The world is a beautiful place and especially weddings, which is why one of the things I LOVE is helping people who are not trained photographers (such as guests at a friend's or family member's wedding) to capture this beauty in the photos they take. There are simple tricks and tips involved in making a photo shine, and I'm going to share them with you now.
Tip 1: The rule of third
This is a simple and basic rule but one that is a fundamental of a great picture. It's called the 'the rule of thirds', and the basic principle behind it is that you break an image down into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, so that you have nine parts. Why? Believe it or not, this is the secret behind a photo having that balanced look that is so pleasing to the eye. Here's an example:
Studies have shown that when viewing images, people’s eyes tend to go to one of these intersection points more naturally than the centre of the shot. To achieve this when taking a photo, mentally align objects or points of interview (through your viewfinder or in the LCD display that you use to frame your shot) to the intersections (see above) or lines. This is simple trick that will give your photo balance and that elusive quality that makes it visually appealing.
Tip 2: Look for the Unobvious
Typically when we take photos at a wedding, we focus on the events, objects or points of interest typically deemed the most important or symbolic, like the cake or the flower arrangements. That's why so many wedding photos are alike, and your photos might turn out just like so many others taken throughout the day.
A really great photographer knows something many people don't: that the best photos are often found in the unexpected or the less obvious points of interest, the things overlooked that capture something important. A great example is the moment the bride and groom are saying their vows. Most people will have their lens pointed at the bride and groom (essential of course), but what if you caught some images of the people watching them? The tear-filled eyes of the groom's mother or the bride's cousin laughing with joy? These would make for images less obvious and, maybe because of that, even more special for being candid and unique.
Tip 3: Small details
Most photographers don't know the marrying couple the way a close friend or family member would. While the photographer on the day will take professional photos of the most important moments, you can also contribute something special – images of the little details or dimensions that a professional photographer might know about. This could be something as simple as a group photo of the bride or groom's shared school friends, or some special feature of the venue. Your photos with their personal touch could take pride of place among the bride and groom's compilation of images of the day.