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Sep 29, 2014 22:58 |  #1

I was invited to a friends wedding and while I did their engagement pictures I told them I didn't feel comfortable being responsible for the wedding pictures. They hired a photographer and I'm not saying his name because I didn't really get a good vibe from him. He was really arrogant and spent most of his time hanging out chatting with people while I was getting pictures. There were a few times I felt things just were not right. The first pic I have on here he had half the group in the shade and half in the sun, I mentioned it and he just said oh it will come out fine don't worry about it. Since he was being paid I just left him alone and tried not to get in his way while he was shooting. Oh and he shot a Nikon...lol Anyway, keeping in mind that I was not the main shooter, can I get some CC on these pics?

This is the one I didn't like the lighting

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I did get a lot of the candid shots he wouldn't take though...lol

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This pic is of the bride realizing the boy standing next to her is her nephew that she thought wasn't going to be able to fly in. Oh and the paid guy missed these shots too.

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This is my gf and one of the other bridesmaids, they were swatting gnats from each other...lol

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Anyway, just curious what you guys thought of these pics. I was shooting with my 5D mark ii and mostly stuck with my EF 100 f2.8 lens. It seemed to give me some of the crispest shots.

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Sep 29, 2014 23:27 |  #3

Hi there,

I'm not going to comment on the other photographers behaviour... as for the photos, I'm just going to give you my flat out opinion so please don't be offended if I sound harsh.

1. Not everyone is looking at your cam..... but one of the girls is, Which makes me think you were shooting alongside the paid photographer during the family portrait. Hopefully the photographer got a shot of everyone looking at him since that's what he was there to be paid to do...
2. Again, people looking everywhere... needs PP to lighten it up, create some contrast.. or something. it's very flat
3. Did you notice this shot is out of focus and blurry?
4. Again, out of focus.. her bouquet which is in focus and it's not even really in the shot. I'd Bin it
5. Still looks out of focus, flat. Much better framing though, the whole frame is filled with the subjects and composition works.
6. Framing - too much head space, your cutting off the bridesmaids arm, and the brides bouquet
7. I take it again you were standing next to the paid photographer here?
8. Fun photo, again better framing, no-one is missing any limbs.. but it's still really soft. You have motion blur which says to me your shutter speed wasn't high enough. 100m is a long enough lens that you've got to bump up your shutter speeds. what do you think?
9. Great masks, but there's just no composition in this photo. It looks like you've just see two people posing for a photo and snapped a pic of them as you were walking by...
10. Hugging shots can be fantastic emotion. And it's not a bad shot.. just a shame there's not more of her face in it.. but you can't do a whole lot about that.
11. Sorry, but tilting the camera on an angle ruins it for me.
12. Again, blurry and flat
13. Nice look captured, framed better, but again I'm so sorry but it's blurry.



Again sorry if that seems harsh or too negative. I'd suggest practicing getting your photos in focus and sharper because that's what ruins it for me with these. You have great equipment, keep taking pics and practicing!


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Sep 30, 2014 10:07 as a reply to  @ chocolatekara's post |  #4

All your pictures look soft. The first one is the main reason I do not like having Uncle Bob's next to me when shooting. The people don't know where to look and you get results like this.


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Sep 30, 2014 11:03 |  #5

Hi, I am sorry but ALL of them look out of focus to me except the one of the people in the masks.

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Sep 30, 2014 12:23 |  #6

bbvdm wrote in post #17185940 (external link)
All your pictures look soft. The first one is the main reason I do not like having Uncle Bob's next to me when shooting. The people don't know where to look and you get results like this.

true. its a good thing you were not the main shooter and hopefully his are sharp

From my own personal experience there is nothing worse then the know it all "pro/am" photographer drilling me and shooting over my shoulder. And to be quite frank im often cold or rude to them as well.
If I have to compete for eyes or people are looking the wrong direction this is your fault and your screwing with their pictures

the photographer was hired to do a job either he can do it or not but its none of you business either way. Instead sit back and enjoy the wedding as a guest, like the bride and groom intended
no need to be a hero.


