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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