Another wedding photography thread...

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by pgriz, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. ac12

    ac12 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    That is why I leave it to the specialists to shoot weddings.
    I will shoot as a 2nd camera, but never as the 1st.


     
  2. Tabe

    Tabe No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This seems like pipe dream advice. If such a person existed, wouldn't they have been the one to get asked to shoot the wedding (for free or close to it) instead?
     
  3. pgriz

    pgriz Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Whew! That was quite a writeup! As usual keeping up your standard for very high quality of advice, for which I thank you. Last week, I gave them a list of possible pictures, poses, etc., and so forth, and was told that I was overthinking it. So, my last e-mail to the womenfolk (including the bride) that will make this ceremony a success, was:

    "There will be a wedding.
    There will be lots of fun.
    There may be some pictures taken.
    Some may even be suitable for sharing or printing."

    And their answer was: "NOW you got it!"

    The whole ceremony will be outside, and the current forecast is for warm and sunny weather. The actual reception will be in a huge tent (white) which is being set up on the same grounds. The wedding party is relatively small (about 80 people). A number of people will be camping on the resort grounds, and I've been warned that our accommodations are "rustic". So high formality and button-down dress is definitely not what's going to happen.

    I have a checklist of images that I plan to take, which corresponds more or less to what you have described. I also have been told that a friend of my sister-in-law , who has a commanding presence and the ability to herd cats, kids, and intoxicated relatives, will be the designated "corraller-in-chief". A few Christmases ago, I took a number of "formals" of her family which are now hanging as prints in their houses, so I know I can rely on her to help get the right shots.

    I've two camera bodies, four flashes, various modifiers and diffusers, four sets of memory cards for each camera, and enough batteries to power a Tesla factory. I will also arrive a day early to scout out the venue, prepare my positions, and set up whatever equipment I will need. The fact that I will have a big white tent on premises means that I have my backdrop, and large reflector already in place. As there will be an officiant, but no official clergy, it appears that I will be able to use fill flash (if necessary) without creating too much disruption.

    My wife and several daughters already told me that I'm expected on the dance floor, without the camera, so I've got my "out" if I really need it.

    At this point, I've done all the prep that I can, and everything has been charged, tested and checked. So the operating instructions seem to be:

    Stay loose.
    Be in the moment.
    Have fun.
    Don't trip over the cake.
     
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  4. pgriz

    pgriz Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Update. It rained up to about 20 minutes before the outdoor ceremony happened. Then the umbrellas were put away, chairs were wiped dry, and things started more or less on schedule. The sky was overcast, meaning that harsh shadows did NOT happen. Fill flash did a good job of creating highlights. Fun was had by all. Pretty much all the shots I've planned for happened organically. Quite a few shots were actually pretty good straight out of the camera, so those I gave to the wedding party. The rest are being pared down to maybe 50-100 for printing. These I'll work on over the evenings of the next week or two. Equipment worked perfectly. I ended using only three sets of batteries (one for the camera, two for the flash). For those who care about such things, I've started with ISO 1600 outside and in the tent, then moved it up to ISO 3200 and 6400 as it got darker. Flash was set up in High-speed mode (to handle shutter speeds above my sync speed), on top of a tall bracket, and with a small diffuser. No red-eye, plenty of specular highlights on the irises, and the flash power was enough to provide just the right amount of brightening. High-ISO noise was surprisingly minimal (used a T7i as the main camera, with my T1i as backup). In the tent, bounce flash was quite adequate for overall lighting. It turned out to be a no-stress exercise and every family group had their own series of shots. Even the kids cooperated. As I mentioned in earlier posts, the whole wedding party was very laid-back and relaxed. I can say I had a very, very good time.

    Thanks to "tirediron", "TCambell", "ac2" and others for helpful advice. Believe it or not, I internalized it and when it was time to actually do the photography, things just flowed.
     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    pics or it didnt happen!
     
  6. pgriz

    pgriz Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Some pics...

    Note. some pics removed for privacy reasons.
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    And there are many, many more. Not to mention all the smartphone pics, videos, etc.
     
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    dat ring shot! smart.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well done sir.
     
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