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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 every effort to accommodate your hosts' wishes. If those hired are less than welcoming and courteous to you, you should still respond to them in a way that ...


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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 event as the hosts intended; as a guest.


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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 point where I have actually spoken to the bride's mother and suggested that I want so and so to put their camera away as I am finding it a distraction. Don’t ...


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Political rallies can be a crap shoot. Sometimes credentialed media get placed in preferred areas that give good views of the candidates) and other speakers. At other rallies, I have seen the press cordoned off to areas that limit what they can see and shoot. In the long run I think it would be beneficial to you to go through the process and apply for ...


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While this is a rare instance of need, it's a shame there isn't a photographic equivalent of the red field with white diagonal stripe "diver down" flag, or the more internationally-recognized blue-and-white "Alpha" flag. Perhaps she could fashion her own "photographer in action" sign, with a combination of symbols for instant ...


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Scootbb has a great answer, but I would suggest that you have some custom shirts, hoodies or jackets made for her with wording on the back. Bonus points for you if you give them to her as a gift. On the back it could say "I am not dead or injured, just taking photos" or any wording you feel is appropriate. This may preferable to carrying a sign. ...


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I did a wedding earlier this year, and having never done one before had the same fears as you. For me, the following points were very important: Talk to the bride & groom in advance. Discuss what they want from you out of the day. They are the MOST IMPORTANT thing for you to consider. They may ask for formal shots at the church, or informal shots at ...


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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 is when you look at it from the angle of the people actually hired to take photos. Let's try another. I'm a DJ by trade. My niece is getting married. She ...


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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. People don't like ruining other people's shots. You're forcing them to commit little microagressions against you every time they get in your way or make you move. ...


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Separate pockets. Charged in the right side, dead in the left. You don't have time to be messing around. Fast, Quick, Simple. I also carry a spare brick with me (20 pack of disposables). Sometimes you need them on the 16 plus hour days.


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This question really raises several issues: Which is more important to product photography - Camera or lens? What are the advantages of a camera like the Canon 7D compared to the Canon Rebel T2i? What type of lens is most suitable for product photography? Is there a single type of lens suitable for both detail shots and wider views? That isn't a zoom lens? ...


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I recently upgraded to a used Nikon D80 with DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens and I am still learning how to use it. I have really only used it on Auto Mode. Unfortunately, I cannot purchase any more equipment right now or any time soon. I am supposed to do an indoor maternity shoot in 2 days for a family member and I am really nervous. Oh. Dear. Here's the ...


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Take a spare of everything. Keep checking your settings, it's really easy to walk inside briefly, change ISO then go and shoot the rest of your outdoor photos at ISO 6400! Likewise you could be grabbing a few candids during the formal portraits and end up shooting the second half of them at f/1.8 Likewise check the results your getting to make sure your ...


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My solution is a photographic staple: tape. For camera batteries I put a strip of tape securely across the terminals, with one end folded under to create an easy-peel 'flag'. It needs to be removed before the battery can be used, making it foolproof. For AA and AAA batteries I do the same, but with tape across both ends. A little slower to remove, but they ...


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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 lines are not sharp it behooves both sides to step back and create some sort of a "demilitarized zone" in the middle. i.e. There's a range of behaviors that most ...


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The main fundamental thing to get used to is doing the crop math in the other direction with FX lenses. What you're used to seeing as 50mm with your crop body, on full frame, will look like 35mm on your crop would. Having all your glass get wider is the first disconcerting thing you think you're prepared for, that you really really aren't. Particularly when ...


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Thanks for all your advice! I went to the event yesterday, and I had a great time. The line to get in was extremely long, so I went around the back to get a press pass, which they gave me when I showed my ID. I got a few shots from the press area, then I was able to get within 10 feet of the podium, in the crowd. Secret Service checked my bag, but that was ...


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A blanket or equivalent, as suggested in the comments, looks like the best solution to me.


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For tips you could start with the generic: What are your easiest photography 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. ...


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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 professional trying to do their job and suggest you know better. The way you have responded to answers and comments on this thread indicates that you would ...


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I'll try to pull together some thoughts for an answer to what really has no definitive solution, I think. First, where you are may make a difference. Familiarize yourself with the laws in your jurisdiction. In the US, with some exceptions, you can photograph anything you can see from public areas where you are normally allowed to be, however even then there ...


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From my own experience, I can make the following recommendations. You should practice handling your tripod and camera in dark conditions. This will help you to set up the camera and tripod quickly or to change camera settings when your hands are slowly going numb in the ice cold conditions. The problem here is that when handeling the camera, you need to use ...


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In some cases, the easiest solution is the best. I just take the clear cases that sometimes come with new rechargeable batteries and write on the top of the case either "Charged" or "Used" with a black permanent marker(Sharpie®). Alternatively, Sanyo(Eneloop) also now sells AA and AAA batteries in different colors as part of the same set - which works out ...


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Although it is a little late for this now, the best preparation for shooting weddings is to shoot several weddings as a second shooter for an experienced wedding photographer. Although you probably won't do everything the same way as your mentor does, you will get some very good exposure to what to expect when shooting weddings, how each wedding can be ...


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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 advance of the wedding, and assure the photographer that you will be sensitive to their sight lines etc. If not, leave your camera at home. Even if you did not ...


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Nature Photographer at Work (Really!) To put concerned bystanders at ease, you want to make sure they understand the situation. So the most effective message is likely to be a direct one. Colorful jokes may work sometimes, but if people don't understand what's going on, they may feel compelled to verify. I'd suggest having the same, direct message on a yard ...


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Why do you think you're an odd couple? Simply because you're tall and blond, and he's Asian? If that's your definition of odd, then any photo is going to look odd to you I suppose, since you two are going to look blond and Asian. If you think your height makes you look odd, there are a number of poses (sitting for example) which would make that fact less ...


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I use a Sharpie pen to mark newly purchased CF cards and batteries. The cards and rechargeable batteries just have a unique number on each, the disposable batteries have a date. It helps me to track items. I use the lower numbered cards (1,2 ...) and batteries first, then use ascending numbered ones (...7,8) through out the day / outing. The only ...


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When you can afford it, upgrade to the nikon 18-200mm VR. This allows you to get good shots from further away. Crank your iso up enough to keep shutter speeds quick. I have a case that will fit my nikon with that lens attached. both the case and the camera strap are around my neck all the time. I don't always close up the case, but I will drop it in the ...


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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 only embarass them. Take an alternative approach instead. Maybe try to document the event from a guest point of view. Come with just a smartphone or a small point-...


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