Architectural: A shot that incorporates the lines and design of a building. The places where you spend your special day should also be commemorated.
Candid: The type of photograph that is not posed and often taken without the subject’s awareness.
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Color Enhanced: Most photographers use some form of color enhancing to make photos “pop” more than straight out of the camera. There are many software programs that allow photographers to achieve different affects to make their photography more artistic.
Cross-processing: A technique that heightens the intensity of colors in images and presents a visual that is almost off-key. (Think Andy Warhol.) It is put to best use in outdoor scenes.
Detail: A photograph that highlights one small aspect of a scene: hands held at the altar, a flower in a bouquet, or the creative place card in a table setting.
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Fish-eye lens: A lens that produces a certain look and recording more than the normal vista, often spanning from floor to ceiling all in one shot. The view is distorted and creates rounding at the corners. The dramatic fish-eye is best used sparingly. The fish-eye lens is on our wish list right now! Below photo is by Brian Lockett (2008).
Grainy film: A medium that allows the photographer to take pictures in dimly lit areas without having to rely heavily on flash photography. A photo taken with such film is best described as a cross between an antique photo and an impressionist painting. It can be used in both black-and-white and color.
Infrared film: A medium that records light waves just below the visible spectrum. The picture ends up with a white glow over warm areas, creating an ethereal feel. This is perfect if you want a dreamy look for your wedding pictures. P Square Studios does not offer this service.
Multiple exposure: A process in which the medium is exposed to light several times, either at the time the picture is taken or later, during printing. Multiple exposures can create many different effects.
Panorama: A special camera that allows the photographer to take a picture with a much wider view than normal—up to 360 degrees, depending on the camera. These cameras require special film. P Square Studios does not offer this service.
Portrait: A formal, posed photograph.
Selective focus: A technique in which one portion of a photograph is in focus while other elements are blurred. The viewer’s eye is naturally drawn toward the part of the photo that is in sharp focus.
Original Selective Focus AND Selective Colorization
Sepia: A golden brown tint sometimes applied to black-and-white pictures to give the finished print an antique appearance.
Soft focus: A technique using a special lens or attachment, which softens all of the edges in a photograph.
Original Soft Focus/Glow
Textured: A technique used in Photoshop where a textured image is layered over an original.
Size alone needn't determine the formality of your event. A big wedding doesn't have to be overly grand, just as a small wedding need not be super-casual. How formal do you want your event to be? Here's a quick ranking of formality covering locations, bridal party size, reception menu and more.
A very formal wedding usually takes place in a church, synagogue or prestigious hotel. It can take place at noon, in the afternoon or after six p.m. for an evening wedding. Some characteristics of a very formal wedding would include engraved invitations; semi-formal dress for guests with formal attire for the wedding party (including a long train and veil and full bouquet for the bride); a sit-down dinner or festive buffet; dancing to an orchestra; a large wedding party (four to twelve bridesmaids); and formal photography with set-up shots as well as candids. A very formal wedding is generally the most expensive option available.
The ceremony could be held in a church, synagogue, hotel, a home, garden, historic building or chapel. A formal wedding would include printed invitations; a bridal gown but less formal attire for attendants; a meal (but perhaps a luncheon or simple buffet); dancing to a band; a medium-sized wedding party (two to six bridesmaids); and professional photography.
Cathedral, 3 Bridal attendants Reception includes Live Band and Semi-formal Attire for guests
Locations for semi-formal wedding can be more varied, and a single location for ceremony and reception is more common for a semi-formal wedding. Invitations can be simple, without inserts and return cards; dress is less formal, with the bride perhaps wearing a less elaborate dress (floor length or shorter); food may be in the form of a simple buffet; dancing to a DJ, simple decorations, a smaller wedding party (one or two bridesmaids) and mostly candid photography with a few setup shots.
Casual or Informal
Locations are unlimited. Invitations could be as simple as a phone call or personal invitation; dress is casual with the bride wearing a street length dress or suit; food might be limited to cake with punch or champagne or perhaps cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; entertainment is optional; decorations are optional; the wedding party may consist of a maid or matron of honor and best man only; and a personal friend may be responsible for capturing the event with a camera. An informal or casual wedding is probably the least expensive wedding option.
Church Wedding; Bride in Short dress; Cake and hors d'oeuvres; Informal Decoration
Maid of Honor only attendant
Adapted from What's Up Magazine