Introduction to photographing the ceremony – Why Are We Here?

Continuing with the mission of taking consistently incredible imagery, this course has been designed to train wedding day teams of all sizes – including lead, second, and third shooters – to master wedding ceremony coverage with efficiency using non-invasive photojournalism techniques.

  • Objectives for this course include:
  • Never missing a moment
  • Being creative under constraint
  • Understanding wedding cultures
  • Telling complete stories
  • Directing/managing a wedding team

In addition to knowing how to use your gear and coordinating with your team, it’s important to understand your client’s culture and the ceremonies observed in their culture so that you will never miss a moment. Throughout this course, we will examine a number of culturally specific ceremonies to help ensure that you’re in the right place at the right time.

Chapter One

  • 1.1 Trailer
  • 1.2 Introduction - Why Are We Here?
  • 1.3 10 Easily Avoidable Wedding Blunders from 200 Wedding Photographers
  • 1.4 Our Favorite Lenses Among 10,000 Wedding Photographs
  • 1.5 Pre-Ceremony Checklist from 200 Wedding Photographers
  • 1.6 Favorite SFX Creative Accessories During the Ceremony
  • 1.7 Our Second and Lead Photographer Gear Guide
  • 1.8 Assignment: SFX Creative Ceremony Shot
  • 1.9 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter One
  • Chapter Two

  • 2.1 Telling a Complete and Cohesive Story
  • 2.2 What To Photograph Within a Single Wedding Moment | Wedding Week
  • 2.3 How To Photograph A Wedding Ceremony With A Team
  • 2.4 Team Lens Synergy
  • 2.5 Processional Movement and Positioning
  • 2.6 Ceremony Movement and Positioning
  • 2.7 Recessional Movement and Positioning
  • 2.8 Assignment: Within a Single Moment
  • 2.9 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Two
  • Chapter Three

  • 3.1 Pre-Ceremony: Grip & Grins and Candids
  • 3.2 Processional: Groom + Wedding Party
  • 3.3 Processional: Bride's Entrance
  • 3.4 Ceremony: The Couple
  • 3.5 Ceremony: The Scene and Venue
  • 3.6 Ceremony: Wedding Party + VIPs
  • 3.7 Ceremony: Moments
  • 3.8 Ceremony: The Kiss
  • 3.9 Recessional: The Couple + VIPs
  • 3.10 Bonus: Ceremony Coverage In Practice
  • 3.11 Assignment: Key Ceremony Moments
  • 3.12 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Three Quiz
  • Chapter Four

  • 4.1 Cultural Case Studies: Christian (Non-Denominational) Weddings
  • 4.2 Cultural Case Studies: Catholic Weddings
  • 4.3 Cultural Case Studies: Chinese + Asian Tea Ceremonies
  • 4.4 Cultural Case Studies: Mormon/Latter-Day Saints
  • 4.5 Cultural Case Studies: Hindu/Indian Weddings - Baraat
  • 4.6 Cultural Case Studies: Hindu/Indian Weddings - Ceremony
  • 4.7 Cultural Case Studies: Hindu/Indian Weddings - Lightroom
  • 4.8 Cultural Case Studies: Iranian/Persian Weddings
  • 4.9 Cultural Case Studies: Jewish (General) Weddings
  • 4.10 Assignment: Cultural Wedding Coverage
  • 4.11 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Four Quiz
  • Chapter Five

  • 5.1 Foreground Elements
  • 5.2 Why You Should Use A Tilt-Shift Lens For Wedding Photography
  • 5.3 Prism
  • 5.4 Free Lens
  • 5.5 Other Creative Angles and Effects
  • 5.6 Assignment: Special Effects
  • 5.7 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Five Quiz
  • Chapter Six

  • 6.1 Dark Chapel
  • 6.2 Dark Indoor Hotel
  • 6.3 Assignment: Shed Light On The Darkness
  • 6.4 Photographing the Ceremony: Chapter Six Quiz
  • Chapter Seven

  • 7.1 Awards + Community Critique
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