A Crash Course In Wedding Photography

Turn Your Photography Hobby Into a Profitable Part Time Money Maker Business
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  • Contents Video: 12.5 hours
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  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

LATEST: Course Update - November 2015

All right! So you're a pretty good photographer. You're friends, family and relatives tell you so. You're asked to cover many family functions and possibly may be asked to do some of their portraits.

You've even wanted to give wedding photography a go and thought about it for some time but didn't know where to start. Well, fear not!

With the proper training and knowledge, you have a great opportunity for being able to make a pretty good income in doing what you love to do. With this course, I'll take you step by step from the beginning stages.

You'll learn not only about the equipment that is important but how to get the most from the equipment you are using. You'll also learn to see and use light as I show you what to look for.

You'll also get a behind the scenes look as I discuss and show you how we document the wedding story. Then by adding the necessary beautiful classic portraits along with a touch of romance and adventure, the wedding story becomes complete. The result is a collection of beautiful images that now need to be showcased and I'll show you how.

With over 12 hours of instruction, here's some of what is covered:

1. Camera Bodies, Lenses, Flash Units, & More - Learn about some of the camera bodies I have used and use today for wedding photography along with some current recommendations.

2. Understanding Lens Speed & Focal Length - Learn how the characteristics of the lens affect your photographs and use it to your advantage.

3. The Lens - Final thoughts - What if you were on a tight budget and are limited to lens choices, what would they be? Here I discuss several lenses that I recommend for wedding photography and show the type of images they produce.

4. Making The Most From On-Camera Flash - In this segment, you'll learn the many uses of on-camera flash along with the many accessories that can help you get the most from your flash.

5. The Double Light Advantage - See the different ways a second light can be used to add not only impact but dimension to your images.

6. Other Must-Have Accessories - Here we take a look at some camera accessories and learn how they can make your photographic life so much easier while getting great results.

7. Getting Creative With Shutter Speed - Learn how shutter speed can affect your images and what you can do to minimize or eliminate blur caused by camera shake. You'll also learn about the effects that can be achieved when ambient light is mixed with flash. We also take a look at getting creative with rear curtain sync.

8. The Wedding Story Documentary - Here I talk about the documentary style of wedding photography and its importance. However, by adding two additional styles, the wedding story now becomes complete and adds a touch of elegance & romance.

9. Pre-Ceremony Photographs - 15 different lectures show how to cover a rehearsal dinner, pre-ceremony photos of the bride, the groom, processional and detail photos. The many emotional sides of the wedding processional continue with images and discussion. I also point out the advantage of using a zoom lens to capture a wide focal length range. No need to change lenses here.

10. Indoor & Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies - Here I discuss many different ceremony photographs you may have the opportunity to photograph. We also talk about tough lighting situations and the many photo possibilities as the bride & groom prepare to walk out after the ceremony. As we look at outdoor weddings, I point out how to look for light to your advantage. Also discussed and shown, is the importance of using a lens that can take you from a wide focal length to telephoto in a second.

11. Altar Return Photographs - More on altar return photos as I discuss lighting and the use of proper natural posing, making the altar return photos fun, yet done in a timeless classical style.

12. Outdoor Portraits After Wedding - In this segment I show and explain how you can get some of the most beautiful photographs of their wedding day, their outdoor wedding portraits.

13. Finding The Light - Here I show the first thing I do when I enter an outdoor location, what to look for and make the best of the light that is available.

14. On-Location Portraits After Wedding - When doing wedding portraits on-location, there are many things that you can do to help you possibly get award winning images for the bride & groom. In part 1, I discuss the equipment I use, what to look for and even talk about and show you how a little adjustment in posing can make the difference between a good photograph and a great one.

15. Photographing The Reception - I talk about how receptions can vary from region to region and show images as I talk about some of the things that take place at the wedding reception. Here I start with the introduction and the many photo possibilities available. As the wedding reception approaches the end, photo coverage continues with images that lead us to completion of the bride & groom's beautiful wedding story.

16. Preparing & Showing Your Images - Now that you've completed photographing your wedding and of course, you've done a great job! Here I talk about the important steps that you should take to not only safeguard your images but to make your workflow more efficient.

17. Creative Effects Filters & Enhancements - Here we take a look at the process of fine-tuning and enhancing some of your images and we start with one of my favorite filters. Using some of these filters and enhancements can set you apart easily from amateur to experienced professional. It also puts you more in demand for the bride & grooms looking for high caliber wedding photography.

