Photographing weddings

The happy couple radiates true love, the parents beam with pride, and the flower girl's 100-watt smile lights up the room. Be ready to capture these moments, and get pictures that everyone will treasure. Follow these tips to get the best pictures possible with your digital camera.

Take candid pictures
Catch the unexpected. The ring-bearer squirming in his unfamiliar suit. Aunt Bea straightening the bride's bow. The bride greeting new family members. Old friends joking with each other. Don't worry about taking a lot of formally posed portraits—the professional photographer will take plenty of those.

Show good camera manners
Everyone gets caught up in capturing the perfect moment, but there may be rules restricting photographs. Respect the dignity of the ceremony by refraining from taking distracting flash pictures. Non-flash pictures may, however, be acceptable. Turn off your flash and hold the camera very steady.

Capture the emotion
Catch the grins, tears, surprises, and hugs that make for memorable pictures. Keep your camera handy and turned on so you'll be ready for those spontaneous expressions.

Take advantage of the dim light
Dim-light situations can work to your advantage. A silhouetted couple against a plain background conveys the romance and enormity of a lifelong commitment. Check the camera manual for turning the flash to "no flash."

Scene modes
Whether the wedding takes place indoors or out, at night or during the day, in dim light or with full light, you can always take great pictures by taking advantage of your EasyShare camera’s built-in scene modes, such as party, close-up, night portrait and backlight. Choosing the scene mode that corresponds to your picture taking situation automatically adjusts the camera settings to help you get the best shot possible.

Get close
Fill the camera's viewfinder or LCD display with your subject to create pictures with greater impact. Step in close or use your camera's zoom to emphasize what is important and exclude the rest. Check the manual for your camera's closest focusing distance.

Stay within the flash range
The typical digital camera flash range is 6 to 10 feet, up to 15 feet for film cameras. Subjects that are outside the flash range will be either too dark or too light. Check the camera manual and make sure your subject is within the flash range.

Share your photos immediately
By using a Kodak EasyShare printer dock along with your digital camera, you can produce real, waterproof 4x6 inch prints in as little as 60 seconds. What are you waiting for? Make prints of your best shots to share with the bride and groom or even other guests.

Send personalized congratulations
Unleash your creativity with the wedding pictures you took and send the bride and groom a congratulatory card or a commemorative photo book. Using KODAK EASYSHARE Gallery, not only can you edit your photos, you can also create personalized cards and hard-bound photo books conveniently online.