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First Wedding - 11th July - Please C&C

 
jono01
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Jul 14, 2009 18:28 |  #1

Hey Guys,

About a month ago a good school friend asked me to take photos at her wedding (pretty much because she knew I had a "big" camera)...I told them I'd do it for free and figured it was a good way to get some experience, they understood I wasn't pro but were happy for me to just have fun and try it out. All I had at my disposal was my 450D with the kit lens (18-55mm) and an external flash I borrowed from a friend.

In the few weeks before it I was frantically trying to get some ideas and advice and this forum was great! So just wanted to thank you all :)

The wedding was about 3 hours north of Sydney; outdoors at a venue called The Green Cathedral. Oh, and the groom wore a purple suit!! Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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Well yeah, this was my first post here too! Thanks everyone!
Jono

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Rachel ­ B
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Jul 14, 2009 18:38 |  #2

not bad for a first wedding, cant wait to have a go at this myself :)
that first one needs a little more of something

2 is quite dreamy with the over exposed BG and the emotion in 3 is great capturing the emotion..


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Jul 14, 2009 20:53 |  #3

Good job for first try! I'm sure they love them. I really like 2:)


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Jul 15, 2009 07:18 |  #4

Good stuff. You're a brave man posting your first wedding as your first post :)

Purple suit rocks and they must have got a basket of hair care products as a gift I'm betting :lol:


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Jul 15, 2009 08:14 |  #5

I think this is a nice collection of images and I'm sure the couple will love them. #2 is the best of what you posted.

Regarding Rachel's comment about #1 needing something, what it needs is the right focal point. My eye should be drawn down a path of boquets. Instead, I find myself focusing on the stomach of the girl with the purple gown. A different angle, more specific focus or other such approaches may have been more successful at drawing me to the flowers instead.


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jono01
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Jul 18, 2009 03:53 |  #6

Thanks for the feedback guys :) Anyone else?

I'm looking to upgrade my lens (and body eventually) - what do you recommend for wedding photography? I've had a look at the gear that people have in their signatures, but what do you find you're using the most?

Thanks in advance!


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Jul 18, 2009 06:17 |  #7

You'll find many strings talking about the best/most important wedding lenses over in the wedding talk section. For me, I like the 24-70.L on both my 50D and 5D2, but others will say the 17-55 is more valuable on a crop body.


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Jul 18, 2009 11:38 |  #8

jono01 wrote in post #8300693 (external link)
I'm looking to upgrade my lens (and body eventually) - what do you recommend for wedding photography? I've had a look at the gear that people have in their signatures, but what do you find you're using the most?

Thanks in advance!

A little more contrast would help.

For a camera and lens, I would highly recommend the 5DMkII and the L primes. The 24-70 F2.8L is a great lens too! I shot my sisters wedding with them last week as the main shooter. I won't be posting pics of it yet as they are on honeymoon and I want them to see them first :-)


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Jul 18, 2009 11:41 as a reply to  @ rammy's post |  #9

Dont be afraid to use flash outside.




  
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Kathy ­ H
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Jul 18, 2009 14:55 |  #10

#3 IS OUTSTANDING! I look at a lot of wedding images and it's not very often that one just overwhelms me...this one got my attention immediatly and the more I look at it the more I LOVE it. While it my have been a quick shot of a tender moment, IMO it is one of the most emotional, well captured images I have seen in a very very long time. It has so many points of interest and variety..the braid, the ring, the stripes & sparkles in his suit. BUT what gets me the most is the emotion, there is no doubt in my mind that this couple is VERY in love, the tear in her eye, the embrace, the hairs standing up on her arm, the tender indents by his fingers on her shoulder. I could go on & on (sorry, I'm a windbag lol) I LOVE THIS PHOTO! Many people critique about lighting, poses, compositions, PP, blah blah blah, and that's fine, but to me THIS SHOT is what it's all about! Cheers to you for getting this one!

I like the rest of the shots too, #1 doesn't do much for me but it's not a bad shot. The B&G look like they were great to work with.


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Jul 18, 2009 14:58 |  #11

jono01 wrote in post #8300693 (external link)
Thanks for the feedback guys :) Anyone else?

I'm looking to upgrade my lens (and body eventually) - what do you recommend for wedding photography? I've had a look at the gear that people have in their signatures, but what do you find you're using the most?

Thanks in advance!

I meant to add this to my last post but I got carried away with the image.:)

My most used wedding lens is a 17-55 2.8 IS. Second most used is a 70-200 2.8 IS and I usually shoot with a 40D body and 580 flash.


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