18. Choosing a Wedding Album Style - See some of the most beautiful weddings albums made and two important reasons you must use albums like these in your wedding packages.

19. The Ideal Wedding Dream Team - Learn why you must put together a wedding team and how this benefits you in several ways.

20. Booking Your First Wedding - Several ways you can go about booking your very first wedding and once you have a few weddings under your belt, what you can do to turn your bookings into a snowball effect.

21. Handling Your Competition and Much More!

Take this course today. Someone has to not only photograph the many weddings that are out there but if done properly you can earn a very good income.

What are the requirements?

  • Before taking this course students need to know about the basics of photography and how to use their equipment. They should know or learn how f stops and shutter speed affects the photographs they take along with knowledge in other camera controls such as using and setting the ISO, etc. Students taking this course need the proper equipment before they can go out and start photographing a wedding. A good DSLR or Mirrorless camera is recommended, along with a lens or two and a flash unit. Other equipment include the necessary camera bags, tripod, etc. I cover all the equipment I use and have certain recommendations and things that can help you not only do a great job but make it more enjoyable. It is also essential to have a good up to date computer, monitor and software such as Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom or ACDSee.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • have the knowledge, ability and confidence to start photographing weddings. Serious students should also be able to start to produce images that can set them apart from their competition, giving them the opportunity to not only book more weddings but start to make a good income as they progress.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for photo enthusiasts who have a passion for photographing people, especially people in love. You should also have a basic understanding of photography. Adobe Photoshop knowledge can be helpful also. You should take this course and follow the steps in what this course teaches and do what is necessary to learn wedding photography. Whether you are looking to do a handful of weddings, or possibly make photography your career, you will get out of this course what you put into it. This course may not be for beginning photographers who have only "delusions of grandeur" about photography and do not want to put any work into what this course teaches. No slackers please!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Course
04:27

Get a look at what “ A Crash Course in Wedding Photography” is about as I show and share wedding images and my experience in the wonderful world of wedding photography.

07:50

Here I get into more of who I am, my experience and achievements in my 40+ years as a professional photographer. What brought me from part time photography to a shopping center studio location.

Section 2: Camera Bodies, Lenses, Flash Units, & More
06:10

A word about Full Frame & Crop Sensor Bodies - Here I start by showing you my first Crop Sensor DSLR recommendation and what makes this such a fantastic choice. Is it because this camera is narrowing the gap between full frame and crop sensor camera bodies?

06:53

My DX Camera of Choice - A closer look at why this camera recommendation is at my top of the list.

05:38

Megapixels & Wedding Photography - More camera recommendations and we take a look at how megapixels relate to wedding photography.

03:23

Here we take a look at several advantages the Full Frame Camera Body has over a Crop Sensor Body and how it could be an advantage for you.

05:00

In this segment, I give you several recommendations of some popular camera bodies having full frame (FX) sensors.

08:02

An explanation of two important characteristics of a lens: Lens Speed and Focal Length and how these characteristics affect your photography. Here we start by taking a close look at lens speed.

12:22

Part 2 continues with the explanation of the characteristics of the lens as we look at photographs and point out different results we can achieve with different focal length lenses.

10:49

Here we take a closer look at the affect focal length has on your image. You’ll see the different perspectives that focal length can give to your image.

10:29

Part 2 continues with examples on why I choose the different focal length lenses from wide to telephoto.

12:51

What if you were on a tight budget and are limited to lens choices, what would they be? Here I discuss several lenses that I recommend for wedding photography and show the type of images they produce.

13:40

In this segment, you'll learn the many uses of on-camera flash along with the many accessories that can help you get the most from your flash.

12:39

Is it worth using a camera bracket on your wedding? Here I discuss the pros & cons of using a bracket and why I believe it is a huge advantage. Not all camera brackets are created equal. You'll also see several camera brackets that I recommend.

10:26

Learn what the different wireless flash triggers are and which ones work best.

12:02

See the different ways a second light can be used to add not only impact but dimension to your images.

07:22

Part 2 continues with more examples of double lighting and how to find a similar light outdoors.

07:34

Here we take a look at some camera accessories and learn how they can make your photographic life so much easier while getting great results.

06:15

Part 2 continues with more must have camera accessories that can help you get better wedding images.

08:33

This segment shows the camera bags that I take along to a wedding and we take a look to see what’s inside my main camera bag.

07:41

Here we look into a couple more camera bags and how they are organized.

Section 3: Some Important Camera Settings
07:15

Some important camera settings are discussed and why they are important.

05:39

ISO settings, White Balance & Dual Card Slot discussionss.

