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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

Rockwell presents his opinion as fact even when it is actually a contested opinion. Yes, professionals use 24-70 lenses. They aren't for every situation, but there are plenty where they are great go ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

The hosts of the wedding chose, for whatever reason, to hire the "official" photographers to document their event. As a guest of those same hosts you should respect the choice they have made and make ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

I have found that the best technique is to leave your equipment at home or at a minimum in your vehicle. Let the paid professionals capture the images they were hired to capture and you enjoy the ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

I am going to respond to this as the photographer. If and when I am covering a wedding or such an event as you have mentioned, I get really frustrated by guests bringing their DSLRs with them. To the ...
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Does the number of shots differ dramatically between an amateur and a pro?

I used to be a pro, so I can answer this: This is absolutely normal; it is even very good! I consider 30 good pics out of 400 a very good result! The most important point is IMHO that you go over ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

As with many things, the end quality depends on the weakest link. Because most cameras are quite good, even cheap ones (even from mobile phones), the weakest link is mostly the person behind the ...
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Does the number of shots differ dramatically between an amateur and a pro?

One thing to consider is what style of photographer you fashion yourself as. Some schools take more pictures than others and see different success rates. Are you shooting sports? You have no control ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

Gear doesn't matter... until it does. While it is true that better gear won't make you a better photographer, it is equally true that any photographer is limited by the capabilities of the gear being ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

I believe what you are asking for here is the correct combination of words to make a professional photographer understand your reason and logic, and allow you to keep snapping pictures. The problem ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

I would expect a professional to simply say, "Sorry, I didn't realize I was disturbing you," and stop shooting the same subjects at the same time. You can still be in the way, even from behind. ...
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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

Annie Leibovitz used a Canon 24-70 2.8L for her photoshoot of the Queen Elizabeth of England. So the statement that professionals don't use that lens isn't true. I have shot professionally for 6 ...
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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

Which professionals? Different photographers obviously have different needs. As a rule, be suspect of any statement that treats the needs of such a large class of people the same. The Canon EF 24-70 ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

Think about it like automobiles. A racing car or a semi-trailer truck would be awful to use on a grocery shopping trip no matter how 'pro' those automobiles are. But, someone who is in the business of ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

I think there's a couple of points here: There's one set of things that a professional photographer might find annoying and another set that might make an innocent guest feel insulted. But since ...
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Does the number of shots differ dramatically between an amateur and a pro?

It depends on the amateur and the pro. It also depends on the type of work being done. Some shooters work very methodically and set the table for a specific shot before the lens cap even comes off ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

A "Good quality camera" is Very important to good quality photography, however the real question you are looking for is something like "what aspects make for good quality in a camera for a given ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

There is no nice way to do something unreasonable. What you are trying to achieve is not possible because it is based on a fundamentally wrong premise. It is rude, arrogant and demeaning to approach a ...
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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

@AJ said all that I would have said and more about kenrockwell.com; but I would like to expand more on your specific requirement (and on AJ's recommendation) as this is also the kind of photography ...
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What exactly "professional-grade" means in Nikon line of lenses?

One reason "professional grade" is hard to define is because it's going to get manufacturer's in trouble by setting unreasonable expectations. It's easy, for example, to say that a metal bodied lens ...
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Is the Nikon D5200 good enough for professional use, such as wedding parties?

You don't necessarily need a $2000+ camera. As you said, the photographer is the most important part, however good cameras make life a whole lot easier and allow shooting in situations you otherwise ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

I suggest prior consultation with the bride and groom. Ask whether they would like you to take extra photos. If they would like you to take extra photos, ask them to inform the hired photographer, in ...
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What exactly "professional-grade" means in Nikon line of lenses?

The major manufacturers do not mark lenses as "pro" or "non pro" and they probably have a good reason for that. There are very good professionals that use cheaper "amateur grade" equipment because ...
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Do I edit before giving a client a choice, or let the client choose and then edit?

It completely depends on the circumstances around your photography. We used to run some standard filters around High School Seniors and sports photos but saved more intense editing until after ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

A 'good' camera is much harder to use than a phone. The trade-off between being able to snap precisely what you want rather than what the phone will give you is that to get precisely what you want ...
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As a professional photographer, how can one handle a wedding photographer being rude or demanding in a way that will compromise overall image quality?

What I would do is try not to compete with the official photographer. Multiple similar looking pictures, even if yours are slightly better aren't going to help the bride and groom anyway, probably ...
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Do professionals really never use a 24-70 lens?

For cityscapes and general urban subjects, your 35mm prime is bound to be very good. When I do that sort of thing, I usually carry too much stuff with me: 12-24mm f2.8, 24-75mm f2.8, 36-300mm f/4, ...
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What are my rights as a press photographer?

In the UK, the general position is that if you're in a public place, you can take a photo of whatever you like. This is independent of whether you happen to be a member of the press or just Joe Public,...
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Is gear investment worth it for the freelance photographer?

TL/DR If you need the features of 'professional' gear it's worth the expenditure. After wading through the question body I think that your actual question is: 'Why spend the money on 'professional' ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

Great answers here, but I will add my two cents. Not as important as the person using the camera. "Good Photographer" Change the word "good" to "knowledgeable". A Knowledgeable Photographer can ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

How important is a good quality camera for good photography? It's often said that a good photographer supposedly, "Can make any photo good with any camera." Define "good" ;) If ...
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