A&P EDU Request: Weddings

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  1. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    It seems there are more than a few of us who are just getting into shooting weddings or are thinking about getting into that. Can some of the OTAP members who are a little more versed in Wedding photography write up an edu on it? Something that explains some of the more important pieces of equipment, how to get the best wedding shots (maybe with some examples), and any other tips or tricks on what you do to make the wedding photos pop? To me, since this is such a special occasion for the people being photographed, we as the photographer owe it to them to do the best we can, and OTAP seems like a great resource to tap for improving our skills...


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  4. Kamekaze v.OT

    Kamekaze v.OT New Member

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    Only use on board flash and kit lens and use lots of selective coloring. Advertise 5 to 10 times a day on craigslist with every picture you have ever taken in the ad. Charge less than $500 for a full days shooting with a dvd of full res, edited images and make sure to NEVER files taxes on your earnings. Follow these steps and you will be an incredible wedding photog in no time flat.
     
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  6. Girth

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    I think it's a little harder than what you think to write an EDU on that. There's the basics of what you should have, do, etc., but as far as shots and other thongs go, I would think that would be more your personal style than anything else. I don't think any two wedding photogs in here have the same style. :dunno:

    that being said, I'll think about my process and write a few things down later if you like. Not that ive got it figured out, because I don't.
     
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    From what I've seen over and over and over are a few basic, essential shots... shots that can almost be defined as cliché, however they obviously work very well.

    -Wedding dress in front of a window
    -Bride/Groom preparing
    -Walking down the aisle
    -Creative shot of the bands
    -The first kiss as husband and wife
    -Bridal party, possibly highlighting anything creative they did (unique shoes, gifts, etc) or of them acting goofy if its a fun bunch

    Forgetting anything? Am I off base?
     
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    Be friendly, enjoy the day, drink as you wish and eat some of the good food and take pictures as the day progresses. Oh and most importantly, be on top of things, bride and groom will be looking up to you and you have to give them directions on what to do next.
     
  11. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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    ok, let me rephrase:


    Can some of you wedding photogs post up what your must-have pieces of equipment are?

    Can you post some of your favorite wedding shots?

    What are some key things to look for?

    What are some key things to avoid?

    On average, how much time do you make the bride and groom (and wedding party) set aside for photos?
     
  12. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    both bodies
    both flashes
    Stand(s)
    PocketWizards
    all 5 of my lenses.

    Free beer.

    here are the weddings from last year...

    http://sassaniphotography.blogspot.com/2009/11/rae-jeffs-wedding.html
    http://sassaniphotography.blogspot.com/2009/06/jennifer-neil.html
    http://sassaniphotography.blogspot.com/2009/03/kevin-nicole-in-beautiful-riviera-maya.html :hs:
    http://sassaniphotography.blogspot.com/2009/03/amir-marjorie.html

    I usually post mine here, so I'll be posting the ones from this year as they come. :big grin:

    If you're the only photog, the bride and groom. Stay w/ them, stay around them, make sure they know where you are at all times.

    Don't stress out, don't panic, and don't make them think you don't know what you're doing.

    depends on the wedding/itinerary/etc. But usually, about 1/2 hour to an hour.


    Hope that helps.
     
  13. psykosis

    psykosis Go placidly amid the noise and the haste

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  14. EWhytsell

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    For me my favorite shots are the ones when I've put on my 70-200 and they don't even know I'm around usually before the ceremony while people are just chill'n. Its cool how a shot you took might not look like anything until you get home and start looking through them.

    Hehe theres a point right there (don't delete anything unless its an obvious test shot or something.)
     
  15. Wobistdu

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    ok you guys

    how the hell do you change lenses fast enough? where do you keep the lenses ready to go? i find it such a hassle to take the backpack off my shoulder and switch lenses.
     
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    I use a couple lenses you can tell when to change them if you've been through the ceremony enough times. A lot of the time I'm on my tripod mounted 70-200 during the ceremony getting full length and close ups of the hands and things. Then right after the kiss I pop the camera lose from the lens and put on something wider while I move into position to get them walking towards me.

    My wife has a lot of family and we go to about all the weddings and all the photographers I've seen only use one lens. Not sure what it was with the nikon guys, but the ones using canon used a 5D + 24-70 and didn't take it off.
     
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    Also at a wedding your the photographer. just put your cases in a corner and put some batteries in your pockets and keep the other lens nearby uncapped.
     
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    Jcolman has one body for every lens he brings. True story.
     
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    exactly what i was gonna say haha :rofl:
     
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    Three is two, two is one and one is none. Cameras fail. Better have backups to your backups.
     
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    Two bodies on me at all times. Usually one has a 35L and the other has the 85. Third body with 70-200 or 16-35 is on my assistant or nearby. I also have a Think Tank belt system that I can carry two more lenses in.
     
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    I need to pick one of those up :o
     

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