11:43

Learn how shutter speed can affect your images and what you can do to minimize or eliminate blur caused by camera shake.

09:43

More discussion about shutter speed and the effects that can be achieved when ambient light is mixed with flash. We also take a look at several images created with rear curtain sync.

Section 4: Documenting The Wedding Story
04:21

This segment starts off with a little entertainment, then I discuss the breakdown of the wedding story and why it's so important.

04:37

Here I talk about the documentary style of wedding photography and its importance. However, by adding two additional styles, the wedding story now becomes complete and adds a touch of elegance & romance.

07:37

Part 2 continues with more of an explanation of the wedding story and things that you can do to keep the flow running smoothly.

Section 5: Pre-Ceremony Photographs
10:12

As we take a look at images from a wedding rehearsal, I talk about how some of the images were taken. Lighting and lenses are also discussed.

07:02

Our wedding photography coverage usually starts either at the bride’s house or the church, chapel or venue where the wedding is to take place. Here we look at detail images that make for an interesting and important part of the wedding story.

09:57

Part 2 continues with more detail photographs showing you many possibilities that can add to the wedding story.

07:57

Part 3 shows more possibilities as I talk about more detail photographs. One of the things I discuss and show here are photos of Engagement and Pre-Bridal portrait displays at the wedding reception.

08:23

Part 4 of Photographing the Details continues with many more displays of Pre-Bridal and Engagement Portraits. Along with elegantly framed wall portraits, folios and albums are also shown as I discuss the possibilities of additional business from these portrait sales.

10:50

We start photographing the bride before the wedding at many different locations. This segment starts with examples of the many photographic opportunities that are available to you.

10:10

Part 2 continues with many more images of the bride as I discuss the making of some of these images while lighting and lens selection are also discussed in several of these photos.

10:03

Lighting is brought to your attention as I look for the best light in any situation while photographing the bride both indoors and outdoors.

08:56

More examples of photographing happy brides in many different lighting situations. I also show the difference a lens choice can make when you need to eliminate clutter.

08:12

Is photographing the groom an important part of the wedding story? Part 1 starts with the many possibilities you have when photographing the groom.

08:23

More photo possibilities of the groom are shown in many different lighting situations, both indoor and outdoor.

08:15

In our conclusion of “Photographing the Groom” we take a look at some customs you may run into and how to photograph them. We also take a look at more obstacles you may run into and how to use them to your advantage.

Section 6: Ceremony Photographs
08:36

The wedding processional offers a huge opportunity of photographs that can be not only quite interesting but very emotional as you will see in some of these images.

08:06

As the wedding processional continues, we take a look at many more possibilities and I point out how to use light to your advantage.

07:35

The many emotional sides of the wedding processional continue with images and discussion. I also point out the advantage of using a zoom lens to capture a wide focal length range. No need to change lenses here.

07:33

Along with the many different angles photographed during the processional comes a variety of expressions, adding more of a storybook look to their wedding album.

08:47

In this segment you'll see many different ceremony photographs you may have the opportunity to photography.

09:23

Part 2 continues with more possibilities of ceremony photographs.

09:50

Here we take a look at more possibilities as I point out what to be aware of and be ready to snap the shutter, for variety try many different angles.

05:51

In part 4 I talk about making the best of tough lighting situations and as the bride & groom prepare to walk out after the ceremony, I discuss more photo possibilities.

07:59

Outdoor weddings can be a real adventure. However, they may offer many challenges plus a ton of opportunities!

09:50

As we look at more outdoor weddings, I point out how to look for light to your advantage. Also discussed and shown, is the importance of using a lens that can take you from a wide focal length to telephoto in a second.

Section 7: Altar Return Photographs
13:56

Here we take a look at which altar return photos I take and talk about the equipment I use.

09:17

More on altar return photos as I discuss the use of proper natural posing, making the altar return photos fun, yet done in a timeless classical style.

Section 8: Outdoor Portraits After Wedding
09:44

In this segment I show and explain how you can get some of the most beautiful photographs of their wedding day, their outdoor wedding portraits.

10:32

In part 2, I discuss and offer more variety when posing not only the bride & groom but the whole wedding party. You'll also learn how I use the rules of thirds and lines of direction that can give your photo that WOW! factor.

10:36

The " Outdoor Portraits After The Wedding" adventure continues by using architecture when photographing the bride & groom in the great outdoors. I also show how by adding music, you can even make the images look more romantic & exciting.

06:29

Using the 28-75mm f2.8 lens, I show how you can get the most from this lens when doing romantic portraits. Different lens settings are also discussed.

