U 4/3 and Low Budget Weddings.....

Started May 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
tedolf
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In reply to Joesiv, May 24, 2012

Joesiv wrote:

I don't shoot m43, but I used to shoot weddings on bodies with sensors similar to the cheaper m43 bodies.

Here are some "rules" I'd add:

1) know what the couple wants out of the photos (such as family shots, don't over commit, make sure you are aware of how much time is alloted, if there is a recieving line make sure you throw 30+ minutes out the window, family pictures can get out of hand if there isn't a plan either)

2) Composition, make sure you're aware of where your subject (or subjects) are in the frame, but also what's in the background, just take a glance,

the most important advice here when it comes to composition:

sometimes taking two steps the the side will make a much better image

3) Take pictures of the immediate family, particularly the father of the bride, those ones are almost always very important to the bride

4) if you're the official photographer, act like the official photographer. Don't dance around trying to get out of the way of the guests who are trying to take pictures. Often when noone "appears" to be the official photographer, or isn't acting like one, guests will take extra liberties by getting into the isle, or other things that can get in your way. Remember you're being paid by the bride and groom to get the pictures.

Another gem:

5) use light assistance wherever possible, you're gear is going to make indoor pictures more challenging, buy some cheap manual flashes and some stands, and triggers and practice. A couple well placed flashes especially in a reception will save you!

6) don't be afraid to rent some equipement, bodies are expensive, but lens' are cheap. The $25 you spent on renting a bright prime will be worth it, seriously! Honestly, if you can afford $300 or so as the photographer, renting a D700 and a 50 f/1.4 could be a life saver, and help your portfolio as you move up the market... just sayin...
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TEdolph, RIPb

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