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Digital Wedding Photography: Capturing Beautiful Memories, Second Edition

Book Description

Fully revised and updated! Full-color guide to capturing great wedding images and building a successful photography business

This full-color book from acclaimed professional wedding photographer Glen Johnson not only teaches you how to take memorable photos, it also shows you how to start a wedding photography business. Packed with great tips and savvy advice, this new edition helps you set up efficient workflows, choose camera equipment, manipulate images, make impressive presentations, and launch smart, photo-based marketing strategies to build your business. Best of all, it's loaded with new, superb photos that illustrate photography techniques.

  • Shows you how to set up and capture beautiful photos, posed or candid, in all kinds of settings, for weddings and other special events

  • Offers practical marketing strategies for building your own photography business, including how to build a fantastic Web site that attracts clients

  • Covers current camera equipment and accessories, post-shoot digital darkroom techniques, digital editing software, and how to print your images successfully

  • Gives you invaluable insights and tips from the author, who is one of the country's top wedding and special events photographers

Capture better pictures of some of life's most memorable events—and build a sucessful photography business—with this indispensable guide!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title Page
  4. Part I: Understanding Digital Wedding Photography
    1. Chapter 1: The World of Wedding Photography
      1. Capturing Weddings
      2. A Challenging and Rewarding Profession
      3. Using the Tools of the Trade
      4. Recording Life's Milestone with Pictures
      5. Breaking Into the Business
      6. Summary
    2. Chapter 2: Developing Your Own Style
      1. Two Business Models
      2. Three Styles of Wedding Photography
      3. Finding a Style That Works for You
      4. Giving Clients What They Want
      5. Summary
    3. Chapter 3: The Right Equipment for the Job
      1. Choosing a Camera of Your Own
      2. Choosing Your Lenses
      3. Using Art Cameras and Lenses
      4. Deciding What Flash to Use
      5. Selecting the Right Bag to Carry Your Gear
      6. Using a Tripod
      7. The Importance of Backup Gear
      8. Summary
    4. Chapter 4: Camera Settings and Digital Exposure
      1. Camera Settings
      2. Exposure Modes
      3. Metering for Proper Exposures
      4. Methods of Exposure Compensation
      5. Digital Exposures
      6. RAW Versus JPEG
      7. Summary
  5. Part II: Wedding Photography Techniques and Concepts
    1. Chapter 5: Composing Your Art
      1. The Rule of Thirds
      2. Moving Into the Frame
      3. Using Empty Space
      4. Cropping People
      5. Shooting a Bull's-Eye
      6. Leading the Focal Point
      7. Natural Posing
      8. The Creative Portrait Session
      9. Think Creative Thoughts
      10. Summary
    2. Chapter 6: Finding Beauty and Emotion in the Dressing Room
      1. Choosing the Right Equipment
      2. Lighting the Dressing Room
      3. Shooting the Guy's Room
      4. Getting the Detail Shots
      5. Dressing Room Etiquette
      6. Summary
    3. Chapter 7: Shooting Outdoors
      1. Choosing the Right Equipment
      2. Shooting in Bright Sunlight
      3. Shooting in Overcast Light
      4. Shooting in the Late Evening
      5. Taking Outdoor Group Photos
      6. Using Fill Flash
      7. Backlight Techniques
      8. Using Light Reflectors
      9. Background Choices
      10. Summary
    4. Chapter 8: Shooting Indoors
      1. Choosing the Right Equipment
      2. Lighting the Set
      3. Adjusting White Balance
      4. Minimizing Reflections
      5. Choosing Your Locations
      6. Summary
    5. Chapter 9: Documenting the Ceremony
      1. Must-Have Shots
      2. Ceremony Etiquette
      3. Flash Etiquette
      4. General Ceremony Information
      5. Working with Extreme Light
      6. Catching the Guests
      7. Where to Be and When
      8. Summary
    6. Chapter 10: Capturing Candid Moments
      1. Seeing Candid Moments
      2. Choosing the Right Equipment
      3. Summary
    7. Chapter 11: Creating Romance in the Magic Hour
      1. Choosing the Right Equipment
      2. Defining the Romantic Image
      3. Deconstructing Romance
      4. Creating the Photo Shoot
      5. Digital Romance: Creating Passion with the Computer
      6. Summary
    8. Chapter 12: Jazzing Up the Reception
      1. Must-Have Reception Shots
      2. Flash Basics for Shooting at Night
      3. Flash Setting Scenarios
      4. Fun Motion Techniques
      5. Working with moving Spot, Strobe, and Disco Lights
      6. Shooting with Candle Light
      7. Reception Advice for the Bride
      8. Meals for the Photographers
      9. Summary
  6. Part III: The Business of Digital Wedding Photography
    1. Chapter 13: Creating Your Own Workspace
      1. Workspace Options
      2. Designing Your Workspace
      3. Conducting Client Interviews
      4. Setting Up Your Office
      5. Summary
    2. Chapter 14: Digital Workflow: Getting Images from Camera to Client
      1. Understanding Workflow
      2. Wedding Workflow Overview
      3. Part 1: Shooting the Images
      4. Part 2: Processing the Images
      5. Summary
    3. Chapter 15: Manipulating Your Images
      1. Non-Destructive Imaging
      2. Destructive Imaging
      3. Lightroom Tips and Techniques
      4. Photoshop Tips and Techniques
      5. Working with High Dynamic Range Images
      6. Summary
    4. Chapter 16: Creating the Finished Product
      1. Proofs
      2. Prints
      3. Image Files as a Finished Product
      4. Albums
      5. Videos
      6. Studio Management Software
      7. Summary
    5. Chapter 17: Cracking the Secret Code: Breaking into the Business
      1. Networking
      2. Advertising
      3. Interviewing Clients
      4. Summary
    6. Chapter 18: Show Yourself: A Website of Your Own
      1. Fundamental Concepts
      2. Two Ways to Create Your Site
      3. The Construction Phase
      4. SEO: How to Get Found
      5. SEO Techniques
      6. Make Your Site Search-Engine Friendly
      7. Summary
    7. Chapter 19: Destination Weddings
      1. Reality Check
      2. How to Find the Jobs
      3. Travel Arrangements
      4. Health Issues
      5. International Travel Paperwork
      6. Specialized Equipment for Travel
      7. How to Calculate a Fee
      8. Two Reasons to Do Destination Weddings
      9. Is It a Job or a Vacation?
      10. Summary
    8. Appendix A: How-To Gallery
      1. Do It Again!
      2. Anticipation
      3. Experimentation
      4. Awareness
      5. Textures
      6. Light
      7. Predict the Light
      8. Warp Speed