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Question to ask your clients

Posted on March 5, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized

5 Important Questions a Wedding Photographer Must Ask Their Clients

If you are a wedding photographer, you know how important of a task you are doing. The bride and the groom are depending on you to capture the lasting memories of their big day. There are no retakes here and you need to get it right the very first time. If you want to make the special day of your clients even more special, you need to ask them some questions, which will tell you a lot about what your clients are expecting from you.

1.     The Budget

The first thing to ask your clients is their budget for photography. While it will be awkward to ask, it is very important to know how much they are willing to pay as many other things will depend on it. This also lets you know if you are ready to take the project as it is or will have to negotiate on the price.

2.     The Number of Photos They Need

The next important question to ask your clients once you know their budget is how many photographs they need, both digital and hard copies. The number of photographs depend on the budget they have, therefore, you can share the number of photographs you can provide them once you are aware of how much they are willing to pay you.

3.     The Guest Count

It is important to know a rough estimate of the number of guests invited to the wedding as you will have to decide many other things based on that. From the number of photographers needed to cover the wedding to the time distribution and other important things, all this will be based on the number of guests. If it is a big wedding, it is best to take an assistant with you so that you don’t miss out any important moments or people while clicking photos. For small private affairs, one photographer will be enough.

4.     The Poses

Ask your clients if they have any list of poses they want to try. You can discuss with them the ideas you have in mind related to the poses for both the bride and the groom separately as well as for the couple shoot. There are many clients who do a thorough research about the poses and are very particular about them. Asking them beforehand will let you know how much liberty you will have in recommending poses to your clients.

5.     A Pre or Post Wedding Shoot

Ask your clients if they want you to take pictures of them before or after the ceremony or not. It is important to ask beforehand as you will have to set your schedule accordingly. Also, you might consider adding some extra money from it and discuss it with your clients beforehand.

These were some of the most important questions to ask your clients before you finalize everything. It will make it very easy for you to work on the wedding when everything is clear right from the beginning.

Choosing A Tripod

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Choosing your Tripod

Your Bought your nice shinny camera and a selection of lenses, when hand holding these, they become heavy and your hands are not perfectly still so when you look at your images you have camera shake and spoilt images, some of these images you may never be able to shoot again. How to stop that is to invest in a tripod.

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So, we have now discovered that we do need a tripod, there are several factors that we need to think about before buying.

Price

So, we now must consider how much of a dent we need to put into our bank account. Photography is not always very cheap. So, it is now that you can go out and see what your going to get for your money. Do I really need the most expensive up to date tripod or will a cheapy do the job I need? With them ranging in price anything from about £15 up to £1000 that is not to say that the most expensive is the best. You could find the one that suit you for about £200

Weight

The next thing to consider is the weight limitations of your tripod and the weight of the tripod itself, this is especially important if you are a travelling photographer, your camera bag already has a couple of camera body’s possible 5or 6 lenses battery, laptop, and loads of other equipment so you now have to think about how much extra weight do I want to add to my camera bag. Think about the extra strain on your back and neck and shoulder pain. Trust me on that one I’ve done it.

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In addition to the weight of the tripod you need to consider the limitations of the tripod itself. Some of our DSLR camera can be pretty heavy my own with a standard 24-70 lens on weights in just over 3 kilos. This is important as you don’t want to set your camera up only to see it tumble over with the slightest breeze and damage your camera causing very expensive repairs just because you saved a few pound on the tripod itself.

Height

The Third thing to consider is Height. If you’re a tall person you don’t want to be bending over all the time again giving you a bad back. On the other hand, if you’re a short person then you probably don’t have to worry. So, consideration how high the tripod will go also how low it will go especially if shooting macro photography like insects. Another consideration is how wide the legs will spread. The wider the legs the more stability you will have. Once you have considered all these area’s you will have a better idea of which tripod suits you. Once you have purchased your dream tripod look after it and it will probably out last you unless you break it like I did and ran it over with the car.

