#1 Follow a Storyline
Photos are a great way to tell stories without words. Thus, you can tell the story of a wonderful wedding day through a couple of well captured photographs. Begin by photographing the pre wedding nerves! It is highly likely that your bride or groom with be extremely excited as well as a little nervous and capturing these emotions with your iPhone photography is a smart way to begin your storyline. Take up close portraits as well such as photos of your bride or groom putting on their final touches like makeup or cuff links. Follow up these photographs with photos of the main events such as the ceremony and reception. A few key events to make sure to capture are the vows, the first dance, and the cutting of the cake. Check the wedding's program in advance to make sure you are well prepared for the timing of each event on the big day.
#2 Find Good Lighting
The number one rule for good lighting in a photo is to avoid direct and harsh sunlight. Over exposure to bright sunlight can cause dress discolorations, unflattering face shadows, and commonly, squinty eyes. Overcast days are actually the best days to photograph because the clouds are able to diffuse any direct sunlight allowing your photos to reap an even lighting and softer result. However, if you do have to capture your wedding events on a bright sunny day then it is best to find shaded areas when photographing your subjects. A professional photography reflector can also help in the case where shade in unavailable as it utilizes light to your advantage. This reflector will brighten any dark shadows cast on your subjects faces or clothing. It is best to have an assistant to hold this reflector as you capture photos of the big day. Utilizing a reflector is a very simple yet extremely effective trick that professional photographers use all over the world to combat overexposure in photographs.
Another rule of thumb when it comes to lighting is to always try to shoot outdoors whether it be a bright sunny day or not, as shooting indoors can prove to be challenging because of the low light conditions. It is easier to fix bright light then to try and improve upon low light. Low light photography often results in blurry photos due to slow shutter speeds. Low light photos can become grainy. Thus, if you do have to shoot indoors, make sure to do so in a well lit area. Try to use natural light from a window if possible as artificial lighting can also cause discoloration. Additionally, we recommend not to utilize your own iPhone's stock flash when photographing as it can cause your subject's features to look flat.
#3 Pay Attention to Exposure
Pay close attention to your photos exposure when photographing the bride in her white dress as iPhones can struggle to find the correct exposure amount automatically due to contrast. White dresses and dark backgrounds need a little extra time and effort when it comes to finding the ideal exposure. The last thing your bride wants in her wedding photography is an overexposed face and completely blurred out dress with no detail shown. In order to make sure that the brides dress and face come out clearly in your wedding photography you will need to manually adjust your iPhone cameras exposure to account for highlights. In order to manually adjust your iPhones camera you will begin by tapping on the screen to set your photos focus. You typically want the focus to be on the bride's face. Once the focus is set, you will then swipe up to reveal the exposure slider. You will know the exposure slider by the little yellow sun icon next to it. Next, you will manually adjust the exposure slider so that you are able to see the faces of your subjects clearly as well as all of the details of the brides dress.
#4 Utilize Burst Mode
Burst mode is the best way to capture still photos in a sea of moving people. Weddings are practically filled with constant movement and it will be hard to capture photos that are not blurry or off focus. Thus, burst mode will be your secret weapon in combating the blur. Burst mode shoots multiple photos within rapid succession capturing specific movements in still life. Utilizing burst mode is extremely simple as all one needs to do is hold down the shutter button for as long as you would like to capture the moment. The photos you capture will be placed together in a sequence collection within the burst file in your photo library. When looking at a specific sequence you will need to select which photos you want to keep and delete the rest.
#5 Get Close
It will be fairly easy to take full length shots of the newlyweds but do not forget to grab some close up portraits photos as well. Closer, portrait photos truly capture the emotion of the happy couple on their big day. Portraits are a great way to capture the heart warming facial expressions of love and excitement of all the guests and bride/groom. Capture the details too! The bride will want to be able to look back on her big day and remember the colors of the flowers in her bouquet and the hand stitching of her beautiful dress. Although you will be tempted to use zoom when shooting close up portrait shots, be sure to refrain. The iPhone zoom feature tends to destroy the quality of an image making it seem highly pixelated and unclear. If you want an extremely close up shot, just walk up to your subjects and say cheese!
#6 Eliminate Background Distractions
Let your main subjects stand out by creating clean images with little to no background distractions. If possible, ask your subjects to stand in front of a photogenic background ensuring that you will eliminate any and all distracting objects from the photos background. A second option is to take the wedding photos at a nearby location that has an open garden or field. A third option is to shoot from a low angle! A low angle captures more sky behind your subject rather than scenery which naturally eliminates any distracting background elements.
#7 Details, Details, Details
Photograph the details. You will want to make sure to get gorgeous images of all the decor, floral accents, centerpieces, and wedding cake. Every photo you take at the wedding does not have to be of the bride and groom. Take creative initiative and make sure to capture every element that catches your eye from interesting architecture to guest expression. The detail photographs help to paint the scene and vibe that was present on the couples happiest day of their lives. Your bride and groom will be thankful you documented these details when looking back on their big day at a later date.
#8 Black & White Conversion
Converting some of the colored wedding photos to black and white will add a timeless feel to the newlyweds photobook. The black and white effect will also attract viewer's attention straight to the main subject and away from any background distractions. Converting certain photos to black and white will also take away any discoloration, over exposure, and upgrade clarity. Just be sure to tweak the contrast and brightness once your photo has been converted in order to ensure the photo will make a proper impact on the viewer. Black and white conversion is not one size fits all and needs to be adjusted according the the original coloring of a photo in order to bring it to the correct brightness or darkness. In order to complete these editing effects you will want to check out photo alteration applications like VSCO, Snapseed, and Filterstorm Neue.
As long as you follow the eight tips listed above, you are sure to capture beautiful wedding photos through your simple yet useful iPhone camera.
"The best photos are those that retain their strength and influence over the years, no matter how many times they are considered."
— Anne Geddes