Wedding Photography Tips
There are many components to a successful portrait photograph. One of the primary reasons
you have a good photograph or a poor photograph is a result of how your crop your subject.
The style of portrait you are attempting to create is a result of cropping the subject correctly,
you can include full body, the face and torso, a facial close up or other standard portrait
lengths, the success of your shot depends on proper cropping. The decisions made with
reference to how the subject is framed will determine whether you have a professional eye
You can crop your shots either while shooting the portrait, or in post production. Cropping in
the camera is the preferred method, because of the fact that you are taking advantage of the
camera's lens and the resolution of the entire shot. So framing your photograph with the
camera is more effective than cropping after the shot, with tools like photoshop. The
consistency of resolution resulting from framing properly with the camera will usually yield a
more effective shot. You can get a shot of the full subject or just a head and shoulder shot or
whatever image you like, simply by properly framing the subject through your camera lens.
The original resolution is often the preferred visual effect.
Occasionally it is not possible to crop a photograph the way you would like if for some reason,
so the second method of cropping, post production is available. A subject that you would like
to capture may be moving faster than you can easily frame, and you lack sufficient time to
properly frame or compose the image. During a wedding you may experience these
opportunities during the first dance or when the bouquet and garter ceremonies are
unfolding, if you just prepare and shoot, you should come up with something that you can
crop post production, with photoshop, but you will suffer some loss of resolution with this
Equipped now with the methodologies for cropping, we still have to learn how to crop
properly. Are you aware of which parts of the body you should leave in frame and which parts
you can safely leave out? With a human subject, it is best not to crop at the joints, don't cut off
feet hands or legs. In a full length shot, you cut out none of the subject, with a ¾ length shot,
use the subjects thighs as a cut off point. Take care to leave some space above the subjects
head. With a Head and Shoulders portrait the bottom of the photo is the subjects chest, again
leaving a small space above the head for the upper delimitation. The most complicated shots
that you will be attempting are likely the facial close ups. You have seen many different facial
cropping styles in professional publications, or online, the rules for facial cropping are not as
rigid as for other styles of portrait photography, so you should look at various media and
decide for your self what cropping will go best with your shooting style.
If you are inexperienced with shooting event photography, I hope that these tips will help you
in your efforts. Good Luck!!