Why would anyone want to enter this world? There are just so many things that can go wrong and this is one area of photography that cannot be reshot without redoing the whole event which is impossible.
Now if you have considered all the pitfalls and weighed the pros and cons and have decided that you are one of the chosen few and can stand the pressure, here are some pointers that will get you to the top of your game.
Learn digital photography
This may sound simple and quite broad.
If you are an accomplished film photographer learn all you can about digital photography.
For example, know the limitations and benefits of shooting with digital and what can be improved or rescued in the digital darkroom.
At my own wedding half the photos were lost because of film problems.
Firstly, the self taught route.
Get to know the types of shot people like and the scenes they prefer.
If you want to cheat a little go to a wedding photographer and ask to see their work or look at it on the walls of their studio or shop.
Offer your services to a wedding photographer as an assistant.
Here you’ll learn many tricks and techniques and will pick up tips that you won’t read about in books.
Your biggest hurdle is the transition from other genres of photography to wedding photography.
Some photographers go as far as preparing a shot sheet, a sketch of every shot at every location, so that they know one shot after the other and what is coming up next.
Maybe a bit overkill to some but the risk of failure is greatly reduced.
Dive into the deep end
Offer your services free to friends and family for all kinds of occasions as an unofficial photographer.
Get the main photographer’s permission and don’t get in the way.
Nothing helps better than experience and this helps you with the transition to bigger things.
It is a very competitive form of photography and many offer cut throat prices.
The final product should be the deciding factor and not the person’s wallet.
Learn more about photography and continue adding to your skills basket in becoming an accomplished wedding photographer.