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May 31, 2010 08:39 |  #1

Mine is Cutting peoples' feet off!!! Urghhh, I keep doing it without realising, I'm going to write myself a message on my hand next wedding to remind myself to not do it. Would love to hear what your is - but you're probably perfect:)


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May 31, 2010 12:03 |  #2

Taking too many redundant pictures. I end up w/ a ton that are great, but redundant....thankfull​y, it's just digital space :)


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May 31, 2010 12:19 |  #3

I am just the opposite of KSP in that I still have a film mind set and need to dump that and take more images. Having shot on film for over 50 years it will require me to take shots freely.


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May 31, 2010 12:27 |  #4

Mine is probably that I tend to crop in the camera and then it is difficult for others to order different print sizes as something will end up getting cut off if they are printed in a different aspect ratio than what it was shot with. I always have to remind myself to include more than I really want in the frame.


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May 31, 2010 12:45 |  #5

Deleting picture on the spot as soon as I know it was wrong. Should never done that, but bad habit is hard to get rid of.




  
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May 31, 2010 14:11 |  #6

Joe Ravenstein wrote in post #10276362 (external link)
I am just the opposite of KSP in that I still have a film mind set and need to dump that and take more images. Having shot on film for over 50 years it will require me to take shots freely.

I was there, Joe!
I was so used to shooting rolls of 2 1/4, I did a couple of things: 1) I found myself mentally keeping track of the number of images and when I got to 20 started thinking about changing the roll. 2) Shooting film, my waste factor was about 2% because of how selective I was as a result of costs. Always thought every time I tripped the shutter, I spent a dollar. I used to come out of a wedding with about 400 "good" images. When I switched to digital, it was really hard to lose that mentality.
I've grown as a photographer and still have about the same waste factor but now shoot between 800 to 1000 images in an 8 hour wedding.
My worst habit? During posed stuff (park, formals) before every shot I'll say" OK, here we go" I hate it and can't seem to stop. Once I'm in the zone,......... old habits.




  
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May 31, 2010 15:00 |  #7
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Not taking enough pictures


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May 31, 2010 16:50 |  #8

Accidental tilting.

KSPhotography wrote in post #10276292 (external link)
Taking too many redundant pictures. I end up w/ a ton that are great, but redundant....thankfull​y, it's just digital space :)

I do that, but it's to make sure I get one in focus.


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May 31, 2010 19:56 |  #9

images by Paul wrote in post #10276881 (external link)
before every shot I'll say" OK, here we go" I hate it and can't seem to stop. Once I'm in the zone,......... old habits.

Verbals - Just recently I have called a few of the Grooms by another name:oops:. This is always followed by a couple of seconds of awkward silence by all within earshot.


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May 31, 2010 20:39 |  #10

I forget couples names quite often, so i've taken to writing names on the inside of my left wrist. One of my assistants jobs is to remember names for me. I remember people, but when i'm hurried or stressed names often escape me.


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Jun 01, 2010 08:51 |  #11

tim wrote in post #10278901 (external link)
I forget couples names quite often, so i've taken to writing names on the inside of my left wrist. One of my assistants jobs is to remember names for me. I remember people, but when i'm hurried or stressed names often escape me.

I meet the bridal party and get all their names. Then I tell them I'm being up front and that by day's end I won't remember any of their names. It usually gets a laugh and I'm covered if I call someone the wrong name! I, too, am really bad with names. Especially with a large group.
This past Saturday's wedding had two bridesmaids. Janelle and Kyle. I was constantly calling Kyle either Kylie or Kelly.
I mean, after all isn't Kyle a guy's name??? LOL




  
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Jun 01, 2010 09:11 |  #12

To echo some of Tim's comments:

I'm shocked by how often I fail to hold the camera straight. I've shot film for years and always made sure my composure was 100% before pulling the trigger. Where did that basic skill go? I assume it was lost with the idea of shooting more freely and taking 800 exposures instead of 200.

