An engagement is a joyous time, so why not give the happy couple a present they can use to capture all their special pre-wedding moments? The NX200 camera and this helpful photo guide will produce high-quality shots they'll be proud to share.
Digital cameras come in all shapes and sizes, but your engaged couple will need one that offers sufficient resolution to produce sharp 8x10 (and larger) prints for their wedding album. Capturing images in 20.3 megapixels, Samsung's NX200 is up to the job.
The NX200 has easy, one-button access to essential controls and an interchangeable lens system that lets the user swap in a powerful zoom or wide-angle lens - so they don't need to waste time fumbling with the camera when a great shot presents itself. If video is on the menu, the NX200 can cover that, too, with HD recording built in.
Whether it's for invitations, a Web site, or a rehearsal dinner slideshow, great engagement photos start with the right camera and a few simple photography guidelines:
You and your spouse-to-be aren't the only objects people will see in your photos; you have to think about the surroundings. The setting will play a key role in your pictures, so consider the impression to convey. Are you an outdoorsy couple? Shots on the beach, in the mountains, or near the woods may be appropriate. Homebodies may prefer indoor shots instead. When in doubt, major landmarks (The Golden Gate Bridge, LA's Griffith Observatory) are a safe bet.
No matter where you snap your pictures, avoid shooting in the midday sun. Early-morning or late-afternoon lighting will minimize harsh shadows and squinting eyes.
The key here is variety. Your photo album will have greater impact if it includes a range of approaches, from close-ups to long shots that let the surroundings do some of the work. Experiment with angles and different backgrounds. Here are a few other points to keep in mind before you click the shutter.
Use a tripod and the NX200's built-in timer to capture self portraits. It's more time consuming but easy with a little advance planning.
An assistant can change lenses and hold a reflector to bounce light in different directions to help eliminate ugly shadows. A large piece of white cardboard works fine for this purpose.
Positioning the camera directly in front of the sun will cause squinting and glare. Backlit scenes will be lost in shadow.
Overly dramatic locations can distract from the real subject: The happy couple.
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