Wedding photography has exploded over the past few years. The craze to capture moments of closeness and love has kept wedding photographers on toes. With changing themes, decorations, and style, photographers not only need to keep an eye on the new trends but also constantly need to enhance their photography skills. Yes, you are a photographer and know your job, but industry trends change with the speed of light, adding to it the increasingly stiff competition in a crowded market. To keep yourself relevant you need to add something raw and distinctive to your photographs. So, how do you do it?
You are doing your job satisfactorily from past many years and have been earning well. Does that mean you have reached the peak of your career? Completely wrong. Learning never stops. There is always room to grow and improve yourself. Wedding photography workshops provide you with much-needed freshness and vigor. It instills new ideas, alternative ways of thinking, and boosts your creativity. A workshop not only works on your photography skills but also helps you with learning new editing software and tools.
2. Experiment beforehand:
With changing trends and technology, it is imperative that you experiment with your techniques. Be it drones, new lighting gears, or lenses; take time out to learn and experiment. Practice with the new found stuff at your home, in your studio, or over a morning walk. Changing lens or acquiring new gears can modify your photographs. The thing to remember here is that such experimentation needs ample time and should never be performed on the day of the shoot. You are being paid to give good results and not to experiment with something at the last moment, which can potentially damage the photos and your reputation!
3. Assist other artists:
Taking a break from your job and joining other photographers as a second shooter can be a valuable learning experience. If you have a free weekend and know a photographer or two, how about asking them about working together? No two photographers are enemy. Yes, there is competition but working together can create new connections and enhance your overall business. When you take a break from being the primary photographer, you end up learning new techniques, play around with new ideas, and experiment considerably. Looking through the eyes of someone else's lens can be eye-opening and fascinating.
4. Take Inspiration:
Just like you are what you eat, similarly, you are what you see! All artists, not just wedding photographers need inspiration from time to time. Other sources of art and photography can fill your creativity buckets. Look at a lot of photographs. Not just wedding ones, but go through magazine photo shoots, film photography, and everything else you can lay your hands on. Archiving a few good websites can also be helpful to find works of legends and old masters. Image-based social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram can help you understand new obsessions. Overall, getting inspiration from any source of art is compelling and refreshing.
5. Participate in Contest/Side Projects:
Shooting within the realms of the same subject matter can leave you bored and burned out leading to monotonous outcomes. Avoiding this is not difficult if you have little patience. Participating in varied photo contests can really help you re-energize yourself. It can force you to think out of the box and exercise with new subjects. Similarly, you can create a 30-day side project/challenge where you take 30 different shots with varied patterns or come up with 30 different theme ideas. Contest and side projects can jazz up and rejuvenate your soul.
Conclusion: Altogether, with constantly changing times and between pressures of swingeing competition, it is essential to enhance your wedding photography skills by taking part in above-mentioned steps and expand your boundaries to find a new and revived artistic energy.