About Xsightn Photography:

Xsightn Photography is a Nigeria based fashion, wedding and lifestyle photography outfit. We love to think our approach to wedding photography is both fresh and urban. We pride ourselves of being one of the top wedding photographers in Nigeria, shooting high-end weddings for Nigerian couples based outside Nigeria. In 2010 we were privileged to shoot weddings for Nigerian brides based in the USA, UK, South Africa, Canada and Cameroon . While I started off shooting weddings, I have discovered a brand new love for fashion photography. "I love the fact that i am a wedding photographer and I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to capture and document, the memories, love, look and the happiness in my work" "I approach my wedding photography in a way that leads to an intimate and artful expression resulting in images that reflect your unique personality, capturing the natural mood of the day that will be cherished in your family for years to come." Kayode(the lead photographer) started his career in IT before training under some of the world's best known photographers. Throughout his photography career, Xsightn has developed a unique style of creating timeless imagery. He draws inspiration for everything around him, from movies and television, to literary figures and, of course, journalism. Email us at bookings@xsightn.com or Call +2348097899454 or +2348023702640 Xsightn Website

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    Some Wedding Photography Tips

    Sunday, August 11th, 2013



    Ok, since I have now moved to the new studio and our website address has changed, I have decided to almost dedicate this website to tutorials and tips on wedding photography and photography in general.

    There are quite a number of new photographers out there both in Nigeria and indeed the world that will benefit from my knowledge so feel free to share this link with your friends.

    What I teach is based on my style so if you want to shoot and achieve similar images to what I get, then you do well to pay attention icon smile Some Wedding Photography Tips

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    What I have listed here are just a few of the things that goes through my mind when I shoot and some of the things I do.

    I have presented them in no particular order.

    Some Wedding Photography Tips

    1. Know your equipment. I simply cannot emphasize this well enough. Before you get started starting up your first client you need to be very comfortable with your equipment. Comfortable to the extent you can adjust most of the basic settings -)

    2. Get your equipment ready a day before and test them.Make sure your equipments are clean.

    3. Have lots of batteries and keep spares. I usually have two spare batteries for both my dslrs as well as at least 16 batteries for my speedlights – Most times I don’t use the speedlights but it is always handy to have them on standby, you just never know what sort of situation you will get into. Be prepared. I use Sanyo eneloop batteries which I get from Amazon. I buy most of my equipment from Amazon by the way.

    4. On the wedding day itself, familiarize yourself with the order of events and the different family members and also friends of the bride and groom.

    5. I always stick to the bride. If you can afford a second photographer, get them to cover the groom.

    6. I shoot 80% of my images using the Nikon 70-200 lens and mostly shoot between 2.8 to 4.5 aperture. You can find the camera equivalent on amazon as well

     

    7. Because I shoot with two camera bodies, I usually have a 70-200 2.8 on one and my Nikon 14-28mm wide angle on the other, just to be fully covered.

     

     

    8. 95% of my images I shoot in aperture priority mode. Whenever I need to get a particular look and feel, I switch to manual and adjust to suite my creative needs.

    9. I do not pose the bride and groom, I try to get out of their way as much as possible. I simply try to document the moment.

    10. I shoot 90% of my images without the need for speedlights but I do have the Nikon SB900 just incase I want to capture something creative.

     

     

    11. Probably one of the things that makes my work stand out is because I shoot in RAW. It’s a much larger file but it’s totally worth it as RAW gives me total creative control on my images when I get to post. I never ever shoot jpegs. Depending on the job I post process using a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture. A Lot of people use Adobe Lightroom which is a sweet product too.

     


    Apple Aperture is currently about $60 !!! It is an amazing deal and I could get away using just Aperture for all my wedding photography post processing work.

    12. Try scouting the location before the wedding itself, so you can make a plan of how you will function on the day. You don’t want to wait until the wedding day to find out, all the ceiling in the venue is black and you won’t be able to bounce anything off it.

    13. Shoot a lot of details. The rings, the dresses, the shoes, perfumes, watches…candid stuff. The couple pay alot of money for these things and really want lovel images of them.

