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Wedding Photography: Posing the Family

with Neil van Niekerk
Wedding Photography: Posing the Family
Take charge of a hectic wedding shoot and capture polished family photos that will wow your clients!

Follow expert wedding photographer Neil van Niekerk on a wedding-day photo shoot and learn the best strategies for working with a large group in a small window of time. Conquer the dreaded shot list with a family diagram––at a glance, you’ll be able to decipher family politics, relationships and what shots you still need to take. Discover how to anchor your shots around the wedding couple, and delve into sequencing strategies that will make your session run smoothly. Explore Neil’s go-to setups for big groups, and confidently direct both men and women with natural, versatile poses. Create warm, flattering lighting indoors and out with simple flash and modifiers. Plus, learn shot-saving post-processing techniques to fix closed eyes and remove distracting glare from glasses.

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Lesson plan

4:09

Lesson 1. Getting Started

  • Meet Neil, an experienced wedding photographer whose methods and process will help you work more efficiently and achieve the results you (and the bride) want.

12:21

Lesson 2. Creating the Family Diagram

  • Plan ahead; create a descriptive family diagram that will help you maximize your shooting time and help you understand the unique dynamics of the families.

45:50

Lesson 3. Sequencing

  • Learn to set up and break down balanced family posing arrangements as well as expert tips for directing a large group of people and working around complicated family circumstances.

26:17

Lesson 4. Posing Guidelines

  • Discover simple solutions for tricky situations, including disproportionate family sizes, positioning children and even fixing glare on eyeglasses.

14:35

Lesson 5. Lighting the Group

  • Use your cameraís histogram and a simple lighting setup to achieve perfect exposure indoors or out.

12:18

Lesson 6. Finishing Your Photos

  • Save time sorting photos and learn practical editing techniques using Neilís efficient postproduction process.

"Excellent posing course. I enjoyed this very much and learned a lot of tips. I liked tip for photoshopping out eyeglass glare.... Neil is very clear and a good instructor. Thanks for sharing!"
- abigail3347643

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