Advantages of Black & White


Some of the best wedding photography, some of the best photography, is in Black & White. There is some debate as to the reason why, but for the most part many people just seem to like the look of a well composed Black & white picture.


Best Wedding Photography in Black & White

  • Colours can be distracting and complicated. We are sometime drawn to a noticeable colour even if it is not the subject of the image. Black and White avoids this.
  • Light and shadow are effective in Black and White.
  • Many famous painters would base portraits on geometric patterns. This underlying geometric pattern is a little more prominent in a black and white image
  • We seem to have an association between monochrome images and classic looks, or artistic merit. Black and white is thought of as Classy, or at least feels historical.
  • Just being in black and white gives a certain mood to an image, and this mood is there whether the picture is happy, melancholy, bittersweet or tragic.
  • White wedding dresses and dark bridegroom suits often translate well to a Black and white image. They do not lose much impact when they lose their colour.
  • In going to black and white we tend to lose some imperfections. We can lose minor facial details and are left with the look that defines the person’s face.

Best Wedding Photographer

Of course I’s all digital these days, few images are originally taken in black and white. But the best wedding photographer will Photoshop an image into black and white if s/he sees the potential there.

Behind The Best Wedding Photography

There are problems in any Career path. Some issues re almost universal, some are endemic to certain occupations.  Some problems with a wedding photography operation include:


Launching Your Company

The universal dilemma- You need experience to get started, and can’t get experience till you have already started. There are a few ways to get your foot in the door. One is working as an apprentice for somebody else, though sometimes you have to show evidence of potential. Another method is to do voluntary work, which is reasonable if you are still young or have the resources to support yourself. Taking photos of the wedding of friends and relatives, and delivering some good work, is one way to make progress. You can do this even if there is an experienced and paid photographer there. People usually won’t object to a second photographer.


Setting up a good website is not essential for virtually any business. You are depriving yourself of a great resource without this. Having your own work displayed the side is an advantage in this industry. A good looking website with some regular updated blogs is the most effective advertising you will find.


The Business Side of the Company.

Even the best wedding photographer will still has a business side to deal with, probably to their annoyance. You won’t be able to hire someone else to do this until you already have things up and running. So unless you are married to an accountant you are going to spend at least some time filling out paperwork and keeping all the recepts.


Seasonal and Weekly Variation

Most wedding are on Saturdays in the summer and spring. There are other dates, but not nearly as many.  You will have an off season, and the frustration of having to turn down one booking because it clashes with another, followed by a week of no bookings at all. This is a potential nightmare for those with mortgages to pay. Some people turn this this into a positive by having a second job, which might work Monday to Thursday. But then there can be a lot of frustration when the two jobs clash.


As the actual wedding even is only part of the job, and there is a lot of time spend with Photoshop, editing, and making albums, the apparent time off is partly an illusion; there is a lot of time spent behind the scenes. Still, the busy and sparse employment situation can be frustrating.


You own Social Life

The best wedding photography take place on weekends and during the time most people are with families. You might have a partner who has a similar schedule, but more likely you find that they are home when you are not, and vice-versa. This can be frustrating, and difficult to change.


The seemingly small details can compromise, occasionally ruin, an otherwise good situation. Many of these could be avoided with a little foresight. It is always frustrating afterward when we realize how easily things could have been different.


  • Turn off any sounds that you camera makes. A click or beep is very distracting during any quiet moment. Any decent camera should give you this option. Avoid any camera that does not let you keep this option when you turn the power off.


  • Pre-plan shots, especially at the reception site, especially for getting important shots like the wedding vows. Remember that you might be standing in a place that is used for seating. Far better to have two good photo positions reserved beforehand than try and move some guest during the ceremony. Talk to the wedding couple and explain that you need to get these important images of their day.


  • Part of the reason for preplanning is to remain unintrusive. You want to capture the event without ever becoming part of it. You want to get that photo of the bride walking down the aisle without standing in the aisle yourself. This is difficult at times. There are actually two issues- You want to stay out of everybody’s way, and you want to not appear in the image. More than a few photos have been compromised by the photographer’s shadow.


  • If you’re working as part of a photography/video team you also want to stay out of the way of your colleagues. This can be a problem as you might bother want the same shot at the same time. It helps considerably if the wedding videographer and photographer are used to working together.