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The last thing to consider is do I want a 3 way adjusting head or a Ball head

Neewer Metal Tripod Heads, 360 Degree Rotating Panoramic Head with 1/4 Inch Quick Release Plate and Spirit Level, up to 8 kg for Tripod, Monopod, Slider Control DSLR Camera Camcorder
Manfrotto X-PRO 3 Way Head with Retractable Levers and Friction Controls - Black

Home Studio Part 5 Lighting

Posted on February 5, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized
3d studio setup with lights and white background

A Beginners Guide to Studio Lighting:- There are two types of lighting

:- Continuous                                                                                                                       Flash

Continuous Lighting has its good points and its Bad points

Its Good Points

  • Its inexpensive, and makes a good starting point for a small budget
  • You can see where its shining causing the shadows

Its Bad Points

  • It produces more heat than light
  • The light that it produces is not balanced daylight

The heat produced by the continuous light can make it very hot and uncomfortable to work in also as it is very bright it can close down the eyes not very good for a model and not very good for your portrait. Taking photos in artifial light and they can look yellow this is because daylight is measured at 5.600 Kelvin and tungsten bulbs are nearer 3.200 kelvin. This can be overcome with the use of Falters and the virtual dark room

Flash Light

With a normal flash light fitted to your camera you wont know what you’re taking a picture of until after you have taken it.

The advantage of studio Flash lights

  • Most Modern flash lights also have a small lamp in the middle a Modelling lamp with this you can see exactly where your flash will go. The one thing you do need to remember is the Flash will be a lot brighter causing your shadow to be darker.
  • With the continuous light we said it would get hotter with use the flash doesn’t so will always give off then same white light.
  • Modern flash units can give off huge amounts of power can be adjusted down to half power or less
  • If you can’t adjust the power you can always move the lamps closer or further away

Home Studio Lenses

Posted on January 28, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized

Home Studio Lenses

Which lens do I choose will determine the quality of the image the camera will help you produce? There is no camera out there will produce a magnificent image with a bad Len’s. Whilst you have a budget in place for that shinny new camera body. Think about buying a high-quality lens.

A good lens will depend on what you are mainly going to be shooting. It doesn’t have to be the lens with the widest aperture. Most wide aperture lens’s are extremely expensive and may not produce the result you are looking for Whilst producing beautiful bokeh ideal for baby shoots but not ideal for group and family

You also need to consider where you will be using your camera. If it’s in a room in your home, consider the size of your room as you won’t be able to use a 100mm lens for a full length portrait.

There are two main types of lens. Prime lenses and Zoom Lenses

PRIME LENSES  Autofocus prime lenses are great when your subject is moving around e:g fashion photography where you want full length images for this and group and family where you want a realy sharp images with about f7-f8 so you don’t need f1.8

The Nikon 50mm is a great lens for this and is relatively cheap

The Nikon 85mm is also a great lens that will produce a beautiful bokeh and sharp image both indoors and outside and is relatively inexpensive.

ZOOM LENSES  can be great as they have such a variety of focal lengths whilst zooming in and out. I have several zoom lenses but my most recent is the Nikon 24mm-70mm F2/8 It gives great Images both indoors and out but expensive about £1000 mark.

Another great lens is the Nikon 18mm-125mmm great indoor and out about £800

Be sure when buying your new lens that it has Vibration reduction. 

HARNESSING YOUR CAMERA  STRAPS AND HOLSTERS

Camera straps are on e of those things you need that can become a nuisance and in the way. Some photographers take them off and just carry the camera in their hands. This is not without risk of dropping it. Neck straps are a good idea but they do tend to cause neck and back ache.

