Ready for this? Over 9,900,000 DSLRs were sold in 2009! Holy cow! Read that again. And I can tell you one thing, a lot of the people buying those cameras are thinking they’ll pay for that camera and maybe make a little money on the side by, oh, I dunno, shooting a wedding or two.
So, we’ve just finished the Winter Olympics. Stay with me here; we’re still on track. My family and I were talking about how you learn to do the Olympic ski jump. Now, can you imagine jumping without learning how to really do it. You know, you could probably mess up things REALLY badly if you didn’t know what you’re doing. And you probably want to practice a bit first.
Shooting a once in a lifetime event, for example a wedding, is just a wee bit, no, a LOT like a “ski jump.” You want to get it right the FIRST time? You don’t repeat the ceremony, you don’t repeat the kiss, you don’t repeat that kid smashing cake in his sister’s face.
So, I’m just putting it out there. Budding photographers, follow another photographer around for a while to get your confidence and see what all can go wrong (believe me, lots can). And brides-to-be, be careful and don’t become a practice run.