by Matija Kljunak from Matija Kljunak Weddings
- Matija Kljunak Weddings
- Two solo exhibitions in Dubrovnik and Zagreb
- Three group exhibitions in Hollywood (CA), Zagreb and Dubrovnik (Croatia)
What’s the Trick to Having Really Stunning Portrait Photographs?
There are numerous factors at play here, but number one suggestions I have is to make sure to have great light. This is often overlooked, but light can have many different qualities. While our eyes easily compensate for a lot of these differences, they are very visible in the photos and almost impossible to fix later. Usually, warm and diffuse light coming from a lower angle is most flattering. Your... Read More »
What Poses are More Appealing for Wedding Shoots?
This is impossible to answer, in the way that ""which color is most appealing"" is impossible to answer. There are many considerations, but ultimately it comes down to taste and what you want out of your photos. For example, some people will like one of their profiles more, or will have a build that looks better shot from the side or head-on, or the couple will have a height difference... Read More »
Do I Tell Our Wedding Photographer of Pictures I Do Not Want of Some Specific Things?
Hopefully, you picked your photographer because you studied his/her style in detail and liked it. That means that most of the photos will be close to your taste. Good photographers are artists and it pays not to put too many limitations on their work. From that point of view, if there are certain trivial things you don't want in photos, it may be beneficial to not really mention it at... Read More »
Is It Necessary for Me to Be Well-versed With the Kind of Equipment My Wedding Photographer Uses?
The short answer is -- no, no you don't, in just the same way you don't have to know a lot about the equipment your dentist uses. It doesn't hurt to know whether it's 10 years old, beaten, shabby and unreliable; or how it handles very low light situations... but how exactly to find this out politely is a different question. Perhaps asking the photographer an open-ended question to talk... Read More »
Can You Explain a Bit More the Difference Between an Assistant Photographer and an Associate or Second Shooter?
The difference should in practice be negligible, as it's all terminology usually used to describe a photographer that will support the primary photographer: cover different angles, visit different locations (e.g. groom's preparations when the primary is with the bride, or stick with guests on cocktail hour while primary goes with the couple to the session, shooting detail shots of venues while primary is with the couple and guests...) and provide... Read More »
What Type of Equipment Do You Use When It Comes to Photography?
Most professionals use DSLR cameras, with high-end mirrorless cameras being more and more popular. I personally use both, depending on the assignment. If the reason you ask is to verify if your intended photographer is using gear that is up to the task, this is something that would be very difficult to tell if you're not an expert in photography, even if s/he sent you a detailed list of their... Read More »
Our Reception Won’t Be Very Well-lit. Will This Be a Problem for My Photographer? What Should I Do?
Almost all professionals bring their own lighting equipment (usually speedlights or strobes), so low light levels shouldn't be a problem for them. Modern cameras actually have very little issues with low light per se, but much more with slow focusing under low light. This however is a complicated and technical topic. Suffice it to say that all modern camera systems have lighting and focusing aids that enable them to work... Read More »
Do You Provide the Digital Negatives After the Shoot?
As far as I know, none of the high-end photographers will ever provide raw photos (""digital negatives""). It is akin to asking a top chef to provide his raw ingredients. There are various reasons for this, varying from artistic expression, to copyright, to practical reasons. As for artistic expression, if a couple saw my raw photos, I would feel kind of ""naked"". It's hard to explain, but those images often... Read More »
Why would Photographers take Black-and-white photos on Wedding?
There are two basic reasons: aesthetics, utility and expectations. Aesthetics is pretty self-explanatory. Photographers are artists and some shots they take with B&W in mind. Maybe they want to emphasize beauty of the light, or contrasts, or textures. Maybe they want to attract attention to the couple and lessen the impact of distractions around them (especially if they're colorful). B&W often brings focus and serenity with it. I love using... Read More »