5 Tips to Help You Take Better Wedding Photos

Wedding photography is one of the most challenging genres out there, requiring you to be at the top of your game technically and ready to tackle any challenges that come efficiently and smoothly. If you would like to improve the quality of your shots, check out this fantastic video tutorial from an experienced wedding photographer that will give you five tips sure to improve your wedding photos. 

Coming to you from John Branch IV Photography, this excellent video tutorial will show you five helpful tips sure to improve your wedding photos. I think perhaps the most important point is to stop relying on your camera. Modern cameras are incredibly capable and powerful, and no doubt, they can help us increase our keeper rates and capture photos that might not have been possible before. But on the other hand, if you rely on them too much, your image-making will be shaped by what you know the camera does well instead of by creativity driven by intentionality. 

Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

If you would like to continue to learn about wedding photography, be sure to check out "How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer With Lee Morris and Patrick Hall!"

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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This is a great video and I love the way John articulates his ideas. The truth about people asking you what settings you use for a specific photo is so true! Unless it's a wildly complex and technical image, your settings don't matter as much as the reason you picked those settings. In many cases I don't even know what the settings are except the aperture and maybe a shutter speed that is fast enough to hand hold.

It's also wild to hear him saying some photographers shoot wide open at 1.2 all day. Many, I rarely ever shot below 2.8 unless there was a very intentional reason or I had already gotten all my shots and was just trying something out. For most weddings, 2.8 gives you plenty of light and shallow depth of field. Def stop down to 5.6 when shooting family shots because that's the most likely time you will look back and wish you had more depth of field.