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Apr 03, 2012 21:58 |  #1

So I attended my cousins wedding this past weekend and brought my gear to get some practice. My uncle is having me shoot his wedding in a couple of weeks and im trying to get as much out of this as i can so any help is appreciated! theres more on my blog:

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Apr 03, 2012 22:03 |  #2

Your doing both no charge?




  
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Apr 03, 2012 22:26 |  #3

This one was no charge but I am charging my uncle though. Im not sure how much yet but I know its not free and my cousin had already hired photographer so I just did it for practice.




  
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Apr 03, 2012 23:34 |  #4

Based on these, I wouldn't charge - especially a family member - do them for free, gain expierience.




  
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Apr 04, 2012 00:28 |  #5

tmoore323 wrote in post #14206537 (external link)
Based on these, I wouldn't charge - especially a family member - do them for free, gain experience.

Agreed. I'd like the first two if they were cropped more. Skin tone is off on 3 & 4. 4 looks a like a snapshot because the subjects are not isolated from the background. Camera in portrait mode would have helped or tighter in or not in front of the window. I see the look that you were going for but it doesn't work for me.

Edit: for 4 crop the LHS just behind the bride and the RHS just to the right of the man in the rear. Then fade him out even more.


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Apr 04, 2012 08:00 |  #6

3/4 def look overexposed to me.


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Apr 04, 2012 09:52 |  #7

Thanks guys, I know I need more experience so I doing these for practice. I'm still working on skin tones I haven't really gotten them down yet. but thanks!




  
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Apr 04, 2012 10:38 |  #8

Eman. wrote in post #14208194 (external link)
Thanks guys, I know I need more experience so I doing these for practice. I'm still working on skin tones I haven't really gotten them down yet. but thanks!

Which is why you shouldn't charge, give them as a gift to your Uncle.




  
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Apr 04, 2012 12:51 |  #9

Here's my critique:
#2: color balance could be improved--too warm. I also wish the officiant wasn't lurking in the background during this moment. Sometimes you can't control where people are, but I might have composed from the centre aisle so that the couple covered the officiant rather than making him a component of the composition.
#3 looks good. Shoot a little wider when things are in flux and worry about cropping later. I'd have liked the bouquet in the shot. Alternatively you could have framed with less deadspace to the right.
#4 an example of a shot that separates the pros from the non-pros. A pro would know the effect of backlighting and compensate for it (i'd have stopped down a fair bit and bounced flash off the ceiling to light the subjects. Alternatively: stand on the window side..
Also--I know you weren't shooting as the main photographer, but why wait for the one moment for which it is clear they aren't looking at you ? I'd have accepted that I was a second shooter and just waited for a better candid moment.



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Apr 04, 2012 18:25 |  #10

During these shots I was more of a spectator then a photographer but I do agree that I should have excepted myself as the second photographer. Thanks everyone for your help! i will definitely take all of this into my uncles wedding. I will post up pictures from that wedding too! Thanks again!!




  
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Apr 04, 2012 18:31 |  #11

Eman. wrote in post #14210651 (external link)
During these shots I was more of a spectator then a photographer but I do agree that I should have excepted myself as the second photographer. Thanks everyone for your help! i will definitely take all of this into my uncles wedding. I will post up pictures from that wedding too! Thanks again!!

And don't charge, if this is family and you dissapoint, it will cause more issues then it's worth for a few bucks.

To be brutally honest I went through your flicker stream and if you charge now, especially a family member it will cause you nothing but grief....




  
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Apr 04, 2012 23:42 |  #12

Yea I wasn't going to charge, This made me understand how much I still need to learn.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 00:04 |  #13

You need to use portait more rather than landscape or every shot. Especially for the kiss IMO.

Edit: Your images on your blog look better than the ones posted here. I don't think these are a very good representation of your work. I see you used portrait for a umber of shots on your blog, but still no portrait of the bride so you can see her whole wedding dress.

I would also try to fill the frame more


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Apr 06, 2012 20:35 |  #14

One thing about being the prime photographer at a wedding is that you have to command all the action. If you expect to do the whole day by just shooting what comes by, you'll be missing a lot of good photographs that the photographer has to arrange and get. Such as asking a group to look at the camera as well as all the after ceremony photos of the wedding party, immediate family, then ones somewhere of just the bride and groom. For the most part, a wedding would be going so quickly you probably won't have a whole lot of time to actually "think", you'll just have to be able to "do" it.




  
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Apr 09, 2012 10:13 |  #15

Thanks a lot guys! and thanks for all the great advise! I really should be only posting my best work. I'll take more command since i'll be the primary photographer.




  
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