Not maintaining the photography equipment properly.
Your gear is your main money making machine so you have to make sure that you treat it right and make sure that you treat it with the right kind of respect and care that it basically deserves. If you make it a habit to really routinely clean out your camera and lenses and everything else that you may be using in your business, you have fewer chances if having them bail out on you during the most crucial of moments. Your gear will only treat you as well as you treat them so take note of this all the time and you should be in a pretty good place.
Not meticulously and methodically backing up the images.
This is far more common than you would normally think. Memory cards are notorious for corrupting the files that you store in them when it is something that is done over an extended period of time. You should make it a constant practice to always clear out your memory cards after every use and back them up in other mediums or other places. You have to remember that you have to treat your file images like gold. A lot of hours and work are put into capturing them.
Not visiting the wedding venue ahead of time to take enough practice shots.
This common misstep is born out of laziness more than anything else. However, a professional wedding photographer knows that this is an extremely crucial step in making sure that the wedding coverage goes on smoothly and without as much as a hitch or awkwardness. A photographer should know the venue inside and out and know it as surely as he knows the back of his hand. This is the only way to make sure that you will know how to pose the people you will be taking photos of. It is usually best if you visit the location the same time of the day that the event takes place to give you the added advantage of knowing how the lights and shadows fall at that particular time of the day.
Not bringing along a high quality bag to bring all of the equipment together.
You need a bag that is reliable and something that is big and roomy enough for all of your gear to fit in. You need to look for something that will provide you a considerable amount of padding without being that heavy or bulky for you to carry around. After all, as a wedding photographer, you will be moving around a lot and will have to constantly be on your feet. You might also be doing a lot of travelling so make sure that the dimensions are standard enough to fit into the overhead cabin of a plan.
Not learning how to professionally editing his own photos.
A professional wedding photographer knows how to professionally edit his own photos and knows how to do it in a time efficient and manner.
1. You need an external flash gun so you can avoid the commonly super exposed photos
Wedding photography can be tricky in such a way wherein it can both be indoors and outdoors and they bring with them a unique set of challenges which you will need to be able to tackle if you are serious about taking this up as a profession. An external flash gun will enable you to use the flash without having the images come out as harsh as they normally would if you use the built in flash that the camera has. This is just an added touch but not an absolute requirement. Still, every little bit helps, don’t you think? It’s a small investment that promises huge returns so it can’t hurt.
2. You need a sturdy and cushioned camera bag that you can bring with you
You need to invest in a high quality bag that can store separate components of your cameras individually without the possible risks of having them break by clashing into each other. Go for a bag that is padded and compartmentalized. You might also want to look out for something that can really last a beating and a great deal of wear and tear. You need to remember that as a wedding photographer, you are at risk of being exposed to the elements as well as prone to a lot of travelling. Go for something that can withstand water, dust, and the occasional bump.
3. You need more than just one high quality camera before you cover a wedding event officially
You need a minimum of two cameras to get your career started, period. There really is no way out of this. Having just one camera can be disastrous in such a way wherein you might end up breaking it in the middle of an event and there’s nothing there to back you up and serve as your saving grace. You will end up losing moments without capturing them in the photos and possibly a very disappointed and dissatisfied client in the end.
4. You are also going to need more than just one lens for your varied wedding photos
Typically, it is usually advised that you first invest in a macro lens and a wide angle lens if you’ve just started out in the world of wedding photography. The macro lens is perfect for your close-ups and for your portraits whereas the wide angle lens will work well for your group photos and for photos wherein you want to capture wide areas of horizons.
5. You need to get your hands on great photo editing software to touch your photos up with
You cannot submit photos that are raw and not touched up whatsoever. It will spell disaster for your professional career. Invest in great photo editing software and learn how to touch up or fix your own photos. It may be a bit tricky at first but you’ll get better at it over time. It’s an acquired skill and something that you should be patient enough in learning.