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Old 06-27-2012, 05:04 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the discouragement guys. I don't mean to be rude but I know I'm in a sticky situation but there aren't any other options. They do not have the option of hiring a professional photographer (as great of an option that could be) so I am their best bet. I told her flat out that I wasn't a professional and she replied, "I know tony isn't a professional, am I hope he isn't stressed about doing this!"

I understand how brides will be upset if they don't get any good photos (even if they say they won't). Honestly though, this is her second wedding (and I don't know if she had a professional photographer at the first one) and she's kinda been through the drill before. She's the boss but she understands the situation. If (still just an if) I can get some great shots then this will be a great victory.

To those giving advise, Thanks so much.

@Kai The multiple smaller SD cards is a great idea. That is much safer. I will check out those sites. Crash course in photography much? Personally I'd rather have a crash course in airplane flying or race car driving...wait that may mean something else...

@Ulupica That's how I thought it worked. Thanks for helping me confirm it a bit more. I'll play around with my camera to physically see the results. Thanks


@Elmo The very first picture in the slide show (I tried to find it again on the page but it keeps crashing
my browser for some reason) when first opening the page is probably my favorite (even though not a dancing one). There's a lot of emotion captured. Very cool stuff. It's giving me some ideas.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:21 PM   #17
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I don't mean to be discouraging but just to make sure you and the couple are aware of the downfalls of having a non-professional cover their wedding.

This being said, not everyone needs or wants to have wall to wall coverage of their wedding, especially the second time around.

I have done several weddings for friends and relatives and I have always stressed that I would do the best job I could for them but they had to understand that they were ultimately responsible for the decision.

I've never had a major problem with any of these weddings (I haven't had to use the backup equipment I had with me), and the couples have always been more satisfied with the final images than I have (I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to photography).

So... Go to the wedding, do the best job for them that you can, and don't forget to have fun!
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Old 06-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the discouragement guys. I don't mean to be rude but I know I'm in a sticky situation but there aren't any other options. They do not have the option of hiring a professional photographer (as great of an option that could be) so I am their best bet. I told her flat out that I wasn't a professional and she replied, "[FONT=&quot]I know tony isn't a professional, am I hope he isn't stressed about doing this!"
You know, everyone is a beginner at some point in their career. I have yet to find someone who was born a prof wedding photog. Expectations are set accordingly. You will NOT charge $7500 or some other random number to someone who can afford it. You can still do your best.

My advice is two-fold... There are a lot of resources available on the net and perhaps your library. Read up because there are some really basic downfalls that you can avoid easily. Pro equipment helps, but isn't that important for the end result. Proper lighting might be your greatest challenge. You need a bit of an artist in you too, an eye for composition, to set up your subjects, to have a nice background, etc.

Second... Perhaps get some test subjects in a similar environment and do a "dry run" and see what you get. Thanks to digital cameras feedback is almost instantly viewable on a monitor, and you might be able to improve on a few key items in just a number of days.

If you are generally interested in practical aspects of photography, check out some of Scott Kelby's books.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:21 PM   #19
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Yes I wouldn't be able to do anything in film just because I don't have enough experience to know exactly how the picture is going to turn out.

Thanks for the help guys. I will let you know how it all turns out.
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The weddings I have done were back in the film days... Nothing like waiting to get the prints back to see how you did. Digital is so much nicer that way and there's no waste or film or paper!
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People now a days are more into action shots @ weddings rather than the traditional posed shots. Thats what my fiance told me. Lol
Also take lots and lots of pix, i mean thousands. My photographer said she will take over 2k pix @ our wedding. Better odds of having an awsome pic if u take enough.
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That's great. 2000 pictures. How many will be good shots though? Best odds of getting a great shot? Get a photog who is good and lays out a plan. Only time I've ever shot that many was with 3 other shooters. Even then I doubt we got 2000 shots. Average high is 600 per booking for a professional shoot. You only show the client 250-300 of that.

Don't forget the shot sheet. Nail that and the rest will come.
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:19 AM   #22
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I met the photog and didn't think I would b into it but I was blown away with her knowledge and work. She was recommended by many people in the catering / wedding business as being one of the best around. (Certainly not cheap)
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I met the photog and didn't think I would b into it but I was blown away with her knowledge and work. She was recommended by many people in the catering / wedding business as being one of the best around. (Certainly not cheap)
But it was worth it, wasn't it? Nice things cost money, and I'll bet your glad you have those pictures, amirite?!?!
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I dont know anything about photography but I do know what bad pictures look like. A personal pet peeve of mine yet for some reason lots of people take pictures this way. Please shoot at an angle that is not below us. It doesnt make us look flattering and makes us look like we have a double chin. I see it all the time, the wife is standing straight and the husband gets down on his knees to take a picture. I like pictures taken directly across from me or can be slightly above me as well. But please dont make the bride tilt her head down. Thats just my 2 cents. Goodluck with the pictures. And dont worry, it really depends on the bride. She seems pretty low key, I think it will be fine. My sister had professional pics taken and she regretted it because shes not really a picture person. She hasnt glanced at the pictures since. Maybe her daughter might be curious but one or two good pictures is all she needs. Some people love their pictures and some people dont. Goodluck

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Laura, if it's a head and shoulder shot it should be shot at the same height. However if you are doing a full length shot then the photog should be down low. I mean on the ground low. "Normal" length lenses aren't very flattering. A woman should be shot at around 200mm. Lens compression is very flattering to facial features.
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But it was worth it, wasn't it? Nice things cost money, and I'll bet your glad you have those pictures, amirite?!?!
Not happening till January. The real killer is we need 4 parents books.
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One more tip... Sometimes things look better in Black and White or Sepia.
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One more tip... Sometimes things look better in Black and White or Sepia.
I've noticed this technique is used on a lot of shots. Some of them are VERY cool!
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:18 PM   #29
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I got married two years ago and did exactly this.

The amount you have to spend on a good photographer is insane. The mid priced photographers seem to be someone with a website, a mediocre camera and a tendancy to chronically over/under use photoshop. Theres a very good reason they don't command top dollar.

In my opinion its too much pressure to put on one person but if you can get some friends and family to all bring whatever cameras they have, you will get plenty of photos between you. I had three friends with an interest in photography and some very nice kit and it worked really well. The photos turned out far better than many I saw in professional portfolios.
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My photos better turn out freaking great considering I'm drooping 5k. My problem is I need 4 parents books and there super expensive because of The way there printed and bound.
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