Photo Life is proud to partner with Seneca students to document their journey through the school curriculum. This week Johnny Tang shares about doing a mock wedding photo shoot.
Class: Wedding & Event Photography
Assignment: Wedding Shoot
Student: Johnny Tang
Professor: Marc Crabtree
Assignment guidelines: Participate in a 90-minute on-location wedding shoot with the goal of capturing professional-quality images to be used in the creation of a wedding album.
My IDP experience has been very enjoyable and, at the same time, a very challenging one. It’s been two years since I started the program, and I must say that I’ve learned a tremendous amount of photography from the professors and my classmates, and, of course, the program itself taught me things that will last forever. When I started two years ago, I didn’t have a direct path for where I wanted to take my photography. All I knew was that I enjoyed taking photos and would like to make a career out of it. Sounds ridiculous right?
As the semesters went on, I still didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do, but I always had an interest in wedding photography. I mean I love shooting street photography as well, but weddings seem to always catch my interest. So with that being said, my favourite class was probably Wedding and Events with Marc Crabtree. What more can I say about my professor? He was also my mentor in my final semester and helped me through creating my final book. He taught me a lot about not only weddings but also about communication and lighting techniques that made me say, “Oh, that makes sense, why couldn’t I think of that?
If I had to choose one assignment from the IDP program that was my favourite, I’d have to say the engagement pictures at the church for the wedding and events class. There are so many assignments that I enjoyed doing, like the very first big and beautiful, Greenburg lighting, and the magazine shoot. It’s hard to choose only one. The reason why I enjoyed this assignment so much was because it made me realize how much I enjoy shooting people and especially the whole wedding/engagement concept.
Our models for the assignment were former IDP students that volunteered to be the bride and groom. They were fantastic in front of the camera and made it seem as if they were a real couple. The lighting was perfect inside the church and the atmosphere was nice and calm, which made it comfortable to shoot. We used a combination of ambient and flash lighting to achieve these images. This exercised our knowledge and made us think where and when not to use flash. It was also fun switching back and forth from lens to lens and achieving different shots from different angles. Mind you, this was my first time shooting an engagement/wedding, and, although it was a mock, it still helped me learn a great deal of wedding photography basics.
In conclusion, this assignment and overall course really helped me become a better photographer, making me think fast while learning to tweak my exposure within seconds.
The Seneca @ York Independent Digital Photography Program is a two-year diploma course that prepares students for a freelance career and provides them with the necessary skill set to work in a multidisciplinary studio.