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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.

     


    Wedding Photographer in Nigeria, how it started.

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2010



    So i wasn’t born a wedding photographer, big deal.
    But a lot has changed since then(obviously). A couple of years ago, i was just your average Nigerian dude with no particular interest in wedding photography, to me wedding photographers just made up the numbers at weddings. So much so that when i was to get married it wasn’t even in my budget, my parents offered to take care of it and i was glad they did. They got this old looking dude to cover the event and i couldn’t even be bothered at the time, to me it was free, so it was ok, i just smiled into the camera when i was asked to and prayed the flash from the old dude didn’t blind my eyes.
    The wedding pictures came out a few weeks after and they were ok, i didn’t make any fuss about bad composition, bad lighting, the harsh flash and the blurry images, to me i had an album for my wedding and that was all that mattered. I didn’t even touch the album again for months to come.
    Then i was online one day and met a guy called Mike Colon,a wedding photographer, OMG !!!!, my whole life changed, this couldn’t be wedding photography could it? Simply speaking i was blown away. I spent the next few weeks going through the works of Mike, Joe Bussink, Bambi Cantrell, Yervant and instantly i knew i had found my calling.
    I wanted to be a wedding photographer for the rest of my life, i couldn’t see myself doing anything else, i began to invest in books and DVDs and became friends with the top wedding photographers in Nigeria, the Body-Lawsons, Emma Ologeh, Mike Iyang and a few others, i began to learn from everywhere and everyone, i even traveled out of the country a few times to rub shoulders with the big boys internationally.

    Why do i write this post? Well a Fan just posted a comment on my Facebook fan page and i thought i take it from there.

    You need to get a proper photographer to cover your wedding, you need to take out the time to fall in love with photography (if only for just that one event) trust me you will thank me later for this tip, i look at the beautiful albums i turn out for clients now on a regular basis and compare them to what i have from my own wedding and its almost an irony.
    A bride recently changed her wedding date, so she could fit into my calender, that tells me she knows what she wants for the main day, she can’t afford to get it wrong the first time, for weddings there is no second chance.

    Xsightn would love to shoot your wedding, its what we do best.
    Book Xsightn

    And because a picture is worth a thousand word, here’s a sneak into what i am currently working on.

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    A gorgeous Nigerian bride and groom

    Have a great day.


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