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Why You Need to Avoid the Pit of Procrastination When It Comes to Hiring a Kent Wedding Photographer

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Kent wedding photographerTying the knot deserves an exceptional wedding photographer whose output can last the test of time. Explore your options as you preserve memories from your special day.

Is your big day coming? Wedding preparations can always get the best of you. From booking the venue, organizing the program down to the minute details of sending invites and choosing the cake. But to enable to cherish this once in a lifetime event, couples are encouraged to consider choosing their Kent wedding photographer and booking services early. While the bride’s dress is usually the most highly anticipated detail of this event, wedding photographers capture all the more important details of “d” day. Guests, emotions and memories of your wedding day are equally worth treasuring.

That is why the use of internet helps to ease out the process of finding the photographer that suits your needs are also important. Portfolios, themes, perspectives and further information are provided that will speed up your selection process resulting to an easy and more relaxed bride and groom.

  1. Start hiring a wedding photographer early.

Photos on your wedding will be the only thing you can hold on to when the years has passed. Watching your video is the only way to relive the very same moment. A head start will not just give you peace of mind, but more time can be allotted for other wedding requirements.

  1. Prevent the issue of settling for second best.

When given enough time, you will be able to book a wedding photographer that matches your preference. Being able to avoid settling for someone who is available, a skillful wedding photographer can deliver your visualized dream wedding photos.

  1. Wedding photographers are booked in advance.

Photography entails great preparation. This means they are usually booked 6 months in advance to produce necessary requirements. Booking early will save you from cramming and stress. From the responsibilities of both parties down to the equipment the day requires, everything will be settled in advance for a hassle-free wedding day.

  1. You are able to have pool of choices.

Ample time to choose provides you a variety of skills in the market. Wide options can be explored as to what kind of perspective fits the couple. This ensures a high quality output that will both benefit the photographer and the client. You can discuss specific details and terms of the event to produce a significant output and working relationship. Never ever settle for second best when it comes to choosing amongst Kent wedding photographer options.

  1. Booking early prevents last minute decisions.

As pressure tends to build up as the wedding day goes closer, last minute decisions are required from the couple. Being able to settle for your wedding photographer early, you will be spared from unwanted worries and tensions. At least you can be rest assured of the fact that you have one less thing to worry about when it comes to planning the event that is your wedding.

Savor every minute of your wedding preparation with your special someone. Discard all the last-minute preparations that could be physically and emotionally draining. Explore options with Kent wedding photographer David Burke Photography to get a sneak peak of what you can expect on your big day.

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Getting Started in Baby Photography

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Babies are perhaps one of the most challenging subjects to photograph, mainly because babies have their own schedules, not to mention you can’t expect them to follow directions as to how they would pose. On the flipside, such qualities make them such fascinating subjects because of them being natural, not to mention being cute to look at as well.

Difficult as they can be, babies are not impossible subjects to tackle. If you’re a photographer who is looking into specializing into baby photography, let this guide help you out on how to get started and develop your skills doing this type of photography.

Timing the shoot

As noted earlier, babies have their own schedules as they tend to be awake or asleep at any given time of the day. Thus, it is best to plan ahead and coordinate with the mother as much as possible as to the best time when to take the photos. Generally speaking, for newborns, it is best to time the shoot while the baby is sleepy.

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Keep shooting

Nevertheless, there are those unpredictable moments when the baby starts to cry or throws a tantrum as you are about to shoot. Given the nature of how babies behave, rather than wait it out until the baby stops crying or throwing a tantrum, it is best for the photographer to keep shooting, preferably having your camera take photos in continuous shooting mode. Chances are, there is a moment worthy to be captured even if the baby is having such moods.

Always be ready

Given the aforementioned unpredictable moments, you’ll never know if and/or when the baby is caught or having a moment that can be considered “camera worthy.” As a photographer, you should keep your eyes and lenses open for such moments and make sure you get to capture them well.

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Keep it simple

One fault a number of baby photographers make is that they tend to prepare elaborate setups for their baby photography shoots. Such preparations only serve to lessen the highlight of your subject which is the baby. And that should not be the case. Simplicity is the key for good baby photography and any elements that are to be added in the photo should not serve to distract the main subject of the photo which is the baby.

No flash, better lighting

For baby photography, the use of flash is discouraged as much as possible. For one, the subject may look bad with the harsh lighting the flash provides. And also, some babies may not be fond of the flash blinking in front of them. On the other hand, a better non-flash lighting system goes well with the natural soft elements of the subject, highlighting the baby’s features. As much as possible, go for natural light like the light coming in through the window or through an open door, creating a more artistic effect.