  • CAMERA SLING STRAPS: These normally go over one shoulder with another small strap to go under the arm to secure it in place allowing you carry your camera securely by your side Amazon under £20
  • HAND HELD STRAP these go onto your camera with a small strap around your wrist so if you do loose grip it doesn’t fall to the floor. I use this for casual shooting.  Amazon for under £10
  • DOUBLE SLING STRAP This is shoulder straps, but you can have a camera on each side of your body I find this very useful for weddings when you need two different lenses. Again Amazon for under £25
  • HOLSTER  This is where you carry your camera strapped to your chest similar to a gun holster worn around your waist. Amazon Approx. £25

On all these do make sure you also use a safety strap as I have had a attachment to the camera break

Home Studio Part 2

Posted on January 27, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized

Choosing a camera

You will probably already have a camera, but you want to upgrade it to be more professional, do you buy the next model up or do you buy the best you can afford? It is not the camera that makes the image it is the piece of glass that you put in front of it. We are not saying buy the bottom level camera body with the most expensive lens.

First consideration is the number of pixels you require. That alone will depend on what you are planning to shoot, if you are planning to shoot mainly for the web than a camera with about 12 megapixels will be enough. So, buying a camera with 36 megapixels just for the web would be an overkill to say the least.

Format is usually a big question, that is do a buy crop sensor of full frame, crop sensor will cost you anything from £350-£400 where as a full-frame would cost from £800 plus. I have shot with both models and see no vast difference when used with good quality lenses.

Another consideration is whether you do or intend to shoot video in the near future. You can save money choosing a camera that does not offer a video option and put the money towards better quality lens.

Shooting rate is another consideration are you going to be only shooting in your studio or will you being shooting dancers or sports for you would definitely need a camera with a high shooting rate.

With your studio you will be shooting with a low ISO speed for indoor and low light conditions, Iso is another factor to consider.

You’ll want a camera body that has a high-speed focus and a high number of auto focus points. I personally shoot with Nikon d500 crop sensor and Nikon d600 full frame 

Do you think you will use Live View? While live view has its benefit such as being able to shoot from the waist or overhead and still being able to view your subject. It does have its disadvantages. Your Battery’s will drain very quick when using Live View. There is also a small time lapse from pressing the shutter and actually capturing your image. So once again you have to consider do you want or need Live View or could you put the money towards better lenses.

Having an existing DSLR and just looking to upgrade? Unless you have money to waste it is usually wise to stay with the same manufacturer rather than change as that would mean changing all your lenses as well.

As for Brand which is best? This is a really tough question and I don’t think there is an answer. Your choice tends to be the first camera that you bought in my case a little Nikon 3300 then you add an extra lens, then another and before you know it you have several lenses. So my upgrade question was simple stay with the make you know. You know your way around the camera and the upgrade will be very similar a few extra buttons. So for the main part you will stick with what you know bearing in mind all the section we have spoken about. Do you really need certain features would you use all the extra features. Bear in mind with Both Canon and Nikon they are well trusted hard wearing and lenses are easy to come across with other manufactures like Sigma, Tamron and Tokina all making very good lenses for your camera       

Home Studio Part 1

Posted on January 26, 2019 by Admin under Uncategorized

You love photography and photographing people you decide to have your own studio either on a part-time or full-time basis.

Photography can be a very expensive business and finding a premises that are a/suitable and b/affordable is by no means going to be easy, so you decide I’ll set up my studio at home. Right lets deal firstly with the space that will be required.

  • Is my home/apartment big enough
  • Can I devote part of my home to working space
  • Do I have the ideal environment for a home studio
  • Do I have somewhere private for clients to change male and female

Ideally the smallest working space required is 12×12 foot space. Not to say you can’t work in smaller space but as an artist you need to move around your client.

The optimal amount of space you require is 2000square feet when that is not available think about the other thoughts.