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Sep 30, 2014 12:28 |  #7

"can I get some CC on these pics?"

"This is the one I didn't like the lighting"
(your WB if off and its OOF and too much head room)

"I did get a lot of the candid shots he wouldn't take though...lol "
(this is not a great candid awkward action, WB is off OOF and poorly framed)

"This pic is of the bride realizing the boy standing next to her is her nephew that she thought wasn't going to be able to fly in. Oh and the paid guy missed these shots too."
(this shot is so far OOF doesn't matter what is happening)

"This is my gf and one of the other bridesmaids, they were swatting gnats from each other...lol"
( again OOF and motion blurr )

"Anyway, just curious what you guys thought of these pics. I was shooting with my 5D mark ii and mostly stuck with my EF 100 f2.8 lens. It seemed to give me some of the crispest shots."
(most are OOF doesn't matter what lens you are using if the pics are OOF you wont be able to notice how crisp they are)

Do you where glasses if so maybe take them off and adjusted the diopter? also watch the green dot inside the camera. no green dot no focus

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Sep 30, 2014 12:38 |  #8

I try to avoid being negative when giving my opinion on photos because it does take courage to put yourself out there, but I feel like the watermark is a bad look for you as an amature photog. You weren't the hired photographer, but you are making it seem like you were by adding a logo/watermark. It could be very easy for a guest to see your photos and assume they are his, and if I was in his shoes that you just stepped on, I'd be upset if someone thought these were my images, then feel rushed to get the real photos delivered. As mentioned above, it gets really annoying when you lose eyes in a shot due to a guest standing behind you taking pictures.

The photos themselves do need work, but you can practice. I just wanted to point towards the ethics side of things as something you can work on as well.




  
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Sep 30, 2014 13:02 |  #9

well, to keep positive, there is lots of stuff there to learn from

focus, sharpness, flash, subject looking at the camera, composition

use the feedback as a learning tool , keep going, shoot, pracitice, anyalyse rinse and repeat.


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Sep 30, 2014 16:03 |  #10

There's no wonder the other Photographer acted like he did. Nothing pisses a photographer off more than somebody else trying to take pictures when he's doing the formal shots. Its a cardinal sin in photography.




  
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Sep 30, 2014 16:57 as a reply to  @ ready to snap's post |  #11

The first two photos having the sun a bit in the shot isn't a major problem, and you questioning him would piss anyone off.. Wedding photography is hard enough as it is without people like you tying to tell us how to do out job.. No offense

Regarding your images, you need to keep your shutter speeds up and watch your framing and focusing. Your images lack contrast and pop. Your reception shots also appear as
Though your using the on board flash which is ugly


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Sep 30, 2014 17:16 |  #12

ready to snap wrote in post #17186586 (external link)
There's no wonder the other Photographer acted like he did. Nothing pisses a photographer off more than somebody else trying to take pictures when he's doing the formal shots. Its a cardinal sin in photography.

you are 100% correct


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Sep 30, 2014 17:20 |  #13

I think you need to re-evaluate some things. It blows me away that you would complain to a paid photographer about his choice of light, let HIM set up a shot, shoot over his shoulder (HUGE distraction for all involved), and then post those images on your Facebook business page.

Wedding photography is pretty demanding stuff. You need a lot more experience getting your shots framed/exposed/focused​/white-balanced before you even consider getting in the way like that. Yikes.


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Sep 30, 2014 17:41 |  #14

Need to redo again. :)
First time I see all negative Commons.

Maybe you forgot to turn on the AF on the Len.
Looks like non of the pictures had a focus point.


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Oct 20, 2014 11:41 |  #15

In agreement with everyone here. Need to work on your focus. Most all of these are OOF. They did capture moments but blurry ones.


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