Shooting Modern Stock Video

Here are a few tips I have for shooting modern stock video.

  1. Create a real story, break it down into scenes, and shoot it.
  2. Using models that are used to still photos might be a challenge, find actors or people used to being in live action.
  3. Don’t shoot with auto white balance, you’ll have a very hard time in post processing.
  4. Aim for a flat file, with less contrast and saturation than your still images.
  5. Make your camera movements intentional.
  6. Don’t forget to get a mix of perspectives.

These are the tips I’ve learned in my first year or so of shooting stock videos for Stocksy United. It has been a great journey transitioning from a primarily still photographer. Shooting video is a great challenge.

Do you need a flash for wedding photography?

Timing is everything in Wedding Photography

When talking about Wedding Photography, timing is the most crucial part of the task. Similar to sports photography, timing is very important in this kind of photography. If you are not paying close attention, you will miss the most memorable shots you have ever taken at an event. However, there are certain things that you need to avoid doing and one of those things is distracting people from the event. It is true that the most memorable shots are often the close ups but you don’t need to get too close to the couple or the people to get your shot. Instead, you need to invest on the right kind of equipment that would allow you to take high quality close up shots without causing disturbances at the venue. Here are tips for using a flash during a wedding.

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Also, make sure that you use flash only where absolutely needed. When you use it excessively, the event feels less like a wedding and more like a conference where bride and groom have to deliver a speech. Natural light is your best friend in photography so make most use of it while you are at it. If you are at a night time wedding, you can use flash in a manner that will give you good photographs but also doesn’t get in the eyes of the people around you. Ample artificial light can also be a good source for photography but it all depends on the angle you are going for and from what direction the light is coming. Apart from all that, you should also be looking presentable so avoid those casual photography clothes that you wear when you have to work with your camera. Since, weddings are also captured in videos so the couple would really appreciate that you look like a part of all the entire wedding event.

The Importance of Cherishing Memories

Life is the most unpredictable, long yet painfully short anomaly. It is weird how we talked about turning into adults when we were children and now we feel as though adulthood came too soon and that we were only just kids yesterday. It feels as though everything is moving too fast and that we cannot keep up. Some days end without us even realizing and some days feel as though they might never end. Such is the unpredictability of life.

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Photo by Dylan M Howell

We are also terribly naïve. We keep believing that we will be able to remember everything and that it is impossible to forget some memories. However, as the years go by, we forget them altogether unless someone else later reminds us about them and we cannot help but wonder how we even managed to forget them in the first place.

Our childhood memories are very vague to us and we only remember a few small stories. This is where our baby pictures come in. They play an important part in helping us remember little things, acting like cue cards or they just serve as a medium for embarrassing or touching stories behind some of those pictures.

We have developed a rather cynical attitudes towards our coming generations because of their tendency of wanting to take a picture of ‘everything.’ What we fail to realize is that these pictures later become a source of happiness and even nostalgia as we remember happier days the next time we reminiscence.

There are a lot of important memories that we want to remember and cherish and our brain can only retain so much information in one go. This is where pictures come in. These events can include first birthday parties, first day at school, graduation, and your wedding and, just shared moments between loved ones. All of these serve the purpose of reminding us of happier days and immortalize a lot of precious moments that may have otherwise have gone unnoticed.

A lot of people are skeptical about hiring professional photographers for events be it birthdays or even Wedding Photography simply because they do not want everything to look so ‘forced’ or they do not want to pay extra money. This can later on turn into a regret because as amateurs we may not always get good photos or the results just cannot be competed.

Money is just paper at the end of the day and there will always be more money, however some moments cannot be repeated no matter how much money you may spend. So, call the professionals. Get a professional Wedding Photography job done. They can end up catching a lot of candid moments you might not even realize. Like a silent, intimate moment between the bride and groom or of an awestruck relative etc. Life is too short to not cherish what we have and it is important that we capture as many of these moments as possible so that we can look back on them years from now and still have a smile on our face.

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Bridal Registry Tips

Planning for your bridal registry

Wedding guests would like to present the best gift so that it will be most memorable in their lives. Before purchasing a gift, they might go through your likes and desires. You can setup a wedding registry with the help of the local store so that the guests will be very much benefited. You can also include online gift registry service so that there will be great convenience for guests. There are many people who live in distant places from cities. They can order gifts online and products will be shipped to the destination automatically.

