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How to capture great candid and still photos at a wedding

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[Howdini. Get yourself a guru.] [♪ Music playing ♪] Hi, I'm Nigel Barker Just look at these beautiful wedding photos. You can take ones just as lovely. It's really quite easy. Candid photos are all about capturing the spontaneity of a moment. They come and go very quickly, and unless you're prepared, it's so easy to miss that great shot. Look, here's a few tips that will help you capture exquisite, natural shots of the bride, groom, and their guests on that special day. To get professional looking shots, a simple point-and-shoot really doesn't cut it. What you need is the ability to capture high-resolution images and stunning photos even in low-light situations. This little camera can take DSLR-quality photos, yet it's about half the size and weight. You can even use different lenses, and it shoots great HD video. Now here's some shooting tips. Use the appropriate lens. They produce dramatically different results. You can shoot with a wide-angle lens to capture an entire group or scene or switch to a zoom lens. This lets you get in close without invading personal space, yet keeps the feeling of intimacy. You want to play around a bit with the depth of field. This allows you allows you to defocus the background, which keeps your focus on the subject. Although you can change the depth of field on most cameras, this camera has an easy-to-use dial, or you can use the preset mode on the camera and set it to "portrait" and the depth of field will automatically be reduced. Also, and this is something I love, try shooting continuously. What I mean by continuously is that this camera has the ability, with the push of a button, to take 7 photographs in a second which guarantees you'll get the perfect shot. [camera clicking rapidly] I call it capturing a moment in a burst. Now, there's nothing like a blinding flash of light to kill the moment. So try shooting without the flash. When you are in a low-light situation, adjust your camera to a higher ISL or use the preset modes to open up your aperture. This little trick will help you stay unnoticed, allowing you to get those voyeuristic photos where everyone looks natural and relaxed. Also, to make your shots more interesting, try using different perspectives. A trick that I often use in candid shots is to include something in the foreground to create depth and dimension. Try shooting through a flower arrangement in the foreground or shooting through the frame of a window. Shoot things other than people as well- small beautiful details that catch your eye. They can really help the couple remember their big day and see things they may have missed. So jump in, be part of the festivities, and have fun. No one likes a stiff photographer. This is Nigel Barker with Sony for howdini. For more great tips, visit

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Duration: 3 minutes and 4 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Howdini
Views: 109
Posted by: howdini on Sep 21, 2010

Weddings are full of magical moments and every bride and groom hopes their photographer will capture them on film. Using different lenses, angles and perspectives can ensure that those spontaneous moments are captured for posterity. Professional photographer Nigel Barker shares expert tips for how to shoot candid wedding photos.

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