What it is: An outgrowth of architecture photography, the tilt-shift lens creates a narrow area of focus by blurring out the rest of the image
Good for: Achieving a hazy, deliberately abstract look for both wide and detail shots, from wedding portraits to still lifes to ceremony overviews.
From the photographer: "This technique adds a fresh perspective to your images," says Braedon Flynn. "But it needs to be done correctly, otherwise it might leave you feeling dizzy."
What it is: Multiple frames strung together in postproduction to create the impression of video-esque movement
Good for: Sharing lighthearted moments, like engagement portraits and the first dance, on your wedding website
From the photographer: "You'll recognize animated GIFs as those old-fashioned, blinking Internet ads, but now photographers are using them as a way to be more playful with wedding imagery," says Nate Kaiser of The Image is Found. "There's only so much you can do with a still image, so making a GIF allows you to highlight fun interactions with bursts of energy between people."
What it is: A black filter that attaches to the lens with a small heart-shaped cutout that affects out-of-focus light (called "bokeh")
Medium: Film and digital
Good for: Adding a sweet, personalized touch to night settings, with candlelight or twinkle lights in the background
From the photographer: "A lot of photo gimmicks can get old quickly, but this one is so subtle that you don't always notice it at first," says Stacy Reeves. "Not all photographers use this type of filter, so if a couple wants it for their wedding photos, they should meet with their photographer and bring an example."
HOLGA CAMERA PRINTS
What it is: A square image with dark edges and corners and sometimes streaks of red light produced by a plastic lo-fi camera that has a cult following among fine art photographers (and hipsters)
Good for: Capturing engagement and wedding portraits and shots of the vow exchange that look hip, arty—almost grungy
From the photographer: "You wouldn't shoot an entire wedding with a Holga," says Braedon Flynn. "But it's a way to achieve a distinctly cool, old-school feel. Sometimes I put a flash on the camera at receptions to replicate that look from Marc Jacobs ads."
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