WeddingEtCetera Com

WeddingEtCetera Com

Lives in France Paris, Lausanne & Brussels, France
Works as a Journalist Director
Has a website at WeddingEtCetera.Com
Joined on Jan 27, 2012
About me:

Pier-Yves Menkhoff of Les Films du Regard has been working as a professional journalist and director since about twenty years. He has collaborated with an array of clients including... MacWorld, Photo, Sciences & Vie High Tech, Sonovision Broadcast. He has receipt his experience through numerous meetings and to have lived in San Francisco, Montreal, London. He shares his life between Paris and Lausanne. He is the author of many short films and documentaries, has worked at numerous fashion shows, for advertising campaigns, and other corporate and private events. He has directed films for the Four Seasons Hotels Paris, New York City & Geneva, Sony, Vanity Fair, Universal, the American Church in Paris, the Holocaust Memorial in Paris...

AVAILABLE FOR TRAVEL. We have filmed and photographed Events in Belgium, China, France, Italy, Korea, Morocco, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA, etc.

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On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)
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superstar905: Conclusion - Cons
■Poor noise reduction
■JPEG rendering of yellows a bit washed out
■Electronic shutter can produce banding under artificial light
■Video resolution tops out at 1080 30p
■Default dynamic range settings produce slight highlight clipping
■Slow 1/50 flash sync speed

Don't know about you, but the cons I highlighted above should have carried enough weight to knock the award to silver. I removed the battery con but thats another one, you need 2 - 3 batteries to run this thing for an event at best.

People pretend to be photographers but confuse quantity and quality. At the time of the film, we consumed one to two films a day. Now, if a photographer has not made ​​his 300 photos in the day, if he has not an enough noise reduction, he cries.
Poor little photographer...
The DMC-GM1 is a VERY GOOD Camera for a DOMESTIC use, and MORE...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 18:27 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (347 comments in total)

3 DMC-GM1 Video Samples for your Pleasure...

• https://vimeo.com/81744933
• https://vimeo.com/80144049
• https://vimeo.com/82305177

Cheers

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 17:33 UTC as 80th comment

New sample video with the DMC-GM1 on https://vimeo.com/81744933.
Cheers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2013 at 21:08 UTC as 18th comment

Today, the DMC-GM1 is in my hands. It is almost too small. An element begins to bother me. It is impossible to place a quick release plate for photo or video tripod with another lens than the Panasonic 12-32 or 14. With the Olympus 17 mm, it is limit. Direction La Grand Bibliothèque de Paris behind my home.
I am surprised by the reactivity of the DMC-GM1. It is immediate. Faster than the DMC-GH3. The touch-sensitive screen is reactive too. Even too much. Take care where you put fingers. Too low on the screen, you modify the white balance without being careful. The screen glorifies the images but without betraying them really. What you see is what you will get …
Return at home. The editing is also simple as for the DMC-GH3. The audio dubbing is essential. The audio recording is mediocre. To use only indoor.
Now it just needs a nice case to carry the DMC-GM1. Enjoy your Panasonic.

Film Video Test Review on > http://vimeo.com/80144049

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2013 at 17:35 UTC as 24th comment | 7 replies
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)
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WeddingEtCetera Com: The French photographers have a great responsibility in the closure of many news agencies in France. They have a State employee mentality. They want at the same time salary like an ordinary employee and copyrights. Sorry but you have to choose. Either you are independent with copyright, either one is employee and photos belong to the company. I saw French wedding photographers ask copyright on wedding photography for private clients. Amazing...

Dear Plastek
You must choose : To be independent or employee.
• When you work for a boss, you are an employee. The work product must belong to the company.
• When you're independent, work product belongs to you.
In France, social taxes represent 30 to 50% of the product, plus 20% for VAT. There is only about 30% for the company. If you ask one more Copyright, it is no longer tenable for the company.
In France, every hour, 4 companies close their door, 96 per day....
Cheers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 09:54 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)
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Younes B: I think many poster here ignore the sad news in France.
A young photo journalist at Libération was shot in their entrance hall by a gunman. I believe the young man is seriously wounded. This is probably the real trigger for the newspaper to issue this paper with no photos in order to honour him and show respect for photogs work.

