10 new photo techniques you can try at your next wedding assignment

Foreground bokeh

There are two schools of photography: the traditionalists and the photojournalists. While being exclusive in their approach, we’re seeing a lot of traditionalists adopting the photojournalistic style of image-making. The reason is obvious: the latter approach is considered more interesting and without doubt more realistic. That’s precisely why you as a photojournalist need to keep experimenting with new photo techniques to stay ahead.

A tough road ahead for contemporary wedding photographers

Photojournalistic wedding photographers are not going to find it easy to remain competitive, now that almost everybody has easy access to the same tools. When you’re a “volume” photographer, the problem is compounded. How do you make different pictures of the same ritual after a hundred weddings?

The answer to both problems is: constant reinvention.

It isn’t difficult to try a new perspective at the next wedding you shoot. You just need the intention. To add to the safe ritual shots to keep your customers satisfied, you can consider alternatives to images that you’ve been making the same way for donkey years.

New photo techniques for photojournalistic wedding photographers

Remember, there’s no limit to what you can try. So, this list is intended to show you that alternatives are indeed possible…if you are willing to go beyond the tried and tested “money shots”.

  1. Foreground bokeh and light leaks

  2. Shoot from above

  3. Shoot from below

  4. Shoot from behind

  5. Shoot through  gaps

  6. Use reflections

  7. Framing through people

  8. Dragging the shutter

  9. Tell a story without faces

  10. Shoot high and low key

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