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Learn to produce quality wedding photos as a commercial enterprise.

Learn to take beautiful wedding photos as a commercial enterprise.

  • Self paced, 100 hour course with qualifed and experienced expert tutors
  • Start a business, seek a job or expand your skill and increase your employability 

 While at other events (eg. sporting events), many different people are part of the event; at a wedding, the total focus is on the bride and groom - they are the event! 

 The photography needs to maintain this strong focus on the bride and groom and convey the image that they are first and best in every way on that occasion. The whole concept of a wedding is always romantic, frequently fashionable and preferably overflowing with optimism and life.

Course Details

If you are doing the course full time you can complete it in 6 weeks, if you are studying part time then it will take 3-6 months on average to complete the course. Your course will expire after 1 year. You can start the course at any time as it is a self-paced online course.

Course Outline

There are 9 lessons in this course:

1. Introduction
• Nature and Scope of Wedding Photography
• Creating Romance
• Managing People
• Planning
• Developing a Checklist for Wedding Shots
• Brides Home, Grooms Home, General Shots, At the Ceremony, At the Reception, etc
• Digital Wedding Photography
• Equipment
• Lighting at Weddings; Rain, Sun, Overcast Weather

2. Logistical Planning
• Key People to Liaise With
• Guidelines
• What Shots
• Listing Shots
• Preparation
• Understanding different Types of Ceremonies -Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewis, etc

3. Equipment
• Advantages and Disadvantages of Larger Format Cameras
• Digital Cameras
• Back Up Equipment
• Lenses
• Flashes and other Accessories
• Bags
• Battery Packs
• Tripods and Monopods

4. Style Options
• Photojournalism versus Classical
• The Traditional Poses
• Other Shots

5. Photographic Composition and Posing
• Taking Flattering Photos
• Principles of Photo Composition; Unity, Balance, Proportion, Harmony, Contrast, Rhythm
• Qualities of the Subject; line, form, mass, space, texture, colour, patterns, tone, lines and paths.
• Camera Techniques to Assist with Composition; movement, depth of field or focus
• Basic Principles of Light
• Basic Camera Terms
• Equipment and Materials
• Filters, Lighting
• Composition
• Rule of Thirds
• Developing a Portrait Style
• Posing for Photos
• A Photo Essay
• Blurring Movement
• Panning

6. Shooting the Wedding Ceremony
• Pre Wedding Shots
• Order of the Wedding
• Precession, Greeting, Statements of Intention, Exchange of Vows, Exchange of Rings etc
• Important Shots at a Ceremony
• Posed Photographs before a Reception
• Indoor Weddings
• Controlling Light
• Restrictions on Photography
• Outdoor Weddings
• Dealing with Strong Backlight
• Larger Wedding Parties
• Smaller Wedding Parties
• Video

7. Shooting the Wedding Reception
• Scope and Nature of the Reception
• What and when to shoot at a Reception
• Guests

8. Post Production
• Processing
• Batch Processing
• Fault Finding
• Digital Colour into Black and White
• Digital Duotone and Sepia Tones
• Filters and Image Processing
• Special Effects
• Compositing
• Presentation of photos, etc

9. Business & Marketing
• Selling yourself Establishing a Wedding Photo Business
• Devising a Business Plan
• Marketing
• Scheduling your Work
• Financial Management
• Insurance
• What to Charge
• Written Contracts
• Customer Satisfaction

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


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