Armed with a Point-and-Shoot Digicam at a Wedding? Here are Some Tips for You!

Okay, so you’re probably wondering why I’m blogging about how to use a point-and-shoot digital camera for a wedding – but it’s actually for one reader who would like some tips on exactly how this can be done.

Here’s my ten cents worth of advice. First, if you’re bringing a tool which is not used by the professional photographers, then you might as well bring along some attitude with you. Instead of shooting typical scenes like the cutting of the cake, why not go where the rest of the other photographers cannot go? Watch people’s reactions to the couple’s first kiss and take as many photos as you can.

When you see the groom having a smoke with one of the groomsmen during a lull in the activities, that would make for a great black and white shot. Make sure that you have as much memory as you can have so that you can take as many pictures as you need. Use your optical instead of the digital zoom so that you can play paparazzi and get in close on the action.

As much as possible, don’t use the built-in flash that your camera has. Go near where the light is so that you can capture a softer, more flattering shot. The trick to taking great portraits is to open the aperture up wide – but not too much. Other tricks of the trade that you can apply even while using your digital camera would be to use dramatic diagonals and other “ambient” framing methods.

Finally, if you’re determined to make the most out of your time being an unofficial wedding photographer using your point and shoot digicam, the one thing that you should remember is that you should always be in the ‘on’ mode. Be on the alert for unusual, touching and funny scenes while covering a wedding and take as many photos as you can. Once you download those photos from the nifty memory card of your digicam, most of the shots would need very little touchups and you would be mightily proud of the work that you’ve done.