Photography can cost as much as 10 to 20 percent of the total cost of the wedding. Here are some terms to memorize so that you’ll come off like a pro in your initial consultation.
The handling and treatment of photos in such a manner that they are protected from aging. A good idea for photos that you plan to keep in an album.
Available Light (Also: Ambient Light, Existing Light)
The amount of light present. Can be altered through the use of artificial light sources such as lamps and shades.
A page containing miniaturized prints.
The process of taking pictures that are stored as images on a computer-readable chip, so that no negatives or proofs are required. Can be significantly cheaper than traditional photography.
An image file used in digital photography; can be e-mailed or burned onto a compact disc.
A type of film that produces a negative several times larger than the one resulting from standard 35-mm. film. The standard film type for wedding work.
A photograph that is intended to demonstrate the final look of the shot. Professionals often stamp proof across the images so that they can’t be used as an actual picture.
A postproduction technique that involves airbrushing and color correction. Can significantly increase the price of your prints and should be negotiated beforehand.
An effect in which black-and-white photos are altered so that the final product appears aged or antiqued. Can carry additional fees.
A soft, dreamy look wherein the subject of the picture is purposely slightly out of focus compared with the rest of the shot.
A style in which two distinct photographs are displayed within one frame. Requires a special filter for the camera, or retouching after the fact, so it can increase costs substantially.
A printing technique (when intentional) in which the image fades to black or white at the edges of the shot.