The wedding season is here! Love, laughter and fun are in the air, not to mention all of us looking our finest in our colorful clothes. As a wedding guest, you’re in a position to take some great candid pictures of the new couple, close family and friends. So time to pull out your camera and start clicking. (Don’t forget that your mobile phone is often capable of taking beautiful photos as well.) Some quick tips from us to capture candid shots at wedding festivities:
Tip #1 Keep Clicking: When you quickly shoot multiple photographs of a person you can sometimes get some stunning shots that you’d have never gotten in just one click. Switch your camera to continuous shooting mode and shoot in bursts of images. The continuous burst mode is generally available on your mobile device as well these days.
Tip #2 No Flash: If possible try not to use the flash on your camera. The use of flash can make people aware that they are being photographed and that candid moment is gone. Usually the lights at wedding, reception and other events are bright enough, so you should get enough light for your photo.
Tip #3 Capture the Emotions: Indian weddings are full of emotions – laughter and tears! One way to ensure that you capture those emotions is to take shots when people are together – there’s bound to be emotions in the interaction. Another way to capture emotions is to take the shot when a person is doing something. Not only will the person not notice you, but also the act of them doing something adds an element in your story of photos.
Tip # 4 Framing: Framing a photograph is very important and a wedding venue provides some natural frames for you to use! Use decorative elements at the venue, such as a pillar of the mandal, in the foreground. Not only do you frame your photo but it also appears as if you’re hiding behind the object.
Tip # 5 Strategic Positioning: The traditional Indian wedding has some moments that everyone knows about. Whether it’s the sangeet, the pheras or the vidhaai ceremony, these are moments that you know will be coming. Make sure you are in a good spot to capture these moments.
Enjoy the celebrations!