Being a second shooter is sometimes frightening. In some ways, you’re shadowing another photographer but in other ways, you’re maintaining your own individuality without being overpowering. Many second shooters are just starting out and you’ll need to keep one very big thing in mind the entire time: photography isn’t about gear first and foremost. Primarily, it’s about business. Then it’s about your portfolio. And then it’s about capabilities and gear.
If you’re a second shooter or aspiring to be one, then here’s what you should know.
Photographers shooting weddings for a while typically know where they have to be positioned and sometimes get the opportunity to scout a location out beforehand. But before you even step into the venue, you should have somewhat of an idea. The folks over at KelbyOne created an infographic explaining where you should positioned. Each number corresponds to an area for the ceremony and has tips included.
For more though, you should check out our essential shot list for a wedding and our massive roundup of tips, interviews and tutorials for wedding photography.
With WPPI 2015 on the brink of starting up very soon, we’ve been busy scouring the web for the best in the business when it comes to wedding and portrait photography. We’ve also worked on curating and creating lots of tips and tutorials to help you get your start or help you get even further along in the photo world.
But we’re not only talking about gear: part of being a photographer is also having people skills. And as many of the photographers that we’ve interviewed will tell you, it’s pretty much everything. Here’s our giant roundup of Portrait and Wedding Tips.
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We’re doing another call for photographers to feature their images on the site. Right now we’re focusing on Strobist work–even better if you’ve got wedding and portrait photography. After that, we’re moving into landscape photography (we will do another call for that.)
So how do you pitch it us?
– Shoot us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com. You’ll also probably notice the little call to feature you on the sidebar.
– Tell us about yourself as a photographer. We want to know the who, what, when, where, how and why.
– Show us websites
– Tell us why the readers want to see your work., or why your project is really cool.
Julius and I will review all of your submissions, talk it over, and get back to you based on the volume of emails. Don’t let this discourage you, we’re both very cool cats; just busy. And if you have a single photo that makes great use of lighting, submit it for our Creating the Photograph series.
Thanks folks (and Strobists)!
Editor in Chief
© Kevin Kubota
All images used with permission by the photographers contributing to this article.
WPPI 2015 is quickly approaching, and in the run-up to the big conference, we asked a bunch of presenters to reflect on their careers with one simple question:
“What did you wish you knew when you starting out as a portrait or wedding photographer that you know now?”
Their answers are instructive and serve to help photographers who are still figuring it all out. Responses range from the inspirational to the business-oriented, but common to all of them is the need for growth and the recognition of the importance of making mistakes.
Head on for some insight from some of the most influential folks in the industry.
If you use promo code “WPPI50” you’ll get $50 off the “Full Platform Pass” which is regularly $299 ($249 with promo code).
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All images by Lindsay Adler. Used with permission.
Photographer Lindsay Adler has always had incredible and creative ideas that simply make our jaws drop. But recently, she decided to step her game up a bit more and combine video and stills by teaming up with Flixel and releasing the images just a bit before WPPI 2015.
Lindsay set out to create wedding inspired cinemagraphs by using the Panasonic GH4, lots of lighting and majestic sets–which for the most part are typical of Adler’s shoots that also tend to take place in a controlled studio setting. In the video below, she cites that the GH4 was shooting in 4K and therefore gave her enough resolution to create a crisper, better and sharper cinemagraph.
What’s really cool about Flixel is just how simple it makes the act of creating cinemagraphs. In fact, we’re considering putting more of them into our reviews.
Three of the images and the video are after the jump.
Photography and Flixel: Lindsay Adler
Wardrobe: LSC for 4 Season Style Management
Hair and Makeup: Johnny Gonzalez
Model: Aurianna Joy
Set Design: Ivie Joy Flowers
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