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Apr 18, 2012 14:22 |  #1

Any of you wedding phtogs that work as a team use a wireless headseet to communicate that you'd recommend? Thanks!


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Apr 18, 2012 20:56 |  #2

Hah, this sounds like a neat idea. I've thought it would be handy for us to have walkie talkies for shooting weddings on large estates...however, there are always cell phones...


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Apr 18, 2012 21:15 as a reply to  @ brokensocial's post |  #3

My wife and I use Garmin Rino650 with eBay "secret service" style acoustic air tube headsets when we shoot rally's, we haven't shot a wedding since we got the radios, but they cold be useful in the church (whispering) or when we are separated so we don't need to yell


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Apr 18, 2012 21:17 |  #4

thanks!


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Apr 18, 2012 21:18 |  #5

Beware the frequencies in use by the church if they have wireless mics on the officiant and/or the happy couple...


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Apr 19, 2012 00:14 |  #6

Reminds me of the Zach and Jody workshop. The way they used it, it seemed very effective. I will probably get a set when I have a set 2nd shooter.


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Apr 19, 2012 01:11 |  #7

I tried it. Didn't like it. First you have this extra radio attached to your body, when you already have a bunch of crap attached to your body and swinging around all over the place. It's easy for the earpiece cord to get tangled with all the camera and bag straps all over the place. We attached the radios to our belts. They occasionally fell off. It feels very awkward to wear the radio on the belt when you sit down into your car. And then during receptions, everything is already so loud that you can't even hear what the other person is saying anyways.

After a few weddings bumbling around with radios, we just reverted back to our hand signals. Works much better.


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Apr 19, 2012 01:23 as a reply to  @ picturecrazy's post |  #8

I have a friend that is an NBA photographer and his wife is usually in the upper lever and they are looking for the same thing..phone service is crap in the arena, it useless!

Any 2 way communication advice would be great!!

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Apr 19, 2012 04:06 |  #9

Try mobile phone and a bluetooth headset. All the benefits and no cables to get in the way.


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Apr 19, 2012 06:02 as a reply to  @ Tiberius's post |  #10

Well we ended up going with this set http://www.123radios.c​om/BuyItNow.asp?PID=53​01 (external link) & in line ear pieces, not wireless. Yeah. Lloyd I thought about the aggravation of having yet something else on my body but I hope I can find a way to stick mine either in my ShootSac or clip it to the Shoot Sac strap. My husband will have to deal with his being on his belt :) I also thought about the cell & blutooth but you'd have to actually call each other, right? I just didn't think that would work out so well, maybe I miised soemthing on thinking that one over. We'll see how it goes! We mainly wanted the communication for when we aren't in each other's sight, such as when I'm shooting the bride & girls, & he's shooting the guys - trying to keep them from seeing each other when they aren't doing a First Look is sometimes stressful.


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Apr 19, 2012 08:04 |  #11

Michelle Brooks Photography wrote in post #14291418 (external link)
We mainly wanted the communication for when we aren't in each other's sight, such as when I'm shooting the bride & girls, & he's shooting the guys - trying to keep them from seeing each other when they aren't doing a First Look is sometimes stressful.

yeah, this is definitely the time of the day that communication between you guys is the most important, isn't it!?
we usually text each other during this part of the day if we need to.
i hate doing that at any other part of the day though, so unproffessional to me!

this past weekend, i kept asking a bridesmaid to call the other half of the bridal party haha

good luck with the walkie-talkies though!


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Apr 19, 2012 08:07 |  #12

I absolutely used headset radios when I did weddings. It was invaluable to see where my assistant was, what shots they could get, where was the equipment, etc. Highly recommended.


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Apr 19, 2012 10:24 |  #13

This was an interesting tidbit on that link you posted.

"These Walkie-Talkies are light duty personal walkie-talkies and cannot be licensed for Business use. 123radios.com specializes in Business Walkie-Talkies and we gladly refer our business customers to our Business Walkie-Talkie Department."


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Apr 19, 2012 10:41 |  #14

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This was an interesting tidbit on that link you posted.

"These Walkie-Talkies are light duty personal walkie-talkies and cannot be licensed for Business use. 123radios.com specializes in Business Walkie-Talkies and we gladly refer our business customers to our Business Walkie-Talkie Department."

Yeah, I saw that too, Bryan, but the rep who helped me told me that was there because they deal with a lot of big companies that buy mass volumes & need licensing. She said our situation wouldn't fall into that category. Is there soemthing in particualr you feel would be a problem? I mean, why would need our set licensed??


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Apr 19, 2012 13:32 |  #15

Michelle Brooks Photography wrote in post #14292613 (external link)
Yeah, I saw that too, Bryan, but the rep who helped me told me that was there because they deal with a lot of big companies that buy mass volumes & need licensing. She said our situation wouldn't fall into that category. Is there soemthing in particualr you feel would be a problem? I mean, why would need our set licensed??

I have no idea, and no problem with it. I am really happy to hear that you talked to a rep too. I just wanted to mention it because I saw it. I would love to know how these work for you!


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