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Fast 5: Our Favorite Tips for Editing in Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom can be a fickle beast… but a powerful one.  If you’re serious about editing your wedding photos, chances are you’re going to need to wrap your head around Lightroom at one point or another.  So we’ve decided to put together five quick tips to get you started on your photo editing journey in Lightroom.

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Fast 5: Unique Couples Photography at Any Location

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

As a wedding photographer, you’ve probably Googled ‘best photo locations near me’ many times when looking for unique shooting locations for your couples. It can be a challenge — finding the perfect spot. It’s also a challenge finding the perfect spots you haven’t already used for other clients…

You don’t want to fill your portfolio with different couples all in the same poses at the same locations. Plus, your clients often want locations and shots that are unique to them and their love. So how do you find those new and amazing photo locations (or use familiar locations in new and exciting ways)?

Find out in this week’s Fast 5! 

Let’s get to it!

Capture Unique Photos in Any Location You Find

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1. Make It Personal

Clients don’t often realize what makes them unique or what resources they have available to them. You can ask them the place of their first meeting or engagement place through questionnaires when they book you. It can be an indoor cooking class or an outdoor park.

You can ask them about places special to them as a couple, they might have fond memories of some locations, and this will give you a cue for a good location. It can range from a nightclub to a university or maybe even a museum!

2. Prioritize Light Over Background

If you find a great background for a portrait, but the sun is directly in your clients’ eyes, they have sun and shade spots on them, or they’re in the shade with a bright background — your photo won’t be stellar. But if you have a simple or nondescript background with fabulous lighting, you will likely end up with a high-impact image. Great lighting is far more important than the background. So stop looking for great backgrounds and start looking for amazing light!

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3. Compositional Elements

Shadows aren’t objects per-se but they can function as such. Lines can help to lead your eye to the subject, as well as frame your subject. You can find so many reflective surfaces at your photography locations. You just have to be on the lookout for them if you want to incorporate them into your images. You can also use shallow depth of field and foreground elements. Another compositional element you can be on the lookout for when choosing locations is the opportunity to change your shooting perspective.

4. Change It Up at Familiar Spots

There are places you are so used to shooting at. They are great and familiar. Clients keep choosing them because they are popular, but it can become monotonous for you to photograph your couples there. So what can you do when you get another client request for the same location? Just walk around the place and choose a different spot — maybe a different landscape if the location offers that diversity. You can capture these locations in new and exciting ways by playing with light and shadows a little differently than the last time.

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5. No More Excuses

Though this post is about finding locations to photograph your clients, we would say maybe we all need to stop relying so heavily on great locations in order to make great images. Because, it’s you who makes amazing images — not locations. So no more excuses! You can make a great image ANYWHERE.

To get more tips and learn in detail about finding photography locations near you, you can read our blog — SIMPLE TIPS FOR FINDING PLACES TO TAKE PICTURES NEAR YOU.


At ShootDotEdit, our goal is to take the “heavy lifting” of photo editing off your plate — giving you more time to run your business, spend time with your family, or even just have a weekend again!

Click here to learn more about what ShootDotEdit can do for you!

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Fast 5: Capture the Perfect Wedding Detail Shots

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

At a wedding, every detail is planned. From the guest list to the attire to the fold of the napkins. The planning that goes into most weddings is the culmination of countless decisions and immeasurable effort. So capturing the most important detail shots and moments are essential to your success. 

As the wedding photographer, you get to be the one to document the day as it all comes together. And it’s your job to help encapsulate all the tiny little nuances.

So here, we’ll cover the FIVE basic rules you should follow to capture the perfect wedding detail shots.

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Fast 5: SIMPLE LIGHTING TECHNIQUES FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

As a wedding photographer, lighting is one of the most challenging aspects you face. Every shoot you encounter differs, and it requires you to have a vast knowledge of photography lighting techniques and how to properly use them. 

We reached out to wedding photographer Mark Condon from Shotkit to discover his secrets to photography lighting techniques you can use for your upcoming shoots!

Check them out in this week’s Fast 5!

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Fast 5: Should You Outsource Your Wedding Photo Edits?

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

Here at ShootDotEdit, we provide outsource photography editing services for professional wedding photographers. Outsourcing your wedding photo editing is a way to streamline your post-wedding workflow. You’re able to free up your time, so you can focus on more important tasks for your photography business.

