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ref=dp_image_0.jpegI remember once being invited to photograph a friend of a friend’s wedding. I declined.

Why? At the time I had recently interviewed a number of pros who specialised in capturing that magic in the process of creating a magazine story on that occupation. Whew! Not for me I decided. Way beyond my skill set, patience, resourcefulness and energy levels.

So, it was with a sense of relief that I reviewed this book, safe in the knowledge that no-one, and I mean no-one, could or would ever put me through the trauma that wedding photography presents.

For her part, author Lorna Yabsley recalls how, when starting out as a wedding photographer in the days of film, life was so much simpler and consisted of formally staged shots made in an hour long session, the best of which ‘would ultimately be shown to the client for them to choose a set of images that would be pasted into a finished album.’

Today’s generation of wedding shooters mostly work in digital, with an endless number of shots, reviewed instantly … ‘now we have to do the job of the lab in the post production … a whole new skill base that photographers must understand and equip themselves with.’

The book heads off with a chapter entitled ‘Understanding Weddings’ and the advice that the photographer should not dominate the proceedings, be informal, develop an eye for composition, acquire a basic knowledge of photography and understand your camera.

Next we move into listing the skills necessary, how to deal with people, preplan, understand the plan of the day’s events, learn who are the most important people, etc.

And we haven’t taken a shot yet!

More ensues on getting the commission, establishing your rates, how to promote yourself, plan advertising and dealign with the couple.

You may be surprised to find that it is only when you reach the near end of the book that 12 pages are devoted to choice of camera, lenses, accessories such as flash, etc and advice is given on what computer and printer may best suit your endeavours.

While there is help on such matters as post production, editing etc that help deal with the digital nature of these images … but there are no hints on how to tweak the images, remove a boil on the bride’s bonce or a bald spot on the groom’s pate.

Aside from this there is much useful advice on securing the final print sale, album design etc. Missing is any advice on how to combine video shooting with stills work. Those brave souls who do combine the chores have probably got it all to themselves!

For those who see a business opportunity in wedding photography the book is a major helper but don’t come looking for a load of tech help.

Impressive, large photographs make the book an attractive read.

Author: L Yabsley.
Publisher: David & Charles.
Length: 160 pages.
ISBN 978 1 4463 0258 3.
Price: Get a price on An Introduction to Wedding Photography at Amazon.

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Barrie Smith is an experienced writer/photographer currently published in Australian Macworld, Auscam and other magazines in Australia and overseas.

  • http://www.rspearsphotography.com Rich Spears

    Nice review. Especially looking at the video of flipping through the pages, this book appears to have a lot of wedding photographs (I can assume the author’s work) and not much practical advice. It’s more of a big “Here’s my portfolio disguised as a book on how to do wedding photography” type of book. Thanks for the review. Whatever Amazon is selling this for, it would be a waste of money.

  • http://www.portraitinspiration.com Jai Catalano

    Did I just watch a video of someone flipping pages? That was a total waste of my time.

  • http://fairchild-photography.webs.com Mark

    Wow I just got discouraged about shooting weddings and had a book sale pushed on me all at once. Nice work :S

  • http://www.mariaassia.com Maria Assia

    Wedding photography is definitely not for the faint hearted. High pressure for deliverables and really long days. Additionally every ‘Uncle Bob’ thinks he can do it just as well. At the same time it offers a lot of flexibility and an artistic outlet. There’s definitely room for some teaching on the subject, but maybe not in such a sales-focused way.

  • http://www.capturinglifesa.com/ Gwen Williams

    Excellent review. The video is also a big help to understand clearly the book. There are so many photographs in the book that are very inspiring. This will be a highly recommended book to all photographers!

Some older comments

  • Gwen Williams

    May 17, 2013 10:04 pm

    Excellent review. The video is also a big help to understand clearly the book. There are so many photographs in the book that are very inspiring. This will be a highly recommended book to all photographers!

  • Maria Assia

    February 14, 2013 11:30 pm

    Wedding photography is definitely not for the faint hearted. High pressure for deliverables and really long days. Additionally every 'Uncle Bob' thinks he can do it just as well. At the same time it offers a lot of flexibility and an artistic outlet. There's definitely room for some teaching on the subject, but maybe not in such a sales-focused way.

  • Mark

    February 14, 2013 03:08 am

    Wow I just got discouraged about shooting weddings and had a book sale pushed on me all at once. Nice work :S

  • Jai Catalano

    February 13, 2013 01:45 am

    Did I just watch a video of someone flipping pages? That was a total waste of my time.

  • Rich Spears

    February 12, 2013 08:46 pm

    Nice review. Especially looking at the video of flipping through the pages, this book appears to have a lot of wedding photographs (I can assume the author's work) and not much practical advice. It's more of a big "Here's my portfolio disguised as a book on how to do wedding photography" type of book. Thanks for the review. Whatever Amazon is selling this for, it would be a waste of money.

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