The Fstoppers Wedding DVD Is Now Available

After 3 years of planning and 2 years of filming and editing, our newest tutorial: How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer is now available. Our goal was to create the most complete and informative video on wedding photography and we believe we have done it with this 14 hours digital download. The world is filled with people trying to turn their passion for photography into a career and I believe that wedding photography is the easiest way to start making money with your camera.

This is the reason exists

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When Patrick and I came up with the idea for Fstoppers we wanted the site to be a hub for all genres of photography. We knew that wedding photography wasn't the most exciting genre so we started to film videos on fashion, extreme sports, headshots, portraits, cars etc. While we were filming all of these videos we began to plan out our series on wedding photography because at the time, there wasn't a single respectful video on wedding photography that we could find online.  Our goal from the very beginning was to create the most useful and complete video on wedding photography available. After we had come up with about 30 mini chapters, we started filming this wedding video chapter by chapter. Some of these chapters we actually filmed and edited over 3 times because we weren't happy with the finished product or we had to add to them years later as technology had changed. In December of 2012 we finally finished and were shocked to find that we were left with over 14 hours of tightly edited content.


Our goal

At the beginning of my career it was so frustrating trying to learn everything from scratch on my own. The information in books or on Youtube videos was a complete joke; it was either completely outdated or worthless generic information. The only way I "made it" as quickly as I did was by assisting other very talented photographers in my area. I learned all that I could from them but I still had to figure the majority of it out on my own. I didn't know how to legally start a business or pay my taxes, so I had to pay a CPA hundreds of dollars to explain it to me. I didn't know if magazine ads were valuable in my area so I took a $3000 loss to learn my lesson. Nobody in town had ever made a photobooth so over a 6 year period I created and perfected my own. When I met Patrick a few years into my career I told him everything that had taken me years to learn and within 1 year he went from not owning a camera to being a full time wedding photographer. Our goal was to make this tutorial that 3 year head-start that I gave Patrick. We wanted to cover every aspect of wedding photography, including the most important aspect, business.


What does it cover

As I said above this digital download is broken down into 8 chapters that house 27 chapters that equal over 14 hours of content. A basic over view of each chapter can be seen below.

Chapter 1
Intro - What is “Commercial Wedding Photography” - Mandatory Gear - The Importance of Assisting - Composition, Exposure, White Balance

Chapter 2
Advertising - Bridal Portraits: Lighting 101 - Pricing

Chapter 3
Meeting With Potential Clients -The Engagement Session  - Designing Your Website - Music - Slideshows - The Importance of Video 

Chapter 4
On Camera Flash - Getting Ready and Details - The Ceremony - Fusion 

Chapter 5
Formals and Groups - Interview with Pye Jirsa 

Chapter 6
Four Ways to Light a Reception - The Cake - The Rings - The Departure - Taxes, Write-offs, and Accounting

Chapter 7
Interview with Cliff Mautner

Chapter 8
Post Processing - Creating a Photobooth - Photo / Video Slideshow, - Delivering Your Final Product - Final Words


Who's it for

We have designed this tutorial for photographers that already have a good understanding of their gear. We do not go over the basics in this video so don't expect to learn about standard camera settings here. Before you buy this you will need to learn all about cameras, lenses, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, and white balance.  We will quickly jump into the basics of single, off camera lighting and then move quickly into  more complex lighting scenarios. Our goal was to make this video helpful for those who have never shot a single wedding and those who are already professional wedding photographers who are looking to take their businesses to the next level. We even added over 4 hours of interviews with photographers that are far more successful than we are so no matter how good you are, there will be more to learn.


Money back guarantee 

This isn't your standard fun workshop on lighting or how to use your camera. This tutorial is meant to make you money, way more money than the $300 we are asking for it. Luckily you don't have to take our word for it. We will give anyone their money back if they are unhappy with this tutorial for any reason. If you are on the fence about wedding photography we challenge you to buy it and watch it anyway. If after watching it you still don't want to shoot weddings, let us know and we will still give you a full refund. Due to advertising costs and affiliate programs, our money back guarantee must be applied to sales made within 30 days of the original invoice date.


We don't want to stray away from offering high quality content for free on Fstoppers and so over the next year we will be releasing parts from many of the shooting sections for free here on Fstoppers. The business portions of this tutorial were designed for professional photographers and the majority of them will never be released. You have absolutely nothing to lose. Give it a try and you may find out that wedding photography may be your quickest route to becoming a full time photographer.



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Jeremy Cupp's picture

Great work on the trailer. I've been looking into producing some quality video like that. I will for sure consider purchasing this in the future.

Oh, and I'll be purchasing next week, as well, Lee and Pat.  I'm more than certain it's worth the money.

Epic, I'm definitely getting this tonight.  Looks well worth it!

