Shooting a wedding is one of the toughest assignments that a photographer can take on, there are lots of potential issues and the stakes are incredibly high. Here you will find a compiled list of the most common wedding photography mistakes that photographers make when starting out shooting weddings, along with some tips for how to avoid them.
Mistake 1: Inexperience
If your family and friends know that you own a DSLR or advanced compact system camera, the chances are pretty high that at some point you will be asked to photograph a wedding.
It’s important to be realistic about your capabilities and experience before you commit to shooting a wedding – especially if you are to be paid to do so.
Be honest with the couple about your experience and don’t allow anyone to bully you into taking on the job to save money if you are not confident.
It’s also important to have the right kit. Ideally you’ll need two decent cameras and a selection of lenses along with a couple of flashguns.
What’s more, it’s absolutely crucial that you know your equipment inside out and are confident in using it. A wedding is not the time to be trying a setting for the first time.
If you decide that being the main photographer at the wedding is too big a step, you could always offer to take on the second photographer duties, shooting from alternative angles, getting background shots and duplicating some of the pro’s shots, it’s all good experience.