  • You will need a decent ceiling height of Ten feet as a minimum for shooting standing up so that you don’t get the roll of Backdrop in each shot. Lower ceilings will work but a lot of photoshop will be needed to hide the backdrop edges. So Sitting portraits and Headshots might be more of a reality and working solution
  • Aim to have at least Six foot between your subject and the background to avoid shadow without having to use backlights (more Expense).Depending on what you are shooting think about the distance between you and your subject. You won’t be using big telephoto lenses when you are only Three feet away and you will be struggling to get any full length shots. Don’t have this much room get creative, Open the door and stand outside. Standing on the furniture.
  • White walls are the way to go, coloured walls may Tint your images, cant paint the walls consider getting large pieces of card to cover up the walls then you can have one side white and one side black.
  • Have you got natural light coming into your studio space. Is it to much light when the sun blazing through the windows. So you might have to consider blackout curtains so you can control the light
  • If you are limited on space make sure every piece of equipment or prop has more that one use. When buying a foot stool make sure its strong enough to sit on and the lid comes of to store equipment/props in. Hang stuff on ways you don’t want to keep moving it from one side of the room to the other just to get it out of shot.
  • Most likely now you are ready for your first client have you got somewhere for them to hang there clothes they could have 3 or 4 changes these will need hanging up so an old shop coat rail could come in handy, might even be able to use it as a prop. An old screen to change behind always thinking about double usage

Tips On Making Your Christmas Work Party A Hit

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

Over the next few weeks, offices all over the country will be preparing for their annual Christmas party, with employers eager to throw their staff a fantastic do before the year is out.

That’s why we’ve put together some tips on how to have a Christmas work party everyone will remember.

 

–  Hire a photographer

Long gone are the days where people bring their cameras on a night out, instead relying on their smartphones to take snaps throughout the evening. But however good they proclaim to be, we’ve all seen the blurry pictures the following morning, and wished we’d actually taken some clear selfies that show how good our night was.

So, why not spoil your employees and hire a local photographer in Hereford instead? Your staff are likely to have spent a lot of effort dolling themselves up and having a memory of themselves looking their best and having a fab time will be really appreciated.

Good-quality photographs will also remind everyone of the evening throughout the year, and they could even be put on your company’s website to demonstrate to prospective employees that you take care of staff well by throwing them a great Christmas do.

 

– Activities

While it might seem like an extra thing to do, putting on some activities for guests is a good idea for many reasons. Firstly, it will avoid staff getting bored or feeling uncomfortable about the prospect of having to dance all night long, and secondly, it could reduce the amount of alcohol employees drink if they are doing something other than topping up their glasses at the bar.

By distracting them with something to do – from Twister to casino games – fewer workers are likely to embarrass themselves, fuelled by too much alcohol.

5 Top Wedding Trends For 2019

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

As any newly engaged couple will know, planning a wedding takes an awful lot of time. There are so many decisions to make, from the colour of the cake to the flowers to finding a Hereford wedding photography service to help capture the day to perfection.

If you’ve just started wedding prep, it’s a good idea to see what trends are likely to be big news when you say your vows so you can see what you like and what you don’t.

With a new year just around the corner, you can bet that there are all sorts of new ideas and concepts about to start making waves… and according to This Is Insider, polka dots are expected to be especially trendy for weddings in 2019.

Those of you yet to find the perfect wedding dress might want to look out for something with a bit of asymmetry to it as this is also likely to be popular with brides next year.

As for wedding favours, go for something edible to keep your guests happy as this is yet another top trend for 2019.

You might also want to take a look at this article on the Harpers Bazaar website, featuring four big trends for weddings next year. These include bows on wedding dresses – albeit in a subtle fashion, so don’t go over the top if you want to hit this look head on.

Separates are also proving popular for dresses at the moment so look out for gowns with nipped-in waists and ballerina-length skirts if you really want to impress your friends and family.

5 Tips for Capturing the Best Group Photos at Weddings

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Admin under Uncategorized

There are many different kinds of photos that are clicked on a wedding day. One of the most important ones among these is group photos. It includes family photos, photos with friends and bridesmaids, and photos of the entire wedding party, etc. These pictures are mandatory, and getting these pictures taken is a tradition in all the weddings, as it is not often that a family reunion like this happens. Having group photos taken reminds you of who attended your ceremony and are a token to keep in the wedding album. It reminds you of what an amazing day it was even after it has been many years.

