Photographing a Wedding in Italy (part 2)
Technical & Interpersonal issues faced by wedding photographers in Italy
Technical issues faced by wedding photographers in Italy
Another difficulty that wedding photographers must overcome is related to the technical aspects of their job. In fact, it has to do with a kind of photography that is very versatile and difficult to control. The location, climatic conditions, the lighting and the couple themselves are never chosen by the photographer. So wedding photographers can find themselves taking pictures of couples who aren’t particularly photogenic and are very embarrassed to be photographed, on a rainy day and, worse, in locations and situations with very unfavorable light.
I have known fashion or sports photographers cringe at the thought of having to photograph weddings, because of their perceived complexity. It must be said that with the latest technology, I am of course referring to the advent of digital technology, these technical difficulties have been greatly simplified. Just imagine, before the digital age, when poor wedding photographers had to carry an infinite load of equipment and films in order to meet the variables of the day. In this sense, digital photography has greatly simplified a wedding photographer’s job. In reality, these days a photographer could capture the entire event with one camera, one lens and a flash. The negative aspect of this new technology is that it ages quickly, due to the speed of the development of new models.
Today, a wedding photograph needs to periodically buy new equipment. Another problem related to digital technology is that these days a wedding photographer must possess copies of and be familiar with the functions of computer programs for the post-production of images, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge and many more besides. Nowadays, a photographer who wants to work in this field, as well as in any other field of photography, should know that, unless they have the ability to delegate work, they will have to spend much more time in front of their computer monitor than with their beloved camera equipment.
Interpersonal issues faced by wedding photographers in Italy
I call them interpersonal issues because the relationship that a wedding photographer has with their clients is not at all simple. In fact, it’s not a typical client-supplier relationship, it is much more. From their first contact with a client, a wedding photographer, has to deal with that client in a way that isn’t typical for photography work, often dealing with very personal issues. This isn’t simply photographing a pair of shoes in a studio environment, it is photographing a marriage, with all the emotional aspects that such an event involves.
So clients will confide information about their wedding location, clothing, flowers and other accessories, but they will also confide secrets and family dynamics; talking about their guests, their tastes, their expectations, their dreams etc, etc.. Often a wedding photographer must undergo exhausting meetings not only with the couple, but also with wedding planners, friends and often with in-laws.
To achieve a certain level of success, a wedding photographer should be able to overcome all of these difficulties and many others. Being able to build a career in this field, therefore, is not only thanks to being able to take good photographs, but also thanks to the ability to combine technical skills, communication skills and, in particular, interpersonal skills.
published on 05 Febbraio 2013 by Gianni
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