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First year shooting weddings, critique a couple shots?

 
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Jun 30, 2014 10:41 |  #1

Picked up my first DSLR last September and got hooked like you wouldn't believe. Second-shot a couple weddings in the spring, and now this is the second wedding I've covered as the primary. Just starting to work through the images, these were the few I put up for the couple the night of the wedding. Let me know what you think, and what you'd tweak! Thanks!

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IMAGE: https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3883/14542468742_8a8d6718e9_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/oa4X​iG] (external link)IMG_9299 (external link) by Simon Mellick (external link), on Flickr
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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/oa4X​zy] (external link)IMG_3540 (external link) by Simon Mellick (external link), on Flickr
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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/nSEb​Qo] (external link)IMG_3168 (external link) by Simon Mellick (external link), on Flickr
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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/nSEx​es] (external link)IMG_3129 (external link) by Simon Mellick (external link), on Flickr

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Jun 30, 2014 15:48 |  #2

Tough crowd!


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Jun 30, 2014 16:03 |  #3

I am no professional by any means (and for the most part, I struggle with people / portrait photos), but I really like these. The lighting looks really good to me, nice variation of poses / settings. I REALLY like the 3rd one. Nice job.


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Jun 30, 2014 16:25 |  #4

love #3, one is really good too.


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Jun 30, 2014 16:26 |  #5

btw, no comments is usually good as people struggle to find flaws and move along.


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Jun 30, 2014 19:49 |  #6

Thanks for the comments. Thoughts on processing?

Number 1 was a fun shot, it was in an outdoor tent about an hour before sunset, so I shot at 1000/s to kill the ambient.


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Jul 01, 2014 02:08 |  #7

Some great ideas and concepts. Pretty good for a second go as the main shooter!

Some things that I see:

#1 could use a little more fill on the bride and groom. Maybe adjust the exposure and blow out the backlight for more effect.

#2 has great composition, but the bride looks like she is trying to watch her step, which takes away from your image. Any shots of the both of them looking at camera or where the bride is less "distracted"?

#3 is good but perhaps only expose the bride's eyes and/or hide her nose more. It looks a little weird with only part of her nose. Her solitary bang is also a distraction and should be cloned out. Also there seems to be some light leak that is casting a warm light on the groom's flower and white shirt. Seems out of place since you shot in open shade and have no dapple light on the bride.

#4 is a great idea, though some of the wedding party looks unprepared.

The groomsmen on the far left has not fully completed his cool guy look with his sunglasses, thus making him look like he has no eyes.

The best man (?) is the only guy with his jacket unbuttoned and tie flapping in the wind.

Maybe have the bride and groom equal, with everyone else being behind them?

Great expressions from the first and last bridesmaids. Middle one is looking at the ground (like #2) and is the only one not wearing heels.

Processing is good, but has quite a bit of magenta. I would back off the magenta and warm it up with the curves.

Finally, watermark is for POTN use and not on the final images? If so, I would consider sizing them down and making them more transparent.


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Jul 01, 2014 11:18 |  #8

Agree with short wave. Number 2 is not a keeper with her looking at the ground. If nothing else, you might have another shot with her looking up, or at least not down that you can overlay on this one if it is the only good one. And the focus point seems off. Based on the hedge line, the focus seems to be in front of them at least a little bit. If you got in close on the couple, I would think they would likely be more than a bit soft.
On number 3, if you would have at least gotten rid of the nostils on her nose, it would have been a bit better. Having just part of nostrils showing just seems off. I am not as worried about the lighting.
And unfortunately #4 is also not a keeper unless you got nothing else from that particular walk. The two ladies on the right are not focused on the camera. The gentleman with the glasses partially covering his eyes absolutely destroys it to me.
This is just me being picky, if I was not looking for something to be critical of, the shots would likely work for most people as is. Just trying to point out even the small things that will hopefully be things I look for as well in the future.


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Jul 02, 2014 13:12 |  #9

1. Love the first image the most of out of the bunch.
2. The bride does not look flattering at all, though I do like the composition and the idea of the shot.
3. I would have more interaction between bride and groom. Maybe if she was hugging him from behind and her hands/arm was shown hugging him. But the connection between the couple and the camera is great.
4. I'd love to see more happiness, haha, and maybe more couple-y interactions between the bride and the groom. Holding hands, looking at each other, etc.

In terms of post-processing, I think it could use consistency. The first image has high-contrast, whereas the second and third has very little. I would think they were from different weddings because of the inconsistency.

Hope this helps!


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Jul 02, 2014 13:22 |  #10

You must be a quick study to get to this point that quickly. Agree with a lot of the above, but to add my two cents, if there's anyway you could edit out the sheer/curtain behind the couple in the first I think it would be that much stronger. Great concept either way, though.


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Jul 02, 2014 19:44 |  #11

#2 did u catch the bride while she was blinking?


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Jul 02, 2014 20:41 |  #12

chight wrote in post #17007560external link
You must be a quick study to get to this point that quickly. Agree with a lot of the above, but to add my two cents, if there's anyway you could edit out the sheer/curtain behind the couple in the first I think it would be that much stronger. Great concept either way, though.


I'm just grateful to live in a world where anyone with a few basic resources, combined with internet tutorials and message boards, can basically be whatever they want to be. There's still a ton of holes in my game, but I've been lucky enough to book about 7 weddings my first year shooting. Pretty life changing as a year ago I was a 29 year old bartender with no exit strategy in sight.

As I go through all the photos, I've definitely found a few with much better expressions for number 2.

Appreciate all the input!

Simon


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