Fast 5

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


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!


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.


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!

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Fast 5: Build Your Brand While Growing Your Wedding Photography Business

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

Lighting, posing, storytelling, branding and marketing are all ways of upping your photography business game. Here, we will cover five tips for wedding photographers on how these can help you in improving your business name and build a strong brand your clients can trust. 

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Fast 5: Common Branding Mistakes in Wedding Photography

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

Consumers these days are more educated on what a solid business brand should look like. They have a critical eye and expect a higher level of experience. Starbucks will always redo a bad drink. Victoria’s Secret will wrap your purchases like a birthday gift. Apple will forever be dedicated to a sleek and sophisticated electronic style. You need to find ways to brand your business like these companies do.

Branding is about the overall customer experience, which has so many places to excel and places to improve.

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Fast 5: Reception Lighting for Pro Wedding Photographers

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

Photo by Alistair Jones of @ideal_imaging_photography

When it comes to lighting at wedding receptions, depending on the venue and time-of-day, sometimes all you need is an on-camera flash and maybe a couple off-camera as well. 

It can be tough to nail the lighting down just right, but to help you out, we’ve put together 5 quick tips to help you get the perfect light at your receptions — everytime.

5 Quick Tips to Improve Your Reception Lighting

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