication Skills

The conversation will make model, the bride, and the groom feel comfortable and feel loose when photographer took their best side. Of course this is not easy, especially if photographer don’t have broad topic references. This is an important thing that must be owned by a photographer. Photographer must read a lot to broaden the horizons and have the courage to start inviting others to talk. Try to talk to the bride and groom so they have a good mood and then the atmosphere becomes comfortable. Again; this is not easy. But everything takes time. If the photographer can understand how it works, then they will get amazing bride and groom photos.

Portrait Photography Skills is very important for wedding / prewedding Sessions !

Photographer must understand that one of the important things in photography is the photographer’s sensitivity to the light source. Anytime, anywhere. A portrait or wedding and prewedding photos will look classy if the photographer is able to control the light elements that illuminate all parts of the model’s body.

Post-Production Skills

There are some people who say that editing photos is not real photography. I don’t agree with that statement. Basically, photography is an art and starts with the availability of several or some different types of film rolls. The difference is; the colors produced by each manufacturer. Each film roll has its own uniqueness. But in reality, “some” is still “some”.

Now, we are in an era where most cameras are turning to digital technology. Some of us no longer use film roll. Some people may can’t wait for the film roll printing process. Digital camera technology makes us able to produce photos faster, and digital software presence for editing photos really helps photographers to produce colors and tones more diverse than the film roll era. That’s why I say that “some” is still “some”, and will never develop.

I use Adobe Photoshop to edit photos and create my own color or tone characteristics. This ability will not work unless photographer produce photos with a good intensity of shadows, midtones, and highlights during the production process.

So, peoples or The Bride and Groom, choose your photographer wisely to create your classy wedding or prewedding photos !

Kind regards,

Jinan Ramadhan

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