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Fundamentals of Wedding Photography
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About this series
This series is in English.
Learn the fundamentals of wedding photography with a front row seat to a real wedding and in-depth instruction on everything from lighting to camera work to client interaction.
In this series, Jared Platt will teach you how to pack, scout for locations, get the details, the portraits, capture the moments and everything you need to know. You’ll learn how to tackle the logistics of the wedding day, how to get the right exposures, the right angles and how to find and improve the existing light.
This is a real wedding, with real clients and real challenges. So join Jared Platt on a destination wedding in the Bahamas and learn how to overcome challenges and succeed at any wedding, anywhere, no matter what.
Suitable for all levels of knowledge.
Duration: Approximately 10 hours.
What you get in this series
- 16 lessons in wedding photography
- Personal feedback directly from Miguel Jacob (Value $100)
- Certification on completion (Value $20)
- Downloadable PDF guides
Lessons in this course
Lesson 1: Welcome and introduction
Lesson 2: About wedding photography
Storytelling basics and the hierarchy of needs for wedding photography.
Lesson 3: The photographer’s eye discussion
What to think about when you are photographing anything, not just a wedding.
Lesson 4: Practicing
Get to know your equipment and how light works.
Lesson 5: Packing
Learn how to pack both for destination shoots and for local jobs.
Lesson 6: Planning
Learn what you need to prepare and do before the wedding.
Lesson 7: Scouting
How to scout for locations online and at the location.
Lesson 8: Getting Ready
Which are the key shots and how to take them.
Lesson 9: Wedding portraits
How to take portraits using only ambient light, using one flash and how to work with multiple flashes.
Lesson 10: The Ceremony
Pre-ceremony preparations, wedding etiquette, ceremony shots and how to shoot the exit.
Lesson 11: Group Portraits
Learn how to take formal group portraits, wedding party portraits and table shots.
Lesson 12: Couple Portraits
How to handle changing lighting conditions and how to take fast, simple portraits efficiently.
Lesson 13: Cocktail Hour
Which are the key shots, what to look for both documentary and portraits.
Lesson 14: Reception
How to handle ambient light only, mixing ambient with flash and flash only in the dark.
Lesson 15: Large Group Portraits
What to consider and how to execute large groups portraits with minimal resources.
Lesson 16: Advice for Assistants
How can you get the most out of your assistant or second shooter.
Here are some things that are good to know, as well as useful gear to use for this course. These are simply recommendations, not requirements.
- Lighting skill level: Basic
No or little experience of off-camera lighting
Want to start exploring simple lighting techniques
- Camera skill level: Comfortable handling the camera in manual mode
- 1 x light for on and off-camera use (3 x lights for off-camera use in course no.15)
- 1 x umbrella or similar light modifier of choice
- 1 x hard light modifier of choice
Frequently Asked Questions
A series consists of two or more courses from the same photographer. If you buy a series, you will benefit from a bundled offer for the entire package. Also, when you complete a series, you’ll receive personal feedback from one of our instructors and become a Certified Light Shaper.
No. All our courses are designed to improve your photography, regardless of what equipment you’re using.
As soon as we’ve received payment, you can view or take all your courses online - simply by logging on to the Profoto Academy website. You’ll find your courses at the Profoto Academy start page.