Friday, April 26, 2013

A Great Overview of Wedding Photography

Digital Wedding Photography for Dummies is an excellent overview of all the skills required to be a wedding photographer. These include not only taking pictures and printing them, or making them available of DVD. It also goes into how to handle clients, set up you business and use social media to get your business recognized.

If you're already an experienced photographer, the photo sections are a good review, but are too simple for a serious photographer. Basically, they tell you how to use techniques to get the mood you want, but it requires a great deal of practice, as the author points out. Likewise, photo editing is discussed in terms of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. I enjoyed the discussion. It was a good review, but having used both programs, I know you need a great deal more information to make them work the way you want.

The sections on building your business: writing a business plan, researching the requirement for getting your business registered with the proper authorities, and learning how to write a contract, are excellent. Again, this gives you a start and places to look, but a great deal more work is required to bring the business to fruition.

I particularly enjoyed the sections on dealing with clients. I love the idea of bringing your clients into the decision making process, but not letting them take over and delay the final product. It's a section well worth reading.

This book is not only good for wedding photographers, or aspiring wedding photographers, it could also be used by anyone who plans to photograph an event. Since the wedding covers skills from portraiture to photo journalism there's something that applies to almost any event where a photographer is required.

This is a great basic treatment of the subject. If you want to get your feet wet, this is the way to do it.

I reviewed this book for the Amazon Vine Program.