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Digital Wedding Photography: Capturing Beautiful Memories Paperback – August 7, 2006

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Capture unforgettable moments of that special day

Professional wedding photographer Glen Johnson knows there's a huge difference between being able to take good pictures and being a good wedding photographer. In this exquisite, full-color book, Glen dispenses sage advice and solutions for taking impressive digital wedding images — posed or candid, in any weather, in any setting, at any locale. You will also learn the secrets of creating a successful digital wedding photography business, and much more. Whether you're an aspiring professional or an amateur who wants to improve your skills at digital wedding photography, this book will help you succeed.

Discover what makes wedding photography a unique specialty

  • Find out how to make people feel relaxed and comfortable while you're shooting
  • Explore ways to capture the emotion as well as the moment
  • Understand different photographic styles and adapt to your client's wishes
  • Prepare for all types of lighting situations
  • Learn appropriate etiquette for shooting in dressing rooms and during the ceremony
  • Know what to take when traveling abroad
  • Set up the perfect digital studio to process your images
  • Find out how to price your work realistically
  • See why your business skills may be more important than your photographic talent

Beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, each showingthe camera settings and other details used to create the image

About the Author

Glen Johnson began taking pictures in sixth grade. While struggling to combine his love of travel and photography into a career as a landscape photographer, he was asked to photograph his sister's wedding. Today, he travels the world shooting wedding photos. His work has won awards, but those he treasures most are the glowing testimonials of his clients. You can view Glen's work at www.AperturePhotographics.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471790176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471790174
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...because it is so well written.

Let me start out by offering kudos to Amazon reviewers. I ordered this book because of its 5 star rating. If I just saw it on the shelf at a bookstore, I dont know if I would have picked it up...and it would have been my loss.

Because I keep getting more and more requests to do weddings, I sat down a few days ago and got three books from Amazon, each 5-star rated. I wanted to explore whether weddings are something I dare get into. The other two books I thumbed through, looked at the pics, skimmed a paragraph or chapter when something caught my attention, and kept going.

This one I started on this afternoon and read cover to cover...without meaning to!

Before you yawn and move on, know that this book is twice as thick as the average Amherst book (and only a tad smaller).

First of all, this book is targeted to people like me...folks that have a good working knowledge of SLRs and are either curious or serious about starting to shoot weddings. The book is written in a conversational style without the narrative stuffiness that caused me to put the other two down after thumbing through.

I felt like the author was talking to someone on my level, without all the eliteism I run into when mixing in semi- or pro circles.

For example, I know that shooting RAW gives more control over images. I know that primes are generally sharper than zooms. I've met purists who proudly snub their noses at JPEG, zooms, or both, speaking of them with the same disgust one might have talking about a cockroach that crosses the floor... or the junior photog in front of them that sheepishly mentions he uses both.

I own a couple of primes and will probably buy Photoshop CS2 in the next 12 months.
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This book tells experienced photographers everything they need to know to make the transition into professional wedding photography. It is one of the best written books I have encountered in the field of photography.

The author starts out by describing three styles of wedding photography: traditional wedding photography, photojournalistic-style wedding photography and portrait journalism with a summery of each to help the reader understand the implications in terms of equipment, wedding day activities, individual style and even fees. Like so much of the book the reader may well say, "That's so clear. Why didn't I think of that?"

Throughout the book, the author assumes he's dealing with photographers who understand how to use cameras. When he talks about equipment, he assumes the reader is familiar with a digital single lens reflex camera's functions and just describes the features he considers important in selecting a camera for wedding photography. His method throughout the book is to follow the wedding photographer's workflow, from meeting the client to the wedding day to delivering the pictures.

His discussion of the dressing room is typical of his approach. He discusses the lenses the photographer will need, and which ones to select for conditions to get appropriate wedding shots. He notes the lighting problems that will be encountered and suggests solutions. He even discusses how to suggest a dressing room location to the bride that will provide the most memorable shots, and moreover, includes advice on dressing room etiquette, including nudity.

When it comes to the ceremony, he tells you the shots you have to have, and how to plan so you don't miss any, while not offending the guests who came to see the wedding and not the photographer.
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As a beginning wedding photographer, I've had several questions about almost every aspect of the profession and business, and I can truely say that Glen's book offers answers to many of my most important queries.

As you read this book, you feel as though you're in wedding photography workshop whereby Glen shares his experiences, secrets, and tips for digital wedding photography.

I like how he explains the latest trends in the business, especially concerning the Creative Fee model whereby clients pay the photographer up front for complete wedding coverage and he or she in return provides the client with a CD or DVD of a set of full resolution, color corrected and enhanced, photos taken at the wedding. Clients can further hire the photographer for album design and production, but the focus is to provide clients with well done digital photos that tell a story about the wedding day.

From the outset of the book, Glen had me taking notes and making a list of improvements I want to make to my digital photography. After reading the three digital workflow examples he includes in the book, I went to my computer and begin writing out my own workflow which as I refine it will not only save me time but will help me become a better photographer.

In addition, Glen goes into nearly all aspects of digitla wedding photography, including light and exposure settings, essential shots throughout the weddding, suggestions for camera and other digital equipment (go to his website for a must have list of equipment) and post-production work using Photoshop and other photo management software.

As a very busy and experienced destination wedding photographer, Glen doesn't shy away from sharing the challenges of wedding photography.
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