We all love taking pictures of people and places around us. It is not that hard, one just have to look at the camera and take a picture of what our eyes see. What the eyes see is what the picture will look like. If you can make extra money from it, that will be great. Everybody loves wedding and if you think you have what it takes to become a good wedding photographer. Here are some tips to start a wedding photography business.
Read and Learn
If you want to be a good photographer learn everything about your digital camera. They are not complicated, exposure, f-stop, shutter speed and iso speed. Learn the basics of photography by reading books. You can Google on the Internet for wedding photography forums, join and learn from wedding photography experts. Attend a wedding photography workshop.
Get yourself a cheap DSLR, something like a Canon 40D which sells for less than 500 dollars and a cheap 50mm lens. Don’t bother getting the most expensive DSLR equipment, as soon as you earn from your wedding photography business you can buy yourself a pro DSLR like a Canon Mark II. A cheap Canon 40d or any cheap DSLR will do for now especially if you are just trying to learn the basic photography. Whatever DSLR you decide to buy you can still use it later as your second DSLR camera unit.
Shoot and Practice
Now that you have your digital camera and a lens, start shooting. Start taking photos of anything and anybody. The more you shoot the more you learn about your digital camera. The more mistakes you make the better. The idea is to make them now. Ask people you know if they can pose for you. That way you would learn how to properly pose subjects which is important if you want to be a good wedding photographer.
Set up your website. Use it to advertise your wedding photography. Place some of your best work and if you have already taken wedding pictures of friends and family create wedding albums on your website. Follow it up by advertising on Craigslist by offering your professional wedding photography services for free. Try to do at least two free weddings and tell the couple that you are doing this to get experience. Be honest. Tell them you are doing it for free to build a portfolio and they get free wedding pictures which works out well for everybody. Couples looking for a wedding photographer would always ask for sample of work and if you don’t have something to show nobody will hire you as their wedding photographer.
Another way of getting yourself started into the wedding photography business is to become a second shooter for an established photographer.This will help you learn everything you need to know to become a wedding photographer. After a few free weddings, you get yourself a good looking portfolio and that is the time to start advertising. You can start advertising your wedding photography services on your social network like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also buy Google AdWords, advertise on Craigslist and in your local newspaper.