Digital Wedding Photography Secrets
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Rick Sammon's specialty is photographing people. Rick has written 31 books as well as countless articles for PC Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and Layers magazines. Each year he gives more than a dozen photography presentations and workshops worldwide, documenting his travels with photos from such divergent locales as the Arctic, New Guinea, Botswana, Antarctica, Nepal, and Galapagos. Rick has also created lessons for the Canon Digital Learning Center. To learn more about Rick or to learn some great new digital photography tips, visit



Sharing Secrets.

The Learning Process.

Basic People Photography Tips.

Place the Subject Off Center.

Master Studio-Style Lighting.

Watch the Hands.

Work Close for an Intimate Portrait.

Expose for the Highlights.

Envision the End-Result.

Make Pictures; Don’t Simply Take Pictures.

Always Consider Digital Noise and ISO Setting.

Use—Don’t Overuse—the Disequilibrium Effect.

The Camera Looks Both Ways.

People Photography Tidbits.

Make the Time.

Part 1: Rick’s Recipe.

Know Your Gear.

See the Light.

Get to Know the Bride.

Scout the Location.

Point and Shoot in the Studio.

Practice Studio Lighting with a Dummy.

Cover the Excitement at the Bride’s House.

Don’t Miss the Key Ceremony Shots.

Don’t Forget the Details.

Be Creative with Group Photographs.

Utilize Nice Natural Backgrounds.

Shoot from Creative Angles.

Learn Digital Darkroom Enhancements.

Part 2: Lights, Camera, Computers…Action.

Digital SLR Choices.

Popular Zoom Lenses.

Professional Portrait Lenses.

Telephoto Zoom Lenses.

Fish-Eye Lenses.

Dedicated Flash.

Tiny Tripod.

Apollo Speedlite Kits.

Basic Hot Light and Strobe Light Kits.


Portable Backgrounds.

Diffuser Panels.


My On-Location Light Controller and Tote.

Home Computer System.

Portable Computer System.

Printing Your Own Work.

Behind-the-Scenes with Diffusers and Refl ectors.

Part 3: The Studio Shoot.

Painting with Light.

Basic Three-Light System.

Change the Color of the Background.

Take Three.

Begin with the End in Mind.

Experiment with Creative Poses.

Behind the Scenes: Painting with Light.

Behind the Scenes: Three-Light Set-Up.

Don’t Forget the Fun!

Part 4: Weekend Wedding Photographer.

Quick Tips.

Shoot Candid and Formal Photographs.

When Color is Preferred.

Envision the Black-and-White Image.

Shooting Head Shots.

Get the Three-Quarters Shot.

Brides Love the Full-Length Shot.

Get Good Color Indoors.

Choose the Best Background.

Blur and Blowout the Background.

Consider the Bride’s Feelings.

Before the Big Event.

Hang Out.

Hit the Ground Running.

Join the Fun.

Create a Mood.

Go for Rembrandt Lighting.

Capture that Beautiful Catch Light.

Make the Most of Mirrors.

Photograph What’s Important to the Bride.

Here Doggie Doggie.

Create an Intimate Portrait.

The Head-and-Shoulders Shot.

The Wedding Ceremony.

Getting the Standard Limo Shots.

Master Fill Flash.

Direct Flash.

Respect the Subjects and Situation.

Capture the Key Shots.

Tell the Whole Story.

Look for Creative Angles.

Don’t Overlook the Details.

Frame Your Subjects.

Use the Disequilibrium Effect.

Master the Art of Walking Backward.

Compress the Brightness Range.

Separate the Subjects.

Outdoor Weddings.

Take Advantage of the Situation.

Watch and Fix the Background.

The Reception.

Zoom-Lens Advantage.

Before the Cake is Cut.

Combine Techniques.

Group Shots.

Getting a Good Flash Exposure.

Envision the End Result.

Environmental Portraits.

Don’t Forget the Kids.

Don’t Rush Off.


Shoot a Sequence.

Working with Reflectors.

Using Fill Flash Creatively.

Take Advantage of Lens Flare.

Look for Pictures within Pictures.

What is a Good Exposure?

Choose a Creative Background.

Indoor Fill Flash.

Fun Group vs. Posed Group Shots.

Capture Fleeting Moments.

Creative Side Lighting.

Create a Private Moment.

Bend the Rules.

Shooting at Night.

Part 5: Pros Share Their Shooting Secrets.

Be Nice.

Go For It.

It’s All About the Light.

The Little Things Really Do Matter.

Make Your Vision a Reality.

Work Into the Night.

Master Low-Light Photography.

Shoot with Your Heart.

Think Unconventionally.

Scout the Location.

Got IR?

Go Beyond the Clichés.

All Together Now.

Get Cinematic with HDR.

Follow Your Heart and Have Fun.

Carve Out Time.

Part 6: The Woman’s Touch.

Be Cool, Calm and Collected.


With a Little Help From Friends.

Blend In.

Be a Friend.

Think Creatively.

Follow Your Instincts.

Part 7: The Creative Touch.

Anticipate the Moment.

Focus on the Attendants, Too.

Set Yourself Free.

Keep It Fresh.

Use Natural Light when it Feels Right.

Eliminate Distractions.

Bring Your Own Lights.

Think Outside the Rectangle.

Make Suggestions.

Scan the Crowd.

Work with Refl ections.

Do a Double Check.

Observe Body Language.

Part 8: Photoshop Must-Know Info.

Never Work on the Original Image.


Learn Camera RAW.

Understand Image Resolution.

Love those Layers.

Save It.

Think and Work Selectively.

Get to Know Options.

Master All the Adjustments.

Sharpen Last.

Don’t Overdo It.

Expand Your Horizons with Plug-ins.

Part 9: Photoshop Enhancements.

RAW Rules.

Save the Bridal Gown.

Draw More Attention to the Subject.

Change the Direction of the Light.

Don’t Overlook Basic Enhancements.

Blur Reality for An Artistic Image.

Easy Selective Color Adjustments.

Save Time! Use the Image Processor.

Mix It Up.

Make the Bride Glow … More.

Create the Disequilibrium Effect.

Create Dramatic Shadows in the Studio.

Soften Skin in an Instant.

Blur the Background.

Dress Up your Web Site with Drop Shadows.

Create a Thank You e-Card Template.

Create the Best Black-and-White Image Ever.

Create a Beautiful Vignette.

Add a Sense of Motion to a Still Image.

PhotoTools and PhotoFrame Totally Rock.

Color Efex Pro Plug-In.