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The complete guide to Professional Wedding Photography
The title offers a complete guide and the cover of the book promises to create a more profitable and fulfilling business, so this book is not for hobbyists or new venturers into photography, but for established wedding photographers that need a boost to their business.
The back of the book informs the reader in a bullet pointed list that they will learn about all the key points of wedding photography although equipment is only covered briefly and skirts around advice on what type of camera to get, but the information about them is concise.
Inside the covers
12 chapters are available and are placed in order of preparation for photographing a wedding through to the day and finally the post production and sales.
Complete guide to professional wedding photography
Chapters are listed as follows:
1) Overview of wedding photography
2) Developing a style
3) Light matters
4) Logistics- Planning the day
5) The pre-wedding shoot
6) The wedding day
7) Digital post production workflow
8) Life and business strategies
11) Financial mastery
282 pages of information are enclosed in the hard cover and it is packed with images of a very high standard and the occasional Tip box which is a nice touch. Noticeably, the author has enclosed the exposure details of each picture to give a reference of how to recreate those types of conditions, however in the style part, the author expresses that it is not to copy, but to adapt which is good advice in any genre.
The areas the book promises to cover are covered and the book flows well working in chronological order of preparation for a shoot. It is well written, flowing well from chapter to chapter and covers techniques well without telling you what to do and giving advice without pressuring a decision. The author uses his own work to illustrate how the technique is executed.
Several pages at the front and back are a showcase for the photographers work. A section of the back especially as no writing accompanies it, but it is laid out like a wedding album so serves as good inspiration for your business.
The complete guide to Professional Wedding photography is very comprehensive and gives good information, up to date advice as well as the knowledge that advice and styles can change with the times.
The photographs that are included are very high quality and the photographer is obviously very proud of them. Information on how they were attained ranges from simple explanations to in depth descriptions which can border on boastful, but I don't think this is intentional.
If you are an existing photographer, then this could certainly help with brushing up on techniques and all aspects of business. If you are starting out, then the book can provide useful information as it does include equipment and style advice, but there is no coverage on the basics of starting a business.