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Why Beach Locations Are Ideal For Weddings

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Weddings today have become more unique and varied in character. We are not just talking here in terms of the themes, motifs, or the ideas in mind but also in terms of the setting. While the church still remains the most popular venue among couples to get married, over the years, there are more and more couples who are getting married in places beyond the church walls.

Among these places, the beach has become a popular alternative wedding venue in recent years. Beach weddings, after all, provide a beautiful and romantic backdrop to celebrate such a joyous moment in a couple’s life. But the allure of a beach wedding in recent years goes beyond that.

Whether you are about to get married or a wedding photographer, having a wedding held at the beach would be a memorable not just because it’s “beautiful.” Here are some of the reasons why we think it is so.

  1. Natural lighting – Since beach weddings are held outdoors, you don’t need to worry about nor possibly spend much on lighting in the venue for some good output the photos. The natural light from the sun will already take care of the lighting for you. On your part, you don’t have to think about these things and let the photographer take care of making that sunlight work on those beautifully lighted photos.
  1. Scenic venue – You won’t have to spend or worry much on the interiors. The beach itself provides a natural and artistic scenery that you can tap to provide a beautiful and natural backdrop for your wedding. Best of all, it is available to you without paying extra, especially if you will not require to have a section of the beach blocked off.
  1. Intimate atmosphere – Beaches are naturally intimate type of places, better appreciated when there are a few people who go there. So if you wish to have an intimate wedding ceremony, having it at a beach is something to seriously consider. Even if a beach is a popular tourist destination, having a beach wedding provides a greater level of intimacy that having a hundred guests would ruin such a mood.
  1. A wedding and vacation in one – For some couples, especially those who are working around a budget, a beach wedding is a cost-saver such that they don’t have to spend time and effort separately for a wedding venue and a vacation place and incur more expenses in the long run. Beach weddings provide the convenience for both. Not to mention, the guests also get to enjoy a vacation and a wedding at the same time.
  1. Less formalities – As stated above, beach weddings have a greater level of intimacy. As such, there is a lesser need to be formal, whether it is on the aspect of ceremonies or when it comes to outfits. One can be as flexible as one can be for a beach wedding, so feel free to create a unique and memorable moment in the process that you as a couple and your guests will get to enjoy.

  1. Casual affair – Speaking of outfits, there’s no need for to wear formal outfits at a beach wedding. One can opt to wear a simpler wedding dress while guests can wear something less stiff and a bit more casual and comfortable that is appropriate for a beach wedding. Besides, traditionally huge wedding gowns would not cut it since they would look awkward in the beach setting anyway.
  1. Savings – with the above-listed factors in consideration, the bottomline here is that one gets to enjoy significant savings on a beach wedding, something not many people realize. If you are someone who is conscious of your budget for the wedding you may be planning, the beach wedding provides an opportunity to be able to stretch that budget and save considerably in the process, not to mention having the flexibility to “customize” a unique wedding experience.

With all these said, keep in mind though is the outdoor nature of beach weddings. As such, nature can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Unpredictable conditions like rain or winds may make those wedding plans go awry. Careful planning is very important to ensure that such conditions would not ruin what should be a memorable moment. Make sure you got all bases covered as much as possible; it won’t hurt to have a Plan B at hand in case things won’t get to go as originally planned.

There is no doubt that beach weddings are beautiful to witness, making a moment as memorable as a wedding even more memorable with the setting a beach provides. As long as it is planned very well beforehand, a beach wedding provides a unique experience the couple and guests will surely get to appreciate and cherish.

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3 Must-Do’s After Getting A Wedding Photographer

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Wedding photography is perhaps one of the most lucrative businesses that deals with photography. These days, there are many photographers who have decided to specialize in wedding photography for the potential income they will get to have from it.

As a couple making those wedding plans, it is a certainty that you will be overwhelmed with the many photographers out there who would vie to get your services, each of them offering attractive wedding packages and promos. And with the prevalence of the internet, especially the social media, and how many photographers are using this venue, it can be overwhelming and confusing on your end as a client still shopping around for that photographer to hire.

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Your wedding is a special and once in a lifetime moment that deserves much attention and preparation. That level of attention and preparation should be given in choosing your photographer. While there may be differing considerations with regards to the packages you seek for in a photographer, it is imperative that you do the following 3 things to ensure a memorable and hassle-free experience with your photographer, whoever it would be.

  1. Prepare a list of questions to ask the wedding photographer

Before your first appointment with the photographer, you need to prepare a list of important questions to ask. You can ask about the photographer’s photography style, experience, equipment, backup plans, when the prints would be ready, and similar questions. Don’t hesitate to ask questions related to your wedding preparations as well. If you have no idea what to ask, there are some sites that have a prepared list that you can refer to for the questions you should ask.

