How To Photograph Fireworks

How To Photograph Fireworks

One of the most common questions we get in our photography classes is, “how do I photograph fireworks?” Like most photography techniques, it takes practice, but here are some settings that will take a lot of the guesswork out. Here’s what you’ll need: Camera that has manual settings (you’ll need to be able to set the mode dial to “M” for Manual). A relatively wide lens, something that has something in the 24mm range is good.  A common lens is 18-55mm which will work fine in most cases. Tripod – this is a MUST! It doesn’t have to be expensive, but has to be able to hold your camera VERY still. Cable release (optional): it attaches to a special port on your camera and usually has a cord about 3 feet long and a button on the end.  It allows you to take a picture without pushing the button on the camera itself, therefore eliminating any vibration that could be caused by putting your finger on the camera body.  Settings for photographing fireworks: Put the camera on a tripod. Set the camera to “M” for Manual. Set the ISO sensitivity to 100.  If your camera won’t go to 100, then 200 will be fine. Set the Aperture (f/stop) to f/11 (the aperture is inside the lens, but you’ll use a dial or button on the camera to adjust this) Sometimes you have to use two controls simultaneously. On some Canon DSLR cameras you’ll push the  [+/-] button while turning the wheel or dial on the back until you get to f/11.  You may need to adjust this slightly to...
6 Things Every Bride Should Discuss With Her Wedding Photographer

6 Things Every Bride Should Discuss With Her Wedding Photographer

By discussing these things with your photographer in advance, you’ll be assured that your wedding pictures will not only be beautiful, but you’ll have fun in the process. 1. Where and when you will be getting ready. View more photos from this wedding in Greer SC at Suber Road Baptist and Greer City Park. The cool part about these pics is that your future husband will get a glimpse of what things were like for you during this time! While this portion of the day might not be 1st on your list as a photo-op, it’s essential to telling the story of your day in an album.  You’ll want to make sure you have enough time for a few “getting ready” shots and the location has sufficient lighting for photos.  Your photographer will be able to help you with the lighting if there aren’t any windows. When you discuss the wedding day time line, this is an important part of that conversation.  The cool part about these pics is that your future husband will get a glimpse of what things were like for you during this time…even if you see each other before the wedding in a first look (see number 2) there’s always the thought going through your mind, “I wonder what’s he’s doing right now.  Is he as nervous and excited as I am?  Is he just chilling or still trying to tie his bow tie?”  2. To see or not to see each other before the ceremony (First Look)   View more photos from this wedding at Belfair Plantation You can spend a few minutes sharing thoughts with...
Wedding Photography Trends in 2015

Wedding Photography Trends in 2015

Now that we’re almost a quarter of the way through the year, I’ve been able to confirm that most of the predictions I made near the end of 2014 are already beginning to come true!  Having talked to quite a few brides and grooms who are already well into the planning process for their 2015 weddings, these are some of the things that seem to be the most important or that are trending this year, at least for many of the Upstate South Carolina weddings. Wedding styles and trends are constantly evolving (and revolving) and while all of the details are featured in your photos, here are a few things that have a direct effect on your wedding photography. 1. Engagement photos are a bigger deal than ever before! An engagement photo session is a great opportunity to work with your photographer before the wedding and get some great pictures to share and build hype in the months leading to your wedding day. These sessions have always been important to some couples, but recently it seems as if the engagement session has entered the “can’t live without” category. With certain social media sites being unpredictable about what gets seen, sharing photos with friends and family on save-the-date photo cards are becoming more popular than they were a couple years ago.  Check out some of our recent engagement sessions. 2. Mobile apps and downloadable photo galleries are replacing the all-so-popular “disc of photos”. Even photo slideshows are being streamed online. While printed albums are still the ultimate in long-term photo enjoyment, sharing photos with a mobile device is both convenient and...
Caricatures For Your Wedding – Unique Ideas For Entertaining Your Wedding Guests

Caricatures For Your Wedding – Unique Ideas For Entertaining Your Wedding Guests

There are lots of reasons why you would want to provide entertainment for your guests, and we’ve seen many of them a hundred times, but here’s a much more unique approach: Caricatures! We often take the bride and groom out for about 20 minutes for photos at some point between the ceremony and reception, and this is a perfect time for a Caricature artist to begin drawing and stay throughout the cocktail hour and reception to give everyone a chance to take home a fun keepsake from your wedding.  Check out our wedding photography portfolio. There’s nothing wrong with a photo booth, video booth, or even cornhole; as a matter of fact we’ve seen lots of people have a blast with these wedding reception activities.  But, having a caricature artist at your wedding is a fun and refreshing departure from the “norm” and one we highly recommend.  It doesn’t matter the age of your guests.  Anyone can sit briefly (or be held for that matter) to have a funny face portrait of themselves created in just a few minutes.  It’s even mesmerizing for those watching. Check out Caricatures by Catherine in Greenville, SC. At a recent Wedding Festival, Catherine had a booth next to ours and we got to see her in...

Importance of Insurance for Wedding Photographers

Choosing a properly insured photographer could have great benefits. You’re planning your wedding, and all the pieces are finally coming together.  The excitement is almost more than you can handle!  After selecting an amazing venue that’ll create the perfect atmosphere for your wedding day, you want to make sure that the rest of your vendors can deliver the rest of the pieces to enhance that perfect setting.  You weed through tons of “unqualified” vendors and find what appears to be exactly what you’re looking for in a florist, DJ, caterer, baker, photographer, etc.  The one aspect that you CAN’T research easily online is the answer to the question, “how reliable is this business?”  Sure, the products look great and the reviews are good, but can I really count on them when it matters?  There are lots of factors at play here, but an important one to consider, one that’s easily overlooked, is whether or not your chosen vendors are properly insured.  I know, total buzz kill!  Sorry, but it’s better to kill the buzz now than on your wedding day! Working with a good wedding planner can be a huge benefit by helping you narrow your search to include insured vendors who are fully qualified. I can’t speak for everyone in the world of wedding vendors, but I can speak for wedding photography because it’s what I know.  First, it’s important to understand the difference between property insurance and liability insurance.  If a photographer has property insurance, his/her camera equipment and other things necessary to photograph your wedding, are covered in the event that they are damaged, stolen, etc. ...

What should you look for in a wedding photographer?

For many couples, choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions in planning the wedding. Your wedding photographs are a lasting memory of your wedding day that will be cherished and displayed for many years and even passed down to future generations.  With most wedding photography packages costing between $3,000 and $6,000, it can also be one of the more expensive aspects of the wedding.  With that in mind, how do you choose the wedding photographer who will be right for you? Products Choose the photographer who offers the products that are most important to you.  Photographers offer prints, albums, photo discs, engagement and bridal sessions and many other items!  Be sure the package you chose includes the items you really want. Style Every photographer has his or her personal style.  Look at several examples of their work to be sure that you love their style! Personality Be sure that you actually “like” your photographer!  You will be spending several hours with this person on the most important day of your life.  If you have the opportunity to meet the photographer before you sign the contract, this will help you to know if you can work well with this person. Know who your photographer will be Unlike Muse 10 Photography, some larger studios have several photographers who work for them.  Make sure you find out exactly who will be photographing your wedding and be sure to see samples of their work. Finally – Go with your gut instinct! You will know when you find the right photographer and you should not have any doubts about your...