Gift registry

Guests will be able to pick up a gift as per their budget. It is possible to purchase a new gift after a few clicks. The gift will be delivered at your doorsteps as per your needs.

The gift registry will present a wish list of your desired items. You can generate a wish list with the help extended by your shopper. The invitees will be able to view the list and they can select a gift of their choice. The store will take steps so that the duplication is avoided. The bridal registry service can be used very easily and it is provided free of cost.

You should fill-up the simple form in which the name, phone number, email address and wedding date will be provided. As you visit the store, you will be able to add items that are relevant to your needs. You can choose an item and the quantity as well. The store will provide a hardcopy of your selection. You will be able to add or delete items as per your needs.

As the list will be posted on the website, guests will be able to buy items from the list or they can visit the physical store as well to pick items directly from the store.

The online-bridal registry will also work in the same way like the physical bridal registry. The online contact form can be filled-up and it should be registered in advance before the wedding. The list can be confirmed after additions and deletions as per your needs. Guests will be able to order gifts from the website directly.

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Dispatch of gifts

Gifts are purchased by people on various occasions such as engagement, bridal shower and other occasions. Hence, you should plan your register at the earliest so that the stores will be available at your service. It is very difficult to entertain exchange and returns from these stores. Hence, you should plan for gift register in a very efficient way.

You should not feel shy to prepare your wish list. Some items which you cannot afford can be included. However, you should not place all expensive items in the list. If there is a range of gift prices, guests will be able to choose as per their capability.

The purpose of the gift register is to help the couple procure items to start new home in a convenient way. There are diverse gift registries. As per the latest trends, it is possible to sign up for anything in the registry. Some registries are arranged based on the money so that the amount for honeymoon can be pooled up. You can spend the money towards the cost of wedding as well. Part of the money can be used as a down payment of your new home.

Information about bridal registry

You will not want to communicate about the bridal registry directly. It should be conveyed through your family, bridesmaid, groomsmen and other close friends. The information about the registry cannot be included in the wedding invitation. However, you can post hyperlinks on the wedding site so that guests will be able to find out your bridal registry details.

Settle for the best bridal registry

You should choose the best bridal registry so that it will serve your needs completely and fulfill the needs of the guests as well. If there are various kinds of items which can help you start a new home, the registry will serve useful purse. The experience of your friends and family members should be considered to choose the best registry so that your needs will be fulfilled in a very efficient way.

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How to prepare for the big day?

To prepare for the big day, you should prepare a comprehensive check-list. The preparations for an average US engagement start before 16-months. You should start a wedding folder by collecting useful information from various magazines including bridal, fashion, gardening, lifestyle, food and design. The resources should be estimated based on your time-spending capability and the people who are ready to help you in various tasks. You should prepare the guest list, venue and theme as well.

Efficient planning

The Wedding planning should be done efficiently so that there will be great comfort for guests, bride and bridegroom. You can hire a planner so that things will be done in an organized fashion. A professional planner will have a network of vendors and you will get great help in planning the event.

The date and venue should be fixed so that other arrangements can be planned. If you would like to manage a separate venue for wedding and reception, the travelling cost and convenience factor should be assessed. The officiant should be booked in advance. As you do research about photographers, florists, bands and caterers, you will be able to pick the most appropriate one for the grand day. The contact information should be readily available so that you can strike the best deal at the earliest. If you offer an engagement party, you should also have room for guests to be on the wedding day as well.

The photographer and videographer should be hired eight months before. You should hire professionals so that they will be able to hire shots as per your needs. Before booking the entertainment, you should be aware of the concert of those professionals while they are delivering live performance. You can reserve your favorite entertainment party in this course. In most of the cases, the wedding venue will also have a caterer. If no caterer is available at the venue, you can hire a caterer to serve food as per your requirements.

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Accommodation and arrangements

You should shop for your favorite dress. If you have at least six months, you will be able to alter the dress (if required) without any issues. You should reserve time to shop for the veil fitting as per your convenience. For out-of-town guests, you should pick hotels at different price tags. You should sign up with retailers so that there will be regular supply of products throughout the wedding season as per your requirements.

After launching a wedding website, you should include useful information such as wedding date, venue and time. The travel information and accommodation should be provided and the link to the website should be sent to participating guests. The volume of enquiries will be low when you present the information in a very efficient way. As part of Wedding planning, you should select invitations and buy them in advance.

