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Oct 04, 2014 01:47 |  #1

Being a wedding photographer for several years, I was really stunned last night when I had to go to a wedding of a relative and they hired a 'photographer' to do their wedding. The woman really had no idea what she was doing, photographing the party and indoor stuff with a budget slr with kitlens and using the onboard head-on flash for almost all the shots. I can't imagine how bad they must look. If I would've had my material in the car, I would have gotten it and explained her this is NOT the way do these kind of events. No backup either, no primes..frankly no idea what she was doing. And when I heard the amount of money she's being paid...wow.


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Oct 04, 2014 02:48 |  #2

be curious to see some of the finished pics when your relative gets them.


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Oct 04, 2014 03:28 |  #3

Hmmm, it certainly wouldn't be my choice for a wedding. I would say that a budget SLR and a kit lens don't have to ruin a shot. The onboard flash, IMO, would. However, I do think it will be difficult do get very good shots out of a kit lens in challenging circumstances. The photographer would earn my respect if the shots do turn out to be gorgeous.

I'd personally not even think about doing a commercial shoot without a backup, and I appreciate the value of a wide aperture lens for indoor use.

I guess it all amounts to a start-up photographer that is facing a very steep learning curve or face unhappy customers.


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Oct 04, 2014 04:50 |  #4
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Wow you gotta admire the gall to do that. And gotta admit it's a heck of a lot easier to just go around shooting with on board flash lol.




  
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Oct 04, 2014 05:21 |  #5

"you think hiring a professional is expensive? wait till you hire an amateur"


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Oct 04, 2014 06:35 |  #6

Ouch! Before I shot a wedding for a family member I made it clear that I was an amateur hack and then I bought flashes, soft boxes, my L lens, and then I practiced and studied like I was about to shoot a wedding for the first time.

It turned out well. Definitely not $5k pro level, but it was satisfactory.


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Oct 04, 2014 08:06 |  #7

lapino wrote in post #17192891 (external link)
... If I would've had my material in the car, I would have gotten it and explained her this is NOT the way do these kind of events. .....

You'd have merely come across as a smart-ass know it all. As a guest at an event it's not your place to educate either the bride & groom or the people working the event.




  
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Oct 04, 2014 08:28 as a reply to  @ groundloop's post |  #8

The hardest thing to do in such circumstances is to just sit back and say nothing.




  
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Oct 04, 2014 08:43 |  #9

20droger wrote in post #17193154 (external link)
The hardest thing to do in such circumstances is to just sit back and say nothing.

Amen.




  
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Oct 04, 2014 08:51 |  #10

Huh.
I would've just assumed that the bride and groom had seen previous work by this photographer and liked it and that this previous work was produced by the same methods being used here. Then I would've minded my own business, enjoyed the evening and carried on with my life. But maybe that's just me.




  
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Oct 04, 2014 08:58 |  #11

MichiTimm wrote in post #17193179 (external link)
Huh.
I would've just assumed that the bride and groom had seen previous work by this photographer and liked it and that this previous work was produced by the same methods being used here. Then I would've minded my own business, enjoyed the evening and carried on with my life. But maybe that's just me.

While I agree with your end solution, my experience has been a bit different. I've been to two weddings similar to the one descibed above. In one, the bride and groom selected the photographer based on a few outdoor images they liked. The second was the result of the photographer being a coworker of the bride who " bought some new stuff" so she could do the wedding, her first, but her price was good.




  
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Oct 04, 2014 13:26 |  #12

MichiTimm wrote in post #17193179 (external link)
Huh.
I would've just assumed that the bride and groom had seen previous work by this photographer and liked it and that this previous work was produced by the same methods being used here. Then I would've minded my own business, enjoyed the evening and carried on with my life. But maybe that's just me.

Me too.


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Oct 04, 2014 13:55 |  #13

lapino wrote in post #17192891 (external link)
Being a wedding photographer for several years, I was really stunned last night when I had to go to a wedding of a relative and they hired a 'photographer' to do their wedding. The woman really had no idea what she was doing, photographing the party and indoor stuff with a budget slr with kitlens and using the onboard head-on flash for almost all the shots. I can't imagine how bad they must look. If I would've had my material in the car, I would have gotten it and explained her this is NOT the way do these kind of events. No backup either, no primes..frankly no idea what she was doing. And when I heard the amount of money she's being paid...wow.

Curious why they didn't ask you for a referral?


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Oct 04, 2014 14:00 |  #14

I am a close relative, as a rule I do NOT accept gigs for family. Only trouble ahead...


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Oct 04, 2014 14:17 as a reply to  @ lapino's post |  #15

She must have had a very nice portfolio or your relatives didn't care enough to hire a competent pro. Why didn't they ask you?


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