I'm pretty good about remembering the couple's name, but I don't even try to learn the party's names. Ed Pierce wears one of his small targets around his neck onto which he's attached a note with everyone's names including the parents. But I think everyone understands when I say, "hey, you there, the third from the left, slide in a little more."

What I wish I could do is better remember what everyone looks like. Most of the time, I meet with the couple at the time of contract which may be a year or more in advance. After that, most of the remaining interaction is via e-mail and phone. And I've met with oodles of other couples since then. By the time there wedding day arrives, I don't recall their faces at all. I shot a wedding this weekend and didn't realize the groom was standing right next to me for a good 10 minutes before someone finally called him by name. :rolleyes:


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Jun 01, 2010 13:37 |  #13

Peacefield wrote in post #10281558 (external link)
To echo some of Tim's comments:

I'm shocked by how often I fail to hold the camera straight. I've shot film for years and always made sure my composure was 100% before pulling the trigger. Where did that basic skill go? I assume it was lost with the idea of shooting more freely and taking 800 exposures instead of 200.


I'm pretty good about remembering the couple's name, but I don't even try to learn the party's names. Ed Pierce wears one of his small targets around his neck onto which he's attached a note with everyone's names including the parents. But I think everyone understands when I say, "hey, you there, the third from the left, slide in a little more."


What I wish I could do is better remember what everyone looks like. Most of the time, I meet with the couple at the time of contract which may be a year or more in advance. After that, most of the remaining interaction is via e-mail and phone. And I've met with oodles of other couples since then. By the time there wedding day arrives,
I don't recall their faces at all. I shot a wedding this weekend and didn't realize the groom was standing right next to me for a good 10 minutes before someone finally called him by name. :rolleyes:

I had that very same problem as well, especially those that book a year in advance. One of my first weddings, I didn't realize the groom was there for a good half an hour or so. It was embarrassing.

Now I make it a point to take my camera with me when they sign the contract, take a shot of them together and when I get a chance at home, print out their shot and attach that to the contract, really helps :)




  
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Jun 01, 2010 13:41 |  #14

Peacefield wrote in post #10281558 (external link)
To echo some of Tim's comments:

I'm shocked by how often I fail to hold the camera straight. I've shot film for years and always made sure my composure was 100% before pulling the trigger. Where did that basic skill go? I assume it was lost with the idea of shooting more freely and taking 800 exposures instead of 200.

I'm pretty good about remembering the couple's name, but I don't even try to learn the party's names. Ed Pierce wears one of his small targets around his neck onto which he's attached a note with everyone's names including the parents. But I think everyone understands when I say, "hey, you there, the third from the left, slide in a little more."

What I wish I could do is better remember what everyone looks like. Most of the time, I meet with the couple at the time of contract which may be a year or more in advance. After that, most of the remaining interaction is via e-mail and phone. And I've met with oodles of other couples since then. By the time there wedding day arrives, I don't recall their faces at all. I shot a wedding this weekend and didn't realize the groom was standing right next to me for a good 10 minutes before someone finally called him by name. :rolleyes:

About a year ago, I had the idea that I would take a shot with my cell phone camera of everyone that contracted with me. Then I would keep it with their folder so that on their wedding day, I could recognize them. I never implemented the idea and when I'm surprised like you were on Saturday, I think of doing it again.




  
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Jun 01, 2010 13:52 |  #15

I've thought the same thing about maybe taking a photo for the folder, but haven't done it yet either. The reality is, forget the groom, I sometimes don't even recognize the bride. We're arriving before her gown or veil go on, of course, so we're walking into this room of a half dozen strange women in robes and sweats . . . I don't know which one is the bride! And even if I took a picture, they always look so different.

In January, I worked with a very large bride with a pretty distinctive appearance. But she looked so different with the professionally done hair and make-up, I couldn't believe it was the same person. And then when they came to see their images afterwards, she looked like the women I met nearly a year ago. But I have NO idea who was wearing that wedding dress because it sure didn't seem to be her!


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