Invest in good equipment

If you plan to set up your own studio for baby photography, it is important to invest in some good equipment for you to shoot quality images. If your studio does not have any natural lighting coming in, better invest in lights that would highlight the soft features of your subject. Another piece of equipment you should invest on is a small heating system which will provide a little warmth for the baby especially if the baby is going to be shot not fully clothed or wrapped.

Create a personal approach

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Some baby photographers make a mistake in treating babies as a client, with no sense of attachment or connection whatsoever. Regardless of your relationship with the baby subject, it is important that you make a connection, make the subject feel comfortable with you as you take those pictures. Create not just photos but memories that will be cherished for a long time.

Recommendations

For your camera, it is best for baby photography to set it at a high ISO and/or faster shutter speeds to ensure good detail. As a rule of thumb, try to go for 1/500s shutter speed and an aperture of f/5.6 and wider under normal daylight. It is also recommended that the camera lens should be f/1.8 or lower for faster shutter speeds.

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The Importance of Sound in Videography

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In videography, sound is one element that is often taken for granted, if not ignored altogether. With today’s video technology always incorporating sound technology like the built-in microphones found in many electronic video capturing devices, it is easy to understand why it is so. However, sound is a very important factor that can make or break the video as a whole. Even if the video is shot in high definition, if the sound quality is bad, your audience will not continue watching your video.

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For a videographer or even for someone who likes to casually shoot short videos from time to time, there will be instances that the integrated sound technology of your device, whether it is a DSLR, camcorder, or mobile phone, would be lacking in providing the high quality sound that is desired for videos. Such sound technology can only do so much as it is prone to interference or perhaps the sound quality would not be on par as what you would like to have for your video.

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In such cases, external technology, especially technology that is specifically dedicated to sound, connected to the video-capturing device is highly desired to better do the job. Such technology provides greater, clearer, and more defined sound quality that could minimize unnecessary elements that would otherwise ruin the sound quality.

Such technology mainly comes in the form of external microphones that are attached to the external mic jack or some other input port for the device to capture the sound the microphone captures. Depending on the need and situation, there are different types of microphones available that you use.

One of them is the lapel or lavalier mic which is the same type of microphone being used by news anchors. It has the advantage of having a small size and can be used discreetly.

Another type of external microphone is the boom microphone which captures the sound of its surroundings on a wider scale, thus providing a more defined sound of the environment. It is also prone to elements like winds that could cause interference to the sound. To minimize this issues, such microphones are placed with equipment called mufflers which sought to lessen interference from the elements.

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The other type of microphone is the handheld microphone, which is somewhat the same one as TV reporters would use. But this microphone is also the most rarely used type, unless you are looking to do a news report type of video.

In the end, each microphone serves a different need and there is no best option among the three.  The choice is up to the end user as to which would serve his needs best. Nevertheless, each technology perform better than built-in microphones on devices and it is important to significantly invest on them.

Positioning

While it is dependent on what type of microphone you will be using, the position of the microphone is nevertheless important. Whether you or a subject will be doing the talking, it is important that the microphone is placed nearby to capture the voice clearly. In some cases, the position of the microphone may not be able to capture the sound well. Thus, there may be a need to connect the mic to the boom pole and hover it over the subject without having the microphone be seen in the shot.

Testing Audio Quality

As we have determined how important sound is in the video, it is important that before video production, there would be tests made to check the sound and the overall audio quality, finding out if there are possible issues that need to be corrected before actual production to ensure that the video will have a good audio quality to it. Even during video production, it is a must to check the audio quality from time to time to make sure that it is not too loud or too soft and any unforeseen audio issues would be immediate addressed.

Sound plays an important part of your video than we normally thought. And if we aim to produce quality video content, extra time, effort, and resources are needed to be allotted than we normally do to ensure that the output being produced is of the best quality possible.

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Should I Hire a Second Wedding Photographer?

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It is pretty much a given as to how photographers are important people to have in a wedding. Without them, a wedding would be less memorable as it is supposed to be as no records would be available for one to look back on those memories every now and then.

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While no arguments would have to be raised about having photographers, there is a more pressing dilemma some couples face as far as photography is concerned” should they avail two photographers to cover a wedding?

Advantages

Let us first look at the advantages of having a second photographer at the wedding:

  • A second photographer can provide coverage to more than one venue at a time, allowing more moments and photographs to be taken.
  • A second photographer provides different sets of eyes, which make room for new styles of photography, allowing for more diversity as to how the photos in the wedding are taken.
  • The minute details can be covered by the second photographer while there will be a main photographer who will take care of shooting the more general details of the wedding.
  • In case there are some details missed by one of the photographers, the second photographer will be there to cover those missed details, ensuring a more complete coverage in the process.
  • In the event of some untoward incident that would befall on one of the photographers like camera got damaged in the middle of event or an accident, something we hope would not happen to the photographer, there will be a backup plan of sorts in the person of the second photographer who can fill in and carry on with the job.