    14 . When you need to use your flash, know how to get soft light. Avoid using the speedlights directly on your subjects. Bounce the light, diffuse it, anything, just make sure it’s soft pleasing light.

    15. If you are shooting a wedding in Nigeria, you need to be able to stand your ground. Be bold , else you won’t be able to get your images as there are bound to be several other photographers at the event trying to get the same images. Keep your cool and be polite, be professional but be bold and stand your ground.

    16 . Try and shoot with wide open apertures for that professional, creamy soft look. I am quite ok shooting with iso 5000 on my camera depending on the look and feel am after. I will only use a flash if its an absolute must.

    16. This is a bonus tip. Dress very very well. I won’t suggest a t-shirt. Dress the way you want to be addressed and you will be properly addressed at the events and might even win some new clients.

    I hope this few points help.

    Ask me any question related to this post and I will be sure to answer in the comments.

     


    4 Points That Leads to Wedding Photography Greatness

    Friday, February 26th, 2010



    Below is an article i wrote for some international article service for professional wedding photographers, just thought i share them with you all

    Hope it makes for some meaningful readings

    If you got into wedding photography solely for the financial rewards, you probably are not successful at what you do, and if you are, you probably are not as successful as you should or could be.

    Gone are the days when wedding photographers were looked at as mere handy men, that perception has since changed, we now have celebrity wedding photographers who command just as much media attention as the movie stars they shoot.

    The advent of digital has also helped many take up wedding photography as a profession.

    So what make one a great wedding photographer in Nigeria?

    Personally i have shot with some of the finest photographers on the planet both back home in Nigeria where wedding photography is entering a new phase and also outside my home country. Interacting with this great minds led me to come up with some key points that should be taken quite seriously if you are to move to that next step in your quest to be a top, highly sort after wedding photographer.

    1. Consistency: Probably the most important point here. A great photographer needs to be consistent, needs to be able to turn out amazingly breathtaking pictures and albums on regular basis. You can not afford to produce an outstanding album for client A while at the same time being unable to deliver a comparable quality to Client B. Consistency comes from experience, consistency comes from knowing your equipment, consistency comes from knowing the basics of photography. You might want to pickup that dusty camera manual up and give it a good reading.

    2. Character: Successful wedding photographers are know to have great likable characters. You need to express a lovable character not only to the bride and groom but also to people you come across, you never know where your next wedding is coming from. Brides tend to relax when being photographed by photographers they like and are comfortable with. A comfortable bride makes for awesome images. You need to be approachable as a wedding photographer to achieve greatness, this way people will talk about you. While it is very easy to get very angry while shooting a Nigerian wedding one has to be in control of his emotions. Nigerian weddings can get very unruly and over crowded.

    3. Self Development: You need to constantly be up to date in your area of specialization. This does not mean going out and buying all the newest cameras and gear the minute they are announced, but you need to be constantly be in search of new ideas, strategies, solutions, techniques that will stand your photography apart. Nobody wants to see the same sort of images again and again, you need to be able to consistently bring something fresh to the table. A couple of old photographers in Nigeria still shoot only film, while this is not such a bad thing if you are based in America, it is not the same case here in Nigeria where all you can get in ASA 200 films and bad quality development chemicals. Access to digital has helped even the playing field to a large extent for the best wedding photographers in Nigeria

    4. Concentration: To make great wedding photography, you need to be totally immersed in any wedding you are shooting. As a wedding photographer in Nigeria, this is not always the easiest point to achieve. The reason for this is that Nigerian weddings usually have numerous wedding photographers shooting the same wedding, try eight wedding photographers covering the same event, it tends to get very crazy. But if your goal is to attain greatness in this discipline, you need to concentrate, loss of concentrations will mean you losing those spontaneous images that leads to greatness.

    Good wedding photography is all about interaction and expression

    Kayode Martins is a leading wedding photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. He shoots for Xsightn Photography one of the new breed of top wedding photography outfits springing up in Lagos. Internationally trained Kayode has a massive internet presence in Nigeria and can be reached at the following addresses.

    Website: http://www.xsightn.com

    And because a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s one from my archives, my baby boy, Ayobamidele.

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