Wedding photography in India can be challenging as well as exiting, depending on how well you can control your camera and the light source. It is always better to capture properly exposed wedding photos so that you can save time during the editing process. But this can only be done if you know what camera setting you must use as a wedding photographer.
Before I start sharing some wedding photography tips, I would like to talk about a big myth in photography. You must have heard or have been told that a professional photographer always shoots in manual mode. Trust me that is not at all true. As a professional wedding photographer, your objective should be to compose goof frames and click well-exposed photos at a fast pace.
Wedding Photography In India: Overview
As you must be well aware that the wedding in India takes place either take place in an open group or inside a hall. In either of the situation, the lighting condition usually changes when you move from one part of the area to the other. As a wedding photographer, your job is to roam around the venue and capture moments without fail. Now as you would be moving around the venue, you will observe that the lighting is changing simultaneously. Now in order to properly expose each and every photo as you are on the move, you need to know your camera setting well.
If you are well aware of how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together in-sync, then the manual mode is perfect for you. But what if you are not sure how these three exposure settings work together?
As per my experience as a wedding photographer, I would advise you to shoot in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority mode. Now you might be wondering why these two modes over the manual mode.
As I mentioned that the lighting conditions keep changing as you are moving around the venue, changing the camera settings in manual mode might not be the ideal for you. You might miss important moments just because you were busy adjusting the exposure settings and could not click a photo. In order to speed up your shooting speed, simply click in aperture priority mode if the depth of field is your priority. But if your priority is shutter speed and you want to freeze an action, shoot in shutter priority mode.
When to shoot in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority Mode?
So if you are clicking candids, group photos or any photo where you want to make sure that the depth of field is as per your requirement, then click in aperture priority mode. But if you want to make the subject or elements in the frame to freeze or if you intentionally want a slow shutter speed photo, then shoot in shutter priority mode.
As you start shooting in one of these two modes, you will realize that you have started focusing on composition and moments instead of wasting time in adjusting the camera settings manually.
What if ISO starts going high during wedding photography?
There might be situations when you are shooting at faster shutter speed in shutter priority mode or at a higher aperture value in aperture priority mode and the lighting condition is poor. Also there might be instances when the available light is low and your camera is struggling to click good quality images because of high ISO.
In either of the cases, the issue is high ISO value due to the bad lighting condition. There are two solutions to this problem which can help you reduce the ISO value and get better quality images in a wedding.
The first solution is to use an external light source such as a flash or a strobe. This will allow you to produce more light and click a well-exposed photo with low ISO value. But in order to make this setup work, you would either need a light stand or a lightman along you all the time. But if you can, then the results can be amazing.
The second solution is actually a trick that you can use during a wedding in India. You would have seen videographers moving around the venue along with a lightman carrying a continuous light. All you have to do is simply follow them and frame your shots. This witty idea can be useful especially when you are shooting at night or in poorly lit areas.
I hope you find these wedding photography tips and camera settings useful and might implement in your upcoming wedding shoots.