  • Find some good backgrounds for portrait shots. A lousy background can be partially covered up with soft focus or Photoshop, or turning the image black and white; but you are better off finding a pleasant background or something nice and neutral.


  • Flashes are never going to make people happy, especially the ones that light up several times before the shot. Find better ways to work with the light you have.


  • Get every important shot. Ask in advance what the couple want. Attend rehearsals and look for anything significant to this particular wedding. If there are foreign traditions involved find out what is significant to that tradition. Leave out the boring segments, but capture everything else.



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Wedding photography has changed over the last few generations. This is a combination of several factors, including the limits of the technology, the cost of photography and the expectation and taste of the public.

At one point there was a documentary look to photos. From early, bulky cameras to handheld 35mm models the photos had a staged, posed look. Everybody from the royal family to primary school children has to stand in neat rows and pose for the camera. Early photography involved skills with adjusting aperture and light; having a composed a set way of setting up photos meant there was far less to go wrong. There was also less variation and spontaneity.

Modern digital cameras allow an average person to take quite acceptable images; the digital technology will do a lot of adjustments for them. However, a professional will be able to do better than what the algorithm in the digital device allows. There are always artistic possibilities with contrasting shadows and light, something an automatic camera would falsely try to correct. The fact that a bride is often in white is enough reason to use a more advanced system and professional photographer; large white objects like wedding dresses are often falsely compensated for by digital camera algorithms.

Wedding Videography

Big bulky cameras that took boring long shots form the back of the room are long gone. So are poor quality 16mm film and uneven lighting (we hope). The shear bulk and weight of these cameras limited their use. Not interfering with the wedding (the photographer and videographer have to stay inconspicuous) only exacerbated the issue. Just being able to take the camera off the tripod made all the difference.

Modern video cameras are easily held in one hand. This makes it much easier for a videographer to capture a range of different angles. The image quality is much better too. The real trick to capturing a wedding is the art and skill in knowing what raw footage to record and how to make a coherent end product. This is why professional results are notably superior.

Wedding Video Packages

Many individuals can take a few images in isolation. But when it comes to making a continuous narrative, and a wedding video is a narrative, the task becomes much more difficult. Any film of a wedding must be a coherent whole, with each image flowing from the last. There need only be one poor join in a film and the result is ruined. A professional wedding videographer knows how to get the right raw footage and edit it in the right way to produce a film (or two) that is worth re-watching.

It is not uncommon for wedding video packages to include two video versions of the event- a short version for giving to the guests and other relatives, and a long version that lets the married couple re-experience more the day’s events. The low cost of DVD’s and duplication is another technological factor that has worked in the favour of filming these events


Waterview Wedding Photography & Photographer

Some venues just look right for a wedding. Maybe it’s the stories we hear and watch as children, maybe is some archetypal memory; we have an image in the back of our mind and sense this is where a wedding should be. If any sight given you that story-book feeling, it is worth considering for a reception.

If the name Waterview isn’t familiar then its Sydney’s Bicentennial Park location should be. There are few sites that can rival Sydney’s spectacular gardens at Bicentennial Park. Many couple choose to have at least some of their wedding photos at famous landmarks such as Bicentennial Park. Having a reception at Waterview means your right next to a great photo location.

Waterview aim to make all wedding events the occasion of a lifetime. Our main function room can accommodate up to 1500 people, and we design the decoration to be what each couple truly wants for their special day. Other halls can take up to 650 guests, should that be required; most wedding use a subdivision of this, with anything from 100 to 350 guests. The rooms can be decorated in a large number of ways. Room hire is general 5 ½ hours in the evening, or 4 hours at lunch. We have technical staff to handle all design and entertainment considerations, and catering services that can accommodate just about anything you can think of. Decoration and catering can easily be coordinated with a common theme.

There are several menu options, including 3 and 4 course means with seafood or red meat, or Asian and Indian menus upon request. The beverage package includes unlimited consumption of high class Australian wins, spirits, beers and other drinks.

Waterview Wedding Photography & Photographer

But of course the best know attraction is the gardens of Bicentennial Park, the location that so many Sydney couples choose for at least some of their wedding photography. There’s not just the flora, but the ponds, the fountains and monuments. Different couples have chosen to have the ceremony outdoors, or inside; but every couple wants at least some of their wedding album to feature the sights of Bicentennial Park.  Waterview wedding photographers can capture the feeling of your special day for you.