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Help! Should i continue to shoot weddings?

 
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Jun 24, 2007 19:43 |  #16

Rob, I think we are our own worst critics... Don't give up if your clients keep paying you to work... Once clients stop paying you based on samples of your work then I would say move on....


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Jun 24, 2007 19:45 |  #17
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Personally, I love the 2nd batch. The first ones are nowhere near as bad as a lot of others I have seen. Atleast your problem is blowing some things out that can be cloned in photoshop, unlike my problem... underexposing things that when brightened look horribly noisy.

Keep at it if you love it. I think you have potential.


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Jun 25, 2007 02:01 |  #18

I wouldn't worry about the blowen highlights in the first lot - composition and emotion are going to be what is more important in getting the wow factor.

Looks like a bit of contrast would help some of the images alot. For instance the celebrant shot has lovely contrast and is well exposed for the strong lighting that you had to deal with.

Wedding photography is a lot about self belief - you need to be confident in yourself to go out there and nail the shot. I agree with Tim - your call if you want to study, practice and work hard to get to the point where you can wow.

Maybe try second shooting with a wedding photographer and observe how they handle things - may help you to gain more confidence in yourself.

Understanding what is wrong is the first step to fixing it - just don't stress so much about blown highlights, shoot RAW and concentrate more on picking up on the emotion between the couple.

Engaging people so that they relax is also really key to this business - do you have that ability to "connect" with people?


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Jun 26, 2007 02:09 |  #19

Thanks all for your replies, encouragement, and criticisms.

I really appreciate the input from everyone.

I am willing to put in the hard yards to get better, so I think it is something i just have to work on. I have had an email from a well regarded photographer who has agreed to have me tag along at some stage. Won't name them as they may not want me to. It will certainly help me fill in the gaps with my knowledge and skills to become a better photographer.

I don't advertise for weddings or anything, so maybe leave it at that until i am more confident that i can produce the quality of work that is required.

Again, thankyou all for your thoughts and input, I really do appreciate it.

Rob


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Jun 26, 2007 02:26 |  #20

yes...the 2nd series where great.....i think that all agree with me...


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Jun 26, 2007 08:58 |  #21

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not among the top wedding photographers in my area... in fact, I'm actually pretty dismal compared to some folks that I've seen on this very board. I mean, I'm ok and do a decent job, but I'm always trying new things to make my photos better. Anyway... not about me.

I've only been in this business for a short time, and the one thing I've learned in the almost year and a half I've been in business is that even technically BAD images can sell if the content of the image has meaning to someone. I find also that nobody cares how you lit someone, or how you composed the shot, or any of that technical stuff. What they do care about is... Is it in focus(unless it's artistically intentional that they're not)? is it of someone or something special? Can you see faces? Then after that, it's what sets your images apart from the ones taken by the guests with their PnS cameras.

I think your images are all good enough to process. And if you shot RAW, even the blown out areas will have enough detail to recover.

And Mike has shown how much more punch the images can have with a few simple tweaks. I say process these images further and you're gonna be fine.


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Jun 26, 2007 16:21 |  #22

I'm with Tim regarding the lack of the WOW-factor being your primary weakness. But I think if you like doing weddings and you work on creativity, etc., you can do fine. As others have said, work for free or VERY cheap at first.


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Jun 26, 2007 17:29 |  #23

With the first series, you ought to cut yourself a little slack because there just wasn't a lot of "there" there to begin with. They lack a lot of common wedding elements but it sounds like the whole affair was not very wedding-like to begin with. The second batch gets much better feedback because they show the context of the wedding.

Compensating your exposure in direct sun requires a lot of judgement calls and with such strong contrast, sometimes it is an either/or proposition. You got close enough and you can get better with practice.

When you're focused on making exposure descisions, it can be even harder to compose creatively at the same time. I think it's a matter of getting proficient to a point where you can spend a lot more time focused on composition than on e.c. or focus points. Sort of like learning to play an instrument...once you've spent enough time doing the boring, redundant excersises, you can then start to develop your own style further - but the only way to get there is to just keep shooting as much as you can.

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ps- I realize you're good at the other things you shoot, so I apologize if I sound preachy. I think you just need to keep shooting.


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Jun 26, 2007 18:50 |  #24

Hi Everyone,

Thanks again for your input. It is really appreciated.

I think i tend to agree that there wasn't much going on in the first series, but a top wedding tog would have made something out of nothing IMO.

I have made plans to rectify everything that I and everyone here believes I need to work on, so we'll see what happens.

Many thanks,

Rob


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Jun 26, 2007 18:54 |  #25

Philco wrote in post #3444588 (external link)
ps- I realize you're good at the other things you shoot, so I apologize if I sound preachy. I think you just need to keep shooting.

No no, all opinions are respected, valid, and wanted, as expressed in my first post. I think I am on the right track to rectifying the situation now, and honing my skill set before being able to continue shooting weddings.

Many thanks,

Rob


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Jun 26, 2007 19:11 |  #26

I also like the 2nd batch more than the first, only thing is for the last image, watch out for distractions (cup of drink, a picture frame on the left). Also, the shots are mostly straight and frontal - try some variations from that, even if for sure you think it will turn out bad. Lastly, what I've done a lot is browse other photographers website to look for inspiration and ideas. Also, look at the various associations and the winning photos of the various contests they put out.

Your style seems to be more formal/traditional - try some photojournalistic shots to capture the moments.

Best of luck to you, and go for it!


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