One of the most difficult parts of a wedding day is photographing the ceremony. The photographer is unable to control the lighting, expressions and overall setting of the ceremony. Preparing for the wedding ceremony is crucial. The following eight tasks were voted the most important by over 200 wedding photographers. This wedding photography checklist is a must-have for any wedding.

According to 200 photographers, Wedding Photography Must-Do List

One of the most difficult parts of a wedding day is photographing the ceremony. The photographer is unable to control the lighting, expressions and overall setting of the ceremony. Preparing for the wedding ceremony is crucial. The following eight tasks were voted the most important by over 200 wedding photographers. This wedding photography checklist is a must-have for any wedding.

1. Sync your cameras/beginning and end of the day (26%)

 

It saves time and ensures that the catalog is chronologically arranged according to the order in which the moment was captured. Time. Gov can be used to sync your cameras down to one second. Do not forget to sync your cameras before you begin shooting. Instead, sync after.

2. Communicate team positions (16%)

 

Ensure that each member of the team knows where they stand during the ceremony. Two shooters shouldn’t be in the same area at the same moment unless one is taking wide shots and the other is taking a narrower crop. This is often necessary for the first kiss. Spread out with one photographer on each side and one down the aisle.

3. New battery + spare in your pocket (15%)

 

There are some ceremonies that run longer than others. It’s best to be prepared and have extra batteries in case of an emergency.

4. You should have enough memory and spare money (10%)

 

It’s a smart idea to have an extra card in case your memory card is damaged or loses its capacity. This will ensure that you don’t miss a thing.

5. Accessory/lens at the ready (10%)

 

Do not rush to find your lens when you need it. Keep your essential lenses in a convenient bag or pouch. Our full list of ” The Top Camera Accessories for Photographers on the Go” contains more information about recommended accessories.

6. Exposure + White balance synced (5%)

 

For consistency in post, all shooters must communicate their exposure and white-balance settings. Remember to account for light transmission when syncing exposure and white balance settings. For example, a 24-70mm zoom lens will let less light in (between 1/2-stop and 1 full stop of lighting) when it is zoomed to 70mm instead of 24mm. Zooming in and out can have an impact on your exposure.

Checking your histogram is the best way to ensure consistent exposure. Make sure to retain your highlights and shadows. It is important to remember that time is money and it can be a waste of time to adjust each setting individually in post.

7. Cinema (5%): Communicate movement through cinema

 

Communication with cinematographers, regardless of whether they are part of your team, can reduce the chances of you blocking each other’s shots.

8. Discuss the moment of your first kiss with an officiant (3%)

 

Ask the officiant to tell you what he will say before the groom announces that he may kiss his bride. This will allow you to get in position to capture the first kiss. Ask the officiant what he or she will say around one minute before the first kiss to make sure you have enough time. It is also a good idea to ask the officiant if he or she will step aside from the couple to avoid being included in the first kiss images.

Bonus Tip | Know your sun direction

 

Bonus tip: Know where the sun will rise for your ceremony. This will help you plan angles that maximize lighting. An app such as Sun Seeker can be used to track the sun’s position throughout the day.

Conclusion

You can find more information about wedding ceremonies in our article ” How to Master the Ceremony”. For an A-Z video course, visit Photographing the Ceremony as part of the Wedding Photography Training System. Photographing the Ceremony was created to help wedding day teams of any size master the art of wedding ceremony coverage using non-invasive photography techniques. The course objectives include not missing a moment, understanding wedding cultures, telling complete tales, and managing a wedding team.