Always shoot in RAW.
There are some downsides to this so we might as well get this well out of the way. RAW formats usually take up a considerable amount of memory space. This means that you would need to seriously have a good stash of memory cards on the side for this. They also take longer than usual to process because they require extra processing so you need to adjust your turnaround timetables as well.
But be advised that all of these minor challenges are nothing compared to the advantages that you will be reaping. RAW images are far more defined and crisp looking than others in any other format. They are easier to touch up and fix and you have quite a wide array of effects that you can put in to manipulate your images which will prove useful to you because of the fact that some wedding venues may have lighting that may be tricky to work with in wedding photography.
2. Assess the background that you are filming people in.
The clothes, the pose, the facial expressions, and everything else in between may look perfect but if the background is anything less than on point, you will end up with mediocre or just downright sub standard looking photos. Wedding photography is making sure that all of the elements in the photos come out looking gorgeous and flawless. Take a quick step back to assess the scenery and the landscape before you click away and that should keep you in a pretty good position to churn out gorgeous looking photos.
3. Get rid of the habit of checking your photos after every shot and discarding those that you do not like.
Things are not always as they seem on first glance. If you do this, you might run the risk of deleting the more interesting looking photos that may be easily manipulated post shoot if there are any minor flaws in them. The odd shots are usually the money shots that add up to the character and appeal of the entire shoot so just click away and leave the discarding part for later when you are not in the heat of the moment and when you are comfortably seated and well adjusted and not in the midst of the actual wedding event.
4. Take advantage of your camera’s continuous shooting mode.
Again, we circle back to the fact that you have almost unlimited memory space (depending on how many memory cards you have brought along). This means that you will be able to capture more interesting in-motion pictures and more casual and candid looking ones. These pictures will not necessarily be possible if you just opt for all of the posed and choreographed looking pictures. Continuous shooting mode will capture images that you may not even be aware of and may surprise you with the interesting perspectives that come along when you do not plan everything out.
5. And again, do not be afraid to try anything new.
Be creative and keep the ideas coming. Wedding photography is all about art and innovation.