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Disadvantages

There are also some disadvantages in having a second photographer that should be taken into consideration as well:

  • Hiring a second photographer entails a higher expense, something to consider especially if on a tight budget.
  • There is a risk that there would be an overlapping and redundancy in terms of coverage as a certain moment gets captured by the two photographers at the same time and without any difference in style.
  • There may be instances that the two photographers may feel uncomfortable working each other, especially those who have not worked with each other before and may affect the way they would cover the wedding as a whole.

When to hire a second wedding photographer

With those advantages and disadvantages in mind, it is important to note that hiring a second photographer or not depends on a number of factors that should be taken into account. One of them of course is the budget as to whether you can afford to do so or otherwise.

Another factor to consider the scope of the wedding, especially in the size of the event and the number of guests that are expected to attend. If the wedding will be a more private and intimate affair, then there would be no need for a second photographer.

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Other Things to Consider

Having noted all these factors, in the end it will be up to the couple to decide whether to hire a second photographer based on their needs and the budget especially.

Should the decision would be to go for a second photographer, one should check with the main photographer and verify if the photographer’s service would provide for a second shooter from within his/her studio or would that second shooter be based at another studio. If the latter scenario would be the case, then it is important to verify with the main photographer as to who would be the photographer that would be recommended and has a good working relationship with the main photographer.

In the end, what matters most is that you get your money’s worth with the output the photographer or photographers will provide you. Being the most important occasion of one’s life, the quality of the output is still the most important.

 

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5 Ways To Grow Your Photography Business

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With more and more people going into photography these days, thanks in part to a more widespread availability of cameras and other photography gear at lower prices than before, going into the photography business today provides a lot of challenges that need to be faced. As someone who is starting out in this business, I’m sure you may have encountered some of them already.

One of those challenges would be how to make your photography business grow. Especially today when there are so many competitors out there, you need to stand out among the rest. For this, we have come up with five best ways to help you make a mark and get your business to grow in the process.

Create an online presence

In this day and age, it is no longer an excuse for photographers to not have a place to showcase their works. While some photographers are content to use social media to do that, it will give you an advantage if you have your own website to showcase your output, as well as what you can do. Also, having your own website increases your brand, giving you an edge as some clients tend to look favorably on photography businesses that have their own websites.  It does not matter if you have your own domain or you made it through a free site creation platform like Blogger or WordPress. The content is what matters the most.

Harness the power of social media

Earlier, we have stated the importance of having your own site over just using social media. Still, social media remains an important part in promoting your business. In fact your website and your social media accounts complement each other in a way: your website establishes your brand while social media enhances and promotes it.

With that said, use social media to your advantage in promoting your business more effectively. You can advertise your brand or do something simple as sharing some of the photos you have taken as a marketing strategy, promoting them as viral content. If you can, try to learn about social media marketing to effectively promote your business.

Get connected with as many people as possible

Reach out to as many people as possible about the business you offer. At very least, start by promoting your business within your inner circle: your family, relatives, and friends, not to mention encourage to share that information to others in their own circles. If you are ready to move on to a bigger market, take advantage not only of online venues like social media but also offline venues that provide opportunities for you to introduce your business to others. Some examples would be photography events or trade fairs where photographers can participate in.

One thing to remember is that even if you are promoting even to your inner circle is to make sure you showcase the best output that you have available. Always it should be the case.

Keep up with new concepts and technologies

Technology and knowledge these days progress in fast-changing pace. How well you can keep up with new concepts and technologies, as well as your ability to adapt them is important for your business’ growth. Make it a point to keep yourself updated with new trends and technologies in photography. Make it a point as well to continuously learn about photography, especially whatever new ideas will be introduced along the way. Make sure you highlight to your prospective customers whatever latest knowledge and technology you may have that will not only make a good impression, but also will help gain more trust for your business, especially from a growingly sophisticated customer base.

Create value in your service

Valuating your service can be a sticky issue to address as you strive to strike a balance between profit and customer satisfaction, especially with regards to the price. Thus, it is important to always be flexible in this matter. Do not be afraid to put a premium price tag on your service as long as it equates to better value as far as your photos are concerned. Strive as well to go the extra mile with making sure your customers are satisfied with the service they will get. The value you provide must equate to the level of service and quality you are giving to your clients.

