Composition is such an important part of photography, particularly if you want to make a living from it, but it can be easy to forget in the pressure of the moment at a wedding. Get into good habits from the start, and practise, and you’ll soon find it’s no longer something to fear.
Avoid the Centre
The Rule of Thirds needn’t be stuck to rigidly rules are meant to be broken, after all but avoiding putting the subject in the middle of the image is the quickest way to improve composition. This is easy for a wedding photographer in Hampshire, where stunning venues are around every corner. Get the bride and groom and the venue all in same shot.
“Thirds” is just one rule of composition, but there are many more. Digital Camera World explains some of them, and why they work.
Hide and Seek
Staying out of view of your subject will help with expression if you’re shooting people, as well as with composition. Whatever the subject, including some foliage, brick or ironwork will add more depth to your work. A frame within a frame adds another dimension and even some mystery. Exposure Guide has more detail on composition.
Someone Else in the Portrait
Another great way to add mystery and context to your photographs, particularly portraits, is to add another person into the shot. But just a little bit. This is a great trick for wedding photographers.
For example, take the groom’s portrait with him seated and just his bride’s hand on this shoulder, or the bride with her face against the groom’s chest. Weddings are all about the relationship, after all, and Hampshire wedding photography by New Forest Studio is great at capturing the spark, even where you can’t see two faces.
Fill the Frame
The subject needn’t fill the whole frame, but it must look deliberate. Keeping the aperture large will blur the background and can be a useful tool for focusing the eye on the subject. This can be useful for shots of the bride and groom and their first dance, or during the speeches to take out a lot of the ‘noise’.
Nothing will improve your eye for the perfect picture like practice, so get out there and shoot some weddings!