As I have said in previous blog posts, Glynn and I ensure that we bring as much fun to the photography as we possibly can. There is far too much fear and seriousness attached to photography in the minds of many, and if you add humour to your teaching you are bound to succeed. One of our first exercises during our afternoon 'prac' session is to replicate the family kisses and hugs section of the wedding day that always transpires after the ceremony. So, some of us become uncles and aunts, while a few take their turn at being photographers trying to capture the 'moments'. Its a lot of fun, but it is also challenging. There are giggles galore, but the lesson learned is important. Be Johnny or Janey 'On the Spot' and get the important pictures - the ones that really matter.
The afternoon then continues with basics on posing, maximising your time and your photographic opportunities with each pose and location, and finally a lesson in Creative Metering. I am always surprised at the impact this last part has on those who attend. Learning to meter, creating images in camera that are a result of metering for shadows or highlights is very important and very eye-opening to most who attend. This was certainly the case on Saturday, with many saying during our final wrap up that this was the thing they would be taking home with them the most. And I can see why. Learning to use, manipulate and meter for light can often be the difference between average photographs in average situations and wonderful images from less than wonderful circumstances. That is just good photography, folks. And, essentially, it is what professional wedding photography is all about.
For more information on Creative Metering, check out the video tutorial recently added to my digital photography tutorials website, The Five Minute Photographer.