Third video of this mini series, with some thoughts of mine about wedding photography technique, going through some of my last season’s images.
This time I have more to say about technique and composition, which is one of the most important elements of a photograph. The photo in question is not built on emotion, rather it depicts one of the many ordinary moments that make the majority of a wedding day. Nonetheless, such moments tell the story of the people that were there on that day and represent what the wedding was like.
The beauty of documentary wedding photography has in my opinion a lot to do with the real story being told through ordinary moments. Photographs have their value rooted in the actual events that they tell, without any need for the photographer to make them artificially dramatic or sensational. In my view, the documentary style has its strengths in making the best of whatever happens through a direct photographic language, based on the photographer’s ability to master the basic elements of a photograph (light, composition, moment) and to use his or her own sensitivity to capture the subtle details and nuances of the events unfolding. Beauty is in the details.
On the other hand, such a type of photography requires careful reading to be fully appreciated, which requires a bit of time. This is perhaps not aligned with the vast majority of today’s visual communication, where immediate impact is paramount to capture the attention of an audience who distractedly grants only a few seconds or fractions of a second. But still, this is the kind of photography that I’m interested in and that, in the end, it puts me in touch with my specific audience and my clientele.
If you have a few minutes to spare, I’ll leave you to the video below. Good photography technique to all!
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM
Metadata: f/2.8, 1/160 sec, 5000 ISO