Every industry has its own set of challenges that professionals have to face successfully in order to produce quality results. There are certain tools designed to make their work easier and help them grow their businesses and do more stuff in less time.
Here is a selection with our favorite tools for wedding photographers.
KeepSnap is a new platform that has a special feature for wedding photographers. It is the best tool for making extra money and getting more exposure from wedding guests. The way it works is also very simple. All you need to do is sign up, create a gallery that will be protected by a PIN and upload the awesome photos you took at the wedding. You then set a price ranging from $0, 99 to $19, 99 and keep the photos already bought by the couple free. The next step is to share the gallery with the newlyweds, which they will pass on to their friends and family. Once the guests see the gallery, they will have the option of buying more of your photos.
It's easy, effective and very productive.
A pro wedding photographer will always have at least two DSLRs at a wedding. It's an industry standard and if you're serious about this business, you know the importance of having all the right gear with you. Unfortunately, it can be a heavy load to carry and if you want to minimize the physical effort, we recommend using camera harnesses. They cost between $15 and $199, depending on quality and materials. Their number one advantage is weight distribution and ease of access.
The thing about editing wedding photos is that there's a lot to edit. You have to work with large batches of photos and as a pro you want every single photo to look just as good as the next one. Editing them individually would be inaccurate and extremely time consuming. Lightroom presets make life a lot easier, and products like VSCO Film are among the favorites of wedding photographers. The only downside of using these presets is the risk of having your work look similar to that of other photographers. Simulating film and using vintage tones is still a very powerful trend, so make sure you design your own look.
You wouldn't believe what a big game changer a monopod can be, particularly if you use long lenses a lot. Even with a healthy biceps, you're still going to get tired after a few hours of using a heavy camera/long lens combo. Women photographers know this better than anyone.
Get a monopod. It's cheap, compact enough to attach to your bag and it will simply take a lot of the weight off.
It sucks to add even more weight to the system, but it's better than running out of battery power in the key moments of the event. Investing in a battery grip will keep you safe and it will also make shooting portraits easier.
Low light lenses
You can count on all kinds of lighting situations during a wedding day. Churches can be very dark as well as some dance rings. One of the must-have tools for a wedding photographer is a fast prime. If you can't afford a 50mm f/1.2, at least get a f/1.4 version. It will make a world of difference in less camera friendly places.