|Above: A visual map of the best photography points on the procession route. (Click the image to view a larger version).
Royal Wedding Photography Tips:
- Get there early and make sure you’re in position.
- Make sure the camera is fully charged and keep it in your hand ready to take a picture.
- Get as close to the action as you can, but don’t worry if you’re not front row. Take advantage of the super-zoom cameras on the market, so that even if you feel miles away, you can still get up close to the subject in your photos.
- Don’t be frightened to ask people to move to the left or right in order to get a clearer view.
- Shoot the best possible quality setting – photos are not just about volume but you also want as high resolution as possible, so you can make quality enlargements later if you want to. Just make sure you have a few memory cards on you.
- Don’t just focus on the Royal couple – there will be numerous other top notch guests around, especially entering and leaving the Abbey.
- Don’t forget to take some crowd shots and pictures of all the venues and, of course, get a picture of yourself there.
- Make the most of the HD video available on many of the Nikon Coolpix cameras, and record the sound of the bells at Westminster Abbey and the parade.
- The route is a lot shorter than the route Charles and Diana took – if you have continuous shooting on your camera then use it, as it could be your best chance of getting a picture of them as they pass by – just make sure you hold it really still. Try steadying your arm against something solid.
- Be ready for anything – the beauty of being there on the day is that you’re ready to capture the unexpected.
If you're not heading to London this Friday there are plenty of other images you can take to help you remember the day as Arthur explains: "If you’re having a street party or another kind of celebration, make sure you try to capture the mood of the nation – get dressed up in your finery and make sure you take lots of pictures of the kids. These pictures will be so important for them in years to come, and when they are older they can look back and say 'this is what I was doing when the future King of England celebrated his wedding day.' Even if you’re taking advantage of the Bank Holiday and going abroad, still make sure you get dressed up for the camera."
Nikon commissioned a survey about photography and the Royal Wedding. You can find the results here: Royal Wedding Survey