Reportage wedding photography: pro tips for achieving a modern look

Reportage wedding photography: professional tips for achieving a modern look

Reportage wedding photography tips for during the shoot

Reportage wedding photography tips for during the shoot: shoot just before they kiss

Press the shutter just before they kiss
“In this shot we captured a wonderfully intimate moment just before the bride and groom kissed. Brett explained that you want to shoot couples just before they kiss, because when they’re kissing you can’t see their faces as well.

“As Brett suggested, I used the central AF point to focus on their heads (and to meter off their skin for a good exposure), half-pressed the shutter button then recomposed. I desaturated the car in the background in Photoshop, but ideally it wouldn’t be in shot.”


Reportage wedding photography tips for during the shoot: give them something to do

Give your subjects something to do
“Capturing the bride and groom walking is a classic wedding shot; Brett explained that it also gives the couple something to do, so it looks nice and natural.

“We utilised the lovely Georgian architecture of The Circus in Bath for our backdrop, and I used a 200mm focal length and wide f/2.8 aperture to blur the background a little, but keep it recognisable. I used -1/3-stop of exposure compensation to retain detail in the all-important dress!”

Horizontal to vertical
“Brett said I should always compose my portrait shots for the shape of the subjects,” says Yasmine. Be ready to quickly switch between a wider, horizontally composed (landscape) shot to a tighter, vertical (portrait) shot that fills the frame better.


Reportage wedding photography tips for during the shoot: experiment with your camera angle

Experiment with your camera angle
“This shot was taken in Bath’s Assembly Rooms. The windows were at a high level and not lighting our bride very well, so Brett set up his Elinchrom Ranger portable light with a large diffuser to light her better.

“I got down low to try a new camera angle, and used the lines of the wooden floor to lead the eye towards the bride. I love the innocence of this shot, emphasised by her bare feet; Brett said he guaranteed that the bride’s father and mother would love this photo!”


Reportage wedding photography tips for during the shoot: shoot wide and low

Shoot wide and low
“I borrowed Brett’s wide-angle lens for this shot, and got down low to shoot upwards. I was amazed we were only shooting at 1/25 sec with Brett’s Elinchrom light. He explained that even shooting that slow you’ll capture sharp shots, as the flash will freeze the subject, but with a slight hint of motion blur to suggest the movement of the bride and groom dancing.”


Reportage wedding photography tips: creative crops

Creative crops
“Brett encouraged me to zoom right in and fill the frame with our couple, and even chop off the tops of their heads!” laughs Yasmine. As long as you can see most of their face, and eyes and mouths, such shots should work, and they’ll balance the more conventional compositions in the album.

Beep off!
“Brett told me to turn off the beep on my DSLR,” says Yasmine. “It says ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’, and it won’t fill your bride and groom with confidence. Plus, it can be off-putting for the vicar and the wedding party at quiet ceremonies, and in churches.”

PAGE 1: Meet our professional photographer and apprentice
PAGE 2: Reportage wedding photography tips for during the shoot
PAGE 3: Our professional photographer’s final advice for reportage wedding photography
PAGE 4: Our professional photographer’s recommended gear
PAGE 5: Shot of the Day


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  • gsmudger

    I’m a semi-pro photographer and I find this fashion for crazy angles mystifying. I’ll crank the angle for high-speed, aviation subjects, for example, or to add a little bit of disorientation or menace to an urban scene – it seems logical when it emphasises movement or puts the viewer off-balance. Are we supposed to attribute movement or menace to this lovely couple? Frankly, adding 45 degrees of crank to this otherwise nice shot just seems demented. A lot of the advice in this piece is fab but this obsession with tilt is incomprehensible.