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Detail Shots in Wedding Photography

At any wedding, detail shots photography is important. Most of our photos will be of the bride and groom, but it is also important to record all of the hard work that the wedding party, caterers, and florists put into a typical wedding. In the photos above, the wedding rings were the obvious main subject, but we also wanted to reference the bridal bouquet in the background. Even though its blurred, you know what it is! There are a couple different ways to pull off a good detail shot, especially at San Francisco city hall. One way is to use macro lens and focus very close to the subject and try to make the entire subject clear and easy to see. Utilizing a high F-stop will help make this possible be providing greater depth-of-field. In the photo above, we did just the opposite. We used a lower f-stop to provide a shallow depth-of-field. We wanted a shallow depth-of-field in this shot because the main focus were the rings. By making sure they were sharply focused, but allowing the background to be blurred, more emphasis is placed on the rings. You can see how nicely they stand out. If we were to try to make everything in focus, the rings could get a little lost. The other way to accomplish this was also used in this photo by placing the background (in this case the bridal bouquet) farther away from the main subject in the distant background. This technique also results in a softer background and provides less distraction.

Wedding detail shot of bridal bouquet and boxes

Other types of wedding detail photography - reception shots