In the modern digital age we take arguably more photos than ever before. Whereas once we might have taken photos only at special occasions, then had to wait while we sent those photos off to be developed, we can now take photos wherever we are and at the drop of a hat. You’ll take pictures on the go of days out in the park, and you’ll take them when you see a nice view go by when you’re on the train.
This is of course a good thing in that it allows you to document your life more and to keep more memories. You’ll be able to flick through those memories and really relive whole periods of your life, and you’ll be able to pick your favourites to display in any number of ways – whether it’s on your walls or your Facebook profile.
However it also has negative consequences, making pictures much more throwaway and disposable. While they were once rare opportunities to capture a moment that you would stage and maybe even dress up for, they are now things you do quickly and easily on a whim and then archive often never to see again. Using your phone even rather than a professional camera, you can now just point and click and capture a moment with no thought and with little concern over the quality of the final image.
Some events still deserve proper care and attention in your photography. Here we will look at which ones those are and how you should go about making sure that you do them justice.
Your wedding is one of the biggest events in most of our lives and it’s an event that has a hugely visual quality. You will have spent thousands of dollars and weeks of your life choosing and decorating the venue, and you’ll have given just as much attention to the way you look. This is also one of the rare occasions when all your friends and family will be in one place and it’s really an important day to remember. Hire a professional wedding photographer and listen to what they say so that they can take some beautiful pictures of your beautiful day.
When you go on holiday you will probably be experiencing a different country and a different way of life. Likewise, you will once again be forming a special memory where you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself and where you will spend lots of time with your loved ones.
The secret to good holiday photography? Make sure that you or someone you know are in most photos (otherwise it could just be a postcard), take the time to arrange the shot composition to create depth and drama, and take a good camera with you. Then delete about 30% of the pictures you take…
When you have a baby you’ll want to document the moment and capture their youth. Partly you’ll do this because you’ll be so excited to have a new member of your family, but it’s also a good idea for posterity so that you can blackmail them in later life. Make sure not to take too many that are the exact same though (don’t expect people to care if you do) and make sure that you take the same number of pictures when their sibling comes along.
Today’s guest post is by Arnold Parker; he is an ace photographer and specializes in wedding photography. A creative person by nature, he has a keen sense of aesthetics and often indulges in painting as a hobby.
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