Supplement your professional photographer with some fun and interactive ideas you can implement yourself
Photo: Love Me Sailor
If you’ve caught a glimpse of Pinterest lately, you already know that the DIY wedding movement has a lot of inertia. We firmly believe that a real wedding photographer is an essential part of any wedding, but adding some DIY touches can be a fantastic way to create a wedding that best suits you. So, while you should leave the key shots to the pros, these tips and tools can help make the day that much more fun.
Photo: Stan Horaczek
Posed portraiture has its place at weddings, but after all the formalities are out of the way, it’s time to have some fun. Photo booths provide guests with the opportunity to take some wacky photos with old friends or relatives or maybe even make some new friends in the process. Photo booth rentals often cost upwards of $500, but creating your own setup isn’t too difficult and can save you a pretty penny.
To start, simply tape a large piece of fabric or paper to a wall or door to serve as the backdrop. Depending on your lens and the width of your background, set up your camera and tripod at a distance that would allow you to capture at least four people side-by-side – the more people that can fit in the shot, the better. Tape everything down to prevent tripping, and use some spare tape to mark the ideal spots on which revelers should stand.
You can make your lighting setup as simple or intricate as you like, as demonstrated in our recent lighting how-to. Be sure to provide a remote shutter release so guests can control the camera without having to fiddle with it. Also be sure to use a small aperture F/11 works well if you can get there, because you don't want to have to worry about people in groups being out of focus.
And don’t forget the props. Include items like feather boas, pirate hats, funky glasses, eye patches, mustaches on sticks, large, ornate picture frames for guests to pose within, or even a chalkboard on which guests can write personalized messages.
Another great idea is to create a viewing station by tethering your DSLR to an iPad. One way to do this is by using Eye-Fi X2 SDHC Class 6 Wireless Flash Memory Card in your DSLR, so that you can send the photos right to your iPad, wirelessly. Also be sure to also provide information to guests on how they may view their snapshots online after the reception.