Were you frustrated last wedding season? Are you hoping there’s a way to edit weddings easier with multiple cameras? One of the reasons it may take you a long time to edit every wedding is because of your second shooter’s photos. No shame throwing here, but it’s true. If you and your second shooter have different photography methods, it will take twice as long to edit your second shooter’s photos to match yours.
As a private photo editor and a former wedding photographer, I’ve noticed a few things here and there that will ultimately help you edit weddings easier with multiple cameras.
1. Hire Second Shooter With Similar Style
I can’t emphasize this first tip enough. Although photographing a wedding can be done with just a main shooter, hiring a second shooter is beneficial! Plus, it’s crucial to your photography business in order to fully capture a wedding day. If you select a photographer with a similar style, it will make your wedding gallery look seamless, even before you start editing.
Think of it this way; if you choose a second shooter with a “dark and moody” style while your brand maintains a “light and airy” style, it is going to be very hard to edit your second’s photos to match yours. Some photography companies hire second shooters as employees to solely shoot for them. They train them to shoot one way for the brand, therefore making everything consistent.
Try to do research months in advance and find the perfect second shooter. Ask around to other photographers with similar styles and see who they use. Reach out and don’t be afraid to ask for sample portfolios from second shooters.
Obviously no matter how much you plan ahead, things can go awry. I once was scheduled to be a second shooter but had to cancel and find a replacement because I had come down with the flu! I recommend to always have a back up plan just like you have a back up camera.
2. Make Plans to Use Same Camera Settings
The beauty with photography is that you can shoot using different settings and they will all produce photos, but with different looks. Fine art photographers shoot with a shallow aperture (2.8) with fast shutter speed and low ISO (100). Other photographers shoot with a larger aperture like 5.6, to always shoot with a high ISO. Whatever your method is, your second shooter needs to know.
Communicate or spend time with whoever you hire beforehand to discuss the settings you use during the wedding day. I know sharing your ways may be scary (especially if you second shooter is planning on growing their own photography business) but your wedding galleries will be seamless with teamwork.
When it comes time for post production you’ll edit weddings easier with multiple cameras because everything most likely already matches. No more spending extra time adjusting exposure, color, shadows, etc. to make your photos match.
3. Don’t Spray and Pray
My final tip to edit weddings easier with multiple cameras, is to not “spray and pray.” This phrase refers to when you basically shoot a crap ton of photos in a few seconds. Shoot intentionally and save your camera’s shutter! Every time the shutter clicks, it adds more wear and tear to your equipment.
Shooting intentionally will also help narrow your choices so you don’t have to filter through thousands of photos (fun fact: I once culled a wedding for a photographer from 4450 to 1220 photos! There were LOTS of editing rounds).
I recently listened to Julie Paisley’s webinar on shooting film. She shared that once she switched from digital to film, she didn’t dread editing anymore because guess what?
She shot much less and didn’t have to do multiple rounds of culling/editing. Since film cameras only have so many shots in a roll of film, she had no choice BUT to take the time and get it right.
At your next wedding, pretend that you have a roll of film inside your camera with so many precious shots left.
Hopefully these three tips will help you edit weddings easier with multiple cameras! If you have questions about editing/culling in Lightroom or are curious about private photo editing, you can say hi through the contact page on my website or email me at info(at)halleylutz(dot)com.
Happy wedding season!