Remember the royal wedding? Of course, you do! While the world watched the marriage between Prince William and Catherine Middleton live in April, there were thousands of photographers behind the scenes capturing the images that we all know so well today. There aren't many chances for photographers to speak up and share their experiences, but in a recent piece by Canon Europe, the men and women who toted their gear and battled the crowds to get the perfect shot tell all. We uncovered five very important lessons you can learn from the royal wedding photographers, which will come in handy for your own photo shoots and important events. Check them out below!
- Plan ahead — The Getty photographers spent months going over every scenario, every possible misstep, in order to prepare themselves for any situation. Similarly, if you're planning a big photo event, you should have your parameters prepared and know where the guests or subjects will be.
- Arrive early — One photographer arrived at 6 a.m. local time to set up his equipment for the royal wedding. A process that took two hours, and two cars to transport. If you can get to your event early and get the lay of the land, do it! It's better to spend the time knowing what you're in for than being surprised.
- Bring enough gear — Getty photographer Peter Macdiarmid brought along four camera bodies, four lenses, two tripods, and a multitude of triggers to capture all the important moments of the royal wedding — from the big entrances to the first kiss. You should also be prepared for your event with extra SD cards, batteries, and a variety of lenses if you have them.
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- Stay calm, but focused — Peter Macdiarmid recalls capturing the big kiss: "I was remarkably calm. Once they had come out onto the balcony, and I had very quickly checked the exposure by looking at the back of the camera, I was happy I was getting what I wanted. I was concentrating so hard on the technical things like framing, exposure and remembering to push the foot pedal that I didn’t have time to think about the bigger picture." For your event, be sure to keep an eye on the main characters — the bride and groom if it's a wedding, the birthday girl, or the star of the show — but don't forget to frame your shots, and check for lighting situations. Remember, practice makes perfect, so take many photos in all kinds of situations before the big event.
- Play up the surroundings — While inside the Westminster Abbey, photographer Richard Pohle, says that since he was restricted to a balcony inside the church, he knew the best way to showcase the ceremony was by playing up the structure of the Abbey itself. He says, "I knew I had to capture the grandeur of the Abbey. As I was overhead and looking down, I knew my photograph would be a wide angle shot." Don't forget to look around when shooting an event or scene. Play up the surrounding nature, buildings, or features that otherwise would be lost in the background.