Unless you’re among the crème de la crème of Indian wedding photographers, you’ll be mostly shooting at locations and venues that are low on aesthetic appeal. Don’t get us wrong. Your customers might spare no expense while setting up the décor, but you’d often be shooting similar backgrounds, in muddled makeup rooms, and in less-than-pleasant lighting conditions.
This is when you as a skilled photographer can make a difference.
A few tips to make good pictures at bland locations:
How you compose the scene can determine the aesthetic value of your image. A lot of it has got to do with the absence of distractions, and when you’re planning your composition consciously, you can see your images going from bland to blissful.
Use selective blur to your advantage—not in photoshop but with the use of props that you can find at the venue. When it comes to bokeh, sky is the limit. Unleash your creativity.
Like composition, framing imaginatively makes your subject the only important element of the picture. Everything else recedes into invisibility.
Beaten to death yet one of the most interesting composition elements, a reflection can turn your picture into a work of sublime art.
If you’ve exhausted your arsenal of techniques, the mood in the room can work to your advantage. If your subject isn’t expressive, you can introduce humor or drag the mother of the bride into the room. Magic—either in the form of overwhelming emotion or giggles aplenty—is bound to happen.
If we were to use a single word to describe Indian weddings, it is “color”. The interplay of color and light can sometimes transform what would’ve been a simple picture into something more eye-catching. Just make sure you don’t go overboard—excessive use can be an eyesore.
#7. Shallow depth of field
Trust us, a wide lens can make you look good as a photographer. And, you don’t have to try too hard. Nail the focus, and you’ll have a winner.