Of all the questions though, always remember to ask first if the photographer is available on your chosen wedding date. If he’s not free on that day, then you’d better move on and meet with other photographers who would be available for that date.

  1. Choose and book as early as possible

When you and your partner have already chosen a date for your wedding, get moving and start finding a wedding photographer. The more popular wedding photographers like a Sussex wedding photographer get booked as early as over a year before the wedding date. So as soon as you found your wedding photographer, make the booking at the earliest time possible. Some would recommend eight months before the wedding date would be the latest in booking a wedding photographer.

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  1. Understand the contract before signing it.

Firstly, it is important that your wedding photographer must provide a contract of the service he will provide you. Never ever deal with photographers who are unable to provide you such contract, otherwise you will be dealing with potential headaches, not to mention the danger that you would be scammed of your money by the photographer by way of non-appearance or provide less than quality output which does not equate to the money you paid for his/her services.

The contract is usually prepared by the photographer but it is flexible enough to be open to whatever changes that would be made that would make it amenable to both parties, namely yourself and the photographer. If there are portions in the contract that you are not in agreement with, then be upfront and politely ask for it to be changed. As always, you need to read the contract thoroughly before finally signing the agreement.

By booking the right wedding photographer, you can be assured that you will have quality, wonderful wedding pictures that will make such a memorable occasion even more memorable for years to come.

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Your Inverness Wedding Photographer – How to Tell If He Is Really an Expert at What He Does

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How important is the Inverness wedding photographer?

Inverness wedding photographerIt can be said that the wedding photographer has an important role to play in a wedding hence the reason why he is viewed as an extremely vital piece in the wedding puzzle. The following are the roles he performs:

  • Covers the moments of the wedding so as to provide lifetime memories.
  • Knowing the right place to be at the right time so as to get the best photographs taken.
  • Creating beautiful pictures that strike the essence of the wedding

So how do you go about making sure that the Inverness wedding photographer you eventually pick can actually do all the above?

Your initial meeting

It all starts from the first meeting you have with the wedding photographer. The face to face meeting gives you the opportunity to openly discuss with the photographer the type of themes you are going for and if there are certain things they can recommend to make the pictures reflect the moment. The suggestions they bring whether fascinating, merely sufficient or plain ordinary should act as one of the benchmarks by which you base your decisions on. An Inverness wedding photographer that suggests something totally different from the norm probably has wishes to create a personalized wedding album for you but the one that recommends nothing out of the ordinary can be said to be just another member of mainstream photography.

Go through the portfolio

Most couples do not really understand how important the portfolio of a wedding photographer is. This alone can tell you all you need to know about the skills a photographer claims to have. If you have no idea how a portfolio should be, then check out Robert Taylor Photography. You should be on the lookout for the following when going through a portfolio:

  • Do the pictures show the use of different lights and shadowing methods?
  • Do the pictures have similar characteristics or appear to be a mere duplicate of themselves?
  • Does the photographer employ the skill of variety or does he simple go for classic pictures with a new twist to them?
  • How do you feel when going through the portfolio or wedding album created by the photographer? Is there a sense of awe or I have seen this before?
  • Do the pictures feel like a journey through a story?

All the above are really important questions to ask yourself when you examine the portfolio as this will establish if the work of the photographer actually does anything for you.

The cost

A lot of individuals complain about the price attached to getting a wedding photographer but it is important to bear in mind that the work of a photographer is not as easy as they think. The photographers find themselves waking up early to cover a wedding then leave at the crack of dawn to go about editing over 200 copies of pictures. If you feel that the person you want to hire is actually an expert, then the cost should be something you should work on with them to come to mutual terms.

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The Mirrorless Camera

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In the past, when it comes to digital photography there are only basically two types of cameras in the market to consider: the DSLRs which are what professionals and would-be professionals in photography would use, and the so-called “point-and-shoot” cameras the casual photographers use.

Then came the mirrorless cameras to the market. And since then, digital photography would never be the same. Mirrorless cameras have helped shake things up in the world of digital photography as more and more photographers, whether professional or casual ones, are now using these types of cameras for their photography.

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But what exactly is a mirrorless camera and what makes it a popular type of camera nowadays? We will attempt to provide an answer those questions here in this particular article.

The Definition and Technology of the Mirrorless Camera

As the name implies, a mirrorless camera is a type of camera that does not have a mirror. But what is this mirror being talked about here? It actually refers to the mirror found inside a typical camera body. You see, in cameras such as DSLRs, when you press the camera shutter, this mirror flips up as the shutter opens so that the light can pass through to reflect on to mirror which in turn will bounce the light off to the sensor which will capture the image. In this setup, the mirror is an integral part in the image capturing function of the camera.

So with the mirror now gone in the mirrorless camera, how does such a camera now do the image capture? In this case, when light passes through the shutter, the sensor automatically captures the light directly to eventually capture the image. This technology the mirrorless camera employs not only allows a more direct image capture system, it also lessens the bulkiness in size that DSLRs typically have, now that a space-consuming component like the mirror is no longer present.

