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Digital Wedding Photography For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) [Kindle Edition]

Amber Murphy
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Book Description

Expert advice on becoming a successful wedding photographer

Wedding photography can be a great hobby or home-based business. But while it's an exciting and lucrative field, it also has its challenges.

Now, you can turn to Digital Wedding Photography For Dummies for friendly, hands-on guidance on selecting the right equipment, building a client list, and developing the skills and techniques needed to create stunning and memorable images.

  • Covers tools and techniques practiced by some of the most successful photographers in the business
  • Advice on camera settings, lighting, and angles
  • How to create a professional experience that will put clients at ease
  • Build a portfolio and connect with clients
  • Start a wedding photography business

Whether you're an aspiring wedding photographer who wants to learn about the techniques that make the best wedding photographers successful, or are in the business and want tips and advice to improve your skills, this practical guide has you covered.



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Learn to:

  • Shoot great images of a wedding, from start to finish
  • Build a portfolio and connect with clients
  • Start a wedding photography business

IN FULL COLOR!

Expert advice on becoming a successful wedding photographer

Digital Wedding Photography For Dummies is a friendly, hands-on guide to selecting the right equipment, developing the skills and techniques needed to create stunning images, and getting your name out to potential clients. Whether you're an aspiring wedding photographer or are in the business and want to improve your skills, this handy guide has you covered.

  • Digital wedding photography 101 — get an overview of specific techniques you'll need to capture a wedding effectively, and find out what to look for when obtaining your equipment
  • The nuts and bolts — discover a detailed checklist of things to do before the shoot, and then dive in to capturing the wedding day itself
  • Get down to business — edit your images, design stunning wedding albums, build your photography business with a winning portfolio, establish a business identity, and get your work published

Open the book and find:

  • The skills necessary to be a successful wedding photographer
  • Advice on stocking up on tools of the trade
  • The lowdown on lighting and composition
  • Different types of photographic styles
  • Must-have moments to capture
  • The scoop on editing and album design
  • How to get your wedding photography business off the ground

About the Author

Amber Murphy is a professional wedding and portrait photographer who is known for bringing a fresh and unique perspective to the art of photography. She is a member of the Wedding Photography Association and the Professional Photographers of America.


Product Details

  • File Size: 9888 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BUSQWXU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Primer For Wedding Photography May 23, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Though I am not a "dummy" when it comes to digital photography, I have quite enjoyed several "...for Dummies" books for the simple reason that they are packed with information, in an easy to read format. "Digital Wedding Photography for Dummies" is no exception. In terms of wedding photography, I am not a pro, but have shot at weddings for friends and relatives as a back-up to their hired pro and captured, from comments I have received, some excellent shots (even back in the day with my trusty point-and-shoot, before I got into DSLR). Now I am toying with the idea of going pro and wanted to gain more perspective from people who are doing it. Author/Photographer Amber Murphy does a very good job in formatting the book and its contents.

As she says up front, you may not need to read all of it, just what you need to know at the time. That said, she starts off with the basics (like getting to know the future bride and groom to your gear selection) and guides you through what can be a stressful event if you are not fully prepared (like having extra battery packs with you, "just in case"). Covering topics such as various photographic styles, lighting, even editing photos after the event and how to present them to the couple is done with care and pretty good style. Again, easy to understand and follow throughout. Murphy finishes the book with creating a business plan, covering some of the legal basics and explaining various ways to grow your business which are logical and straightforward, however, being recently published it covers more areas than some, possibly even better - but older - wedding how-to books, making it more relevant to the times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 8, 2013
By Father
Format:Paperback
The "for Dummies" series are unique in their ability to digest complex topics into easy to consume morsels, and Digital Wedding Photography for Dummies is no exception. This book provides a fantastically visual guide into how to professionally photograph the entire wedding ceremony from an experienced, eloquent Amber Murphy. She illustrates concepts with colorful pictures that show the best way to position and frame subjects; I found myself flipping through the whole book even before I read it just so I could see all the beautiful shots. If you're looking to confidently photograph an upcoming wedding or want to broaden your portfolio as a photographer, then I recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confidence booster for the big day! April 29, 2013
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Digital Wedding Photography for Dummies is a great resource for anyone thinking about or planning to photograph a wedding.

I am shooting my very first wedding this summer, and my nerves are all over the place. I am not a pro...nor do I want to be. My friends are also not expecting pro results, but I would sure like to give them some special shots that 'Uncle Joe' can't give.

