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Yes and no. I'm a professional event photographer and I run into this fairly frequently. I don't work a lot of weddings but I do many conferences and other less formal events where there are often other amateur/attendee photographers during an event. A skilled professional will be able to maneuver amongst a crowd including a crowd that involves other ...


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As someone who is a professional event photographer who also enjoys attending and participating in events, you're not going to like my answer: you really need to choose whether you are part of the event or documenting the event. If you're involved and engaged with friends and family, that's where your attention is going to lie. If your goal is a set of ...


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I'm not a photog pro (let alone a Wedding photog pro), but I think that in a world where every phone is a camera, and almost every camera around is a phone, it is non-realistic to put such a phrase ("no other photography should take place during event") in the contract.


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Yes, all those flashes are from people who don't know any better, usually using point and shoots or full auto mode. Those flashes do not help the resulting image in any way, but today's cameras (thankfully?) manage to get an acceptable image anyway (probably with the same settings it would have used for no flash auto mode), a few years ago each of those ...


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A few suggestions: Take pictures constantly - not just to increase the chance you happen to 'grab one', but people eventually forget the camera is there if it's out constantly. You lose being able to capture the moments when the only time they see the camera is that special moment. I tend not to ask people to move, but I re-position myself. If there is ...


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Yes it is. In fact, I've seen many photographer contracts for a wedding explicitly call out whether or not the photographer will be getting a meal. I've read on some forums that some photographers require a meal, but I think it's in better to taste to make it an "option" on the contract. If the client said it was okay, then it's okay. Now, of course you ...


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I would think at least one external flash that you will be able to bounce off of walls etc is not only a "nice to have" , but probably a requirement for event photography.


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99% amateurs don't know or want to change the auto settings.


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I can't find anything, but I remember reading that when the Olympics were at Salt Lake City, during the opening ceremonies disposable film point-n-shoots were given to every single spectator, and they were asked to take photos throughout the event. The goal was not to get people to take photos, but to get the flashes to go off, which looked pretty ...


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I did a quick photo booth for my wife's bridal shower. The setup was for it to be staff by someone simply making sure everyone was in the frame, pressing the shutter, and making sure the strobes didn't go to sleep. What type of lighting setup would be needed? You'll ideally want a 2-3 strobe setup. Umbrellas are ideal for diffused light and multiple ...


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For event, I would use both cameras in these setups: D300s with 70-200 (rent, Nikon or Sigma with VR/OS) D70 with 18-70 with an SB (flash) So the D300s is for head shots, candid, and low light. Use the D70 for the wide angle, group shots, outdoors, and use flash for indoor. If you can/have the budget, rent a 24-70 or 17-55 and put it on the D70.


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Sometimes you can piggy-back on a guest taking a photo to get something a little bit different yourself. At the last wedding I shot, I noticed one of the guests taking a portrait shot of the bride and groom on her point and shoot. With my long lens on, and over her shoulder, I focused on the LCD on the back of her camera and, with a wide aperture, took a ...


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Lowepro S&F belt system This system of belt and pouches provides a soultion to lens storeage needs withour requiring a bag as such. You would use pouches to store lenses attached to the belt, when you need to change lens, take it off pop it in a pouch, take the other lens out and pop it on. This system also means that you do not need to have the lens ...


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Super-low-tech (or very high tech but we take it for granted: Take a photo of the card either immediately after a photo sequence it relates to and/or ensure that the subject is visible in the background. It's not 'automated' but if the card fills a majority of the frame then the card images will be easy to spot and extract when all photos are viewed in ...


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I shoot a lot of events and weddings. These are times when family and friends will want to also take photographs. This of course is not a problem. I have been in their shoes a few times and who wouldn't want to take photos at this time. Normally guests taking pictures is not a worry for me. Firstly most people with a point and shoot just want a quick snap ...


