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Allen ­ K
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Apr 14, 2012 17:41 |  #1

Yeah, another "Wedding First". I was asked by my niece to photograph her wedding. I've photographed some High School sports, some portraits, and headshots, but never a wedding. I took so much advice off of this board and really appreciate the wealth of info available here. I looked at many websites and just practiced. It's taken me a while to think I should post these here, let me know what you think...remember a 1st attempt.

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Apr 14, 2012 20:49 |  #2

I really like 2 & 5 myself, but the last 3 seem under exposed and should had a little more fill flash on their faces, IMO.

Good work for your first time, tho! It's always stressful as I shot my first Quincy last Saturday and I was freaking out bad too.


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Apr 14, 2012 22:08 |  #3

I just posted my first wedding thread too :). Looks like you did a great job. I really like 1-3 and 5 (good emotion on the Bride's face).


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Apr 16, 2012 10:08 as a reply to  @ cueball's post |  #4

I really appreciate the input. It was a fantastic experience. I left the exposures this way as I was going for a sunset/evening look (the outdoor ones were taken about 4:30-5pm, the ambient interior was lit with some gold wall light fixtures). Underexposed the background and filled with flash. I have calibrated monitors but I will increase the exposure a bit and upload again.

Thanks again for the critique...one of the ways I learn.


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Apr 16, 2012 10:12 |  #5

1 & 2 are really cool plus I like 3 but for me the others lack in comparison. That said, the couple themselves will love them.




  
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Apr 17, 2012 01:38 |  #6

Number 1 looks slightly crooked to me. The last 3 seems like either the white balance is too cool or you should add a warming mask as the colors are cold and lifeless.




  
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Apr 17, 2012 10:23 as a reply to  @ gotaudi's post |  #7

Well...then you can see my problem :). Thanks for your input. I spent alot of time in PP deciding how to handle this. I figured many would think that they were cool. If you take him out of the equation, do the photos still look cool (underexposed, yes, but cool?)? That WAS his complextion. He skin was the most ashen and pale skin I've seen in a long time. I have other photos of him in natural light that looked almost ghostly. Her's was on the darkside. I could have warmed him up but I felt it looked unnatural. What do most do in situations like this? Do you PP to make the person look different? Or do you try to give the person their natural coloring?


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Apr 17, 2012 12:19 |  #8

She does have a warmer complexion, what was your white balance 5500K? I think with him complexion I would error on the warmer side. Bring some warmth into the chair in the last shot. If you have Lightroom 4 this would be a great time to use the white balance adjustment brush just on him and warm him up.

Its not really your fault as you stated he does have a cool complexion and that is hard to deal with. In portraits I like seeing warmer colors than cooler colors. with landscapes I tend to like the cooler colors for the most part.




  
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Apr 17, 2012 12:24 |  #9

I would have gone with shallower depth of field for the last three, but that's my style. There's no reason to be at f/22 on those last two shots IMO.


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Apr 17, 2012 13:14 as a reply to  @ gotaudi's post |  #10

gotaudi: WB on the last two shots were 6100+ and 5950 respectively. I have LR3...if LR4 has a brush, this would be a reason to upgrade.

Well, learning is what I'm trying to do. As another poster put it...jumping into "the snake pit". I knew there would be criticism...I'm looking for it.

To Facedodge: appreciate your input. I shot those at f/22 as it was still VERY light outside. Opening up would have not given me the effect I was looking for which was a sunset look. This was a rejected unprocessed practice shot. Again, very much an amateur here... is there another reasonable option to get a sunset look without stopping down?


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Apr 17, 2012 15:10 |  #11

Allen K wrote in post #14281554 (external link)
To Facedodge: appreciate your input. I shot those at f/22 as it was still VERY light outside. Opening up would have not given me the effect I was looking for which was a sunset look. This was a rejected unprocessed practice shot. Again, very much an amateur here... is there another reasonable option to get a sunset look without stopping down?

You could have decreased your ISO to 100, which would have allowed you to open up another stop. Other than that, neutral density filters or high speed sync.




  
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Apr 17, 2012 15:19 |  #12

jkim05

Thanks for the tips. I'll look into filters in the future and start reading up on my HSS.


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Apr 17, 2012 16:09 |  #13

Looks like you could have been at 1/200th and ISO 100. That would have given you two stops. f/11 still would not have been much better.

Better would have been to wait another half hour or whatever until the sunset was a bit dimmer. May not have been possible, I understand.

These aren't horrible. You can try a little photoshop... dodge their faces to add some brightness and try a few background filters after masking off the couple.


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Apr 17, 2012 23:17 |  #14

I can only hope that my first wedding looks comes out as well. Great job. 1-3 are my faces.




  
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Apr 17, 2012 23:40 |  #15

40D has a sync speed of 1/250th. Pick that, minimum ISO, and then set aperture to get the darkness you want. Still not good enough, then push the flash's HSS button (just left of the zoom/wireless button). Then you can use the flash at any speed up to 1/8000th of a second. Then you can pick the aperture you want, but you may have to move the flash closer or use more than one. The distance the flash can reach drops significantly when using HSS. I usually just go Manual 1/1 when using HSS. That will give you a few feet when shooting through an umbrella.


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