Everyone says it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day. However, if you’re the wedding photographer, you might be sweating bullets to make sure your couple gets as many fantastic images as if it were a sunny day. What your couple wants is to have spectacular shots and more specifically fantastic shots outside. So as the photographer, how do you accomplish what you may think is the unattainable. It’s not as hard as you may think — here are some tips from our wedding photographer friends in the rainy upper North and NorthWest.
1. Be Prepared
That means, don’t place 100-percent confidence in the weather forecast. If you see rain is in the forecast, even for the day before or day after, do your research. Find locations where you can take your bride and groom where they will be undercover. Think about opportunities like doorways, under bridges, under big trees. These locations will provide for a beautiful backdrop and keeps your couple dry.
2. Use Umbrellas
You don’t have to hide the fact that it’s raining on your couple’s wedding day. Talk to your couple about the possibility about getting some matching umbrellas. Play with the umbrellas. Change your perspective with umbrella shots. Photograph down at the umbrellas or have them take up a small portion of the frame.
3. Protect your Gear
Most camera gear is water resistant, this does not mean it is waterproof. There is a huge difference. There are a lot of gadgets and products out there to help you protect your body and lenses. Here are some other ideas, when photographing your couple or have your assistant or even someone from the wedding party hold an umbrella over your head. You can’t handle an umbrella as well as a camera. If you are in a pinch, use a ziplock bag to protect your gear. I typically tear a small hole in it and I am able to fit my camera through it. It’s not ideal but it’s saved me a few times.
4. Close Ups
Now is the time to focus on close ups. Make sure your couple gets in tight for shots. You can usually squeeze under a awning if it’s raining. It may be tight on space, but you can go in tight – play with the veil or focus on the bride’s eyes. It’s always fun to get in for tight shots.
This is the perfect time to take advantage of puddles! Yes, puddles. The reflection you get is something that is artistic and different than you would get on a rainy day. Instead of fighting the rain, embrace it.
We hope these tips help you get inspired when the rain falls on your couple’s wedding day.
Since our PixPublisher is so diverse and offers so many amazing assets, each week we will focus on one item to help you create an amazing photo book.
This week we want to show you how to have a smooth color fade. If you would like to have a smooth fade to a solid color you can do this using stickers. The easiest way to do this is to:
1. Open the stickers panel and type blend into the search box.
2. Drag the sticker called softedge strip onto your page.
3.Rotate and stretch it so that the dark end fits against the solid color you want to blend to, and the sticker extends for the full length of the page. In the example photo below the sticker is highlighted to show where it was positioned.
4. Click on the color fill option and use the eyedropper to select the adjacent solid color so that the sticker’s edge transitions smoothly to that color.
We hope this little tip will help you create more unique and fun designs with our PixPublisher.
Even in a photo book, we sometimes need to add text. For those occasions, PixPublisher allows you to easily add text captions to any page.
The ability to change portions of your text makes it easier for you to call attention to certain words in your captions, or to emphasize certain words or letters as a style choice.
* Please note that you are not able to change the font within a portion of selected text at this time.
CHANGING TEXT STYLE
When you add a text caption to a page, the caption will be set to the default for that book. In other words, if the standard text for that book is set to 26pt Arial in Medium Gray, and new captions you create will automatically be created at 26pt Arial in Medium Gray.
If you decide you’d like to add multiple captions in a different style, make your changes, and then click on the copy style option on the toolbar next to the selected text. This will replace the default style with the one you have selected. Any new text captions you drag onto your pages will automatically take on this new style.
Every week we dedicate a blog post to tips and tricks in our PixPublisher to help you make amazing photo books. This week we focus on swapping out your pictures in your layout.
When putting the finishing touches on a photo book, sometimes you’ll find that a spread looks better if you exchange the placement of some of the photos. This is particularly true when using the auto fill function to place your photos for you. This is where the swap function in PixPublisher comes in.
Rather than having to find the photos in the image pane and re-dragging them onto the page in the proper placement, you can just pick two photos and swaptheir positions. The steps are as follows:
1. When you have two photos on a spread and you want to swap their position, you first have to select them both. You do this by holding down the SHIFT key and clicking on both the photos you want you exchange.
Each week we like to focus on one small area of our PixPublisher Online Software. The tips are designed to enhance your photo books and unleash your creativity.
Today we want to show you how to make your photos appear as a background on your photo book. This short one minute YouTube gives you the step by step process to adding your photos as background.