Seven to six months before marriage, you should plan for honeymoon. It can be done after the marriage or after having a break as per your convenience and budget. You should ensure that your passports are up-to-date and should get appointment from doctor as well so that you can take any vaccination as per the requirements of the destination.


You should plan for a seasoned florist who will fulfill your needs in a very efficient. A florist can serve many clients in one day. The transportation for guests should be arranged. You might want to include a fleet of vehicles such as limos, minibuses, cars and trolleys.

The schedule of the grand day should be planned by including all the components in a detailed manner. You should plan for cake-cutting and first dance by making necessary arrangements.

The planning for rehearsal-dinner should take place five to four months before marriage. The menu should be decided and you should negotiate the cost. There should be provision to include day-after brunch as well. After going through the wedding invitations, you can customize them as per your needs. The order for cake should be placed after tasting several bakers. The guest list should be sent to the host of the shower.

After buying wedding shoes and dress fittings, you can bring them to the tailor so that the dress length will be adjusted and there will be perfect appearance on the grand day.

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Why You Should Hire a Wedding Photographer

So, you have made it to the finish line. After months and months of exhaustive planning and inviting people and figuring out all of the quirks that may arise, the day of your wedding is finally upon you and your loved one. It’s in the nature of western culture to deeply cherish the wedding ceremony as an act of sealing a couple’s love in front of their family and close ones. And (for most people), this is a once in a lifetime event. Which is why you’ll want to make it the best you can, and which is exactly why you’ll want to have photos and videos of the event so that you can have trips down memory lane later on, on what is likely to be one of the most important days in your life.

So, this article will argue that you will most definitely need the services of a professional wedding photographer that will attend your wedding. We’re about to get to the meat of the article.

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The critical importance of a wedding photographer

Photography, as you may or may not know, is a skill. And as such, it takes a lifetime for a person to fully master it, and chances are that this person will still have a lot more to learn. Well, many people think that anyone can use a camera in order to snap some photos. This is true, as even little kids nowadays use their cellphones in order to snap some photos, without too much of an effort. But the skill of taking high quality, unique shots that will leave the viewer breathless and in awe… this is the meaning of the art of photography. Professional wedding photographers will have had hundreds, if not thousands of hours of dedicated practice under their belts, and this will show in the final product that you will get.

You may think that you can save some money if you use the services of a friend of your friend that “knows some photography”. This too is true, you will save some money, but the quality of the photos will suffer drastically as a result. You want your photos to leave a mark on the person that sees them, not for him to think that it’s just an average photo that he’s seeing. And being that this is, as we’ve mentioned, one of the most important days in your life, the higher price that you will pay for the service of a pro in wedding photography, will be well worth it.

The professional wedding photographer will in most cases have extensive experience with weddings. Chances are, you and your loved one will be nervous, and so are some people of your closest family. But the photographer will bring calmness and poise to the table, a result of years of experience on wedding. He’ll know exactly when to take some photos, he’ll have a firm grasp and command of the proceedings as relating to taking photos, and in general he’ll look the part, which is something that other people will notice. Not to mention it twice, but the friend of your friend will most likely be nervous himself, and he won’t do your wedding justice by knowing how to act and what to do.

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The professional will bring with himself top quality equipment for his work. Professionals have access to some of the best cameras on the market, and they’ll use them appropriately. This is expensive, high level equipment we’re talking about, and the number of amateurs that own this kind of equipment is slim to none. Not only will the pro have a high-quality camera with which he’ll take photos and videos of your wedding, but he’ll have a selection of camera lenses, which will alter how some of the shots are perceived by the person watching them – and once again, only pros know the importance of these photography tricks.

Finally, professionals will always have a backup plan. Even if you think that you have planned everything out perfectly, and that there’s no room for any mistakes – there’s always the chance that something may go wrong. Well in this case, you wouldn’t have to worry about your photographer. What if he gets sick? What if his camera malfunctions? What if there’s a change of venues at the last moment and you’re afraid that the photographer might not get the hang of the new place? You won’t have to worry about any of these potential issues, as the photographer is a professional before all else, and he’ll have a plan and a contingency no matter what happens. He’ll bring reserve equipment in case his camera malfunctions, he’ll have additional highly skilled contacts that may take his place if he gets sick, and he’ll know to work around the problem of changing the venues, and improvise.

And that’s it. No other event in life can even compare to the importance of your wedding day. You’ll want everything to be perfect, and one way to get to this level, is by hiring a professional wedding photographer.