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Another wedding thread..

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by danska, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    I'd like to share a bit of my experience after shooting at my first wedding this past weekend.

    My gf's sister got married in Las Vegas, and the whole family came to attend. I got a ton of photos that were really fun beforehand also as we had a big combined bachelor party two nights prior to the wedding.

    The whole thing was an eye-opening experience as I had no idea what to expect, and I've only been taking pictures with a more serious intent (and good camera) for five months. All in all it went well. There was no shooting allowed inside the chapel because the MGM Grand has in-house photographers for that.

    My main struggle was that we had a second person taking shots and often times people were looking at her for a second, back at me, both ways, etc.. The groom isn't a big picture fan so I tried to get things done quickly and keep him happy.

    I used the EM-5 and GX1 with the 12-35, Oly 45mm, 60mm, 75mm. If I could re-do it, I would take the 12-35, 35-100, and the 75mm or the upcoming Panasonic 42.5 f/1.2. I generally prefer primes but the whole zooming with your feet motto didn't work very well here. I was limited by space everywhere I went and had to work with angles that weren't ideal for framing when I was using primes.

    Comments and critique gladly welcome. Keep in mind I didn't add many pre-shoot photos and I didn't get paid :wink:.

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    Getting ready for a shoot by danska8, on Flickr

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    Bride in the mirror by danska8, on Flickr

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    The kiss by danska8, on Flickr

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    This will lighten the mood! by danska8, on Flickr

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    Congrats! by danska8, on Flickr

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    Laughing by the pool by danska8, on Flickr

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    Rings and Things by danska8, on Flickr

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    Elevator ride by danska8, on Flickr
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  2. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    I think you captured some great moments!
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  3. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    You did an awesome job! Definitely a natural.
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  4. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Good stuff, a very Vegas selfie that first shot :) 
    I like the color treatment in #4 and #5....it's a good look.
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  5. jloden

    jloden Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2012
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Agreed on both counts! I'll have to take your word for it on the groom not being a fan of photos because you surely can't tell from the shots you've posted here :smile:

    There's something to be said for a natural talent/eye for photography (though I hasten to add I do believe anyone can learn it). I was surprised to discover that out of the handful of people whose photographs I consistently admire on this forum, several of them had only been shooting a comparatively short while - in many cases about the same length of time I've been seriously pursuing photography, if not less.

    I always look forward to your stuff Joe, and I expect it'll only get better with time & experience :2thumbs:
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  6. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Thanks a lot Joe! I had to throw on the selfie because I also thought it was very Vegas :biggrin:. I thought the color scheme worked pretty well for that group of photos, appreciate the input.

    Thanks very much Jay! Greatly appreciated. I hope I can continue to improve as time goes on too, just need to keep a level head and open eyes. The B&G were very happy with my photos, much more so than the other photographer with a 5dII, which I find pretty funny.
  7. melonbread

    melonbread Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 27, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia.
    beautiful moments. My favourites are the 3rd and 4th photos - stunning :) 
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  8. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Wow, beautiful set! You did an excellent job with these. I assume the first shot is a self portrait in a mirror? If so, you might want to use a wrist strap or keep the strap around your neck when one-handing an expensive camera. Really hate to see expensive gear hit the floor! :cool: 
  9. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Thanks very much! Yep it's a self-portrait. If you look close you can see the strap is tied around my other hand :wink:.
  10. Just Jim

    Just Jim Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 20, 2011
    Good thing you had a nice animated couple. Especially the bride, what a ball of fire for the camera.
  11. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Ahhh . . . Yep, I do see it now. :thumbup: :biggrin:
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Good job. The bride has wonderful facial expressions, especially the one in that first shot. Nice self-portrait, BTW. You cut a stylish Vegas figure.
  13. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    All I will say is that I'd be very happy if I received these pictures. Very pro looking! You are good. You are very good.
  14. danska

    danska Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 21, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Yeah that is a great way to describe her personality! We're putting together a big album of them over trip for them.

    Normally I use a gordy's wrist strap on my camera, but the EM-5 lived on that strap for the four days I was there. It was handy also for the wedding because I had to cameras slung.
  15. CUB

    CUB Guest

    For the last five years I have tutored undergraduate students of photography at university and also taught workshops and courses for a wide variety of people.

    I think photographers fall into two camps according to which route they took into photography. There are the artists who study photography as an arts subject with a view to producing images that carry a message and there are the technicians who like playing with their toys and producing technically competent images with them.

    The artists benefit from a greater understanding of the science behind imaging and are keen to learn enough of it to inform and enhance their art. The technicians are always keen to learn even more about the science but generally find it difficult to grasp artistic concepts.

    This shows in the way the two groups approach certain topics. For example, the artists see depth of field as a creative tool whereas the technicians obsess about equations. Composition comes naturally to the artists who are able to use it to convey a message to the viewer whereas the technicians tend to follow a formula such as the rule of thirds or triangles.

    My own background is that of someone who studied photography to Masters degree level and is currently working towards a PhD. However, I am more of a technician than an artist. I have learnt a lot about the artistic approach from my fellow students and continue to learn.

    I think the most important thing an artist can learn is about lighting in its many forms, ambient and superimposed.

    The most important thing a technician can learn is to feel a composition with one's emotions rather than arrange it methodically to an arbitrarily superimposed grid. However, this does not come naturally because it requires a completely different mindset to the technician's usual approach.

    Of course there are some photographers who have complete command of both the technical and artistic aspects of photography but they are very rare. I certainly haven't met many, but those I have met are remarkably successful at what they do and seem to make a good living from it.
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