rhommel wrote in post #14403821
When you guys hire a 2nd photographer for your weddings, do you guys usually hire someone with the same camera brand or it doesn't matter?
I am a Canon guy, and I recently hired a 2nd photographer who shoots Nikon for a wedding, we did the engagement shoot recently to test him out and everything is good. Composition/exposure/technical stuff is there, i have no problems. What I notice though is that the output is totally different when it comes to the overall colors.
I try to make all the photos generally look the same. I do have to work extra on his photos to make it consistent with mine.
what's your take on this?
All else equal, sure, the same camera brand, even make, would take a little guess work out of it. That said, I wouldn't really be concerned. I'd be looking at which cameras and lenses the second shooter had though. Don't want someone showing up with a Digital Rebel and kit lens, not that I couldn't shoot a wedding with that, but that's one of the indicators I would use. But if he/she takes great photos, that's really all that matters.
Panoz wrote in post #14404207
The brand of camera won't matter, his camera settings and ability to use fill flash will.
Even larger issue: have the 2nd shooter sign a contract that assigns the ownership and copyright of all his images to you
. If you can, supply your 2nd shooter with all the memory cards to use and get them back at the end of the event. Do NOT allow them to take photos for themselves, it can (and will) cloud the legal ownership issue.
I've second shot about 40 times and have never signed a contract. I own the copyrights to what I shoot and that's the final word for me. Otherwise I wouldn't work for that photographer and I would expect the same attitude from anyone shooting for me. As far as usage is concerned with regards to posting photos to market myself, that's an entirely different story. I'll give you that much. But still, it's always been a verbal/email agreement where some would tell me use it but put a link to their website. Others will tell me not to use them at all. Things like Facebook complicates matters as well.
I've shot for one photographer who wanted me to use his cards. Actually I couldn't meet up with him beforehand so I ended up using my own. He took them and sent it back to me. I could of flat out told him no way is he taking my card. But of course that's not what happened. Got my cards back safe and sound. Honor amongst photographers I suppose. However, yeah, if you want to make absolutely sure there are no kinks or surprises, like your second shooter turning out to be a major a-hole, then sure, a contract is usually a good start. I have run into zero issues, but that's b/c I'm honest to a fault. You tell me I can't use the images, and I'll never, ever use them. Period.