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My wedding photographer... OMG :-( !

 
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Dec 19, 2011 13:38 |  #16

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #13568259 (external link)
I got married in Brazil 5 days ago. Congrats to me :-) (And i am still here until January :-)

Congrats!

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #13568259 (external link)
She (The photographer) was using a Nikon Crop with a kit lens (I would think that FF is the norm for a wedding?)..

My wedding photographer was using a Nikon Crop camera. Our pictures turned out great.

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #13568259 (external link)
She was using direct flash all the time without a defuser...

One doesn't necessarily need a diffuser...

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #13568259 (external link)
When i asked the misses to ask if i could have the RAW files she didn't even know what RAW was...

That is pretty bad. If photography is one's profession, they should be knowledgeable in it enough to know what RAW is, even if they choose not to use it.

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I had my 60D with me with my 17-55mm, she commented at the end that her dream is to have my camera....
We paid the equivalent of 400 British pounds..

You get what you pay for. As others have mentioned above, did you check out her portfolio first before hiring her? What do those images look like?


On a side note, when my wife and I were getting ready to make save-the-date cards, we asked one of our friends to go to the beach with us and take our pictures for us. She only has an XSi and kit lens. I also brought my 50 1.8 for her to use that day as well. As far as how to use all the settings on her camera or what RAW is or how to change depth of field, she was pretty clueless. Even so, her eye for composition and creative ideas for shots were pretty good. I took the photos and did post processing on them myself (not much was even needed) and we got several really great shots to use on our save-the-date cards.

So, I guess I'm saying, it might not be as bad as you may have initially thought. The only way to really get any idea would be to see her portfolio of work.


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Dec 19, 2011 14:55 |  #17

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Sounds like you aren't married! 1st rule of marriage: wives are never wrong :lol:

Nick. Congrats on the wedding. Just do not forget rule #1, and your marriage will last a long time. If you expect the worst from the photographer, who did not 'appear' to be a pro, the pics might be ok, or even better. Keep your fingers crossed on the pics. My wife and I did not get the pics that we wanted, when we got married, so we got dressed up again, and took some formal poses with a timer. We still have one of them blown up, and hanging on the wall.


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Dec 19, 2011 17:54 |  #18

Funny how this photographer is judged on their kit rather their somewhat ability or creativity. But just trying to brighten up the mood here, for all we know, the photographer might be kick-ass at photoshop and produce some very nice shots!! =P


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Dec 19, 2011 17:59 |  #19

If the photog turns out to be pretty good then the wife will be happy. If not, she will get on your case for not interfering and helping her choose a photog. Basically, you can't win, so don't even try :-)


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Dec 19, 2011 18:02 |  #20

bohdank wrote in post #13570490 (external link)
If the photog turns out to be pretty good then the wife will be happy. If not, she will get on your case for not interfering and helping her choose a photog. Basically, you can't win, so don't even try :-)

LOL. I agree. +1


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Dec 19, 2011 18:07 |  #21
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d3m0n_edge wrote in post #13570465 (external link)
Funny how this photographer is judged on their kit rather their somewhat ability or creativity. But just trying to brighten up the mood here, for all we know, the photographer might be kick-ass at photoshop and produce some very nice shots!! =P

You do realize that the cameras and lenses are the tools. You need the right tools for the job. There are inferior tools and better ones. There are tools that can break. There are tools that would make the jobs done a lot faster and easier. The argument about not the gear that does the job is getting old.


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Dec 19, 2011 18:24 |  #22

I'd rather one of my mates decked out with FF cameras and L primes photographing my wedding than Dennis Reggie with a kit lens and built in flash, but that's just me.

Hope they turn out well though, I have seen decent shots with that setup so definitely there is hope there

Congrats on getting married! That's the important thing :) Happy relationship, great wife - who cares about the photos :)


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Dec 19, 2011 18:24 as a reply to  @ TooManyShots's post |  #23

I just scanned our weddings negatives from 15+ years ago.
Photographer was total moron or (and) drunk (which wasn't unusual back then).
But we were in focus and I'm glad we have at least something.
Wish you to look at your photos from wedding after 15+ of happy marriage. ;)


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Dec 19, 2011 18:26 |  #24

Congrats!!!

Nick_Reading.UK wrote in post #13568259 (external link)
She (The photographer) was using a Nikon Crop with a kit lens (I would think that FF is the norm for a wedding?)...

The Nikon D5100 has lots of features. One of which is selective colouring in built! According to Nikon ads, it allows for creative photos making your portraits and weddings poop-out. :D So if she is using this camera you are golden!

I had my 60D with me with my 17-55mm, she commented at the end that her dream is to have my camera....

Yes, despite the vehement denials from many nikonians, the genuine professionals secretly lust to go to Canon. :razz:
I think it's the thin red line.


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Dec 19, 2011 18:40 |  #25

delhi wrote in post #13570624 (external link)
Congrats!!!


The Nikon D5100 has lots of features. One of which is selective colouring in built! According to Nikon ads, it allows for creative photos making your portraits and weddings poop-out. :D So if she is using this camera you are golden!


Yes, despite the vehement denials from many nikonians, the genuine professionals secretly lust to go to Canon. :razz:
I think it's the thin red line.

My first one did.;):)


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Dec 19, 2011 18:44 |  #26

Lol.


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Dec 19, 2011 21:32 |  #27

My dear old dad used to say "there are photographers, then there is them that takes pictures".....


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Dec 19, 2011 21:43 |  #28

Knobspinner wrote in post #13569051 (external link)
You let your wife pick the photog! Best move ever, you have nothing to worry about. No matter how they turn out, don't complain. The memories are the important part, the photos are there just to jog the memory.

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Dec 19, 2011 22:16 |  #29

FF is not a necessity (I've shot a couple of weddings with a pair of 30Ds), but using a kit lens is much more of a worry (slow focus, not really fast enough, etc)...I didn't diffuse my flashes either, I bounced them off the ceilings and used remote flashes to fill as well...

But...I think you're right to be worried, really interested in seeing what the pics look like :D


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Dec 19, 2011 22:18 |  #30

TooManyShots wrote in post #13570523 (external link)
You do realize that the cameras and lenses are the tools. You need the right tools for the job. There are inferior tools and better ones. There are tools that can break. There are tools that would make the jobs done a lot faster and easier. The argument about not the gear that does the job is getting old.

I think you might be missing the point. It's just as possible to take great photos with gear you would consider 'inferior' as it is to take crap photos with a Mark II and L primes. It's ultimately the photographer that matters. For just about anything but sports, you could conceivably use any number of camera bodies from beginner to professional, and still turn out a very professional looking product. The argument may be getting old to you but it's very true.


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