Gorgeous detail shots on a wedding day are a fun and exciting experience, especially since it produces results that look nothing short of magical. The day can be a complete jumble of chaos and stress, but you should always make sure to stop, take a breather and dedicate a few minutes to wedding detail photography.
Those are moments of pure zen, when combinations of lighting and texture are made into beautiful artwork mementos that can later be framed and set in strategic locations around the house. Those photos, along with the photos from the newlywed couple captured on the dance floor have the capacity to produce a crystallized image of pure feeling, unique to your wedding night.
The phrase “It’s all in the details” is not as true to other types of photography as much as it is to this genre. Some people may ask, “why would we want pictures of the shoes?”, and the answer is that the details will inevitably fade over time. Not only the memory of it, but the things themselves will get lost, damaged, packed away or just sold. This includes jewellery, clothing, shoes, everything. Let’s not even talk of the cake – this element of the wedding will be something to mourn for not 20 minutes after it is served.
Those details are what makes a wedding unique. You experience them when you are there, and wedding detail photography can capture and preserve those unique elements that differentiate your wedding from another. If you want to try yourself in this, here are a few pointers to keep you on track.
Lighting is Everything. It brings out the texture, color and shape of objects. It is what will make or break your detail photography, especially when you are shooting a ring or jewelry shot. There are several ways to use light here and the safest is using soft side light. Here’s a tip inside a tip: swiveling the camera around the object will not just allow you a different angle of the object, of it but a different lighting quality of it too.
Use the Background, don’t blur it out completely. Don’t be tempted to go into macro shots – there is potential here that can enrich the shot immeasurably. Use the background, work with the contrast it creates.
Clarity is the second most important element, and also a “maker or breaker”. The best ring shots are sharp, clear and piercingly detailed. When it’s a ring, make the stone or the band crisp and shiny, if it’s a shoe – pick out a clasp or shiny buckle to be your clearest area. Everything else should be in focus as well, of course, but make sure you choose a focal point for your shots.
Composition and Balance. Move the focal point around (like the diamond in the wedding ring, for instance) in the frame, don’t make it a bullseye shot. Two thirds to the side of the frame and the same distance up or down are safe bets, but make sure to use variety and play with it until you feel it looks really good. Take a few shots from different angles to have more to choose from after.
Lastly, focus on the rings (they are the most important) but don’t forget the other details. Hint – tie clasps and cufflinks are an often overlooked element with lots of potential. And well, nothing usually beats a professional if you want to make sure it’s done a 100% right. Visit IssaacImage website http://isaacimage.com/ if you need one. Good luck!