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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How to Capture those Perfect Wedding Moments

By Dan Feildman

Your wedding is one of those moments in your life that you want to remember forever. Capturing that special day through photographs is one way you can keep the memories alive forever. Fortunately you have a variety of options to choose from when it is time to decide what kind of photographs you want to have taken for that important day.

Here is a guide in achieving the wedding photography of a couple's dreams:

1. Selecting the right photographer Before you can choose a wedding photographer the couple must first decide on the styles of photos they want.

Portrait photographers typically can take both formal and informal photos; however, they more than likely will concentrate on posed or formal photos as opposed to candid ones.

Photojournalists typically focus mainly on candid shots, not posed.

Hobbyist photographers are typically a friend or relative who would offer their service for a pretty low price. Unless they have taken wedding photos before you probably won't know what kinds of photos they will take and you do run the risk of having photos not turn out as well as what you would receive from a professional.

2. Using the right camera Professional wedding photographers usually use two basic camera types: the 35mm and the medium format. 35mm cameras may produce pictures that are a little grainy, but its usually only the photographer themselves that notice the difference. They also could use digital technology, which is preferred as the photos are ready to view much sooner and digital technology often produces better results.

3. Color or black and white photos? Most couples tend to have color photos taken yet you may want to see whether you can have some black and whites taken as they give a very dramatic effect. Black and white photos generally last longer than color photos, though color films capture the details of the event more appropriately. If the photographer you have chosen is using digital technology they can take both types easily. If not, you can have your photos all taken in color and then converted into black and white once you have viewed the images.

4, Personality of the photographer Most couples want a photographer who can take great pictures but who is also friendly and sociable. Interview your photographer candidates and make sure you can work together. You also want to ask for references and view his portfolio of work to make sure his standards meet yours.

Following these tips will help couples get the perfect photos to preserve the memories of their special day. Great photos can be showcased proudly and passed down to future generations to cherish.

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