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Took my 70-200 F4 to a wedding

 
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Mar 24, 2013 12:24 as a reply to  @ post 15744551 |  #106

Bigger is better ;)


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Mar 24, 2013 21:22 |  #107

Been to quite a few weddings, all my friends know i love to shoot pics, they always tell me to bring my gear. Out of courtesy to the "paid" photographer...when their camera is out..mine is away, but during the reception or fun times...its all fair game


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Mar 24, 2013 22:16 |  #108

Last wedding I went to was my closest friend's. A few of us in her circle are photographers. She and her fiance hired a local professional wedding guy and we met him before the ceremony and he was completely cool about us shooting from different angles. He was moving around getting the really tight close shots of the walk down the aisle,ceremony,ring exchange etc. The other 2 of us were taking pics from the sides getting the shot from different angles and a 3rd fried of ours is a professional videographer so he brought pro video gear to video the whole thing, Funny thing is after it all not only did we all get complimented by the paid photog on our professionalism and spacial awareness (not getting in his way at all) but we ended up friending him on facebook and he took a look through the pics the 2 of us took and the video the 3rd guy took and he asked us if we'd be interested in making some extra cash 2nd shooting with him this summer (he's a 1 man operation no assistant and does a TON of weddings). Funny thing is we each only brought one lens as guests. I took my 50mm 1.8 to remain inconspicous and the other photographer brought an 85mm 1.8 shooting ona 7D.

I figure as a guest at a close friend's wedding I'm not going to take a ton of pics but there are some times with only a single paid photog that stuff is going to happen that needs to be captured. It's all in how you as a guest realize you're there to have a good time and photography happens when it happens.

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just a couple examples. they are somewhat noisy as i used 1600 ISO and no flash (felt it would have really killed the vibe). These pictures were taken at the end of the night party winding down and the bride and groom just happily dancing alone on the dancefloor. Figured it really captured how happy they were so I grabbed my camera and snapped away.

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Mar 25, 2013 14:32 |  #109

icacphotography wrote in post #15751706 (external link)
Last wedding I went to was my closest friend's. A few of us in her circle are photographers. She and her fiance hired a local professional wedding guy and we met him before the ceremony and he was completely cool about us shooting from different angles. He was moving around getting the really tight close shots of the walk down the aisle,ceremony,ring exchange etc. The other 2 of us were taking pics from the sides getting the shot from different angles and a 3rd fried of ours is a professional videographer so he brought pro video gear to video the whole thing, Funny thing is after it all not only did we all get complimented by the paid photog on our professionalism and spacial awareness (not getting in his way at all) but we ended up friending him on facebook and he took a look through the pics the 2 of us took and the video the 3rd guy took and he asked us if we'd be interested in making some extra cash 2nd shooting with him this summer (he's a 1 man operation no assistant and does a TON of weddings). Funny thing is we each only brought one lens as guests. I took my 50mm 1.8 to remain inconspicous and the other photographer brought an 85mm 1.8 shooting ona 7D.

I figure as a guest at a close friend's wedding I'm not going to take a ton of pics but there are some times with only a single paid photog that stuff is going to happen that needs to be captured. It's all in how you as a guest realize you're there to have a good time and photography happens when it happens.

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Great pics and I wouldn't mind an invite as nr two to a wedding. Even number three is fine if there is room for a third.


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Mar 27, 2013 13:22 |  #110

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Just one question, why will you take such a lens as a guest to a wedding?

I'm going to a wedding this weekend as a guest and I've just purchaced a 70-200 f2.8, I asked the bride if it would be OK for me to take my "Big Ass Camera" she has said ok, I still might just take my 100 macro and 17-50 just so im a little more discrete


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Mar 29, 2013 07:08 |  #111

It's (mostly) the people with point & shoots + Iphones that mess up the paid photographers work. People with big lenses know they can shoot from far away and not interfere.


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Mar 30, 2013 13:31 |  #112

sgtbueno wrote in post #15696157 (external link)
Just one question, why will you take such a lens as a guest to a wedding?

Perhaps the poster does not have a 600mm.


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Mar 30, 2013 13:35 |  #113

Looks like this topic has been driven in to the ground...but count me as one who would feel awkward taking my gear to someone else's wedding..as a guest. And even if I was asked by the bride/groom to do so, I would certainly clear it with the paid photographer before I even pulled it out.

"professional courtesy"?

No doubt...times have changed.


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Mar 30, 2013 13:37 |  #114

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Let's not avoid the elephant in the room here... that groom did pretty damn good!

He must have a long......

.....lens. :cool:


Seriously. I'm going to a family member's wedding in May and although I'm taking my 5D3, I'll put on the 40mm pancake to be discreet and snap some photos after the ceremony and at the reception. I may even leave it on "P".


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Mar 30, 2013 13:44 |  #115

I went to a wedding yesterday, I took my whole bag, hopped out of the car with my 70-200 f2.8 on and felt quite arkward, so I put it away and used my 100mm macro, got some good shots without feeling like I was stepping on the Pro's Toes so to speak, at the reception the Pro left almost immediatly so I put my big lens on and got some great shots of the speaches and the cake cutting, I am 100% certain the bride and groom will be glad I did so.


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Apr 01, 2013 11:22 |  #116

You can get some nice images with the 85 1.8.. The 70 to 200 F 2.8 is just a beast *LOL*
I have one, I use it in dark churches to get close. I know people like it but I avoid using it like the plague.


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Apr 05, 2013 06:14 |  #117

IMO, irrespective of what gear the guest carried, and as long as the official photographer's work was not interrupted, there shouldn't be an issue.

I carried my gear to a friend's wedding as a guest and took photographs [with their permission]. I did not come in the official photographer’s way. The only occasions I did notice an annoyed look from the official photographer was when he saw my full frame DLSR [he was using an APS size camera].

I liked the photographs taken by the originator of this thread.


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Apr 05, 2013 06:17 |  #118

Moin wrote in post #15768333 (external link)
It's (mostly) the people with point & shoots + Iphones that mess up the paid photographers work. People with big lenses know they can shoot from far away and not interfere.

Agree.


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Apr 05, 2013 09:10 |  #119

I think the pictures are nice.

But I can't help but smile when imagine a guest playing paparazzi out of the bushes with a whit telephoto when the photographer arranges everybody. :lol:

I've only seen shots like this in disney cartoons. Whatever makes u happy. As long as you're not messing with the pro.

You're there to enjoy yourself. If taking photos makes you enjoy yourself - I say kudos


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Apr 07, 2013 11:10 |  #120

pbelarge wrote in post #15696338 (external link)
I totally disagree. If one has a nice camera/lens and wants to make some images, especially if friends/family will attend, have at it. The OP did a nice job staying out of the way, which the long lens allows for.

For true...Why not bring your good camera/lenses. I do it all the time when I attend weddings. It's good practice.


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