In the end, going into the photography business requires not only a great deal of skill, but also a lot of guts and dedication in making sure you are offering the best product available. You must be able to show that you have all these qualities which are very important in your continued success not only as a photographer but also as a business owner.

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Does It Make A Difference To Choose A Female Photographer?

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female wedding photographerWith the wedding just a few months away, most couples amp up the pace of their wedding plans to ensure that everything that ought to be present at the wedding is perfect. During the course of the wedding planning, one of the wedding vendors that have to be scouted out happens to be the wedding photographer as no wedding is complete without it. The wedding photographer is that person on hand on the special day to capture all the amazing memories.

Get along with your wedding photographer

It is important to note that a lot of things can happen in the events leading up to the wedding and couples might decide to have a pre-wedding photo shoot but even with these, whatever type of photo shoot you are having, it is important for couples to get along with their wedding photographers. This is due to the fact that you will not just be spending hours in their company but you are also entrusting that they capture the mood of your wedding. With this at the back of your mind, the question of whether to hire a male or female wedding photographer comes up.

The answer to the question is one that is vague and cannot be given out rightly as every individual has their own preference. At the end of the day, it depends not only on the type of photo shoot in question but also on the gender of the client and their personality. Going by the fact there are different types of photo shoot but there are certain scenarios where a female wedding photographer would be most welcomed.

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For example, a female wedding photographer would be granted access to a bride’s changing room to document her preparation journey before the wedding. The bride will feel more comfortable or at ease in the presence of someone that is her own gender and this can make the picture taking process smoother. On the other hand, a male wedding photographer cannot ask for access to the rooms of the bride as it may come off as being unethical. After all, the bride’s changing is meant for the bride to change into her wedding attire and this involves revealing part of her body.

There is an argument in favor of female photographers that they are better placed to understand what the couples are hoping for and this is due to the fact that females are deemed as being sentimental. So tapping into the sentiments of a female photographer, this would bring about beautiful images that are up to the expectations of the couple. Keeping an open mind is one of the things every couple needs when engaging in wedding planning and the fact that you want a photographer to document your preparation process does not mean it has to be a female. It can also be a male photographer as long as you find yourself being comfortable with them.

You can check out female wedding photographer (www.photographybyadelphos.co.uk) for the type of images to expect when you entrust your wedding pictures to a professional female.

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What To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

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Planning weddings can be hectic and requires a lot of effort.

Napa wedding photographerSo, for your wedding, it would just be appropriate if you hire a photographer that’s capable of doing your wedding justice. Nowadays, with the dawn of the internet, it’s become easy to look for potential wedding photographers. Still, deciding on whom to choose is the hard part. When scouting for possible photographers, be sure to ask these four important questions to determine if they’re what you want.

What do you specialize in?

Looking for the right wedding photographer for you also requires a bit of research on the field. There are three kinds of wedding photography styles which are Photojournalism, Traditional and Fine art wedding photography. Photojournalistic wedding photography requires minimal involvement of the wedding photographer. He just waits for the moments to unfold and makes sure to capture the important ones. Traditional wedding photography is when photographers instruct the couple and the guests how to pose, and positions them as well. This deals with your typical wedding poses, with everyone being formal in the photos.

Lastly, fine art wedding photography involves creative ideas from the wedding photographer, and even the couple as well. It requires artistry from the wedding photographer and expert knowledge on lighting and angling. There are also several sub specializations, or hybrids of the three main styles. So, make sure that before you select a wedding photographer, you must first know what photography style you’re aiming for so that your choices would be filtered to those photographers who specialize on that style. When meeting with potential wedding photographers, be sure to ask them what they specialize in.

Do you have a license?

Photography is not only an art, but it’s also a business, and a business needs a permit, or a license, to function. It’s important to make sure that your chosen wedding photographer has a license because it can protect your rights as a client. If, for example, he runs off with your money without giving you results, his license as a photographer can be revoked. If you, your family, or any of your guests are put into harm, his having or not having a license would have a significant effect on the situation. Having a license would also mean that he is a professional photographer, which is what you would want.

How long have you been in the business?

Experience matters. A newbie photographer would be jittery and clumsy which would greatly affect how your photos would turn out. A wedding photographer with experience would know how to deal with spontaneous situations that could possibly ruin the wedding and the pictures. He would also have knowledge on certain angles, moments, or tricks that would make the wedding photos more memorable and the photo taking experience fun for you and your guests.

You could also ask if he is a member of an official wedding photography association. If he is, then that would ensure his experience, and that he has an established reputation in the wedding photography business. Professional and well known wedding photographers such as this Napa wedding photographer at www.catiecoyle.com have proved to be very efficient and capable in their craft, as evidenced by their portfolio.