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Feb 01, 2012 06:04 |  #1

I was asked recently to take some pictures at a friends wedding. I was really nervous as I prefer to shoot sport, and I had never done anything like this before. I am after some honest critique to see where I am at with my photography. I do not plan on doing anything like this again in the near future, but I never say never. So it would be nice to hear some honest truth.

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Feb 01, 2012 06:29 |  #2

If you want honesty, then I have to say that I do not like the backgrounds at all. Rusty shutters and brick walls do not do it for me.
White wedding dresses and black suits are bad enough but when you throw in a black car as well contrast will be a problem.
So, my advice would be to work on the environment for the photos as they make or break a potentially good picture of the event.


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Feb 01, 2012 15:38 |  #3

I like the urban grunge fell the BG gives. The second ones lighting is a little flat though. Reflectors are natural lights best friend.


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Feb 01, 2012 16:29 |  #4

If you notice, the skin tones in the first are completely different than in the second. The vignette in the first is quite strong, and I'm not super crazy about the composition or crop of either.


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Feb 01, 2012 17:03 |  #5

I agree with Randi and Openingshok. Vignette is too strong in my opinion-over powers the subjects. Second one is flat and needs some editing but love brick walls and antique settings!


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Feb 01, 2012 19:28 |  #6

Vignette is kinda bothering me too. On the 2nd pic, you should adjust the WB and on the 1st pic her dress shouldnt be behind the car. Hope that helps. :)


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Feb 01, 2012 22:17 |  #7

Thank you all for your replys, I have taken note of everything.

The location of these photos was chosen by the bride and groom as it has a meaning to them, and I do not know why. It would not have been my first choice either. The wedding was on a beach so I would have preferred to do photos there. I see what you mean about the Vignette, that was something I was recently taught at a club to highlight the subject of the photo. Maybe I might start the photos again and leave out the Vignette.

Thank you again for your comments, I really appreciate it.


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Feb 02, 2012 22:58 |  #8

I'd go B+W for 1 to 'clean up' the background--it's actually a decent shot, though I'd also pull the vignette power down just a little !



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Feb 03, 2012 06:49 |  #9
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position matters, the groom looks like something growing in his head, pic 1, Pic2 , you did not focus on them or aperture was incorrect.


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Feb 03, 2012 06:50 |  #10
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pic 2 is blue cast, bring it down


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Feb 04, 2012 13:33 |  #11

My uneducated opinion:

1) Crop both photos tighter

2) Blur the background

3) Loose vignetting

4) Lighten up faces in #2


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Feb 07, 2012 21:08 |  #12

I agree with some of previous posts, too much background, crop a little tighter and be careful on background objects running into your subjects. On first photo, I would have gone for a lower camera angle looking up and from the left, it would have contrasted the couple against the brick and eliminated the rusty door. The ductwork in the middle of shot no.2 detracts from the overall photo, once again a tighter crop and having shot from a slightly left angle would have eliminated that.


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