What is the course about?
This practical course will introduce you to the role of the wedding photographer and the processes involved in the planning, production and post-production of professional wedding photography. You'll be guided in how to conduct preliminary contractual negotiations and how to manage your bride and groom’s expectations. You will learn about the equipment required and the connection between different equipment and varied visual styles. We'll take you through the key reportage shots of rituals and activities before, during and after the ceremony. You'll find out how best to control situations and anticipate the right moment to capture a shot, and become an expert at natural images as well as the posed group set-ups.
The post-production element of the course will cover using Lightroom to manage, edit, enhance and present your images. We'll also cover marketing strategies, online sales and album design and construction.
What previous students liked most about thieir course: .
“The group was great! Lovely people. Ed’s insight was really helpful and refreshing!.”
“It helped me to improve my technique and gain confidence in my work.”
“I liked the encouragement from the tutor and it made me realise more that it’s what I want to do. Money well spent.”
What will we cover?
- Client communications
- Planning and preparation for a wedding shoot
- Reportage style for documenting the wedding preparation, ceremony and speeches
- Directing group shots (posing and positioning)
- Directing the bride and groom shots (posing and positioning)
- Importing and cataloguing your images
- Creating and applying Metadata templates
- White balance, exposure and tonal adjustment
- Exporting low resolution images with watermark
- Exporting high resolution images for print
- Exporting low resolution images for web.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the requirements and the importance of planning your wedding photography
- make a good selection of your images
- identify when reportage photography should be used
- arrange a small wedding group for photos using both standard and split group methods
- direct and pose the bride and groom to get the most out of them on the wedding day
- import and organise your images
- make a good selection of your images
- adjust the white balance, exposure and tonal range including black and white conversions
- use Lightroom pre-sets to alter your images
- export your images with and without watermark at both low and high resolution
- use the editing tools in Lightroom to produce a finished product.
What previous students have achieved on this course: .
“I gained more confidence in myself and my work.”
“Much more of an insight into the business, expectations of clients, posing – learning from my mistakes from earlier work also. Also great new networks!.”
“I have achieved a business sense of going into Wedding photography and how to use light room.”
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Ideal for those who have completed our Stage 1 beginner's course and is suitable for any photographer who is either new to wedding photography or thinking about going into wedding photography. You need to have basic computer skills such as mouse control and how to save and load images. To join this class, you need to understand about ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and how to change these on your digital SLR, or bridge camera (ie. Not a point-and-shoot camera). You must have manual functions on your camera (i.e. be able to change the aperture and shutter speed settings).
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using lectures, demonstrations, notes, guided exercises and group and individual assistance
We will be shooting both inside and outside the classroom with and without flash, and also using models from time to time.
Use of Adobe Lightroom outside the class will be beneficial which can be downloaded from Adobe.com for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month. Https://creative.adobe.com/plans.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs. You just need to bring a note pad (digital or paper based) to record your own notes and a memory stick to save your work on.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Hopefully this course sets you up for commercial success as a wedding photographer. You may be interested in the 'Business of photography' workshop for more guidance on setting up on your own. Or if you're looking to develop your photography in further diverse directions City Lit offers a whole range of creative and practical photography courses, from wildlife to fashion photography. Browse the full list to get inspired.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details