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| p.4 #1 · What made you a better wedding photographer? |
Was it...reading? Practicing specific concepts outside the work environment? Actual wedding experience? Workshops? Asking questions? Studying poses in magazines/etc.? School/college courses? Mentoring?
I just know that I'm not getting anywhere on the road I'm on, and that's no good. I want to get better at posing and general composition. How does one become as good as the best? I want to know. I have probably over a thousand hours logged taking wedding photos now, and the time really hasn't done me much good beyond making me aware of some things to avoid. It hasn't made me significantly better at posing people...Show more →
What made me better was confidence. Seriously!!! When I first started out, my work was decent and we had 40 brides each year for the 1st 2 years. Then we were doing 50 a year for a while. So we must have been decent right But we were not real confident and we were nervous for every wedding.
Over time, the more we shot, the more comfortable we were with doing this. After our 5th season, we just rolled out of bed one day and had the attitude of, "we got this shit, this is easy, we are comfortable doing this" And from that point on things just clicked and worked. It was like a switch was flicked when we got the confidence we needed. It was also at the same time when we decided to do 25-30 weddings a year and not 50.
If you have been there then you know what I mean. It is hard to explain, its something you need to experience as a photographer. Some get that feeling early on, some never get it and some get it after a few years. So my advice to anyone who wants to get better. Just keep doing it and over time, you will.
I never did workshops, I didn't go to school for this (graphic design is what I did), I dont read books either. I just do stuff until I master it and then I just keep pushing the limits.