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Jun 12, 2016 03:21 |  #1

OK, show of hands...... How many have experienced this?
So as I'm posing up wedding guests for a group shot one of the guest hands me their smartphone and asks me to take a pic with it too. Happened twice. lol

I usually shoot more corporate events, so maybe this is very common now at weddings. I've had the over your shoulder shooters, but don't remember having this happen. Sign of the times, I guess. : /




  
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Jun 12, 2016 05:58 |  #2

Old codger that I am I would probably say '....sorry, no, I'm working.'


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Jun 12, 2016 06:25 |  #3

Nope.


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Jun 12, 2016 07:53 |  #4

A few weeks ago I was shooting a wedding reception and had set up a portrait area for people to come over to get some shots done. One guest handed me their iPhone and wanted a shot then were surprised that it didn't trigger my flash units :)

( I could have put them in slave mode I guess and triggered it from the camera flash, but I had my flashes set as needed and didn't want to change the settings )


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Jun 12, 2016 08:01 |  #5

not surprising, i guess. I mean, sure i can probably take a better pic with a phone than a non-photog, but i would politely decline.

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( I could have put them in slave mode I guess and triggered it from the camera flash, but I had my flashes set as needed and didn't want to change the settings )

i checked this years ago when i first got my phone, the flash was not bright enough to trigger the flash, even with the optical slave very close to the phone. It would also be difficult to set correct exposure with most standard phone camera apps.


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Jun 12, 2016 21:58 |  #6

We have no problem using a guest phone or camera to snap a quick picture. Probably do it half a dozen times at every wedding. Usually when someone's trying to do a group photo selfie style with to short of arms :)

Now we won't do it during first dance or cake cutting or any of the important moments but why not during the slow points of the reception. Then again there is always two of us working so that might be the difference.




  
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Jun 13, 2016 20:53 |  #7

Nope, I won't touch anyone's phone or camera. I'll take the photo with my cameras and tell them the B&G can give them a copy. If I was trying to be funny I might say "No sorry, health and safety rules, I might injure my thumb" with a wink ;)


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Jun 21, 2016 10:34 |  #8

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #18037480 (external link)
We have no problem using a guest phone or camera to snap a quick picture. Probably do it half a dozen times at every wedding. Usually when someone's trying to do a group photo selfie style with to short of arms :)

Now we won't do it during first dance or cake cutting or any of the important moments but why not during the slow points of the reception. Then again there is always two of us working so that might be the difference.

This. Being kind to guests can go a long way towards getting future work.


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Jun 21, 2016 10:41 |  #9

I've had it happen before. If I'm not super busy at the moment I'll oblige. If I'm actually posing a shot or if it's a high activity time during the wedding I tell them sorry and to find me later if they still want a shot.


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Jun 21, 2016 16:56 |  #10

I do it if time allows and if its not the appropriate time (due to shooting something important or time critical) I would say 'let me get back to you'.

I agree it goes a long way in having a good relationship with guests. Quite recently I actually had a would be bride who emailed us and her first words were 'You may remember taking a photo of us with our own camera'. And yes, she hired us for her wedding. :)


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Jun 21, 2016 18:01 |  #11

Have to wonder...why the heck can't they simply ask another guest standing/sitting nearby, rather than bother the guy hired to shoot for the bridal couple?!
He may be a 'pro' but he still points and shoots a smartphone 'in green box mode' -- just like every other snapshooter!


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Jun 22, 2016 08:36 |  #12

I think most people just assume, and probably rightly so, that most people that are good enough to shoot a wedding with high level gear can probably make a better photo with a smartphone than they can. I blew a friends mind the other day when I showed him that you could change the way his smartphone camera metered a scene by tapping on lighter or darker areas, which unfortunately also changes the focus in his case, but for the sunset he was trying to shoot that's not too big of a deal.


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Jun 23, 2016 18:11 |  #13

If a guest who is in the picture I am taking asks that this be done, I will do it but I tell them its after the shot the couple are paying for has been taken. If everyone holds Ill get it real quick. That usually ends it there.


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Jul 04, 2016 01:51 |  #14

I love it when guests ask me to take one with their iphones

That way I don't have to stand awkwardly waiting for their mates to finish so that I can take a shot on my camera (of course...by the time the mate has excruciatingly finished taking a photo, everybody's lost interest and moved off, leaving me with no pic)


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Jul 05, 2016 23:11 |  #15

I had the brides mom ask my assistant to take her cell phone and take photos with it all day lol


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