Image Quality

Does the lack of the mirror in the mirrorless camera mean lower image quality of the camera? Well the short answer to that is no. in fact, the image quality of such a camera is comparable to that of the DSLR. Comparing them side by side shows no difference at all in quality, which means a mirrorless camera will perform just as good as a DSLR.

However in some cases, the DSLR works better, especially when it comes to the focusing system. At the moment, mirrorless cameras generally do not have a fast focusing system that DSLRs have. This drawback is factor as to why it is rare to see mirrorless cameras being used for sporting events and wildlife photography.

Like a DSLR, Almost

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As far as features are concerned, the mirrorless camera is in many ways made to be just as feature-heavy as a DSLR, putting in as much functionalities and controls in a small but powerful camera body such as adjusting exposure, shutter, ISO, among many others.

Another feature of the mirrorless camera that echoes that of the DSLR is the ability to change lenses. The mirrorless camera offers a range of lenses for various photography needs, whether it is for macro, wide angle, or for subject that are located farther off. Typically, these lenses are not as bulky as DSLR lenses.

However, such lenses specially made for mirrorless cameras are hard to find in the market compared to DSLR lenses. To get around this, some manufacturers offer lens adaptors that allow you to use a DSLR lens on a mirrorless camera body. But such would defeat the purpose of going to a mirrorless camera, especially if size is a factor.

Technology however continuously evolves at a pace more rapid than it was before. In the case of the mirrorless camera, this holds very true. Even with the current drawbacks of mirrorless cameras, advances in photography technology creates a fix for these shortcomings as they help further narrow the gap between them and DSLRs in the years to come.

Conclusion

In just a short period of time, mirrorless cameras have managed to make a mark in digital photography, providing consumers and photographers with more choices as far as what camera to use. Ultimately, the choice lies in the consumer and photographer as to what camera suits him best.

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Must-Know DSLR Basics for Beginners

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For a person making the switch from using a regular point and shoot camera to a DSLR camera, the transition can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience. This leads to some users to just give up and be content using the auto function of the DSLR, not realizing the full potential these cameras bring if these users knew what DSLRs can do.

That is why we have come up with this handy guide to help users like you make the most of your DSLR and help you discover what you can do with it in ways you never thought about with a camera and hone your skills as a photographer in the process.

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Learning and Setting Apertures and Shutter Speeds

One of the most important concepts in DSLR photography is learning the concept of apertures and shutter speeds. First, let’s learn what they are and each of them can do.

Aperture refers to the size of the opening in the camera lens which determines how much light can pass through. For instance, an aperture of f/2.8 means it is a large aperture that entails much light can pass through it, while an f/16 aperture is smaller in size, with little light can pass through it.

Aperture size indicates how much depth of field an image will have. This means that a small aperture allows the image to show objects located at a great distance to be captured clearly and in focus as in landscape photos. A large aperture on the other hand puts distant objects out of focus while the object located closest to the camera is captured more vividly and in greater detail, as is employed in close up shots.

Shutter speed on the other hand refers to the length of time the shutter stays open to capture a photo. This is something to take in consideration especially if your subject is a fast moving object. For instance, a faster shutter speed value of 1/250 sec allows you to vividly capture a running dog without any blur caused by the movement. Conversely, a slow shutter speed value of 1/15 sec captured blurred movements of the water which can create some artistic shots as well.

Learning about ISO

ISO measures how sensitive to light your camera’s sensor is, especially in relation to how much light is available in the area where you will be taking photos. For instance, outdoor shoots on a sunny day require less sensitivity to light of the sensor, thus needing only low ISO settings. However, low light conditions require greater sensitivity to light. Thus high ISO settings are preferred in this case.

You can either set the ISO settings to auto or you can select which ISO level to use. But as a beginner, it is recommended you leave the ISO settings at auto or choose the settings at 400-800 for outdoors and 1600 and above for indoors. Take note though that higher ISO settings may cause graininess on the photo.

Controlling Metering Settings (If Needed)

Metering refers to the calculation your camera makes for the average exposure, making sure that the photo is properly exposed which means it’s neither too dark nor too bright. Under normal lighting situations, the camera does the work so nothing else is needed to be done on your end, which also makes this control an overlooked one. However, in low light areas, the camera may not be able to do the metering properly. That is why the DSLR has an “exposure composition” control which is the +/- button near the camera shutter, allowing you to increase or decrease the lighting exposure that would be applied on to the image.

