Funerals can be challenging when it comes to photography. It has to be overwhelming but beautiful to all the audience. It’s not only challenging as a photographer but also as a human being. After all, someone has died and you are there to capture those sad moments.
These movements should be cherishable after a few months. And the only way to remember the funeral is through photographs. After all, nobody wants to memorise those moments where you said goodbye to a loved one. However, some photographs bring back those memories and a smile on peoples face. In this piece of content, we are listing out all the photography tips in a funeral. We hope you would never have to use them. Still, if the need arises, these are some intimate methods to let people know your love for the diseased.
One might easily wonder how emotional people visiting a funeral might be. Being sensitive in that situation goes without saying. The photographer must stay out of the way and let people feel and do whatever they want to. Give them all the space and try to be invisible. This is all about being sensitive.
Now let’s come to the photography part. You can capture those moments only if you are a bit away from them. Maintain distance and capture everyone visiting the place. If you are sensitive enough, you will know all those moments that are worth capturing in your camera.
Sometimes during a funeral, we often forget the technical part. If you are the cameraman, the focal length, the zoom, the exposure are all still very important.You need to keep in mind all these technicalities according to the circumstances. If you have the experience, you know how to handle it.
Do not shoot with a flash. It can be intrusive in such delicate circumstances. Still, we recommend being more emotional than technical. Set your gear well in advance to handle an already stressful situation.
If you want to capture some specific moments, you should always ask. The family of the deceased should feel heartfelt while capturing those sensitive moments. Before being hired, you should communicate with the family to clarify the expectations.
As a Cameraman, you should feel welcomed in that place. There is nothing as horrible as feeling unwelcome in a situation where everyone is sensitive.
Always believe in your abilities to capture the best moments. If you remain confident in sensitive moments, you’ll be amazed by your own capacity. It is difficult to handle but taking it as a challenge will help you move forward. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you have the experience and the technical know-how. The emotions arrive on the spot. Be willing to take breaks to eat or drink something. Remain hydrated and support everyone who is around. Give people and yourself some space.
To conclude, if you want the emotional side and let people memorise the good part of the funeral, capture the artist designed tributes and funeral portraits dedicated to such moments. The images of nature also make it a pleasant experience.When people view nature images after a few months, the goodbye seems much happier than it was. And to be honest, that is how it is meant to be. You should help people heal with your images rather than making it difficult for them to say the final goodbye.