How to Photograph Beautiful Brides By Cliff Mautner

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Cliff Mautner shares his personal tips, tricks, and photographic techniques that he's mastered throughout his career to capture beautiful portraits of the bride with each and every shot (no matter the location). In this course, Cliff discusses the importance of putting the bride at ease, how he positions himself and the camera while shooting, staging scenes in order to capture the best light, and much more. Cliff also shares his personal camera setups used at his own wedding shoots. If you're a wedding photographer then this is a must-see course!

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Cliff introduces himself, talks about his gear and about how he mentally prepares before beginning a wedding day shoot
It is very important to earn the bride's trust as soon as you walk in the room
Light is at the essence of everything you are looking for throughout the wedding day
Watch the change in the light quality in the room change when Cliff closes all of the drapes
Working the room and discovering the best angles and lighting
Setting the stage for the moments to take place and then letting the moments happen
Combining elements at different distance to compose an image
It is alright to move the bride around to get the best light and to compose new scenes
Cliff prefers the quickness and ease of shooting with matrix metering
There are no rules to good photographs, there are just good photographs
Light is the most important element. Trust is the second most important
Helping the bride move in her dress and searching for some new shots to take
Getting more creative and adventurous with the bride
Cliff reviews and summarizes the most important ideas of this course
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Meet your instructor

Cliff Mautner


Recognized by WPPI as "one of the top photographers and educators in the world," Cliff Mautner's 28-year career in photography includes 15 years and 6000 assignments as a photojournalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, and work for an eclectic array of commercial clientele ranging from Comcast to Subaru. After launching his wedding photog...

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  1. Profile photo of laurihill laurihill

    Can’t wait for my next wedding to utilize what Cliff has been teaching…looking to turn some shit into shinola myself:). love your teaching style…

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    I just have no words to describe what I feel after watching this lesson. Clif is such an amazing teacher and explains everything with such an ease that even the person unfamiliar with technical details would understand him easily. Thank you so much, Cliff, for bringing me a confidence in what I am doing and for leaving such an amazing feeling after watching your course!

  3. Profile photo of erikbailey erikbailey

    Fantastic. Lost count of the number of times I said “Wow” out loud! Loved the use of the 85 f/1.4. Brilliant posing and lighting, and so incredible to see the results of the shoot right away. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Bfeliz1 Bfeliz1

    Great ideas and tips. I am an amateur soaking up all the information that I can about my camera and photography. Lately I have become the family photographer because of my interest and passion with requests from my children to photograph events, grandkids, etc. My son, who is getting married for the second time and trying to save money, has asked me to take the photos at their informal wedding. The shots are not going to be professional but they are sure going to be better because I have watched this video. Thanks, Cliff. Really enjoyed this. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of michaelhorner michaelhorner

    I am so excited to get to have training by the best in the field! So many of the questions that I have had are being answered, and I am gaining confidence and knowledge with each video. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to learn! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of graemeholiday graemeholiday

    I always thought I’d never want to be a wedding photographer, but my nephew has insisted I go to Tenerife in December to shoot his wedding. Thought I’d better start learning all I can and Cliff Mautner has changed my perspective completely.
    His love and understanding of how to make the bride look beautiful and, more importantly, feel beautiful is an inspiration – thank you Cliff. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Ray Warren Ray Warren

    Pure gold. This course is brilliant. I can’t wait to see Cliff’s next one. —- Yes, please post my feedback

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