My son got married this weekend. Naturally, I was interested in the photographers. There were two. The secondary was a young woman who wore a nice dress. She was shooting a T2i with a variety of middle-quality lenses. I have no agrument about the T2i because I firmly believe that the photographer brings 99% to the table. Although she did take one shot of me with a bright window in the background and told me that she would be able to fix it up in Photoshop. Okay, okay, she was the secondary and could be cut a little slack due to inexperience. But there was no way she was going to fix a 3 stop underexposure in post-processing. I didn't pursue the point because I wasn't looking for an argument.
The primary photographer was wearing jeans and a button-down shirt. He also chimped after every shot. But to his credit, he wasn't praying and spraying. I couldn't tell what camera he was using and didn't want to engage him in a conversation that might put him on the defensive and have a possible negative impact on my son and daughter-in-law's photos. He had a flash mounted to the camera. But I don't believe I ever saw it go off. The lighting was not as bad as I've seen, but not great either. I got some grab shots with An Olympus XZ-1 at 400 ISO, f/1.8 and no flash. Both photographers had filters on their lenses. Not one to jump to conclusions, I'm waiting to see what kind of shots they produce before I comment further.
I talked to the secondary later in the day about her companion's dress code. I mentioned that I'd heard that photographers don't try to stick out and that black-on-black is always safe, which is what I commonly wear on an event shoot. She said that was so passe and nobody made a big deal about shooting weddings in jeans. Nevertheless, a few guests, knowing I am a photographer, did ask me about his dress and the flash not going off.
So what's the consensus? Am I out of touch? Was I being an old stuff-shirt?