Matt Kozovski's picture

Pricing - While some may be put off on the price, you just need to remind yourself that this is a 14hr production. There is a ton of information in here. While some of it may be introductory to many, it really is a comprehensive package that tries to hit every mark. If anyone was to take a workshop (2 days at 8hrs per day) they would easily pay more than this. 

Zach Sutton's picture

Congrats on putting it together!

Congratulations guys!

Personally I think we have all been spoiled by Fstoppers. Think of how much free information they provide to us every day with their site, and I am extremely grateful for it.
Compare the DVD price to a photography degree or a training seminar. It would be $300 just for the ticket to fly to the course. Lee and Patrick’s' DVD is so much more value because it is proven in the field knowledge. It’s what they do every day (when they’re not wake boarding, at a party, or just having fun.) Sounds like they’re ahead of the normal 9-5 people with quality of life and the best thing is that their willing to teach it how they do it!

 If your interested in weddings then this is the DVD, if you already in the business then you should still get it. It allows you to expand on your existent skill set and not fall into a rut.

Lee, I have NO DOUBT this is worth $300.  It's actually probably worth a lot more... but have you considered breaking it into payments?  I know with paypal, you can set it to 3 payments (or any amount of payments).  I think that may help some people rationalize the purchase.

Lee Morris's picture

We tried to think of a way to break it up into cheaper smaller portions but we couldn't make it work. All of the sections lead on to the next. 

People spend tens of thousands of dollars going to college to get a degree they don't even use. IF professional photography is a goal for someone, saving up $300 shouldn't be a big deal. It is risk free too; if they don't like it we will refund them. What college would do that? 

Preaching to the choir, brother...haha.  I am going to buy it without any hesitation.  Just figured that you guys probably get a lot of "new" guys who may have to make hard choices with their cash.  I can tell anyone reading from personal experience that information like this is absolutely the right way to INVEST in your career, even if it's not in an easy payment option.  In my "other life" I run a sports website & charge for premium access to information.  I was able to set up a subscription via paypal that automatically charges 3 payments... one each month.  Just making sure you knew it was available.

Lee Morris's picture

Oh, no I didn't realize that was available. We will look into it. Thanks!

I love this as an idea for payment. I want to start watching this video, but have to build up the money before I can. Paying month by month would make it much easier. And I could start watching straight away. :)

That sounds much more affordable! I definitely want this video, and yes, I spent thousands on education.... but SAVING $300 vs. using a student loan to pay for for your education are two very different things. It's very difficult for me to drop $300 at once becuase most of my income goes to paying back that damn loan lol. I would be very interested to hear if you come up with payment options.

Video looks awesome and worth much more than $300 I'm sure. Thanks!

Agreed, for me $300 is a huge chunk of my monthly expenses and I am starting a business, so I need to save every penny.  If it were a buy-as-you-go setup, I would be much more likely to begin watching.

Maybe I missed it, will this come in an actual DVD or be emailed to the purchaser?

Lee Morris's picture

at this point it is only a digital download

how big is the DL?

Lee Morris's picture

about 16gb

i want to become a wedding photographer to your country and to work with you:D can i? :D

Is there a chance for more precise outline ? Thanks!

Patrick Hall's picture

What do you mean a more precise outline?  Those are the chapters, we talk a lot within those chapters

I mean someting like this:

It would help a lot to spend $300, especially for not novice players.

Patrick Hall's picture

Chapter 1
What is “Commercial Wedding Photography” 
Mandatory Gear 
The Importance of Assisting 
Composition, Exposure, White Balance

Chapter 2
Bridal Portraits: Lighting 101 

Chapter 3
Meeting With Potential Clients 
The Engagement Session 
Designing Your Website 
The Importance of Video 

Chapter 4
On Camera Flash 
Getting Ready and Details
The Ceremony 
Chapter 5
Formals and Groups 
Interview with Pye Jirsa
Chapter 6
Four Ways to Light a Reception 
The Cake 
The Rings 
The Departure
Taxes, Write-offs, and Accounting

Chapter 7
Interview with Cliff Mautner

Chapter 8
Post Processing 
Creating a Photobooth 
Photo / Video Slideshow, 
Delivering Your Final Product 
Final Words

I'm quite interested in this, but how relevant is this to those outside of the US (especially the marketing, business and sales aspects)? 

Patrick Hall's picture

I think it is relevant to all markets.  We are very up front that each market is slightly different but most of the themes are universal

Wayne Leone's picture

 good question - I'm based in Ireland.

Nicholas's picture

Congratulations on such an ambitious project. 

Looks very interesting. I must say your production quality looks very good nothing I hate more than to come across a how to video and the sound sucks, the video is off and the host appears to be making it up on the spot because there is no script. Looks like you guys nailed the production.

Does look very useful. What are the shipping costs to Germany?

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

it is for download