05:52

The romantic adventure continues using this lens as I discuss lens settings and show the difference a filter can make to your final image.

05:21

I show several images and the settings I used with this lens so you can see what makes this lens so spectacular for romantic portraits.

04:26

More images are shown as I discuss more advantages of using this fine lens.

06:25

Here I show the first thing I do when I enter an outdoor location, what to look for and make the best of the light that is available.

04:39

"Finding the Light" continues with more examples and ways to find and manage light.

Section 9: On-Location Portraits After Wedding
04:41

When doing wedding portraits on-location, there are many things that you can do to help you possibly get award winning images for the bride & groom. In part 1, I discuss the equipment I use, what to look for and even talk about and show you how a little adjustment in posing can make the difference between a good photograph and a great one.

03:57

More opportunities as I show you how I use architecture when photographing the bride & groom. Not only do these photos add pizzazz to their wedding story, but offer the possibility of creating award-winning photographs and beautiful sample prints.

Section 10: The Reception
09:30

I talk about how receptions can vary from region to region and show images as I talk about some of the things that take place at the wedding reception. Here I start with the introduction and the many photo possibilities available.

10:12

Right before dinner is served there are many photo possibilities, here I continue with showing you how these events are documented as the reception continues.

10:48

Documenting the reception celebration continues as the events and fun progress.

09:11

As the wedding reception approaches the end, photo coverage continues with images that lead us to completion of the bride & groom's beautiful wedding story.

Section 11: Preparing & Showing Your Images
04:36

Now that you've completed photographing your wedding and of course, you've done a great job! Here I talk about the important steps that you should take to not only safeguard your images but to make your workflow more efficient.

05:36

A lesson in what to do about handling your duplicate and rejected images.

02:32

Here I talk about the enhancements I do to my images and what the benefits are in doing these enhancements.

Section 12: Creative Effects Filters & Enhancements
03:27

Here we take a look at the process of fine-tuning and enhancing some of your images and we start with one of my favorite filters.

02:38

This segment continues with more possibilities that can be achieved by using and modifying this filter.

01:43

Using two more filters, I show the possibilities of creating more beautiful enhancements.

02:18

Another filter I use occasionally to brighten the day is shown and talked about.

04:31

Here's another filter enhancement I use quite often as I show how it is applied.

06:45

I show and talk about another filter that I apply using Adobe Photoshop. This filter is as popular today as it was in the early days of digital.

05:57

Here I talk about and show another enhancement program that every serious wedding and portrait photographers must have.

Section 13: Choosing a Wedding Album Style
07:27

I discuss two reason why you want to show and offer custom designed wedding albums. I show an album designed by this company that offers some of the most beautiful and well built albums in the world.

01:37

Part 2 continues with a demonstration of another popular album style made by this company. This style is more of a buget album at a great price while still offering high quality workmanship, and beautiful styling.

03:10

Here's another demonstration of a beautiful album from a company I have been using for many years. I show and point out some of the options available for this album.

04:17

In this segment I show a couple more album styles and some different size albums that you can offer and WOW your clients.

03:29

Another album style that I sell quite often is discussed and demonstrated. I also tell you why you should consider using this style album in your package.

Section 14: Adventures in B&W Infrared Photography
06:05

Learn about another exciting medium that can set you apart from your competition and how to get started in creating these beautiful images.

08:46

Once you create these beautiful B&W infrared images, this section teaches you several ways to enhance and fine tune these images, making them even more beautiful.

Section 15: Building The Foundation
09:15

What does it take to succeed in your endeaver? In this segment I cover the many things that can help you succeed in this business.

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Instructor Biography

Photofonz Media, Professional Photographer/Instructor

Ferdinand Neubauer, founder of "Photofonz" Media wanted to give photo enthusiasts an opportunity to further their knowledge and passion in photography through on-line education. He shares his knowledge and experience from the many phases of photography he has been involved in, from his part time start up when he booked wedding and portrait assignments from their dining room. He built a full time home studio, then moved into a commercial studio space. He operated his studio there for twenty more years before selling his studio. He now spends his time doing occasional assignments and education in the field of photography.

He earned his Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America and the Accolade of Photographic Mastery degree from the Wedding & Portrait Photogs. International. His Award Winning prints have been displayed at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center. Other awards include the Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards.

Whether you are looking to advance to a more professional level of photography as a photo enthusiast or you would like to make photography your career, he has been there and shares his knowledge, experience and his passion for those wanting to get into the wonderful adventures of photography. Where there is never a dull moment.

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