The Expert Wedding Photographer [Course Review]

The Expert Wedding Photographer [Course Review]


Wedding-Course-Book-3D-320.jpgIn this post Linda Treter reviews The Expert Wedding PHotographer – a wedding photography course by the team at ProudPhotography.

This spring I had the the chance to take the wedding photography course offered by Proud Photography.

Proud Photography offers online interactive photography courses that allow you to improve your skills at your own pace complete with one-on-one support from professional photographers. They offer a basic photography course as well as the wedding course. The wedding course should not be taken by people new to photography. You will need to be comfortable with your camera and be familar with it’s use as well as have some experience taking portraits in general.

The lessons covered a wide array of topics including:

  • Getting started – Marketing Techniques
  • Setting the Rules – Fees and Contracts
  • Equipment – Best Types of Equipment
  • Types of Shots – Posing Ideas, Formal and Informal Pictures, SHots not to be Missed
  • Post-Production – Digital Workflow, Fixing Problems
  • Presentation – Ways to Present, Software

There are quizes and homework included at the end of lessons. Test questions mostly check if you read the lesson carefully and are not difficult. The real “test” is where you take shots for the assignments. These are turned in to tutors, professional photographers who will critique your images.

Each section contains a great deal of in-depth information. They cover common mistakes photographers make, posing ideas, digital workflow, etc., with plenty of photographs to illustrate the various points. The equipment section gives some excellent reasoning for getting good quality cameras and lenses.

The Digital Workflow and Post-Processing lessons offer valuable information as well as tips you may not have thought of to keep you organized, such as synchronizing the time on you and your assistant’s cameras to keep images in the proper order. Definitely helpful when you are trying to remember the order in which events happened on a busy day! There is step-by-step detailing of common problems that can be eliminated in Photoshop along with excellent images that will keep you on track even if you are a Photoshop newbie. There is even a video you can watch! I thought I knew how to do many of these, but I learned some better ways of doing things.

There is a large emphasis on the Business of Wedding Photography, which is something few photographers feel comfortable with when looking to get into this business . Dealing with clients, including tips for dealing with difficult problems that might turn up will enable you to feel more confident. These lessons also cover marketing, creating a website, and wedding photography contracts, which can be downloaded for your use.

Will there be subjects covered you already feel you know? Possibly, but more likely you will find areas that you never considered. There is some information here that you could find searching the internet, but to have it all in one place is a time saving advantage. The forum is great, but it would be nice to have a specific section on weddings.

Highlights of this course?

  • Free gallery space
  • Online tutors to answer questions and offer critique
  • Sample contracts to download
  • Learning at your own pace
  • Forum to connect with other students

Conclusion, this is an good course for a photographer that wishes to start a business in wedding photography. You will find everything you need to help you begin and it will help you to avoid common mis-steps, all in one convenient place. If you like learning in a more structured environment with professional feedback, this may be the course for you.

Check out the Expert Wedding Photographer here for yourself.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • joahnsna sgeer June 17, 2010 05:43 am

    I always suggest to my brides to just let us handle the work, that's what we are getting paid.

  • maid of honor speech December 1, 2009 07:53 pm

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  • Alex - Suffolk Photographer November 6, 2009 10:48 pm

    @Michelle and Gemma.

    I studied photography at Technikon Pretoria Photoschool back in the early 90's a few years before NCP got going.
    At the start I think they were a bit sketchy about what they were actually teaching, but by all recent accounts they focus more on the practical side of things with less theory.

    The ND course at PTA was a full time 3year course covering EVERYTHING, but I have met people who dropped out after the 1st year to move to the NCP because they wanted to simply shoot and be critiqued. Horses for courses I suppose.

    The OP here mentions the marketing and business aspects of the course - at PTA we had two years of business management as the sad fact is that if you are no good as a businessman, no matter how good your photography - you will fail.

    Training is good and worthy, but nothing beats shadowing a pro tog in the real world. Of course you're more likely to get an assistant job if you know you way around a camera and can work to a specific brief (most important).

  • Michelle September 3, 2009 11:21 pm

    Hi there
    I would recommend the national collage of photography.They are based in JHB,Hatfield and also Cape Town and there are more regions aswell.They have an website aswell just google them.They sponsors are vegaschool and i have done the course aswell here in Hatfield.The collage are i think in capetown self i am not sure but try them it's great fun and i know you will enjoy it.
    keep well

  • Gemma August 29, 2009 02:58 am

    Hi there,
    I am so interested in your course but I live in Cape Town, could you please recommend someone who does the course here?

  • Stephen August 28, 2009 04:49 pm

    I am busy with this course and so far have found it good. I do not have a lot of spare time so I find it great to do it when I can and not at fixed times. I know my way around my camera and take a lot of wildlife pictures but this is really good for organising and getting the correct pictures

  • Zest ~~~_/)~~~ August 28, 2009 06:53 am

    ditto (I'm from NZ - but Aussie is more similar)

  • C H Mackie August 23, 2009 10:40 pm

    Sorry pls ignore my comment (or non US resident..) just went to the site to realise it has been set up by someone from England. However, still would like to know how applicable it would be to an Australian.

  • C H Mackie August 23, 2009 10:29 pm

    How applicable would this course be (from the business point of view) to an Australian (or non US resident for that matter) photographer?

  • Darren Rowse August 23, 2009 03:40 pm

    Melissa - no you don't need to have wedding lined up.

    sr - Linda (the reviewer) was given free access to the course for the purposes of review - other than that she received nothing for this review and has no incentive to build it up more for any reason.

  • Johnny August 23, 2009 11:08 am

    Hey Melissa, I was pleased to see this review here on DPS. I enrolled in this course some time in February this year and I'm quite happy I did. To answer your question - no, you don't have to have a wedding lined up in order to complete it. You'll need models though who will pose as husband and wife for one of the assignments.

  • SR August 23, 2009 02:29 am

    In order to assess how objective the review is could you state if you paid to attend the course or were you invited to do it by Proud Photography?

  • Melissa August 22, 2009 06:06 pm

    Do you have to have a wedding lined up in order to complete this course? I've never shot a wedding but I would absolutely love to do them in the future. I'm pretty technically familiar with my camera and comfortable with portraits though.