If you are a beginner photographer and looking for tips to ace the group photography game, here are some tips to help you out.

 

1. Don’t take too many of them

It is best not to think of taking a number of group photos as they take time. Depending on the size of the group, it takes about 2 minutes to take a single group photo. It is best to decide beforehand about the number of group photos you are going to take. The best is to keep them around 10 photos. Don’t try to overdo with multiple combinations of the same people as you are going to spend a lot of your time doing this and will miss out other important shots.

 

2. Pick the Right Groups

The family of the bride and the groom and the bridal party are the most important groups that shouldn’t be missed. If you are not sure which ones to pick, here is a list that can help you out. The following group photos must be taken and all other ones are not that important until stated otherwise by the bride and groom.

  • The groom’s family
  • The bride’s family
  • Both families
  • Ushers
  • Bridesmaids
  • The bridal party

 

3. Choose a Point of Contact

It is best to have a point of contact, someone close to the bride and groom’s family. This will allow you to reduce the time taken for each group photo. Having someone by your side will help you organize groups easily as you don’t know many of the relatives and don’t want to miss out on some important people.

 

4. Choose the Right Time for these Photos

It is important to choose the right time for the group photos. Choose a time when you think most of the people are going to cooperate. It is best to choose a time before the drinks are served, or when there is a gap between some major functions.

 

5. Have Some Fun

There is no need to be too strict when it comes to group photos. Let them do whatever the people in the group feel comfortable doing. It is going to be really difficult to manage so many people when clicking group photos and not all of them are going to be so well choreographed.

 

If your wedding date is getting close and you are looking for a great wedding photographer, get in touch with Eric Webb Photography for experienced photographers.

Wedding Photography – Things to do Before the Wedding

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Weddings are beautiful and their essence, love, and special moments are all captured through photographs. While there are many other things to worry about when the big day is approaching, you cannot ignore the importance of hiring a great photographer and talking to them in person about your expectations. You need to choose a wedding photographer who can capture the accurate reflection of the day, your love for each other and the one you can trust. Communicate with them prior to the wedding about your likes and dislikes and any other thing you think is worth mentioning.

Not sure what questions to ask the photographer before the wedding? We have made a list to help you out.

 

1. Any Shots You Especially Want?

Since this is your big day, you got to have it all. It is important to tell the photographer in the pre-wedding meeting about any special shots you want for the wedding. This can range from anything like your favorite relative to the place where your partner proposed to you on their knees. In short, tell them all that is important to you, even if it is a small thing, so they know the importance it holds in your heart. They will then make sure that they capture the special shots in a very special way.

 

2. Shots that You Do Not Want

There are many things that you don’t want to keep in your wedding album. Is there any particular shot that makes you uncomfortable or reminds you of something you are trying to forget. Is there a family member who hates being photographed? Do you want a formal wedding photography where you don’t have to get too cheesy with your partner in front of the camera? Talk about all these things beforehand with your wedding photographer so that things can go smoothly on the big day.

 

3. Timetable for the Day

It is very important to plan your timetable for the day and also share it with the photographer. This will ensure that everything happens on time and the photographer is there to capture all the important moments of the big day. Also make sure to keep some time for the formal shots and quiet bride and groom shots as they usually are missed in the hustle of the day.

 

4. Your Family and Important Guests

It is very important to tell the photographer about the important people in your life who will be there at the wedding so that they can be a part of the wedding album. Tell them about these special people and some personal information about them that will ensure that the nothing gets uncomfortable. While you are at it, decide the main person who will be managing the day so that the photographer can coordinate with them as and when needed. The bride and groom are very busy on their big day and not having another point of contact makes the photographer unable to do their job the best way.

 

For amazing wedding photography in the most comfortable environment, get in touch with the team at Eric Webb Photography.