As a professional wedding photographer I’m always looking for opportunities to improve my photography and business skills. Here are four great resources for wedding photographers that I’ve made use of at various points over the years.
Damien Lovegrove has created a number of guides to wedding photography. His book “The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography” (available from Amazon here) is a treasure trove of tips and tricks to help get your wedding photography business off the ground. It’s a comprehensive guide for any photographer with an understanding of photography who wants to turn their hand to weddings. Some of the advice is becoming a little dated now (the book was written in 2007), but the basics remain the same and the book is still a useful reference.
“‘The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography’ is a treasure trove of tips and tricks to help get your wedding photography business off the ground.”
Damien has also produced several videos, available on his site here. Again, the videos specifically aimed at wedding photographers are a little dated now, but his most recent videos are excellent and give an insight into how he creates his stunning portraits. Well worth a look.
This one comes with a bit of a health warning. Some of the tutorials available on Creative Live are very, erm… American. If you get my meaning? An analogy that springs to mind is American boxsets. I love them, and they’re entertaining. But a lot of the series are just full of filler episodes, and the same is true of Creative Live. Some of the advice is to be taken with a pinch of salt. But equally there are some excellent guides to business, photography and editing. I found Jared Platt’s tutorial on editing and Lightoom workflow to be great, and some of Roberto Valenzuela’s advice on posing and composition are really useful. Just check out the reviews before you spend your cash.
“It’s about as close as you can get to attending a live workshop without leaving your sofa.”
The format of each Creative Live broadcast is largely similar, with a mixture of question and answer sessions, presentation and practical demonstration. It’s about as close as you can get to attending a live workshop without leaving your sofa.
SLR Lounge and FStoppers
Both SLR Lounge and Fstoppers are both great sources of information and inspiration. I used to write for SLR Lounge and so I can appreciate the effort that they go to in order to bring photographers from around the world the latest news regarding all things photography. Fstoppers is very similar – it’s fair to call the two rivals. Both have produced excellent video guides for budding photographers.
Fstoppers released their long awaited ‘How to Become a Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer‘ video last year, which covers a range of subjects from the initial client meeting to building a successful website.
SLR Lounge have a series of different video tutorials aimed at improving your skills in photography and editing generally, rather than wedding photography specifically. There are also dozens of articles on each site which give tips on all aspects of running a photography business – they’re well worth checking out.
The Barn from The Photography Farm is a resource site dedicated to UK Wedding Photographers. It’s a little pricier than some of the one-off purchases or free options above, coming in at £55 a month, but I suppose that deters the amateurs and allows them to produce top quality content on a consistent and regular basis.
The Barn promises a shed load (barn load?) of training, all available in the comfort of your own home/office through the magic of the internet. Everything from tutorials shot at real weddings, to screen-recorded lessons using the software you may use, plus downloadable documents you may want to use in your business. Signing up is straight forward, and you’re not tied in to any lengthy contracts – subscription is month to month.
So, there’s four good resources for wedding photographers. Have I missed anything? What resources do you find most useful? Let me know in your comments below!