Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wedding Photography Tips Pt 2.

Photographs are a visual memory of your wedding and you want to get the best for your money. Here are more tips for you to consider when planning your wedding photos.


Film negatives come in different sizes as do different digital camera resolutions. Find out if your photographer is using film, if he or she is using medium format film or a 35mm camera. A MFC uses a larger negative that will give more detail and quality in the negative than a 35mm camera. The negative is 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" as opposed to 1" x 1 1/2.

As for digital cameras, the higher the megapixels, the better the photograph. Since digital cameras do not create negatives, you can see the final outcome on a computer before ordering prints. With an SLR digital camera your photos will be completely professional, as the photographer can change lenses and use all standard camera techniques with the added advantage of seeing that the lighting and other external factors of the photographs are working.

Also, since digital technology doesn't use film stock, the photographer can take 5-10 times more pictures (rather than 2-3 with film) so you have a greater selection of shots from which to choose at wedding album creation time.

Save Money

Consider hiring the photographer for the formal shots of your ceremony and wedding party and have disposable cameras at each table for candid shots during the wedding reception. As your guests to pitch in and help by taking pictures of their table, dancing and other photos they think you should have.

Pay the photographer for the photographs - they are digital anyway - and put them into your own wedding photo album yourself. That way you have all the photos, usually on a disk drive or disc and you can select the ones you want to include in an a photo album. As this is a time- consuming task, your photographer may reduce his or her package fee.

Order Several Different Wedding Photo Albums

You are going to need a complete photo album for you to keep as a memory of your wedding day. You are also going to need photo albums for each set of parents. By creating your own albums you not only save money, but you can tell the story of your wedding the way you want it told. For your parents’ albums, you can personalize them with specific photos that will mean something to both the brides and grooms parents - and they don't have to be identical. You may also want to give personalized photo albums to the best man and maid of honor to thank them.

Get Your Own Extra Prints

You can order extra prints from so that you can provide them as gifts to bridesmaids, groomsmen, close friends, and family members. These make nice gifts when you don't want to provide a full photo album. If your photographer used film, see if you can purchase the negatives or with digital, just order these extra prints online at whatever size you want. You can make these at a fraction of the cost of having the photographer do it and the quality is just as professional. Since film photographers and even some digital ones don't want to lose the money of creating albums for you, make sure that a disk or the negatives are included in your fees.

Another time and money saving device is to create a wedding album on and have your wedding party select those pictures they want to have. They can share them, store them online or have their own photos made.

Choose your photos and photographer well – and in 50 years when you are celebrating your golden anniversary, you will be able to look back at these wonderful photo albums and share the memories of that special wedding day.

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