Introduction Purpose and Top Five Challenges of Wedding Day Details

In the whirlwind that is a wedding day, the bride and groom rarely get to take in the finer details of the wedding decor that truly make their wedding unique, from the beautiful flowers to the place settings on the tables and the other personal touches designed into the ceremony and reception sites.

Capturing details serves many purposes, not the least of which is capturing memories for the bride and groom who are often too preoccupied to appreciate them on their big day. Detail images also lend themselves to telling a complete wedding story, which will help the bride and groom be able to go back and relive their wedding day through the images; having a complete story’s worth of images can also be especially helpful in putting together a wedding album. On the business side, vendors and venues put in hard work to make the details special, so they’re usually eager to use your images for marketing, which also means they are great tools for your own marketing and networking purposes. For this reason, it is extremely important that you tag all vendors and venues when sharing the images through various social media platforms.

When it comes to actually capturing the details, there are a number of challenges to overcome. We polled 312 photographers with the following question: “What is the most challenging part of photographing ceremony and reception details?”

Here are the top five challenges for capturing details:

  1. 41% (127): How to light any scene properly
  2. 28% (87): Time constraints/not enough time
  3. 21% (64): Details not ready on time
  4. 5% (16): Finding the best angle
  5. 2% (6): Understanding key shots

We will explore several examples for each of the above challenges throughout this course.

Chapter One

  • 1.1 Wedding Workshop Six | Photographing The Details Trailer
  • 1.2 Introduction Purpose and Top Five Challenges of Wedding Day Details
  • 1.3 The Marketing Power Of Wedding Decor Photographs
  • 1.4 Ideal Lenses for Details
  • 1.5 Any Camera Can Tell a Story
  • 1.6 Any Light Will Do the Job
  • 1.7 Assignment: Lighting the Details
  • 1.8 Chapter One Quiz
  • Chapter Two

  • 2.1 How To Photograph Wedding Decor Under Time Constraints
  • 2.2 Before You Take A Single Shot
  • 2.3 Start By Minding The Details
  • 2.4 Anatomy Of The Details Story
  • 2.5 With Each Image, Select A Single Subject
  • 2.6 Conceal Vs. Reveal
  • 2.7 Assignment: Find Your Hero
  • 2.8 Photographing The Details: Chapter Two Quiz
  • Chapter Three

  • 3.1 "Must Have" Walk-Throughs | Wide - Setting The Scene
  • 3.2 Medium - Showing The Ceremony Heroes
  • 3.3 Tight - Revealing Ceremony Details
  • 3.4 Putting Together The Ceremony Story
  • 3.5 Wide - Setting The Reception Scene
  • 3.6 Medium - Showing The Reception Heroes
  • 3.7 Tight - Revealing The Reception Details
  • 3.8 Storytelling With Wedding Decor For Publication
  • 3.9 Assignment: Wide Reception Or Ceremony Details Shot
  • 3.10 Chapter Three Quiz
  • Chapter Four

  • 4.1 Lighting: The Goal & Approach
  • 4.2 Outdoor Ceremony Daylight | No Modification
  • 4.3 Outdoor Reception - Daylight | Reflector Pin Lighting
  • 4.4 Outdoor Reception - Daylight | Day Vs. Dusk
  • 4.5 Indoor Reception - Daylight/Ambient Mix | Balancing
  • 4.6 Indoor Reception - Moody Warm Ambient Light | Pinning With Constants
  • 4.7 Indoor Reception - Craptastic Ambient Light | Simulating Natural Light
  • 4.8 Indoor Reception - Dark Ambient Light | Flash For Bright...
  • 4.9 Indoor Reception - Bright Daylight/Ambient Mix | Pinning With...
  • 4.10 Indoor Reception - Dramatic High Color Ambient | Correcting/Pinning...
  • 4.11 Assignment: Before/After Of Bad Ambient Lighting
  • 4.12 Chapter Four Quiz
  • Chapter Five

  • 5.1 Verify Ballroom Entrance Lighting Before Shooting
  • 5.2 Backlight For Added Interest
  • 5.3 How To Create Unique Compositions With Foreground Elements
  • 5.4 Panoramic Stitch Grand Scenes
  • 5.5 Light Painting Panoramic Scenes
  • 5.6 Light Painting And Compositing To Complete A Scene
  • 5.7 Practice And Refinement
  • 5.8 Use Mirrors Wisely
  • 5.9 Remove Crappy Objects | Use Existing Light For Speed
  • 5.10 Capture The Couple
  • 5.11 Assignment: Panoramic Stitch Grand Scenes
  • 5.12 Chapter Five Quiz
  • Chapter Six

  • 6.1 General Goals With Details And Post-Production
  • 6.2 Managing Bright Lights
  • 6.3 Controlling High-Intensity Colors
  • 6.4 Use Lightroom Transform For Perfect Invitation Shapes
  • 6.5 Pano-Stitch Using Lightroom
  • 6.6 Simple Compositing To Fill Out Rooms
  • 6.7 Assignment: Controlling High-Intensity Colors
  • 6.8 Chapter Six Quiz
  • Chapter Seven

  • 7.1 Understanding The Client Coordinator And Desired Publication
  • 7.2 10 Tips For Publishing Wedding Decor Photos
  • 7.3 3 Tips For Submitting Your Photo Collection To Publications
  • 7.4 Assignment: Submit For Publication
  • Chapter Eight

  • 8.1 Constructive Critique For Wedding Decor Images
  • 8.2 What I Learned About What Went Wrong
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