If you follow the news, you will also learn that the lone shooter was arrested and his DNA testing found positive.

You care about a photographer !! Do you care about "ordinary people" shoot ?
In their news, Liberation did not care about the shooting on the Société Génerale after the one at Libération office
. Only their one is important.
Liberation pretends to be a left newspaper. It is always the same thing in France. Does Liberation care about a French ordinary people hostage in Africa ? It is just a few lines sometimes during the detention.
When it is a journalist or a photographer, it is every day with display on the town hall, march, etc. Two weights, two measures.
Sorry, a man is a man.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 09:44 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)
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ericsan: Liberation is a dreadful newpaper always guided by provocative articles & with an arrogant editorial line and strong left spirit " à la française"...(nightmare to see this country shrinking like Greece ...) It's true that they don't care about ordinary people,they just care about minorities & syndicates & of course journalists. The "freedom of press" is their daily battle and their "non photo issue" means nothing,explain nothing,solve nothing as they just struggle to exist & try to maintain their sales !

To rrr_hhh, the nameless coward.
Are you stupid or hemiplegic ? With you, if someone is not on the left, he is a fascist. I am independent journalist. I read Liberation, Le Monde and Le Figaro daily.
I agree with Ericsan. This crime is not an attack on press freedom. It is just a crazy man who shots on everybody who moves.
Liberation does not care about the shooting on the Société Génerale after the one at Libération office. The press in France is the third power. It does not care about "ordinary people".
Who cares about a French ordinary people hostage in Africa ? It is just a few lines every month in the press during the detention.
When it is a journalist or a photographer, it is every day with display on the town hall, march, etc. Two weights, two measures.
Sorry, a man is a man.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 09:36 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)
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skitleer: I haven't seens all the commentary, but it seems one very important piece of information is missing from this story : yesterday a photographer got shot in Liberation offices. I think that it is this event who triggered this special issue of Liberation. They took the opportunity to show their gratitude to the whole profession.

For more info on the event (only in french, sorry) : http://www.lemonde.fr/actualite-medias/article/2013/11/18/un-homme-ouvre-le-feu-au-siege-de-liberation_3515511_3236.html#ens_id=3515677&xtor=RSS-3208

Sorry, but it is not gratitude but opportunism. This will increase sales. This crime is not an attack on press freedom. It is just a crazy man who shots on everybody who moves.
Liberation does not care about the shooting on the Société Génerale after the one at Libération office. The press in France is the third power. It does not care about "ordinary people".
Who cares about a French ordinary people hostage in Africa ? It is just a few lines every month in the press during the detention.
When it is a journalist or a photographer, it is every day with display on the town hall, march, etc. Two weights, two measures.
Sorry, a man is a man.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:30 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)

The French photographers have a great responsibility in the closure of many news agencies in France. They have a State employee mentality. They want at the same time salary like an ordinary employee and copyrights. Sorry but you have to choose. Either you are independent with copyright, either one is employee and photos belong to the company. I saw French wedding photographers ask copyright on wedding photography for private clients. Amazing...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 09:17 UTC as 33rd comment | 3 replies
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)
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brebis: Libération is a very bad newspaper, only interested in Paris, politically correct subjects, stating the obvious, etc.