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Set and Enforce Expectations My experience of shooting weddings is limited, but I have never had a problem with guests getting in the way. On the contrary, I find that guests are very respectful of me (or whoever is the official photographer). If there is a problem, I find that simply asking respectfully but confidently is enough to get things moving ...


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My tip would be to bring as little equipment as possible. No extra lenses, filters or other stuff that takes time to use. By limiting the equipment you also limit the types of pictures that you can take. Some situations simply can't be a good picture, and some sitations take a lot of time and effort to catch. With a limited equipment you can take the ...


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Assuming that your camera has an APS-C sensor (18-55mm IS kit lens tells me that it does), the 50mm f/1.8 is probably a good bet for shooting portraits. Typically a photographer wants to use something around 85mm-100mm (on a full frame sensor) for a nice sharp portrait. Since your camera is APS-C and probably multiplies the focal length by 1.6x, you're ...


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At a class reunion I attended a little over a year ago, there was such a photo booth. The owners actually made an enclosed booth with curtains on the doors. It was modular in two pieces for transport and they assembled it on site. The back half was the bench that the patrons sat on, the doors for the curtains, as well as the backdrop. They had a single ...


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As an amateur dancer and photographer, I quite often both participate and take photos at dance (Lindy Hop) events. When indoors, it is quite easy: If I can, I leave my flash on a stand, somewhere it can light a wall/ceiling and provide a nice indirect light I take pictures for a few tunes I put down the camera in an easily visible place (e.g. near the ...


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Professional don't do shoot and deliver the products for free. Would you visit a restaurant ask for a free meal just to test how good they are? Wake up, the only reason for asking for the raw files is so that they can get it processed and printed elsewhere.


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For tips you could start with the generic: What are your easiest beginner tips? Specific Event Tips For your specific situation, I would recommend scouting the location at the same time of day that the christening is. Do this so you can have an idea of the lighting conditions and also give yourself some ideas of possible locations to shoot. Take some shots ...


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Sighting J Lance's answer from your previous question "Are photo releases necessary when using event photos in my portfolio?" The same holds true here. If in a public place, the "public" has no right to stop you from publishing work. Guardians of a minor may withhold names out of protection or fear, but you have every right to photograph them. When I'm ...


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Depending on what you're looking for, here's a few ideas. Have some sort of a display showing your images separate from the purchasing computer. It could be a laptop that's just showing pictures in some kind of a screensaver mode, a DVD player with a USB port that is cycling through pictures, or any other mechanism you can come up with, there's a bunch of ...


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Have to agree with Gapton and Steve here...your client is trying to swindle you, no question there. They used you for free, and are not trying to get YOUR product, the actual photography, for free. A client has no reason to need or want a RAW file...they should be paying for a professionally finished product. Tell them NO! Its the responsible, professional ...


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There are two types I know of Sling Backpack These you wear like a backpack, but they are made so that you can twist them around to your side or front to easily remove a camera or extra lens. Popular ones are made by Kata and Lowepro Rotating Belt Pack I've seen these before, not sure which model, but like this one from Think Tank. They are like a ...


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What are you looking for in your second body? Backup in case first body fails? Ability to use two cameras a once; One with a 135 f/2 one with a 50 f/1.4? Ability to use same lens on different camera but get a different look? Ability to use same lens on different camera but get the same look? You need and choice of a 2nd body may change depending on your ...


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With the advent of the 5D mkIII and the subsequent price reduction on the mkII, I think I would be buying a 5D mkII instead. The biggest reason would be comparable output, though if you had the money, a mkIII and mkII combo would be better. Net effect, the original 5D is simply passed by and I wouldn't consider it. As an aside, I made a similar decision ...


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The "Olympic Journey" exhibition at the Royal Opera House this summer had much the same problem, only with the Olympic torch rather than the FA Cup. As far as I can tell they went for your bespoke solution: a simple PHP website where you could enter your unique code and retrieve your photo. The site is still up, at http://theolympicjourneytorchphoto.com. As ...



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