Welcome, and Friday is upon us, again! The weeks seem to be flying past so quickly at the moment with Christmas almost round the corner!
I thought I would end the week with a review of a fantastic instructional set of DVDs called the Wedding Photography Blueprint which has been skilfully put together by Dorset based photographer Nick Stubbs. Those of you who regularly read my blog will know that I interviewed Nick some time ago [click here] and not only does he shoot beautiful weddings he teaches photography, sells stock, as well as doing the cooking, cleaning, and ironing!
When I joined All Things Photography’s membership site ATP Members [click here] I was fortunate to have access to the many resources on there, one of which was the Wedding Photography Blueprint.
I found it extremely informative, and for me the key learning points being use of camera settings, flash, as well as a number of editing techniques using Photoshop, Lightroom, and the camera’s own editing software (Canon DPP only).
I was really pleased to hear that Nick decided to release an updated version. Not because the initial DVDs had any issues with them, but for the sheer fact that he was adding more learning material and sharing his experience and knowledge so you, too, can succeed in the wedding photography business, which is extremely cut throat in today’s day and age.
You get a whopping 8 DVDs the eighth being your bonus! The training takes place within a classroom and location in the Weymouth (Dorset, United Kingdom) area.
Here’s a quick overview of what you get in each of your DVDs –
This recording takes place in the classroom and Nick discusses the wedding industry as well as going into detail about what your must have equipment should be as well as recommending some extra gear. This DVD ends with the importance of preparation and planning and its importance to your business.
This is another classroom session where you will get a detailed input of the entire wedding day – from getting ready to the first dance. Nick then goes through case study images taken from previous weddings to complement what you have already learnt.
A classroom session covering the integration of video into your slideshows and whether this would lead to closing more clients, make you different from the rest, or is it just a gimmick and will make no difference? This DVD ends by covering lighting and going through a low light tutorial as well as case study images, and going through video editing and slideshow software.
Nick goes out on location going through shooting the bridal preparations. Using flash, natural light, saving ‘poor’ images, and shooting the dress and portraits.
Nick is still out on location here, including the church, and there is great input on shooting in low light, special portraits and group shots in various locations.
Nick takes his delegates to a fully dressed ballroom of a grand hotel in Weymouth where he covers shooting the cake, camera settings, making sure you are prepped for the speeches, first dance, some post production as well as another excellent case study of a wedding that was shot with both stills and video.
The delegates are taken back to the classroom, and in my opinion this DVD alone is worth its weight in gold, to cover the business side of wedding photography. You may be an excellent photographer, but if you don’t know the business basics then you will get nowhere. Nick covers how to start your business, building upon your foundations as well as expanding it in an ever demanding market place, both from customers as well as from other photographers who are looking to find clients. Finally, Nick covers social media as well as how to price yourself.
This is the bonus DVD and here Nick interviews three industry professionals as well gives you access to other reference books and FREE entry for 6 months to his site ATPMembers – something I very highly recommend. It is a great community, you can upload images and get critiques, as well as meeting new friends and seeing your learning curve go through the roof! I learnt loads here especially in relation to stock.
Naturally, you have read a lot here, and you cannot invest in something that you have not seen, so here are some clips for you to see this excellent resource in practise!
For more information about the Wedding Photography Blueprint click here
I hope you enjoyed this review. Let me know what you thought and whether you have invested in Nick’s training DVDs!
Until next time,