Changing the White Balance Settings

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White balance refers to how the colors appear in your photos, not just the white. Normally, the camera sets the white balance to auto and while it does the job in some cases, in other situations, it causes unrealistic color tones to appear in your photo. Thus, it is important to adjust your DSLR’s white balance settings beforehand for better results. Fortunately, the white balance settings provide different presets available to suit the lighting condition in the area where you will shoot, ranging from daylight to shade, to fluorescent (for areas mainly lighted by fluorescent lights) and flash, (for instances you will use flash, especially in minimal light) among other settings.

Final Tips

Lastly, always make it a point to read your DSLR’s manual to get you more acquainted with your camera and the controls it offers. Many DSLRs today offer more advanced features than before; discover what features they offer that would help you shoot better photographs.

As you learn more about your DSLR, try to experiment with different settings and setting combinations to get a better grasp of how each element works in achieving overall quality of your photos.

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How To Set Up Your Commercial Photo Shoot

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Check out the theme or the outline.

Liverpool photographerBrainstorm for ideas and don’t be afraid to go to your team for a little bit of help on this. You need to know right out that you really are getting everything that you could possibly get your hands on for as far as the ideas and the creativity goes. Doing all this by yourself seems and sounds stressful simply because of the fact that it actually is and you need to do something about this. You don’t have to go through things like this all alone. You can come up with the concept with your team being looped in. make sure to listen to all of their suggestions as much as possible and don’t be too quick to just brush anything off to the side. Everything always sounds a little raw in the beginning but with a little bit of teamwork, you will surely be able to polish things up and eventually come up with something that is worth considering and worth regarding at the end of the day.

Discuss the budget at length.

You need to keep a tight leash on your costs or on your budget for the commercial photo shoot. It wouldn’t be easy but with a little bit of help and with a lot of discipline, this is the type of thing that you will be able to follow through with the right way across all accounts. Once you actually have a budget, you should always keep a constant and updated mental or physical tally of the expenses that go out the window. This way, you aren’t overspending nor are you underutilizing your funds for the commercial photo shoot that you have been planning out with your team.

Try to get professional talents.

It’s one thing to recruit friends who might have potential talent and completely another if you bring on people who are seasoned at what they do. It all depends on you in the long run but then again, professional is always the best way to go so keep that in mind.

Be present in the shoot.

As someone who is taking stock of the situation and who is organizing the entire commercial photo shoot in the first place, you need to know right out that you really are in control of the situation. It is best for you to work hand in hand with your Liverpool photographer about this and to make sure that things really are taking a turn for the best when it all comes down to it. There have been a lot of times wherein commercial photo shoots or sessions have failed tremendously costing the clients hundreds to thousands of dollars at a time just because there was a disconnect with what the clients want and with how the Liverpool photographer understood the inspiration pegs or the thoughts. Being present during the shoot will give you the opportunity to explain it in real time and to remedy the shoot without having to go through another one which not only saves time but lots and lots of money as well on your end.

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How To Be A Wedding Photographer In Cardiff

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Establishing yourself as a wedding photographer from Cardiff is no easy feat to conquer.

wedding photographer in CardiffThere are so many different things that you will need to look into at some point or so. Starting out will always turn out to be one of the hardest things for you to check out as you go along. You need to make sure that you will always have all of the right things going for you because starting out has always been the trickiest part of the ordeal as you go along. There are so many different investments that you will need to make somewhere along the way and suffice it to say, they will not be cheap. However, if you play things out the right way, you should be able to achieve everything that you would like to achieve in the end of it all.

Source out equipment

As a wedding photographer from Cardiff, you need to make sure that you will be able to go ahead and source out your equipment the right way. This is not the kind of thing that you should be taking lightly because this requires money. When you are still starting out, you won’t really have a lot of it and this is what you should really be looking out for it as much as possible. Be resourceful when you are looking for new equipment as you are starting out. One of the biggest secrets in something like this is that most of the wedding photographers out there don’t necessarily start off with new gear all of the time. You should try to see if you can make do with secondhand equipment. Most of the wedding photographers in Cardiff upgrade their gear all of the time. As a new wedding photographer, you don’t necessarily have to start off with the highest end of equipment as you go along. Something that shoots in RAW and that can churn out decent pictures should be enough. You can always upgrade as you continue to make your way up the ladder and as you gain reputation as a wedding photographer from Cardiff more and more. However, until you get to the point wherein you will be able to say that, you should opt for a more budget-friendly option until you get to make substantial amounts of money that will allow you to afford everything that you would like to get on the higher end of the scale.

Try to gain experience in any way that you can.

People won’t be that eager in hiring you as a wedding photographer if you don’t have a lot of projects under your belt just yet. However, the pond is fairly big enough for a newbie to get equal chances in wedding photography so there’s no reason why you should lose hope in something like this. You will get your chances and you will still get to book people along the way for as long as you are diligent enough in sourcing out your own clients. It won’t be easy but it will always be possible.Want some examples of Wedding Photography in Cardiff, visit Kate Adam’s website which shows impressive wedding photographs