Because of this, I've been researching wedding photography for quite awhile and have pinned and bookmarked many different articles on the subject, and while I didn't personally find any new or 'aha!' type of information in this book, it was great to have all the same info I'd previously found contained in one easy-to-reference place.

Amber Murphy shares many tips for shooting a wedding, some that are very common sense, but that can easily be forgotten if you haven't planned properly! My favorite tip was about the wedding rings. When photographing them, be very, very, VERY careful! You don't want to lose them!

Exactly! Seems awfully obvious, doesn't it?? Well, seeing that my sister and I lost my husband's wedding band in a pond during our 10th anniversary wedding shoot... um, yes... something very obvious is worth reminding a newbie wedding photographer!

I was also very encouraged by the wedding shots in the book - they weren't all that amazing. Don't get me wrong, they're very nice...I just mean, they weren't so professional or artistic that I felt incapable of getting similar shots at my own wedding job. The book gave me that 'I can do this!' feeling.

I was also glad Amber included the section on editing. Editing can take your photos from good to WOW if you know how to enhance correctly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to get ahead.... April 11, 2013
By Cat
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I have always been interested in all that goes into photography for weddings! After ordering this book, and reading through it, I can honestly say that I have a new found appreciation for photographers that exemplify the quality photos like those that are found in this book. Amber is a great photographer and this is only the beginning of a legacy she will leave behind for many to follow in the upcoming years. This was an easy read, and extremely understandable for the "dummies" like myself! Well written and beautifully displayed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Beautiful! April 10, 2013
By Tracy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A friend told me this book was coming out several months ago, and I was definitely looking forward to its release. Once I received it in the mail, the first thing I did was thumb through just looking at the beautiful photos! Once I was through drooling over those, I started reading. I love the writing and formatting style of the Dummies books - so clear, helpful, and it just MAKES SENSE. Amber Murphy did a great job of communicating the information in an interesting way, complete with lots of examples of what to do as well as what NOT to do. As I was reading, I found myself asking questions, "What does that mean? What about _______? How do you ________?" etc. Each and every question was answered as I progressed in my reading. It's a thorough (but easy) and fun read! I recommend checking it out! It's a complete guide to help you get started with your own business, or even just taking better photos for your personal use.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 2 days ago by bsramon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner in wedding photography!
Great book for the beginner in wedding photography......helped me with the basics and highly recommend it to the beginner in everyone!
Published 1 month ago by gohanman9
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a smart idea to stay refreshed and learn different techniques or ideas from any photography book
Published 2 months ago by Michael Paschen Sr
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I've shot many weddings and I still found some useful tips in this book.
Published 2 months ago by J. Pickett
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Much more than I expected, great book for the beginner or advanced photographer. Nice book to reference back to at home or in the field.
Published 5 months ago by RICH
5.0 out of 5 stars Like all of the Dummies Series, well written and useful!
Any book written for "Dummies", is likely going to be for beginners, so do not purchase this book expecting advanced creative wedding photography tips. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Learning All The Time
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to wedding photography!
This book is written by someone with much experience in the wedding photography industry. The author explains how cameras work and what the functions do, and then spends the rest... Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars "Dummies" makes it easy yet again...
This book really does cover a wide variety of topics related to wedding photography and is a great guide for those just starting in the field. Read more
Published 15 months ago by C. Dooley
3.0 out of 5 stars Good For Beginners
I think this is a great book for people who don't know anything about photography or weddings. She gives very basic info. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. Kweitel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner Book & Pro Reference Guide
The Digital Wedding Photography for Dummies is an excellently written book.
For someone just starting out and looking to see if this is a career they want, this book is a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jeff Anderson
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More About the Author

Amber Murphy is an author and professional wedding and portrait photographer based out of Boise, Idaho. She is known for bringing a fresh and unique perspective to the art of photography. Amber's work is all about immortalizing the moments that tell her clients' stories. Whether that is an engagement, a wedding, a graduation, or simply growing up, her goal is to help preserve the details of the journey.
When Amber isn't out photographing beautiful people, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, and her wonderfully rambunctious dog, Lincoln. They are the spice of her life, and the inspiration behind her work.

Amber Murphy's website: www.ambermurphyphoto.com
Amber Murphy's Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmberMurphyPhotography


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