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What's the Point of Second Shooters?

Are Two Photographers Really Better Than One?

Second Photographer Warning

There are numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the death of professional wedding photography or the exponential race to the bottom as it’s known in the office. I’ve mentioned a few reasons for the decline here on the Secret Wedding Photographer blog, such as free engagement shoots. Some will claim that the big camera manufacturers don’t care about us pros and much in the same way that Apple virtually ditched development of professional workstations and support for professional applications (farewell Aperture) the big camera companies are now focused on making photography easier and cheaper for consumers. Let's leave for another post! 

There is another far sinister factor - the Second Shooter, lurking in the background. I’m old enough to remember life before the second shooter. The days of a now mythical creature - the photographers assistant. A useful beast who knew his place. I even employed one once who didn't want to be a photographer. He liked assisting. Having an assistant is great. They carry your bags. Make sure everything is working. Move lights around and hold reflectors. They were a fantastic thing. Unfortunately, they are rarely seen now. Commercially no one will pay for them. They have been made extinct by the birth of the second shooter. Another disastrous idea for the wedding photography business.

Wedding Photography Hot Shot: Deep

Wedding Photography by Andrew Wheeler

Bride and Groom at Game of Thrones themed wedding

Wedding photographer: Andrew Wheeler

Photo Title: Deep

Photo details: Shot in the grounds of the historic Newark Castle, the wedding of Donna & James was a beautiful affair. This is shot in a little tuck away of the castle and off camera flash was used to balance the natural light and focus the attention on the couple.

This was a Game of Thrones themed wedding and the photo really fit in with what they were after...

About the photographer: I’m Andy from AWHotographic, I have been in the photography business for over 20 years and shot people all over the world but the best place to be is home and shooting lovely people on the most important day of their lives. I cover Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire with Packages starting at £1200.00..

Photographer Details: AW Photographic

Wedding Photography Hot Shot: Tuscan Bride

Perfect Day Photography

Perfect Day Wedding Photography - Tuscan Bride

Wedding photographer: Perfect Day Photography

Photo Title: Tuscan Bride

Photo details: The portrait is of stunning bride Fernanda shot at Villa Magiacane, Florence. The sun was disappearing fast when i suggested to Fernanda we shoot some pictures in the beautiful gardens. I shot through some glass ornaments hanging from a tree to give the image depth and the backlit sun offered some interesting bokeh.

About the photographer: I specialise in beautiful, stylish and creative contemporary  documentary wedding photography. By documenting what unfolds I captures the essence of the wedding - the laughter, the tears, the joy and all of the emotions of the day. London based, I have photographed weddings from Cornwall to the Orkney Islands, Florence and Marrakech.

Photographer Details: Perfect Day Wedding Photography

Elements that assure better wedding photo album design

Wedding photography looks great printed in an album

Wedding Album Design

A wedding is obviously an auspicious occasion and everyone wants those moments to stay afresh forever. Capturing those wonderful moments is best done with a perfect photo album design. However, to get things right and thus impress your customers, you have to pay attention towards a lot of elements. Prominent among the said are detailed below.

Lowered Opacity: There are certain photos that easily grab the viewer’s attention. This can cause him to lose a visual direction and the gracefulness of other images gets almost unnoticed. Lowering opacity of such images helps in manipulating the viewer’s focus. Gradient Fades: These furnish a lax transition between photos.

Gradient Fades can also be used for hiding certain parts of the pictures. Darker images are made to fade into black background and lighter pictures are usually dwindled to white backgrounds. Images on one another: There are certain instances when smaller images are positioned on larger ones by album design companies. This can be helpful when there is only limited space. Sequence actions can also be conveyed via this inset effect.

Blocks and Bars: When images fail to fit to a particular page, bars can be used for filling the remaining space. Also they provide framing. Blocks work well when an image collection doesn’t complete a rectangular shape.

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