brideWedding photography is one of the most stressful and demanding types of photography. Sure, portrait photography or sports photography or wildlife photography may be more difficult than wedding photography, but there are many things that make wedding photography very challenging.

For one, you only have one chance at a wedding and you can’t re-shoot in case you mess up. So an equipment failure could spell disaster. Also, the couple (especially the Bride), the entire family, and friends rely on you. They trust you 100%. So you better do the job flawlessly, or else…

Wedding photography also requires much preparation. You must know where the wedding and the reception will take place and know the names of family members and friends by heart. Here are some helpful digital wedding photography pointers for amateurs:

Be prepared

Preparation is one of the most important elements in photography. If you’re hired to photograph a wedding, you must prepare and practice before the event. You may want to buy a book about wedding photography. Learn from the tips and pointers from the book and practice photo sessions. This will give you more confidence come the happily-ever-after day.

Practice lighting and exposures

Ruining the Bride’s dream wedding with terrible lighting and exposure in the wedding photos is the last thing you’d do, and making excuses for it isn’t going to help you at all. Saying that, "my flash suddenly didn’t work well" or "the church was too dark" will further disappoint the couple.

So, by all means, go to the wedding and reception venues and practice your lighting and exposures. Review all the pictures and then take note of the settings that you think work best.

Have backup equipment

One lens isn’t enough. One flash isn’t enough. One camera isn’t enough. 3GB memory cards aren’t enough. You know this for sure. When shooting a wedding, make sure your equipment doesn’t fail you. Bring backup equipment for emergency reasons. Also, bring fresh batteries and many spares.

Use a high-resolution DSLR

If you’re dead serious about photography, invest in a DSLR and buy high quality lenses separately. A camera with a 10MP resolution would be great. Make sure that you also buy a quality external flash that can be rotated horizontally and vertically. Keep searching the Internet when buying a DSLR. Visit gadget sites for detailed camera reviews.