In the competitive field of wedding photojournalism, many could claim that they are the best of the best. To thrive and last long in this field, a wedding photojournalist must be armed with the right set of skills for this competitive career.
First of these skills is the most important of all – this is the ability of a wedding photojournalist to interact with other people. Trust is the main ingredient in this field because a photographer has to gain the elusive trust of his clients and the subjects of the photo shoot. This also encompasses the fact that a photojournalist must do his work conscientiously in a manner that will not violate the trust of the client.
Another skill to wedding photojournalist should have is how to determine the most important details and aspects of the occasion and how to present it through the print media in such a way that the images will create an impact to the viewer. As a part of wedding photojournalism, snapping pictures are not the only things they do but they also do interviewing by asking questions that are relevant to the occasion; this is important because through this, the photojournalist will realize the relevance of each image.
Aside from all of this is the shooting skill of a photojournalist. A photojournalist must have a smooth portfolio that contains different types of projects of the images he has documented. These images should also project the ability of the wedding photojournalist to work in tough situations. A drawback for some new entrants in wedding photojournalism is the inability to work with proper lighting conditions and adjust to them. A good wedding photojournalist must be capable of using the internet media to transmit and show others his craft.
A thing that separates a skilled wedding photojournalist from other forms of photography is their ability to avoid misrepresentation of an image without manipulation of the subjects. He must not try to direct and stage the situation unless the situation calls for a portrait. Since the presence of a photographer somehow “manipulates” and alters an activity, this could easily be avoided by having the right virtue such as patience and practice. Eventually, the subjects will get used to having the wedding photojournalist around and move with spontaneity and candidness.
Apart from all of these characteristics is the ethics possessed by a wedding photojournalist. As he considers his shots to be perfect and necessary, he must not consider adding something or someone into or out of the picture. He does his stuff with meticulously to avoid the unnecessary editing of the pictures
Wedding photojournalism may never be a good profession for seekers of fame. In terms of fame, hundreds can be considered as amazing performers but only those who stand out will remain.