You're right, Liberation is a Parisian newspaper for "BoBo" (bourgeois bohemian). This is a hemiplegic newspaper. If you're not on the left, you're right ...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 09:13 UTC
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)

I continue.
I am a french journalist and wedding videographer and photographer. I have the experience of African Marriage, Buddhist, Catholic, Evangelist , Gay, Jewish , Muslim, Persia, Protestant , etc. I never refused a Confession. Since 1993, I shot 329 weddings throughout the world. When I go out of France, Client does not care if I am White, Catholic, Straight , etc., He chose me because he likes my movies.
In contrast, in France , there were only 3 Black couples, 2 Asian couples, 4 Portuguese couple and one Gay couple in 20 years. Why ? Because a Black will appeal to another Black, an Asian will appeal to another Asian, a Portuguese will appeal to another Portuguese, a Gay will appeal to another Gay, Etc. Just watch on saturday the "color" of the couple and the one of the photographer. The only exception is the Jewish Community which does not hesitate to call a Goy.
On August, I filmed a Nigerian Wedding. An Invited refused I caress the cheek of his son because I'm white.
Cheers.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 07:19 UTC as 37th comment
On French newspaper publishes issue with no photos article (208 comments in total)

Liberation does not know what to do to get noticed, to increase their sales. Racism exists in France as, unfortunately, in many countries. However, France is not racist. We just have a problem of integration.
Sample. A few years ago, in a Stadium where North Africans had whistled the Marseillaise (french national anthem), the French TV interviewed one of them who said: << I am a Muslim before being French. >> In 2011, in the USA, for the ceremony Anniversary of September 11, 2001, American Muslims who were tired of being stigmatized marched through the streets with the slogan: << I am American before being Muslim. >> For when in France ?
Our justice minister likes to give moral lessons. She forgets that she is the first to speak of France as a country when she is in Guadeloupe. In this case, France is only a metropolis, not a country and Guadeloupe is a department of France.
To be continued...

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 07:16 UTC as 38th comment

I am sorry but nothing new in this world. An another aspect on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YImHqzVJ9GY and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BIuckJWYiM and filmed with a DMC-GH3.
Cheers...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2013 at 09:34 UTC as 23rd comment
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WeddingEtCetera Com: THE COAST OF FREEDOM...

About me, I charge between 1 500 € and 3 000 € for a Wedding in Europe. More Abroad.
With 10 to 15 Weddings a Year, it is enough for living.
My Goal is not to be "Rockfeller". I want to have time for living with my Son, to travel, for me...
Each Wedding is one or two Days of Shooting and a minimum of a Week for an Editing...
I do not love the photographers and the video directors who complain all the time. We are Independents. We are free to work or not. It is necessary to know how to make an adjustment. Those who are not satisfied have to change their Job to become State employee.

Dear Digifan
If you take a look on legal Mentions on my Website > WeddingEtCetera.Com, you will have all legal Mentions about my Company. It is an Obligation in France, in Europe tu publish Legal Mentions.
Cheers...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 15:46 UTC
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WeddingEtCetera Com: THE COAST OF FREEDOM...

About me, I charge between 1 500 € and 3 000 € for a Wedding in Europe. More Abroad.
With 10 to 15 Weddings a Year, it is enough for living.
My Goal is not to be "Rockfeller". I want to have time for living with my Son, to travel, for me...
Each Wedding is one or two Days of Shooting and a minimum of a Week for an Editing...
I do not love the photographers and the video directors who complain all the time. We are Independents. We are free to work or not. It is necessary to know how to make an adjustment. Those who are not satisfied have to change their Job to become State employee.

Dear Digifan
If you take a look on legal Mentions on my Website > WeddingEtCetera.Com, you will have all legal Mentions about my Company. It is an Obligation in France, in Europe tu publish Legal Mentions.
Cheers...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 15:45 UTC

THE COAST OF FREEDOM...

About me, I charge between 1 500 € and 3 000 € for a Wedding in Europe. More Abroad.
With 10 to 15 Weddings a Year, it is enough for living.
My Goal is not to be "Rockfeller". I want to have time for living with my Son, to travel, for me...
Each Wedding is one or two Days of Shooting and a minimum of a Week for an Editing...
I do not love the photographers and the video directors who complain all the time. We are Independents. We are free to work or not. It is necessary to know how to make an adjustment. Those who are not satisfied have to change their Job to become State employee.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:56 UTC as 226th comment | 5 replies
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fmian: 1. The response does not mention the value of the photographers talent, so I will assume the photographer has none, or it has little/no value.

