Wedding Photography Tips

     Why is that when you search the internet for your wedding photographer, that you find some you like and some you don't? What is it that some photographers have and others do not?. After many years shooting weddings in Sydney, i would have to say it all comes down to composition....
Composition is the first visual impression that we the viewer see. How have the elements in the photo been arranged to tell the story of what is going on within the scene.... Does it entertain our eyes and therefor our impression of the story within...
Too many wedding photographers have been hipnotised by the little round circly placed in the middle of their camera view finder... Suddenly they use the centre as a reference area for the subject.... The shots are generally not exciting and have little lasting impression on us the viewer.
The actual term "composition" is:
The term composition means 'putting together,' and can apply to any work of art, from music to writing, that is arranged or put together using conscious thought. In the visual arts, composition is often used interchangeably with various terms such as design, form, visual ordering, or formal structure, depending on the context.
Artists have always been influenced by their environment, so art often reflects its time and place. Design, which is another word for composition, has changed with times and places since the first small sculptures and cave paintings. Of course, in the beginning those who made the first fertility goddesses and paintings of animals were probably not thinking of design in the way that we do now.

Photography, or writing with light as some call it, has become a modern day artform. When i photograph a wedding in Sydney i have endless elements to work with. All other photographers do too. The difference between the photographers in Sydney weddings is the way they use these elements.
Basic composition example:
In the following 2 photographs you can see 2 entirely different compositions at the same scene. Both photographers are shooting from the same point and using the same lenses. Notice that one photographer has kept very predictable and centered whilst the other has gone for something completely different.

The centered photograph is lovely and shows us a happy couple spending time together under or near the trees of The Botanical Gardens Sydney. The problem with this photo is that the viewers eye will spend lots of time in the trees and foliage and this steals us away from the emotion in the image....

The second photograph however keeps us locked more on the passion between the couple. The clever use of "The rule of thirds" has made this image much more appealling. Slightly off centre which creates some mystery within the picture.

  The point in which the couple are face to face is the absolute power point within this photograph.. it has been placed perfectly onto the crossover between the one third points, as shown.

If more photographers reinvented their thoughts process when eyeing up an image they could improve their art form considerably...Too many wedding photographers just shoot the same safe style and rarely venture away to discover new images.

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