Wow, what an exciting opportunity to be able to have input into the wonderful journey a photographer embarks on when they decide to take their wedding photography to the next level. The 5-day DPC Wedding Photography Workshop provides the perfect platform for 2 of South Africa’s foremost wedding photographers to share their insights into this fast-paced genre of photography.
Trompie & Warren presented a knowledge packed, hands-on workshop over 2 theoretical weekends and an all-day practical.
Here is a short overview of what was covered with the wedding photography workshop students:
Day 1-2: Commercial and Marketing Aspects of Wedding Photography
On the first two days, we focused on the commercial and marketing side of wedding photography. This includes discussions on developing a personal style, branding your business and other administrative and creative issues that a wedding photographer faces.
Day 3: Practical Shoot
We had a shoot with three gorgeous female models as well as a couple shoot, covering various basic as well as creative lighting techniques; from working with natural light to more elaborate flash and artificial lighting setups. We also covered some very important aspects related to posing and working with the models, and couple.
Day 4-5: Digital Workflow
On day 4-5 we covered digital workflow; from image selections to editing, and creating wedding albums. Our focus here is to establish consistency and accuracy without sacrificing creativity by using the latest and greatest editing software, custom-presents and online services.
The “wedding shoot” is really the highlight of the wedding course and I would like to share some of the techniques we covered:
We discussed the different approaches to ease your new (and often times nervous) clients into a relaxed, playful and enjoyable photo shoot.
Shooting for the album
It’s important to be able to tell stories with your images that flow naturally into each other. This entails careful selection of lens choice, lighting conditions, poses, emotion and composition. The below images were taken using our reflector to create soft and romantic light it which to shoot our clients during early morning sunlight.
Posing your clients
We understand the “moment” shots are what counts but when it comes to picture-perfect portraits wedding photographers need to be able to pose their clients in an effective way. Here Warren James is demonstrating simple yet highly effective ways of getting the best out of your clients. For more about the DPC posing workshop presented by Warren visit: Posing 101 Workshop
Here we showed our students how to use interesting surrounding elements with simple lighting techniques to create beautiful wedding detail shots:
Getting Ready Images
Here we showed how to use your indoor as well as outdoor area’s to create depth and elegance for getting ready images.
Shooting in harsh light.
As wedding photographers, one of the biggest challenges we face is difficult lighting conditions. Being able to shoot in any lighting condition is a wedding photographer’s most important tool sets, and this includes harsh daylight sun.
Here the DPC team showed our students how to effectively balance the bright ambient light from the sky and distant hills using high powered strobes. We used a large softbox & Photon 600W strobe light powered by a portable battery pack to create punchy and eye-catching images.
We all know how effective the power of story is. Being able to translate your client’s wedding story into imagery is essential for wedding photographers. Warren demonstrates here how to embellish your client’s wedding story with conceptual images.
Using Soft light to your advantage.
We all know that the golden hour gives us the best light. That does not mean that we cannot make it even better. Trompie demonstrates here how to capture a beautiful sitting shot during the “good light” photo session.
Without a cloud in sight, we showed our students how to extract added colour from a sunset using custom white balance methods. We also showed our students how to use silhouette images to tell the sunset story.
Course Admin and Makeup: Jenna Bester
Models: Rynhard Maritz and Jasmin Cloete
Outfits were provided by Dream Bride
A few other behind the scene images: