A&P Survived my first wedding, holy jesus that was exhausting.

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  1. Section8

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    Starting shooting at the bride's house around noon, left the reception around 8. Shot about 18gb worth of pictures between the two cameras, about 900 pics i think. Only pulled this one for now, too tired to do any others tonight

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    background is underexposed and the shadows on their faces are pretty bad. light is too harsh
     
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    with that said, we all start somewhere.
     
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    lets see some pics. :big grin:
     
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    i'll get some up tomorrow, pretty wiped out. Now i know where most of the money charged for wedding photography goes - payment for running around non-stop for 8 hours!
     
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    I was pretty frustrated at this point. My stupid cactus V2S triggers decided to start flaking out on me and I had to use CLS to trigger the flash, hand held by an assistant to cam left and he was too close. I didn't think to put a 2nd flash on the back ground.

    Yeah, I'll post more tomorrow for critique - my first wedding and I shot it for free to just get experience and build my portfolio. Their previous plan was to have everyone bring digital cameras and take pictures and offload the memory to a laptop before leaving.
     
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    If you get a second shooter, you can sneak in some food and drinks too. ;)
     
  8. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    you can control background exposure without a second flash
     
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    I just got home from mine too...drove down to San Diego @ 10:45pm...actually got there at 1:15ish due to traffic. Shot the ceremony for about an hour or so, then the reception, then took the bride and groom to the beach for some couple shots. Lots of fun...I'm going through my pics right now to see if I took anything good :o
     
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    background hit with a single flash would look pretty harsh.

    Unless you put a modifier on it, and then a single flash would be a little low on power for the whole background. You also have issues of spill and the big tree and the building / sky.
     
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    Don't bother with a second flash for the background. Just drag the shutter.
     
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    Welcome to the club. I shot one yesterday, on my way to shooting another one right now.
     
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    Just finished my second weddding shoot yesterday. They are fast-paced and exhausting but tons of fun!
     
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    That's why you don't cheap out and use Cactus triggers, especially when shooting wedding. :hs:
     
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    Well it's all i've got right now do to budget reasons. Once i start actually getting paid to shoot weddings I'll bite the bullet and get some pocket wizards.
     
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    I love my cybersyncs, and they are a lot cheaper that PW's.
     
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    I have a friend who has had more issues with his pocket wizards than I have with my cactus triggers :dunno:
     
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    I've got four PW's and never had one fail. Ever.
     
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    I've only ever used the rental PW's at the studio, but they have worked every single time for me.

    I guess I'm going to just have to start socking away money for some.
     
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    Also sock away some money for an umbrella to bounce your light into to soften the shadows. Using a longer lens/wider aperture would have really helped the shot as well. There is nothing wrong with slightly underexposing the background but take the time to find a background that works.

    Example of said umbrella/long lens/wide aperture/underexposed background/one that works. My only regret is that I didn't remove the branch behind their heads.

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    Yeah, i had a long lens and umbrellas too and didn't think to use them for these shots. :hs: Will definitely remember this next time.
     
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    the new PW's are :bowdown:
     
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    Cybersync crew. :wiggle:
     
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    Finally getting around to putting some pics up :hs:


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    I wanted to hang it in the window, but the blinds on the windows were all really dusty and I was worried it would get on the dress.

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    lol sepia

    For the portraits i found out as i was grabbing my gear that i had a little under 30 minutes to shoot everyone. i was extremely nervous and kept having trigger issues with one of my flashes. I am saving for pocket wizards now

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    Here's one of my first MAJOR lessons in posing. Make sure that the people on the outside are not blocking the people in the center of light, especially if it is the bride. live and learn i guess :hs:

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    more of the same issues as my first pic up top, will slow down shutter in the future to properly expose the background.


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    wasn't a lot of room to move around during the cake cutting, there was a table behind me and a pillar behind them.


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    Tried using Girth's idea here, worked ok. I had to chop my wife out of the frame where she was holding the flash - she didn't quite understand what i was telling her to do.

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    Worked a little better with Dad...

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  25. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Some are pretty soft...what lens? You did a good job with the candids.
     

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