2. The photographer is hiring another photographer for only $200 a day, but expects the bride to pay 15x that.

3. 25 hours in post is just madness. Learn to be more efficient.

4. Editing on an iMac screen.

I get to hear wedding photographers bitch and moan about their clients queries all the time, trying to justify price based on the cost of their gear, the effort of having to carry such heavy gear, the effort of knowing how to blur away the background with their special f/2.8 lenses. The amount of time they spend in post fixing up their own mistakes. And then getting the client to wait several weeks while the images are sent to some other place to get printed by someone other than the photographer.

Perhaps brides and grooms should hire an expert to judge the value of a photographers talent, just like getting anything else important valued.

Dear Jpfaria
I do not need an Assistant on all Weddings. An Assistant is an Independant, not a Salary. He has is own "Business"...
About me, I charge between 1 500 € and 3 000 € for a Wedding in Europe. More Abroad.
With 10 to 15 Weddings a Year, it is enough for living.
My Goal is not to be "Rockfeller". I want to have time for living with my Son, to travel, for me...
Each Wedding is one or two Days of Shooting and a minimum of a Week for an Editing...
I do not love the photographers and the video directors who complain all the time. We are Independents. We are free to work or not. It is necessary to know how to make an adjustment. Those who are not satisfied have to change their Job to become State employee.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:54 UTC
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fmian: 1. The response does not mention the value of the photographers talent, so I will assume the photographer has none, or it has little/no value.

2. The photographer is hiring another photographer for only $200 a day, but expects the bride to pay 15x that.

3. 25 hours in post is just madness. Learn to be more efficient.

4. Editing on an iMac screen.

I get to hear wedding photographers bitch and moan about their clients queries all the time, trying to justify price based on the cost of their gear, the effort of having to carry such heavy gear, the effort of knowing how to blur away the background with their special f/2.8 lenses. The amount of time they spend in post fixing up their own mistakes. And then getting the client to wait several weeks while the images are sent to some other place to get printed by someone other than the photographer.

Perhaps brides and grooms should hire an expert to judge the value of a photographers talent, just like getting anything else important valued.

Dear Fmian
I agre with you.
On a 2 000 € Wedding, my Assistant earns between 600 and 1 000 €
Not not forget in France, on each Service, we have 19,6 % of Vat and +- 30 % of Social Taxes.
Cheers

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:25 UTC

Dear Henri
I aggre with you.
I film Weddings in London, Paris, New York, Beijing, Roma, Avon, San Francisco, Block Island, Saas-Fee, Capri, Marbella, Los Angeles, Portofino, Zug, Monaco, Bruxelles, Positano, Newport, etc.
A Photographer or a Videographer can live easealy a Year with only 10 to 20 Weddings a Year... I do it for 19 years.
Beyond, it is only to be a "Wedding Factory". Not an "Artist"...
Cheers

Pier-Yves
Http://www.WeddingEtCetera.Com

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:11 UTC as 232nd comment
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sparkling elk: 1/1
This caculation (response from photographer) is explaining the situation of a professional wedding photographer, but not clearly the working time and artistic value of a good wedding shooting. Think about 3000 frames and viewing them all (this only takes a couple of hours), comparing similar photos to pick the right one, postprocessing basic parameters (contrast, light, frame etc), putting them into a context, postprocessing many of the selected photos to work out a pleasing touch (with a lot of care) – and telling the most beautiful story through 400,500 beautiful photos. If you spend 10 hours for the shooting itself (not to talk about traveling and all what comes with it) and if you really dedicate yourself to work out houndreds and houndreds of photos like that, spending 20,30 (or more hours) on them, where is the problem to justify 2500$ ?

Dear Henri
I aggre with you. A Photographer or a Videographer can live easealy a Year with only 10 to 20 Weddings a Year... Beyond, it is only to be a "Wedding Factory". Not an Artist...

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:09 UTC
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