In this blog, we are going to discuss 10 reasons you need to outsource photography editing. Let’s start with 5 of them in part 1 of this blog post.

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Fast 5: Posing Deep Dive

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

Here at ShootDotEdit, not only do we provide our customers with the best in post-production photography, but we also like to share insights from photographers in the industry. 

Roberto Valenzuela is a great example of a photographer who is an expert in all things posing and lighting. In addition to his photography career, he is also an author and an educator. He loves to share his knowledge so we wanted to bring it to you here! 

Read his 5 Tips on Posing and Lighting in this week’s fast 5!

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Fast 5: Instagram Post Ideas from Top Wedding Photographers

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

Having a presence on Instagram as a wedding photographer is an excellent way to place your images in front of ideal clients. Many feel it is the perfect platform for wedding photographers to use to grow their business.

As a company that specializes in professional photo editing services for photographers, we at ShootDotEdit, understand how important your images are to attract and book your ideal clients. Variety in your images and posts helps keep your followers interested. So to stay top of mind with your followers, you can make these FIVE POSTS ON INSTAGRAM to highlight your Wedding Photography Business.

FAST FIVE: INSTAGRAM POST IDEAS 

1. INTRODUCTION

As you get new followers, introductions are a simple way to share more about who you are as a person and photographer. When you share facts about you, your followers begin to trust you, which keeps you top of mind.

2. EDUCATION

Because the wedding photography industry changes so rapidly, it can be helpful to share your expertise with your fellow photographers. To attract followers to your educational courses, webinars, and workshops, post about them on your Instagram account.

3. BOOMERANG

On your account, you can also use Boomerang for Instagram to create unique videos. According to Instagram, Boomerang takes a burst of images, speeds them up, and plays them forward and backward to create a looping video. Boomerang is a great way to liven up your account and have some fun.

4. GUEST TAKEOVER

Another way to spice up your account is to feature a guest takeover or do one yourself. This places your brand in front of another photographer or vendor’s audience, which helps you attract new followers to your Instagram account.

5. BEHIND-THE-SCENES

As you share on your Instagram account, add in a few behind-the-scenes photos. These can be details of a wedding you are prepping for, or a product you are launching. You can also post about behind-the-scenes of your personal life to continue to build trust with followers.

WRAP UP

Any photos you share on your Instagram account should represent your brand. Outsource your photo editing to a wedding photography post-production company to ensure each image is consistent and shares who you are as a photographer. When you try different Instagram posts ideas on your business account, you provide followers with a look into who you are as a person and photographer. So why not impress them?

To know more about Instagram post ideas and first-hand experiences of pro wedding photographers, you can read our detailed blog- “9 INSTAGRAM POST IDEAS FROM TOP WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS”.


At ShootDotEdit, our goal is to take the “heavy lifting” of photo editing off your plate — giving you more time to run your business, spend time with your family, or even just have a weekend again!

Click here to learn more about what ShootDotEdit can do for you!


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FAST 5: EFFICIENT WAYS TO DESIGN WEDDING ALBUMS

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Wedding photo albums are timeless pieces that allow your couples to look back on their images and are a great way to increase your profits. When you effectively sell albums to your clients, it helps you to showcase your creativity and maximize business. So to speed up the process, we have put together 5 useful ways to help you create a simple album designing workflow.

Let’s begin!

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Fast 5: A Plan to Grow Your Business

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

No matter where you are in your photography business — whether at the beginning or you’re a seasoned professional wedding photographer, planning for your success is key. Starting a photography business can be so exciting, but as you book more weddings and fill your calendar, what once was your dream job can turn stressful and unmanageable. Having a photography business plan will ensure you can handle your growth and scale.

Being scalable and creating a plan allows you to implement proper systems that give you more time to work on your craft and require less time working on other tasks. This results in you saving time, energy, and greatly reducing stress. Here are FIVE amazing tips on how to become scalable for your business and create an effective plan.

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Fast 5: Blogging for Content Marketing

ShootDotEdit’s Fast Five — 5 useful quick tips you can apply to your photography business right now!

Here at ShootDotEdit, we specialize in editing wedding photos. We also love to provide relevant and valuable insights on topics that are relevant to you as a wedding photographer. That’s why we partner with industry leaders to bring you their insights and tips on topics, such as wedding photography blog ideas, that can help grow your business. Read on for our top 5 tips to starting a wedding photography blog and using it to grow your business.

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