Zoo Photography Etiquette

The proposal has been made and accepted. Now the phase of planning weddings has to be entered. What is an exciting time of a couple’s life can turn into turmoil if a plan is not set up and followed. A wedding planner would be nice. At the cost of nuptials today, many cannot afford the expense.

(Note on filmspeed: This is the main division between types of films (i.e. 100, 200, 400 etc). Speed is how fast a film can capture an image when exposed to a minimal amount of light. Slower film (the lower the number, the slower the film, 25 would be considered a slow film, 100 is also fairly slow) requires a lot of light to hit it to get an image. Slower film is great for making large enlargements from a small negative it has less grain and allows for more vivid colors. Faster films (200-800) need less light but you will see substantially more grain in an image as the film speed increases.

To keep your camera and batteries warm when dealing with cold weather, keep them inside the parka and close to your body. Take them out only when you are prepared to shoot. However, it will be a problem if you have a huge camera. But if you are only taking pictures for souvenir, then a smaller camera will do. Meanwhile, if you are taking professional pictures, then get the best camera you can afford and try to keep it as warm as you can.

The wedding was a whirlwind. Thank God for wedding DC event photographers, because we were so unbelievably busy that day, I couldn’t even tell you a good many of the details about what happened. All I knew is that I couldn’t breathe because of the excitement and the joy, and the scenery was so extravagant – many times to me it still feels like a dream.

Every picture you take needs a focal point. Determine your focal point before you snap the picture. When trying to determine the focal point, try to think about what will draw the viewer in. Keep the focal point simple, if you use too many focal points it will only confuse the view. You do not have to make your focal point be the center of the picture, but it does need to stand out.

As we create small apertures, the depth of field increases. Depth of field is the range of the scene that stays sharp and focused. As we set large apertures the depth of field decreases.

Now you’re going to need a stand for these backgrounds to hang them from. So let’s go over them real quick. I would go with an 8-foot wide stand. Now you can go to any photography supply store for stands and backdrops. I’ll link to some different backdrop stores in the Resources Section. But you can get a stand at any one of those locations and they’re pretty inexpensive. But you want to make sure it’s portable. If you want to do it the least expensive way, and I think it would be just as good, you could build one yourself.

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